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. The modern-day gaming equivalent of a reunion tour for aging rockers, Metal Slug XX is worth every dollar to fans of the franchise.
Summary: Metal Slug XX is a revamp of Metal Slug 7 that came out on PSP 2 years ago. Ad Hoc has been added, but little else was done to port the game over to the PSP. At times the controls seem sluggish and the fact they didn’t bother re-doing the base graphics for the PSP screen, instead options to allow the player to do a 4:3 or stretch the graphics otherwise speaks volumes. A little more effort and a little bit less trying to cash in would have been nice to see on this.
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. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does make it hard to get excited for new entries in the series.
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. It's the Contra formula, and has, for many years, proven itself to be completely capable of delivering a good time. Metal Slug XX does very, very little to change this.
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! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Conclusion: Metal Slug XX does a good job of offering safe, predictable Metal Slug action while suffering from not doing anything special to make it stand out in this series. For the cheap $20 price tag, this offering is good for Metal Slug fans with friends to make use of the new co-op mode while the rest of you could just rent this to beat the campaign to see all that you need to see.
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.