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.
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 (!
Excerpt: It was inevitable, really. Not surprising in the slightest. Given General Morden’s record, who couldn’t have seen this coming? You’d think a man like him would be able to learn from his mistakes. Or just give up, at least. But no, that’d be too easy. After getting his ass kicked so many times, the infamously inept villain of the Metal Slug series is back and looking for some revenge.
Conclusion: Metal Slug 7 might be missing a few things but the overall game is a load of fun. I find myself putting this game on every now and when I do I seem to loose track of time, the game is that much fun. Fans of old action games should pick this one up immediately.
Summary: Metal Slug 7 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors by continuing to deliver the high-energy and frantic, fast-paced 2-D shooting action that the franchise has always been widely renowned for.