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GameLemon (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...
Game 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.
Game 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.
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.
GameZone (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!
GotNext (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.
VGPub (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.
GamingTrend (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.
Worth 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.
"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.
TeamXbox (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.
GameSpot (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.
AceGamez (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.
Gaming 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.
Netjak (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.
Daily 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.
Game 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.
IGN (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.
Gamers' 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.
GamesFirst! (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.
Gaming 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.
Defunct 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.
GamersMark (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.
42 (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.
Gaming 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.
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.