TGS 06: Metal Slug Complete Hands-On

Let's get one thing straight: You can't possibly handle this much Metal Slug, but SNK is giving it all to you on one PSP disc anyway.

TOKYO--This year's arcade release of Metal Slug 6 marks the seventh game in the series. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the long-running side-scroller series, SNK is releasing a compilation of all the games on the PlayStation Portable. That's...a lot of Metal Slug.

The series made a transition of sorts this year, when the arcade version of Metal Slug 6 was built using Atomiswave hardware, rather than the practically ancient NeoGeo hardware that has driven every other game in the line. But aside from some additional characters and control options, Metal Slug 6 falls right in line with the rest, visually. Those visuals seem to translate over to the PSP really well. In addition to the sharp 2D display, you can set your video options a bit, too. The game defaults to a regular 4:3 aspect ratio that fills the height of the screen without getting stretched out of shape, which looks quite good. However, you can also run the games in a smaller window that reflects the games' original resolution, or you can get all crazy and stretch the game to fill the entire PSP screen. Doing so, though, looks quite ugly.

The games all appear to control well in single-player mode. Also, the games will have a network mode that lets two players play Metal Slug together over a local ad hoc connection.

It's an impressive package that offers a whole lot of action-packed gameplay. Metal Slug Complete, known as Metal Slug Anthology in North America, is scheduled to be released later this year.

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Jeff Gerstmann has been professionally covering the video game industry since 1994.

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29 comments
jojinko
jojinko

Please have gameshare

whitey618
whitey618

finally, all the metal slug i can play, and all on one disc!

grim_reaper3
grim_reaper3

This is the thing that i most expected some years ago, having metal slug on a portable device and now the dream came true

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

this game is a blast, i had played all of them in the arcade, and now to have them on my psp its a dream; this is what a good portable with the power and the capacity to fit 7 games of the great shoot them up action. now if konami would do something about my contra games............

Typhoonexhale
Typhoonexhale

Yes!!! OMG I love Metal Slug .....but all of them on 1 UMD! With Network Multiplayer you will be unable to pry me from my couch for a month!! ahahaha!

B-boy
B-boy

lots games for small price

hrah
hrah

yeah , im tired of waiting, but having all these games on 1 disc is great, just wish it could come out sooner

freaky_monkey
freaky_monkey

How much longer do we have to wait? I'm also waiting for GNG.

nips122
nips122

I think im goin to cry ; ; (tears of joy)

Lost_Gemini2000
Lost_Gemini2000

hell no for DS they prolly mess it up with trying to use the crappy touch screen functions

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

my psp will defintiely break from this game:D. No way am i going to use the turbo function avaible. takes the fun outta the game.

Kyo__man66
Kyo__man66

this is so exciting...SNK actualy likes theyre fans.

3abden
3abden

can't wait no longer..

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Can't wait for this! PSP rules :D

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

how about a home version of the collection? oh well, heres to hoping

scruffybawls
scruffybawls

dude metal slug is the best horizontal shooter ever, ive always wanted a compilation

I_Stole_the_Tv
I_Stole_the_Tv

I will never let my PSP leave my side once I have this game. And my DS can go to hell and die, well until Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin comes out.

noelveiga
noelveiga

C O O L Now, if they only made a widescreen mode that showed more of the background instead of stretching the picture... But hey, it's 7 games in one, all great and many released in the PS2 at high prices. That's.... almost too good to be true.

GMAN32X
GMAN32X

LOL, looks like hardcore Metal Slug fans will be getting their fill.

ukpet_anime
ukpet_anime

Yup metal slug has always been about simple blasting from left to right but somehow the humour, variety of weapons and actual 'slug' vehicles that you control just make it so very addictive. This'll be so welcomed aboard the PSP =D

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

Its sounds good, but Metal Slug is a side scroller where you just blast everything as you go from left to right, right? kind of like mega man? i serious don't know,

hplarjy
hplarjy

metal slug is fun ^_^