Metal Slug 7
Metal Slug is back and as good as ever
I've been a huge Metal Slug fan for a long time, since my days as a little arcade-going mallrat back in the mid '90s, and have stuck with the franchise through and through, so when I heard that there was going to be an official Metal Slug release for the DS, I was rather excited. Metal Slug 7 thankfully returns to the original characters and numbered storyline, no longer carrying on the MS Advance name, and as such, the game definitely feels, looks, plays, and sounds like a classic Metal Slug. Much like it's predecessors, Metal Slug 7 is tough as nails, so if you have high blood pressure and a short temper, this may not be the game for you. Just one hit from anything on the screen takes away a life (that's right, no wimpy "health meters" here, folks), and with only three lives and a limited number of continues, it's going to take several plays of each mission to get the hang of it. Thankfully, once you've cleared a level, you can select it at the beginning of the Main Mission mode if you want to pick up from (roughly) where you left off. Still need more practice? The Combat School mode returns in MS7 to provide some extra replayability to the levels while meeting certain criteria. It definitely helps with technique. I was definitely glad to see that the "crew performance" features from Metal Slug 5 had been carried over to MS7, making character selection actually matter to the game, rather than just choosing which character sprite is your favorite. Now, with the different special abilities across the characters, you can find the soldier that works best for you, or mix things up and see which character gets you the highest scores.The controls are sharp, as one would expect and demand from the arcade shooter genre, and I have actually found that they are occasionally a little too sensitive, as I have found myself suddenly drifting left or right while just squatting in place. Granted, this may just be due to the fact that I still use my first generation DS, but either way, the responsiveness and tight control are a definite plus.Visually, the game isn't quite as detailed or elaborate as previous entries to the series as far as level design is concerned, but the sprites are very nice, the power-ups are clear and easy to read, and the slugs look like the slugs we know and love. If you don't mind the first few levels not being particularly varied in the background, then the graphics look good. The old arcade interface is still the same, and still very easy to quickly flit your eyes over to evaluate your ammunition and remaining extra lives and continues, and the new quick-filling bonus meter at the bottom of the screen is a fun new feature that, with some timing and practice, can improve your scores by leagues.Now to the low score, the story. It's Metal Slug, how much story could you want? General Morden is back again, and his army from the future has come back to... ah, who cares? There's a whole army of evil out there, outnumbering you a million to one. The solution? Big guns and more bullets than First Blood 2. So what if there's no depth? It's an arcade classic that you can easily sit down and enjoy without having to worry about the latest anime teen drama.Overall, Metal Slug 7 is definitely satisfying to this old gal, so other fans of the franchise should find this installment both refreshing and rewarding. Gamers who have never played a Metal Slug game may find it a little too hard, but as far as I'm concerned, games have gotten too easy, so if you're looking for a solid challenge with near-endless replayability, pick up Metal Slug 7.
very good game
The reason that I love this game is because it is action packed and might one of my favorite games for a portable system like the DS
metal slug 7 is a great game all over you cant go wrong by buying this.
a fun little time waster
this is a good game with a good price. it's a 2d retro style run and gun shooter. and it's fun to shoot stuff up. there are multiple characters to choose from as well. but the problem is a lot of deaths, and you have lives and so many continues. but, this is a good time waster
this game is very good it is worth $9.99, if you are smart you would buy it.