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 Neo Geo "Good God!", gasps Gerald, "I've never seen an alien as huge as you."
Metal Slug 3 Arcade Enemy base
Metal Slug 3 Windows Fighting the army commander.
Metal Slug 3 Windows Title screen

Alternate Titles

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

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16bit Neo Geo 2004 91 out of 100 91
Nintendo Life Wii Jun 01, 2012 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90 Xbox Aug 14, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82 Xbox Jan 04, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Bordersdown PlayStation 2 May 26, 2004 8 out of 10 80
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 2008 8 out of 10 80
Meristation Xbox Oct 24, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Armchair Empire, The Xbox Jun 14, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
VGPub Xbox Aug 15, 2004 6.9 out of 10 69
Defunct Games Wii Jun 01, 2012 C+ 58


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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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