Metal Slug: Anthology Reviews (PlayStation 2)
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The Video Game Critic (Nov 27, 2008)
You also have the option of shooting side-by-side a friend, although I found that slightly less fun. Offering insane mayhem with simple controls and crazy eye candy, Metal Slug Anthology is 2D shooting action at its finest.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 08, 2007)
Beyond the surface, you'll find a set of imaginative and extremely well-developed ports of games that did very well in other countries, but didn't get the recognition in this part of the world that they deserved. Due for imminent release in Europe, let's just hope that the Metal Slug games do well this time around! Lord knows they deserve it for this astounding title.
GameZone (Apr 19, 2007)
These flaws are far from enough to tarnish this exquisite collection, however. This is the quintessential set for shooter fans, and there’s enough solid gold 2D gameplay to satisfy even the most hardcore action fan. So whether you’re trying them for the first time or just trying to recapture memories of the arcade scene you remember and loved, Metal Slug Anthology deserves a place on the shelf for anyone who considers them self a true gamer.
Yet Another Review Site (YARS) (Jun 25, 2007)
Overall, this anthology will provide a couple of hours worth of entertainment for anyone interested in retro games. The graphics and Gameplay styles cannot match up to more modern games like gears of war or Battlefield 2142, but the arcade style has a certain magic to it, which makes the game fun for both children and adults alike. The game's 2 player mode is also good fun, and allows you to join in with a friend to battle the evil hordes of whatever. In conclusion, this game is well worth a try.
Armchair Empire, The (Apr 11, 2007)
Metal Slug Anthology is already a tremendous deal for your money, and it's definitely worth checking out for anyone into chaotic old school mayhem. The Playstation 2 version is also the best one for your money, since it isn't hampered by the control or loading issues of the other ports.
Jolt (UK) (Jun 27, 2007)
Even though the PSP and Wii versions weren’t great, the PS2 version of Metal Slug Anthology shows just how fantastic retro game collections can be. Seven of the best 2D scrolling shooters in one package is nothing to be sniffed at, and they’re finally available with no stupid controls, lengthy load times or excessive slowdown. If you’ve never played the series before, shame on you, but now you’ve got the perfect excuse to see the error of your ways and enjoy some good old fashioned coin-op fun.
Deaf Gamers (Jul 04, 2007)
Those looking for some classic side-scrolling action will simply love what Metal Slug Anthology has to offer. The games are very enjoyable both as a single-player experience and as a two player multiplayer experience. Of course with these games being arcade perfect, they aren't exactly graphical masterpieces and in no way test the graphical capabilities of the PlayStation 2. To be honest though, I would rather have them in their original form because when you purchase collections such as this you expect the games to retain their original look and feel and that's exactly what the games in the Metal Slug Anthology have done. If arcade side-scrolling action titles are your thing, Metal Slug Anthology is simply a must own title.
GamesCollection (Dec 20, 2008)
In conclusione possiamo dire che questa raccolta ci soddisfa ed è certamente un buon acquisto per gli appassionati che vogliono sfoggiare un pezzo di storia nella loro collezione. Ricordiamo inoltre che Metal Slug Anthology è disponibile anche per Wii e PSP.
DarkZero (Jul 14, 2007)
There’s little to say about this particular celebratory compilation that you won’t find written on the back of the box; it’s a perfect conversion of every Metal Slug game ever made on one disc, with the brand-spanking-new 6 included in case you needed an extra reason to pick up this excellent little package. If you’re a fan of Metal Slug, if you’ve spent years getting an earful off an older generation of arcade frequenters because you’ve not played the series properly, or if you just fancy having a pop to see what all the fuss is about, then this is quite simply a title you can’t afford to miss. A cult gaming package that’s hard to best at a price that’s painfully reasonable - what more can you ask for?
PSX Extreme (Jul 26, 2007)
Some golden oldies should never die, and all of these Metal Slug titles fall into the category of "should-never-be-forgotten."
4Players.de (Aug 06, 2007)
Ich bin ein großer Metal Slug-Fan! Ich liebe die Serie, ich liebe den bescheuerten Humor, ich vergöttere den Grafikstil, ich denke mit einem seligen Lächeln an all die wundervollen Mehrspielerpartien, die mir dieser 2D-Quark schon beschert hat. Und als ich die Metal Slug Anthology in den Händen hielt, die ersten Games zockte, war ich glücklich wie Dagobert Duck beim Geldspeicher-Bad. Denn endlich machen die Games den Spaß, den sie machen sollen! Endlich eine Version, die der Serie Ehre macht, nach all den vorherigen Alpha- und Beta-Varianten. Wer mit 2D-Ballerrabatz nichts anfangen kann, der wird auch auf der PS2 kaum zum Pixelfan, zumal es hier keinerlei Grafikverschönerungen sowie ein etwas verschobenes Bild gibt. Aber wer gerne an die gute alte Zeit in der Spielhalle zurückdenkt, der findet auf dieser DVD herrlich viel Arcade-Ballerei für herrlich wenig Geld!
GameSpot (Apr 05, 2007)
If you're a Metal Slug fan and you've thus far managed to resist the siren call of the Wii and PSP versions of Metal Slug Anthology, this is probably the version to get. Even if you've picked up one of the previous PS2 Metal Slug releases, Metal Slug Anthology is a great value. Along with seven full arcade games--each rife with alternate paths, hidden areas, and some clever Easter eggs--you get music, concept art galleries, and a confounding Q&A with developers of the series, where they discuss topics ranging from the underlying design ethic of the series to their personal casting choices for a nonexistent live-action Metal Slug movie. The Metal Slug series has been responsible for the best 2D shooter action anywhere in the past 10 years, and arguably ever, and it makes for a great fit on the PS2.
Retrogaming History (Apr 07, 2008)
Concludendo non possiamo che ringraziare di tutto cuore la Snk-Playmore per questa splendida collection. La presenza su di un unico disco di sette conversioni praticamente perfette rende questa Anthology un vero pezzo di storia videoludica, che non mancherà di fare la felicità di tutti gli amanti di un genere prematuramente finito nel dimenticatoio.
AceGamez (May 02, 2007)
Aside from a few minor grievances, Metal Slug Anthology serves up one of the finest videogame compilations ever created and is without question worthy of a place in anyone's collection. With the budget price and the console debut of Metal Slug 6, this will surely be a big hit with fans - I can only hope that it entices a whole new generation of players into its brilliantly bizarre world, as it certainly deserves to be recognized for the exceptional gameplay experience that it is.
Pro-G (Jun 26, 2007)
Metal Slug Anthology is a worthy addition to any PS2 owner's game collection. It may be unusual, insistent on clinging to a long-gone gaming era, and incredibly hard at times, but by including every major Metal Slug game, is without doubt one of the finest platform shooter titles yet released.
IC-Games (Aug 04, 2007)
In an era where these old classics can be heartily downloaded it doesn’t seem like shelling out your hard earned money for this collection of dated games is that feasible an idea. At the end of the day you’re really not going to cover any ground or progress through an Oscar worthy script but it is an essential purchase for the sole reason that it has become timeless and cult. Its tried and tested. Instead of umming and ahhing over which new game to buy or play that could be crap (or even worse: mediocre) you can always come back to a game like this, or an anthology like this. For those old enough to affectionately remember Metal Slug’s hayday or those young enough to be curious by an explosive blast from the past, Metal Slug’s audience is universal. Metal Slug anthology is not a game to complete and then toss away either. It has a potentially unlimited replayability as well, which is emphasised by the lack of saving and pausing. It is immediate, and always ready. Recommended.
Game Captain (Aug 22, 2007)
Metal Slug muss man einfach lieben. Der Charme der Serie ist unverkennbar und bringt einiges an Schmunzeln ins Gesicht des Spielers, während er sich durch die teils bockschweren Gefechte ballert. Und jetzt alle jemals erschienenen Teile in einer Sammlung spielen zu können, sollte eines jeden Retro-Liebhabers Herz höher schlagen lassen. Eine gelungene Sammlung für zwischendurch, lachhafte Abende und zum immer mal wieder Reinschauen.
IGN (Apr 09, 2007)
In fact, even at its $39.99 price point Anthology still delivers seven titles at just under six bucks a pop, which is an amazing deal when comparing that to Metal Slug 3 or Metal Slug 4 & 5 that released years ago on PS2 and Xbox at the same price. You’re getting every major page of Metal Slug history, minimal load, a couple basic extras, and a ton of action. Whether you snatch this off the shelf immediately, wait for a price drop, or rent it for a throwback night of arcade bliss, grab a friend and put some quality time into one of SNK’s greatest franchises. And be sure to do it on PS2; it’s the best version available hands-down.
Wonderwallweb.com (Feb 07, 2007)
Whether you would like to spend the cash on this game or not, it offers great value by managing to pack in 7 games on one disc, which while quite old still manage to stand up to the test of time, sure they may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but for some this is a bit of a bargain.
Jeuxvideo.com (Jun 11, 2007)
Cette compilation porte bien son nom et n'oublie quasiment aucun point important. Entre le choix des Continus infinis ou non, le mode Coop, les différents types d'affichage et bien entendu l'intégralité des épisodes (hors portables et Metal Slug 3D), Metal Slug Anthology représente un beau morceau de choix, qui plus est vendu à bas prix.
FOK!games (Jul 05, 2007)
Metal Slug Anthology is een verzameling van alle spellen van de Metal Slug serie die bij elke arcade-liefhebber in de kast moet staan. De goede graphics met ontzettend veel detail, de hectische gameplay en de toegevoegde mogelijkheden om in-game te saven maken deze spellen fantastisch. Ook kun je nu zelf instellen hoeveel continues je wilt hebben: oneindig veel als je onervaren bent, of met een erg strakke uitdaging voor de hardcore fans. De conversies zijn erg goed gedaan, hoewel de extra's niet erg veel voorstellen. De game gaat voor een redelijke budgetprijs de winkel uit, wat hem net zo duur maakt als de eerder los-verkochte Metal Slugs op de PlayStation 2. Kortom: of je nu eens je hand wilt proberen aan een nieuw spel, groot fan bent, of een game wilt die je in co-op met vrienden kan spelen die niet zo goed zijn in First Person Shooters op consoles: deze verzameling moet je halen!
Gamers Globe (Jul 08, 2007)
Heldigvis er Metal Slug Anthology ikke en fuldprisudgivelse, og med dette taget i betragtning bør enhver PS2-spiller med hang til morsom tegneseriekarikaturer og intenst skyderi af den gamle skole, kaste sig lystigt ud i spillet her. Det er selvfølgelig både nostalgisk og opmuntrende for de spillere der for op til ti år siden stiftede bekendtskab med nogle af originalerne, men undertegnede har ved selvsyn set 2 drenge på henholdsvis 4 og 8 år, muntre sig i 2 timer uden stop med bare ét af de syv spil på skiven, så det kan også roligt bekræftes, at det kan spilles af spillere i alle aldre. Metal Slug Anthology demonstrerer på fornemmeste vis at action i 2D stadig holder, og i Metal Slugs univers er det utænkeligt, at man nogensinde skulle kunne blive træt af det.
Gamestyle (Jul 26, 2007)
Perhaps it's symptomatic of the state of modern game pricing that, even at £15, there's still a slight tinge of doubt over whether this series of niche ports can justify its RRP. While comfortably the most playable version of the release available (compared to the Wii edition's clunkily implemented tilt controls or the PSP edition's epic load times), it still isn't quite the perfect Metal Slug release some would have hoped for, and it's doubtful it will take SNK long to work out the value of releasing the series in definitive, online co-op ready form on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live. Still, you would be hard-pressed to find a cheaper way to indulge your nostalgic streak, and few people deserve to live their lives without experiencing the giddy thrills on offer here.
GameCell UK (Aug 19, 2007)
The game IS old but still strangely addictive. It's a no-brainer to play. Run, jump, shoot etc. but it just draws you in to play a little more. Yes, you are gunning down people or setting them alight with a flamer thrower, but the cartoon level of violence is no worse than you'll see in Itchy and Scratchy these days. So it is a game I'd let my kids play. However GTA, The Getaway and Metal Gear are still firmly on the top shelf out of reach. So if you have played and enjoyed the Metal Slug games in the past and want to relive them again and again with a mate it's worth a punt. However don't build up your hopes for the "new" Metal Slug game as this is really just more of the same with less pixel-y backdrops.
Gamers Europe (Jul 20, 2007)
To Metal Slug officionados though, and that strange band of hardcore gamers who for some reason see SNK as untouchable, this is all moot. They need no more convincing to buy this package than the name "Metal Slug" on the front. Even they should be aware though that having all the games together makes it incredibly stark just how samey they are, and how little genuine work has gone into the series over the years. A better example of the law of diminishing returns is going to be difficult to come by, but despite that what it does do, it does very well - just be warned that it doesn't do very much at all, and even when it does do something it does it over and over and over again until you're bored to tears by it. A curio for fans with money to burn only, I think.
Boomtown (Jul 27, 2007)
All in all, though, there is very little to fault Metal Slug: Anthology. Big guns, big vehicles and some colossal enemies is a combination that seldom comes under serious scrutiny, and of all the big platforming shooters out there, Metal Slug owns the field. Meticulous care and experience is woven deeply into each and every game, and in spite of its age, having all seven games on one disc is nothing short of a compliment to your collection.