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BLOODBORNE, FEBRUARY 5TH
So you want to play Metal Slug?
Short of spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on a Neo Geo and the carts, or being a crazy obsessed person such as myself and finding all the ports, here’s a quick guide on how (relatively) inexpensively for fairly modern consoles.
COMPILATIONS FOR LAZY PEOPLE
Metal Slug Anthology (Wii, PS2, PSP/Vita download)
-Avg. Price: $15-25
-The most convenient and immediate way to play MS1-6. Special features like concept art and soundtracks. Be warned, this version has issues with input latency, so if you’re planning to go for scores, this probably isn’t the version you want to do it on.
Metal Slug Complete PC
-Avg. Price: $20 (+ 2 weeks shipping)
-Same games as Anthology, minus the bonuses. It’s South Korean-only, but easily importable. No input latency! But there are a few minor audio and video issues such as some music not playing and some sprites being messed up. The languages include English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian. eBay it up!
-If you’re not purchasing an actual MAME cabinet, THIS IS ILLEGAL YOU KNOW, but you can run ROMs of Metal Slug 1-5 with a Neo Geo plugin. No input latency, but the blood is recolored to white for “sweat” or some bullshit. It’s dumb. Anyways, 6 runs off of the Atomiswave hardware and isn’t available for it - if you see a ROM that says MS6, it’s a hacked super-easy mode version of 3.
Metal Slug 3 (Being ported everywhere)
-Avg. Price: $8-10
-Widely considered the pinnacle of the series, and for good reason: it’s fantastic. 5 may be my personal favorite, but 3 is the most complete Metal Slug. Steam’s got it for $8 reguarly (goes down in price periodically), Android and iOS versions, XBLA for 360, the original Xbox has a port, PSN is getting it on PS3, PS4, and Vita, and so on and so forth.
Metal Slug X (PS1/PSN download)
-This port sucks. Low resolution, muffled audio, so many dropped frames, and everything else. But you know something? It’s still Metal Slug X, thus still one of the best entries. And I mean it’s the complete game, so honestly there’s nothing too terribly wrong with it other than it being super gimped.
Metal Slug: Super Vehicle-001/Metal Slug 2 (PSN downloads)
-Price: $6/7 each
I believe these are a part of the NEO GEO STATION thing SNK had going on, and I have only heard good things about them. If you’re looking into getting 3 when it comes out this winter on PSN, get these first. These are a great starting place.
Metal Slug 4/5 (PS2 and Xbox)
-Avg. Price: $10-20
-There was a dual-disc release of Metal Slug 4 and 5 for North America on the PS2 and Xbox. Mission select, options, and trophy collection. No latency, and I can’t think of any issues either had other than MS5’s credits sequence being sped up. It’s weird, but not really an issue.
Metal Slug 7/XX (DS/PSP and XBLA)
Avg. Price: $15-20
Metal Slug 7 and XX have had very limited options for systems, as 7 is a DS exclusive and XX is only on PSP/XBLA. Both 7 and XX are the same game but with different enemy/weapon layout. It’s alright. I mean, I like it but it’s not a good starting place. Only get if you’re a fan of the series or run and gun shooters, really.
Metal Slug Advance (GBA)
Avg. Price: $15
Get out there and rock the tanks.
oh and no i’m not sorry for the chuunibyou spam