Excerpt: There is a certain amount of nostalgia that Metal Slug 7 carries with it, from its earliest appearances on Neo Geo hardware to the recent Anthology (the PS2 and Wii versions received a healthy 8/10 from Console Obsession). But can this new portable iteration bring its hardcore gameplay to the widespread DS audience successfully?
Excerpt: Buyer beware: Metal Slug 7 has absolutely no two-player co-op. If you're still willing to give the game a shot, you'll find some snazzy animation and impressive set piece moments like controlling a screen-filling Slug. The main campaign is relatively average, but it's nice that you can jump into any mission once you've beaten it.
Excerpt: Eventually, regular soldiers become futuristic mercenaries using overpowered firearms that shoot globes of thunder or hives of heat-seeking mini-rockets. They lay you to siege on a snow covered mountain while the air remains constantly abuzz with gunships, bombers and layer after layer of bullet hell.
Excerpt: Metal Slug. Curious name for a game, huh? If you're childish it might make you snigger. If you're serious you might point out the fact that slugs aren't metal. If you're a gamer, however, especially a gamer with a weakness for hardcore side-scrolling 2D shooters, it'll make you weep with joy. The Metal Slug series is one held in high regard by its army of fiendishly loyal fans.
Conclusion: Metal Slug 7 is what it is; a resolutely old school, unashamedly non-progressive and brutally tough side-scrolling shooter and, in many respects, SNK should be applauded for bringing an authentic Metal Slug experience to the DS. However, its failure to make the most of dual screens feels like a missed opportunity and it is disappointing that the quality of delivery isn’t matched by a similar degree of ambition. Rather than being something really special, it is merely (!