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Metal Slug 3

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Xbox 360
Neo Geo
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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 Neo Geo Mission 1
Metal Slug 3 Arcade Finding a hostage.
Metal Slug 3 Arcade Bigger u-boot
Metal Slug 3 Neo Geo What's inside that temple over there?

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says Neo Geo Feb, 2006 10 out of 10 100
Video Games Neo Geo Aug, 2000 92 out of 100 92
Retro Gamer PlayStation 2 Oct, 2004 82 out of 100 82 PlayStation 2 Jan 20, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Meristation PlayStation 2 Oct 25, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Jul, 2004 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 2 Feb 13, 2005 80 out of 100 80 Xbox Jan 04, 2005 16 out of 20 80
IGN Xbox 360 Jan 03, 2008 7.4 out of 10 74 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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