Excerpt: The last time we saw Metal Slug on PSP was the tremendously entertaining Metal Slug Anthology , which gathered together a decade's worth of gaming action. Metal Slug XX is like the revival games we've seen from a few franchises like Mega Man , which takes the old formula out for a new spin.
Summary: A little bit of run & gun is good for the soul, and Metal Slug has been running and gunning for 14 years now. While each new version has a few tweaks and improvements carried over from previous games, the look and feel is roughly the same as when it started.
Excerpt: Metal Slug fans know how it goes. You hold down on the D-Pad and run, killing everything that shows up in between the left side of the level and the right. Weapon upgrades are picked up. Vehicles are driven. Bosses are killed.
Excerpt: SNK has gone and done it again. Much like the revamp of Metal Slug 2 , Metal Slug X , Metal Slug XX is a redo or revamp of Metal Slug 7 which came out on the DS a few years ago. Metal Slug XX is almost a direct port, with a few additions to take advantage of some of the PSPs built in features.
Summary: Metal Slug purists may hate me for saying this, but it's time for this franchise to evolve. Metal Slug XX is a fun action game that simultaneously reminds me why I love AND hate this series. The great graphics and expressive characters aren't enough to make this two year old port worth $20!
Excerpt: It’s impossible to talk about Metal Slug XX without discussing Metal Slug 7 . Metal Slug 7 was the eighth Metal Slug game, and the first to be released only on a portable system (the DS) and not in arcades. Initially, it was a DS exclusive, until now.
Pros: Better than DS version, great presentation and graphics, co-op multiplayer, battle school, audio sounds better, new slugs to ride and wreck havoc in and you can keep track of records and hostages rescued.
Cons: You have to pay extra for Leona and multiplayer is ad-hoc online.
Summary: Metal Slug XX is a side-scrolling, arcade-style, run-and-gun shooter exploding with the same winning formula of over-the-top action and cartoon mayhem that has kept Metal Slug a premier franchise for over a decade.
Conclusion: Metal Slug XX is a textbook entry to the series. The familiar terrain is nice, but it may leave some unsatisfied. Coupled with the lack of online play, you might not get a lot of mileage out of this one.