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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Jul 19, 2005)
This should have been the ultimate Metal Slug package, but SNK managed to screw up one thing. Both games feature the dreaded unlimited continues "feature", and this is not configurable! Would it have killed SNK to add an option to disable this? Worse yet, when you continue, your score does not reset! The only solution I've come up with is to set the difficulty to easy, crank up the lives to five, but do not use any continues (if you want a challenge, that is). I thought this flaw might bring the package down into "B" territory, but then I realized that this is still twice as good as any other shooter for the PS2. Go get it.
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XboxGameLemon (Sep 07, 2006)
While this type of zaniness may not appeal to everybody, those with a hankering for an ol' skool, shoot-first-and-eat-melons-later kind of arcade game these two bad boys will definitely fit the bill quite nicely. Just make sure to bring your salt... For the slugs... Y'know, Metal Slugs... Ok, ok, I'm sorry, I'll stop...
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PlayStation 2GameLemon (Sep 07, 2006)
While this type of zaniness may not appeal to everybody, those with a hankering for an ol' skool, shoot-first-and-eat-melons-later kind of arcade game these two bad boys will definitely fit the bill quite nicely. Just make sure to bring your salt... For the slugs... Y'know, Metal Slugs... Ok, ok, I'm sorry, I'll stop...
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XboxGame Vortex (Oct 05, 2005)
Unfortunately, the only real replay value of Metal Slug 4 and 5 is to try to top your high scores for personal satisfaction, or to post them online through Xbox Live. It’s unfortunate that 2-player action is limited to the same console, as this would be the perfect type of game to jump into quick online matches with. Still, playing 2-player in any side-scroller is always fun, and Metal Slug 4 and 5 are among the best of the best. Even though this is a killer game, renting instead of buying may be the best thing to do with its list price at 40 US dollars. But if you do decide to buy, just remember that I warned you: the game is too short due to the unlimited continues.
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XboxGame Over Online (Sep 08, 2005)
When you drop the money on this, you're getting two arcade-style shooters that're entries in a famous and well-regarded series. It'd be a little more worthwhile if an arcade-perfect Metal Slug 3 had been included in the collection, but this is still a must-have for those of us who fondly remember our local arcade.
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PlayStation 2Game Over Online (Jul 05, 2005)
Every little part of the game, from the gunfire to the occasional giant death robot, has tons of animation and personality. Enemies struck by gunfire don't just fall over backwards; they jet blood like the lawn sprinkler in Hell, then collapse into a heap. When you die, you don't simply collapse; instead, you get to see one of a few dozen death animations, from gunshot wounds to bursting into flame and keeling over.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Jun, 2005)
It's good to know that games like Metal Slug are still around. Unapologetic in its cartoon violence and unforgiving in its over-whelming challenge make this the hardcore shooter fan's dream come true.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Jun, 2005)
It's good to know that games like Metal Slug are still around. Unapologetic in its cartoon violence and unforgiving in its over-whelming challenge make this the hardcore shooter fan's dream come true.
80
PlayStation 2Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Sep 09, 2005)
Those accustomed to current generation titles may find this lacking in multiple areas. The characters have no differences between them. They're nothing beyond a visual switch. The only extras are trophies, which are difficult to earn, but not worth the effort. Replay value is derived from the greatness of the gameplay, another throwback much like the games themselves. None of that actually lessens the fact that theses are great games. That's why people buy them. However, being put on two DVDs, it seems almost wasteful not to have any extra content. Fans will be happy with this collection, and everyone else will be content to pass this over.
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PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central (Aug 25, 2005)
If you're undecided then you're probably not a true fan of the series. I would suggest renting this first as you might not appreciate kicking it old-school.
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XboxGameZone (Sep 06, 2005)
Metal Slug 4 & Metal Slug 5 is, without a doubt, a great addition to any gamers library. There just aren't many games like this being produced, and thankfully the Metal Slug series continues to offer astounding quality. Plus, you get two games here, for less than the price of a full-priced title – it's an offer that shouldn't be refused!
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XboxGotNext (Oct 09, 2005)
If I had to sum of Metal Slug 4 & 5 in three words, they would be "deliciously old school." To those who still have a soft spot in the heart for good old fashioned 2D action; this is a package that begs for your dollar. To those without such an appreciation, well, you won't know where you're going 'til you've seen where you came from; My advice to you is hike up your skirt, grab your balls, and lock and load, because Metal Slug's on a mission to make you a man.
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XboxVGPub (Sep 12, 2005)
While Metal Slug 4 & 5 does a great job of staying true to the original versions of the game, that isn't enough to fully justify its $39.99 price tag, or to win over new fans of the series. Old Metal Slug fans will surely enjoy the package and enjoy the endless hours of replay, especially while playing Metal Slug 5. However, until the price drops, it's better for newcomers to the series to rent it first.
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XboxGamingTrend (Oct 29, 2005)
SNK Playmore's Metal Slug 4/5 is a worthy pickup if you like this series at all. We should be glad they included both in this release and not separated them as Metal Slug 4 is the far lesser of the games presented here. If you're looking for good 2D side-scrolling action, Metal Slug 4/5 is a good pickup for $40. It may only take you 90 minutes to get through both games, but it will be a fun 90 minutes that you may want to play again.
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XboxWorth Playing (Sep 19, 2005)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again; there isn't much to say about Metal Slug 4&5 that hasn't already been said. The changes to gameplay are minimal, with the only new element being the slide maneuver in Metal Slug 5. I recommend this super-ultra-value-combo-pack to anyone looking for a tight, frantic, and hilarious action shooter. It's simple, it doesn't mess with you, and in these days where games are becoming increasingly complicated affairs, it has the simple, yet elegant beauty of a diamond in the rough.
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PlayStation 2Worth Playing (Jun 14, 2005)
Metal Slug, as a series, has not changed since the first game. A couple of new characters, some new guns, and, of course, new Slugs to ride around in, but if you're reading this review to find out about the hot new features of the games, you can stop. There's nothing new here. Well, actually, in Metal Slug 5, you can do a slide maneuver. Just duck and press the jump button, and you'll slide…you don't really need to do it that often.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Jun, 2005)
"They don't make 'em like this anymore" hangs proudly in the Cliche Hall of Fame in Terra Haute, Indiana, but in this case it's literally true. There are current games that pay tribute to the classic 8 - and 16-bit eras of gaming, like Viewtiful Joe and the Castlevania GBA titles, but only Metal Slug feels like it emerged out of a wormhole from 1993.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Jun, 2005)
"They don't make 'em like this anymore" hangs proudly in the Cliche Hall of Fame in Terra Haute, Indiana, but in this case it's literally true. There are current games that pay tribute to the classic 8 - and 16-bit eras of gaming, like Viewtiful Joe and the Castlevania GBA titles, but only Metal Slug feels like it emerged out of a wormhole from 1993.
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PlayStation 2Mygamer.com (Jun 16, 2005)
At $40 for two excellent arcade conversions, think of it as paying $20 for each game. Metal Slug 5 is the obviously superior version, and in all honesty it would have been better were it just $20 for that alone, but this is still a good deal. If you're a hopelessly nostalgic gamer who wishes for simpler days, when you spent more time playing a game than watching cut scenes of the story, and when they weren't afraid of making games challenging because hey, once they got your quarter there was no giving it back, Metal Slug 4 & 5 is a healthy dose of classic goodness. If Halo and Half-Life are your idea of shooters, you may want to pass this up. And if you don't know what Contra is, you need to play this before you embarrass yourself.
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XboxTeamXbox (Aug 18, 2005)
The Metal Slug series takes the phrase, “Say hello to my little friend.” to all new levels, as the weaponry that our heroes wield stretches the gambit from a standard issue machine gun, to a high-end rocket launcher. Toss in a variety of projectile weapons, upgrades, and slugs, and the end result is glorified warfare, exactly how I like it. But what is a slug you ask? Put simply, one of the many vehicles players can take control of during their pursuit in…well, killing anything and everything that moves on screen. To add fuel to this already-raging fire, there are a variety of upgrades and power-ups that players can pick up throughout the game as well. Dropped by rescued hostages and downed enemies, players can pick up items that will increase the rate of fire on their weapon, add new additions to said weapons, such as rockets and my personal favorite- lasers. Yeah, that’s what I said, frickin’ lasers man.
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XboxGameSpot (Aug 15, 2005)
Fans of the 2D side-scrolling shooter have long known SNK's Metal Slug series as a last bastion for what has roughly become the video game equivalent of Latin. But in recent years, the tricky part has gone from having enough quarters to finish the game to simply finding it. With arcades regrettably scarce, fans would have to fork over the hundreds of dollars that the NeoGeo versions of the Metal Slug games command. Though SNK's new package of Metal Slug 4 & 5, the two most recent entries in the series, does not command the same cache of cool that owning a functional NeoGeo home system or, even better, a stand-up MVS arcade machine does, it makes these throwback titles much more accessible. At this point, though, it's likely that only those players who have already acquired a taste for Metal Slug's rich blend of crazy, manic violence and goofy humor will fully appreciate this package.
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PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming (Sep 28, 2005)
With a fist full of quarters I got from my parents (and a few bills stuffed in my pocket my bro gave me) I make my way into the arcade and before I know it I’m broke, but the time spent in there was well worth the finical downfall. This euphoria might be one of the reasons so many classic titles are coming back on the scene. Metal Slug 4 and Metal Slug 5 are being slapped together for you in one box, giving you two games for the price of one.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot (May 13, 2005)
Fans of the 2D side-scrolling shooter have long known SNK's Metal Slug series as a last bastion for what has roughly become the video game equivalent of Latin. But in recent years, the tricky part has gone from having enough quarters to finish the game to simply finding it. With arcades regrettably scarce, fans would have to fork over the hundreds of dollars that the NeoGeo versions of the Metal Slug games command. Though SNK's new package of Metal Slug 4 & 5, the two most recent entries in the series, does not command the same cache of cool that owning a functional NeoGeo home system or, even better, a stand-up MVS arcade machine does, it makes these throwback titles much more accessible. At this point, though, it's likely that only those players who have already acquired a taste for Metal Slug's rich blend of crazy, manic violence and goofy humor will fully appreciate this package.
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PlayStation 2GamersHell.com (Jun 28, 2005)
In conclusion, the Metal Slug 4 & 5 collection will easily find its way into the hearts of series fans. Whether you enjoy games for their fast-paced action, variety of weapons, or the ability to work cooperatively with a friend, even casual gamers new to the Metal Slug scene will find fun here. While you shouldn’t expect anything revolutionary or jaw dropping - especially in terms of gameplay - the Metal Slug 4 & 5 collection is still deserving of praise for the intensely satisfying action on offer from its very beginning all the way to its final boss battle.
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PlayStation 2GameZone (Jun 20, 2005)
Metal Slug 4/5 Combo Pack is a solid title, make no mistake about that. This is a package that takes players back to the days of simple arcade gaming, where the game was easy to jump into and play, and the smiles flowed freely.
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PlayStation 2Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Jul 02, 2005)
While old-school gamers and fans of the series will no doubt be thrilled to finally get to play Metal Slug 4 and 5 on their PS2’s, kids who have grown up on polygons and CD-based games may have a hard time seeing what all the fuss is about. Both groups may wonder why this double-disc release doesn’t include ALL the Metal Slug games, which would help justify the package’s $40 MSRP.
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XboxAceGamez (Apr 30, 2006)
Metal Slug 4 & 5 offers a great gameplay experience for casual and hardcore fans of the shooter/action genre alike. This two-disk game retails for a reduced price, which is still a bit steep considering that there is not much content unless you explicitly look for it. Also, considering that these games are on the Xbox, I would have loved to have seen more Live functionality, like the ability to hop into another person's game already in progress for some two player action. This shouldn't undercut the fact that these are enjoyable titles and you should definitely check them out if you get the opportunity.
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PlayStation 2GamerDad (Jan 01, 2006)
The Metal Slug series reminds me of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming—animation which may appear kid friendly at first glance, but watch for a little while and you'll find the shows are clearly aimed at an older demographic. These two are the same. Everything here is presented in cartoony, animated fashion, but there's blood spurting carnage just about everywhere. Sure, the violence isn't realistic, but it's essentially non-stop and continuous. Some pre-teens may be ready for this one, depending on maturity level and supervision, but it's otherwise recommended for the 14+ crowd.
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XboxGaming Target (Jul 14, 2006)
Overall, Metal Slug 4 &5 is part of a dying breed. Most gamers these days will choose a game such as Halo 2 over a 2D side-scrolling shooter without hesitation. Yet there certain people out there that loved their arcade games and playing Metal Slug 4 & 5 will bring back a certain sense of nostalgia that will keep them happy for days. Since this bundle includes two games that have been unaltered since their original release years ago, it is difficult to recommend this game to the majority of the gamer population. Metal Slug series fans and arcade game fans will probably track this bundle down and will gladly add it to their collection without hesitation, while those that have never experienced such a game should rent it first to see if it suits their taste.
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XboxNetjak (Sep 13, 2005)
For most gamers, this is a pass. There's just not enough value in the game long term in the 2 games to make this worth your money at a $40 price point, or even $30.
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XboxDaily Game (Oct 13, 2005)
Metal Slug 4 & 5 are fun, but considering that you can run through them in about as much time as it would take you to watch the latest Rob Schneider film, I’d say this combo pack is worth even less than the ticket price to see Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.
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XboxGame Critics (Apr 26, 2006)
Perhaps the strangest thing of all is that the two games come on separate discs - almost as if the company had intended to release them as two different titles, but realized at the last minute that they just wouldn't be seen as a decent value on their own without any bells or whistles. While I always appreciate getting two things for the price of one, the sad fact is that without anything to pad out the length, Metal Slug 4&5 is really just a rental at best. For anyone but die-hard fans of the franchise or genre, these two games just aren't worth the price of one.
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PlayStation 2Daily Game (Oct 13, 2005)
Metal Slug 4 & 5 are fun, but considering that you can run through them in about as much time as it would take you to watch the latest Rob Schneider film, I’d say this combo pack is worth even less than the ticket price to see Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.
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XboxIGN (Aug 25, 2005)
The initial surge of nostalgia for the glory days of 2D action is impossible to keep down while playing through these games. Unfortunately, once it fades, there’s little left to take its place. This combo pack will appeal only to those dedicated fans who take pleasure twisting their thumbs in knots trying to get the highest score. While it’s still a great shooter, it’s something we’ve all seen before. Both games definitively prove the Metal Slug series is slowing to a crawl and desperately needs to change if it wants to evolve and attract new fans.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy (Jun 03, 2005)
If you're prepared to treat Metal Slug 4/5 as an arcade game and are interested in discovering secrets and alternate paths then you can get a lot out of this game. If you've been weaned on Grand Theft Auto then you will not get what this game is about and you shouldn't buy it. Metal Slug 4/5 is a throwback that will only be enjoyed by those that appreciate classic 2D arcade shooters.
60
PlayStation 2G4 TV: X-Play (Jul 12, 2007)
We'll be the first to trumpet Metal Slug as a standard-bearer of old-school arcade design. There's definite, if short-lived, satisfaction in seeing the animation. For most gamers, this is a prime rental, able to provide a few hours distraction. But for 40 bucks, only the most dedicated players will get their money's worth. And anyone unprepared for the game's unrelenting level of challenge may find themselves doubling that investment in order to replace a broken controller or two.
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XboxGamers' Temple, The (Aug 31, 2005)
If you’re looking for some old school, shoot-em-up action, then by all means give the game a rental. Otherwise there is not enough action and gameplay here to warrant the cost and the game is best left to diehard Metal Slug fans.
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XboxGamesFirst! (Sep 16, 2005)
If you need a break from today's intense and engrossing titles, then Metal Slug might be worth having around to pop in every now and again. If you are a huge fan of the series you may enjoy having it. If you are curious I say give it a rent, if you think you will like Metal Slug it really is a perfect renter. My guess is that most gamers won't have a lot of use for it. Especially now as we emerge from the summer gaming drought.
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XboxGaming Nexus (Sep 22, 2005)
It easy to get into Metal Slug 4 and 5, they are extremely likeable games with plenty of personality. But it’s a short experience that will feel hallow when you’ve shot through the final boss. It features great graphics and a nice variety of levels, but it’s hard not to be concerned by the lack of value. It’s nice to finally see these Metal Slug games come home, but it might be wise to wait until SNK decides to release them all in one complete collection.
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XboxDefunct Games (Sep 22, 2005)
It easy to get into Metal Slug 4 and 5, they are extremely likeable games with plenty of personality. But it's a short experience that will feel hallow when you've shot through the final boss. It features great graphics and a nice variety of levels, but it's hard not to be concerned by the lack of value. It's nice to finally see these Metal Slug games come home, but it might be wise to wait until SNK decides to release them all in one complete collection.
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PlayStation 2IGN (May 26, 2005)
Metal Slug 4, you see, is a title widely regarded as the bastard stepson of a long revered series that happened to get a little promiscuous and careless one warm summer's eve. Its inclusion in this combo box should be thought of as a considerate nod to the Slug faithful rather than a real reason to go out and buy, buy, buy.
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PlayStation 2HonestGamers (May 30, 2005)
Metal Slug 4 doesn't deserve a proper introduction. It sucks. All it is is a boring retread of Metal Slugs past, a smattering of elements from previous run-n-gun classics that honestly just doesn't work. Many of the scenes I remember from earlier Slugs I remember for their novelty. Duking it out with the eccentric bodybuilder Sgt. Allen, turning into a zombie and vomiting blood at my foes, damaging some sap's sailboat and watching him try to pump the water out by hand... moments like these worked so well because they were original, and as such, a game comprised almost entirely of scenarios that retread these moments (MS4) comes off as lazy. Its developer Mega even had the gall to rip entire backgrounds from SNK's earlier works and slap them into its monstrosity.
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XboxGamersMark (Sep 20, 2005)
My recommendation is to march on down to your local Blockbuster Video store; they need the business right now anyway. If you want something that’s a little bit retro, pick this game up as a rental. Eight or nine dollars for a couple hours of gameplay is a little better than 40 dollars. This game will fill an evening, if you frequently pause the game so you can: go to the bathroom, get something to eat/drink, go for a hike, write a best selling novel, go see a movie, play a different game, and then come back to it. Take note future developers, we need a little more for such a vast sum of money.
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PlayStation 2GamersMark (Sep 20, 2005)
There are so many games that are released on a weekly basis that it’s no wonder that I have never heard of some of them. This is probably why I have never heard of Metal Slug 4&5, and I then found myself asking "What happened to Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, and Metal Slug 3?" Well of course I was curious- was there a good reason why I never heard of it, or was I about to blow a metallic, sluggish load after playing? Well let me tell you; anyone interested in old school 2D shoot ’em up action that has an attention span which boarders on ADHD this is the package for you!
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XboxMygamer.com (Nov 08, 2005)
The Metal Slug package should be purchased by the most hardcore of fans only. For the casual gamer, if nostalgia has you down, hop on down to a rental store and satisfy the urges you are feeling. Make sure the rental is only for one night, for after the first two hours of gameplay, you WILL be done with the game for good and will be ready to return to something a little more modern. If the package was cheaper and had more online features, the review might have been a little more lenient towards SNK. However, $40 is too much money to be spent on a game package that will be finished in less than two hours and will never be played again.
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XboxGaming Age (Oct 06, 2005)
Like I said before, it gives me a warm fuzzy to go back and play games like these, but like any other classic games, it just can't hold my attention. My buddy and I started blasting through the game on co-op, but that session didn't last long. Soon we were back to playing Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. I might stick around longer if there were more games to play. As it is, this "collection" isn't worth the money.
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As a package for the Xbox, Metal Slug 4/5 is somewhat skimpy and has the look of a hasty release. The only extras are a few stats based on game performance. Translations approach Engrish, and the announcer probably saw a few too many "Terminator" movies. Both games can be finished in under an hour for novices, and advanced players can finish in half that. Taken as an aggregate, the result is that Metal Slug 4/5 feels short and meager, especially for a fully priced release. Die hard fans of the genre and the series will no doubt pick this up and enjoy it, but most gamers will want to pass on Metal Slug 4/5.