Atlus chambers Metal Slug XX for PSP

Arcade-style 2D shooter hits Sony's portable on February 23 with a $19.99 price tag, seven levels, and 70 skill-testing missions.

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When Metal Slug 7 arrived on the DS in 2008, one of the critical knocks against the arcade-style 2D side-scrolling shooter was that it lacked the series' hallmark cooperative play. That oversight could be redeemed shortly, as Atlus today announced that it will publish Metal Slug XX, a co-op-enabled remix of the game. The SNK Playmore-developed game will arrive for the PSP on February 23, at a budget price point of $19.99.

The Metal Slug name refers to the array of bizarre tanks and vehicles players can commandeer.
The Metal Slug name refers to the array of bizarre tanks and vehicles players can commandeer.

Metal Slug XX will feature seven main levels with branching paths and more than 70 skill-testing "Combat School" missions. It will also feature six playable characters from the series, with a seventh, Leona, available from the PlayStation Store for $0.99.

The game's X-cessive moniker is a nod to the 1999 Neo Geo shooter Metal Slug X, itself a revamped version of Metal Slug 2. The remix added new weapons, enemies, and juggled up the boss roster and hidden item locations to provide a fresh challenge even to hardened veterans of the original title.

For more on Metal Slug XX's inspiration, check out GameSpot's review of Metal Slug 7.

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