Metal Slug 3

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In the third installment of the Metal Slug series, General Morden is back and he plans to establish a new world order. The player guides one of the heroes: Marco, Tarma, Eri, or Fio, as they blast their way through side-scrolling levels with a unique theme, filled with countless enemies and bosses. The player has to free hostages and can ride bizarre vehicles such as camels, elephants, tanks, and robots.

In the Xbox version, additional game modes, such as Storming the Mothership and Chubby Isle Paradiso, can be unlocked upon completing the five arcade stages. A co-op mode has been included, but no online multiplayer. The only Xbox Live feature available allows the player to compare single-player scores.


Metal Slug 3 Arcade Title Screen.
Metal Slug 3 Windows Main menu
Metal Slug 3 Windows Start of the final mission
Metal Slug 3 Windows The third level starts underwater.

Alternate Titles

  • "合金弹头3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "メタルスラッグ3" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews Xbox Mar 10, 2005 84 out of 100 84
Thunderbolt Games Xbox Jun 11, 2004 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 2 Feb 13, 2005 80 out of 100 80
Games Radar Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 2 Nov 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
ZTGameDomain Xbox 360 2008 7.5 out of 10 75 iPad Jul 24, 2012 75 out of 100 75
AceGamez Xbox Sep 21, 2004 7 out of 10 70
VGPub Xbox Aug 15, 2004 6.9 out of 10 69 PlayStation 2 Nov 12, 2004 12 out of 20 60


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Metal Slug 3 features a number of references to sci-fi movies. For example, Mission 2 features a guest appearance by the Men in Black. The carnivorous alien plants in Mission 4 are a parody of the sci-fi musical comedy, The Little Shop of Horrors In Mission 5, the squid-like aliens are a homage to the movie, Independence Day. Also in Mission 5, the alien clones you face seem to parody the sci-fi movie classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Finally, the last boss battle seems to be slightly inspired by the ending sequence in Alien: Resurrection. One of the hostages (who also appeared in Metal Slug 2 & Metal Slug X) known as Hyakkutaro will join the fight by shooting fireballs.

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