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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!