Metal Slug 2 Review

Metal Slug 2 (Available on PlayStation 3 & PSP)
ESRB Rating: T
Number of Players: 1 to 2
Genre: Action
Publisher: SNK Playmore
Developer: SNK
Release Date: October 11th, 2011

Parent Talk: Metal Slug 2 is rated T for teen because of blood and violence.  While Metal Slug 2 might appear to be like Contra, it’s much more adult-themed and not for the kids.  This is a perfect shooter for teenagers though and adults.

Plays Like: Contra, Gunstar Heroes, etc.

Review Basis: Played online coop on the PS3, finished the arcade mode on the PS3 and the PSP.

Details: PS3 version is $8.99 and PSP version is $6.99.

What’s This About: Metal Slug 2 follows the events from the first game where we find General Morden hell bent on taking over the world with his army.  The only ones who can stop the dictator are the Peregrine Falcon squad, which is made up of series regulars Marco and Tarma.  This time around the dynamic duo are joined by Fiolina and Eri.

What It’s Remembered For:

  • Incredible two-player madness!  There’s nothing like grabbing a buddy and blasting through stage after stage of sheer madness.  From alien invasions to mad dictators, everything and anything is possible in the Metal Slug series.
  • Stunning graphics and a great sense of humor.  You’ll see people on the toilet; you’ll have aliens to destroy and tons of soldiers to rescue, all drawn out in some of the most gorgeous 2D animation ever seen.  There’s a reason everyone holds this series with such high regard, it’s because it deserves it.
  • New weapons and Slugs added to the mix, including the Camel Slug, Slugnoid and Slug Flyer.  The laser shot, fire bombs, and armor piercing shells make plowing through the hoards of enemies better than ever.
  • Transform!  Metal Slug 2 introduced transformations.  Get some Egyptian gas spilled on you and presto you transform into a mummy.  It’s also possible to become overly obese if players eat enough food.
  • Supporting characters.  Metal Slug 2 also introduced supporting characters that would assist the player during the campaign.  The first one introduced was a rescued prisoner who would throw fireballs at enemies.

Any Improvements?

  • Having the option to buy a portable version is always a plus.  I did notice more framerate issues in the PSP version compared to the PS3 version, but nothing game-breaking.
  • By far the best new feature is the online coop mode.  Invite a friend, chat it up and destroy a bunch of goofballs.  What’s not to love?
  • Region selecting.  Like all the games on the Neo Geo Station, players can experience the uncensored Japanese versions while playing with English dialogue.
  • Save states.  While not nearly as important for fighters, being able to save your game while playing a Metal Slug game is a god-sent.
  • Improved visuals.  Another staple of the NGS games, players have the option to smooth out the graphics, select a different border wallpaper and more.

Bottom Line: Who Should Download This?

Unlike The King of Fighters series, which has only gotten better with age, Metal Slug has been kickass since day one and this is an easy recommend for everyone, from the hardcore to the casual fans.  The AES version of Metal Slug 2, which this is an enhanced port of, goes for around $1,000 on eBay so clearly paying $9 for it is a bargain.  Once again, I can’t recommend this one enough.

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