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|Acting||The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting).||3.0|
|AI||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be||3.0|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||3.7|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||3.7|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||3.7|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.3|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed||3.3|
|Overall MobyScore (3 votes)||3.4|
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It's initially tempting to reduce the score slightly for the sake of the credit system, but without a coin-box add-on to the Xbox controller it's difficult to see quite how else SNK might address this inherent flaw in arcade-to-home console conversions. Although the Achievements have been actively linked to scores gathered within a certain number of credits, it's really a matter of self-discipline for the gamer to ensure Metal Slug 3 is played "properly". That said, a few extra credits at your discretion are no bad thing when you want to sample the delights that latter levels might bring, so in this case I'm happy to agree with SNK's decision to leave credit allocation to the prudence of the punter.
Multiple 20-point Gamerscore achievements, a 25-point prize and a 40-point whopper are all…er, achievable in Metal Slug 3. Chances to pick up this many Gamerscore points in a single XBLA game don’t come along that often, so get them while the getting is good. Most of these are doable, too, and only one of Metal Slug 3’s achievements is a bore (the one that doesn’t allow use of power-ups).
Metal Slug 3 stellt eine geniale Umsetzung des Neo Geo-Klassikers dar und weiß mit einer für 2D umwerfenden Präsentation, pausen- und gnadenloser Action sowie einem genialen Zwei-Spieler-Kooperativmodus zu überzeugen. Mehr davon, bitte!
800 Microsoft Points, poco más de nueve euros, es lo que cuesta disfrutar en Xbox 360 de uno de los mejores arcades de la historia. Un juego corto, sí, pero intenso, con varios caminos que sirven para darle valor rejugable, un modo Online no perfecto pero sí destacable, y un sabor añejo inigualable. Todo un clasicazo que si bien a priori se antoja algo caro, merece la pena a cada minuto de juego. Y sí, es cierto que en Wii, PS2 y PSP podemos encontrar un pack con toda la saga por unos 20-30 euros. Pero no es lo mismo: Metal Slug 3 es brutal en cooperativo, pero con modo Online es una experiencia fuera de serie. Un juegazo totalmente recomendado.
MS Xbox World
This is not a game for the faint of heart; you may throw your controller at the television screen, but this game is a classic, and it was bound to find its way on the XBLA collection list, next to games such as Sonic 2, Golden Axe & Bomberman. I recommend this game for any arcade loving fan, and anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the Metal Slug universe and is brave enough to tough it out. But 800 points is a little steep, even for a title like this.
It’s strange that we’re dealing with the rare, single-release week on Live Arcade, but when that single game is as good as Metal Slug 3, it makes the blow a little easier to take. If you’ve never heard of this series, but enjoy classic stuff like Contra and its ilk, MS3 is made for you.
Cheat Code Central
The game managed to remain appealing on the arcade and should satisfy those who enjoy Metal Slug games. You'll get to play this one with a push of a button without even having to stand up and pop in the disc. However, it's still $10, which might be steep for some. They should have probably made it cheaper, taking into consideration all the new games joining the XBL Arcade library with much more in-depth gameplay and next-gen graphics. In conclusion, if you don't mind the price and like old-school side-scrolling shooters, you'll have a blast!
Metal Slug 3 is a solid old school shooter, with some new school innovations (online Co-Op) It is well worth the 800 points just to blast around for a little while when you aren’t playing CoD4 or Halo 3. Also for those that might be afraid they can’t beat the game with the 3 continues they give you by default, there is an option to play with unlimited continues so you can just beat the game without care of dying. For all those achievement whores, out there you will be glad to know that you can still receive achievements using this option. So if you haven’t figured it out yet, go and buy this one.
Ultimately, the things that might prevent you from enjoying Metal Slug 3, such as the number of times it's been released on other systems, its relative price point, and the lack of extras, are peripheral to the experience itself. If these things don't concern you, then you'll have a blast.
Before you purchase Metal Slug 3, you need to ask yourself how much you value ten dollars. This is a short experience that, even with a few playthroughs, won't last you long. The exclusion of the two bonus modes from the original Xbox version is certainly a bummer and would have added a few more hours of playtime. Metal Slug 3 is a lot of fun, but this should be a $5 download. Especially when original, awesome-looking shooters such as Omega Five are storming Xbox Marketplace.
The Review Busters
Metal Slug 3 may seem like a random game to hit XBLA, but that’s ok. The game play is solid, hard yet fun during the right occasion. If you already own this game it might seem foolish to spend another $10 to own the game again. All you really need to know about this game is you may end up throwing a few tantrums during the first few minutes of game play.