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Metal Slug X (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Metal Slug X is a great game, full of charming visuals and exciting power-ups. There's just one problem: It's a rip-off on the Virtual Console! You can buy this game for much cheaper elsewhere, including a Metal Slug compilation disc for the Wii. This is a great game, but a terrible value. Be careful! Rating: 57%
Metal Slug X (Virtual Console)
Metal Slug X (Virtual Console) Metal Slug X (Virtual Console) Metal Slug X (Virtual Console) Metal Slug X (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? In this world of title updates and day one patches, I wonder if Metal Slug X would even exist. At its core, this 1999 release is a remixed version of the popular (but kind of broken) Metal Slug 2. Beyond fixing some of the technical problems (slowdowns, etc.), this redux offers brand new weapons, enemies and boss battles. The good news is that all of the Metal Slug fun is front and center in this Virtual Console port. We're given gorgeous artwork that still looks great today, plus funny animations that are guaranteed to make you yearn for the good old days of sprite-based graphics. Throw in a few awkward vehicles and an unexplained plotline and you have another great entry in the Metal Slug franchise. Too bad it wasn't an original entry.

Does It Still Hold Up? It's a Metal Slug game; you know exactly what you're getting from the get-go. The hand-drawn graphics and animation look amazing, even when stacked against the Wii's current library. Although the gameplay is solid, I do have an issue with the limited control I'm giving over my gun. Outside of that, this game holds up beautifully.

Is It Worth The Money? Longtime fans of This Week in Defunct Games already know what I'm going to say. Metal Slug X on the Virtual Console is a bad deal. Don't get me wrong, it's a great shooter, but nine dollars is simply too much money to spend on this Neo Geo game. These days you can find the Metal Slug Anthology for less than the price of this download. On the PlayStation 3, this same game is three dollars cheaper. Metal Slug X is easy to recommend, but you're better off looking around for a better deal.
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