METAL SLUG 2 Review
- Controls feel somehow 'snappier' than previous releases; take with a grain of salt - familiarity with its layout may be a contributing factor.
- All the madcap fun of the METAL SLUG series; share the experience with friends in Co-op.
- Performance issues; lots of slow-down on a range of visual settings.
By continually emulating, instead of innovating the METAL SLUG series, SNK PLAYMORE and DotEmu feel like their hands are tied when it comes to replicating the performance and precision of the Arcade originals; METAL SLUG 2 may not be the strongest of the originals, but it plays better on the iOS platform than previous releases and thus wins out by default.
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If you've followed our reviews for any length of time you'll know that our experience with the METAL SLUG series on the iOS platform has been... well not so great. Nostalgia manages to keep the game afloat, but emulation can only do so much to recreate the responsive controls and smooth visuals of the Arcade classic.
METAL SLUG 2 doesn't do much to address the problems of previous releases, but it does have one thing in its favor... it was a much simpler game. As such players can take their time, and even use the visual slow-down to their advantage.
In a way it provides an insight as to why the series has always felt so weak. Attempting to bring the game over wholesale is nice in theory, but unless you can bring everything to the table without flaws you need to re-invent, not re-release.
If you've played previous releases, you'll know what to expect here. Co-op means you can share the experience with a friend - which is an absolute must if you haven't tried it before - and once you've unlocked a stage you can practice it as much as you like to perfect it.
Sadly I get the feeling no one will be afforded the opportunity to make a METAL SLUG game the iOS platform deserves; something designed from the ground up for the platform so it feels and plays as smoothly as its Arcade brethren. METAL SLUG 2 gets a pass, but only because it's inherently less-brutal design works in its favor.
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The second chapter of the acclaimed run-and-gun action shooting series, "METAL SLUG 2" launches on iPhone / iPod Touch!
Thwart General Morden's evil ambition, and uncover the secret of his new coup!!
■Not only a perfect port of the original NEOGEO game!
In addition to its classic “ARCADE MODE”, this perfect conversion of “METAL SLUG 2” includes a “MISSION MODE”, allowing you to select in which stage you want to play!
You can now train yourself in your favorite stages or those which give you a hard time!
■New playable characters will assist you on the battlefield!
2 female recruits, Eri, a former super agent, and, Fio, the heir of a military family, join Regular Army's PF Squad Marco and Tarma, in order to put an end to Gen. Morden's dastardly plans. Moreover, you will be supported during your mission by a heroic prisoner who will fight alongside you once freed, and a volunteer who will provide you with bonus items!
■Use new weapons and slugs to fight your way through and survive on the battlefield!!
The METAL SLUG arsenal expands with the introduction of new weapons such as the "Laser Shot", "Flame Bottles", and new slug vehicles such as the "Slugnoid" (bipedal tank) and the "Slug Flyer" (fighter plane)! The "Camel Slug", a camel equipped with a Vulcan Cannon also awaits in the Desert Stage to help you!!
■ A control scheme allowing for precise controls!
The "Autofire" feature allows you to fire your weapons continuously by holding down the button,
you can reposition the buttons outside of the game screen area in "Window mode".
Enjoy every corner of METAL SLUG 2 using your own custom controls!
■Intense cooperative gameplay via the Bluetooth function!
"METAL SLUG 2” can be doubly enjoyed by playing with another brother-in-arms simultaneously via the Bluetooth function!
Will you be able to clear the hardest stages with your friends?
■Compatible with “GAME CENTER”!
Complete the maximum number of “ACHIEVEMENTS” in order to increase your "METAL SLUG 2" Player Rank!
Beat the best scores and become World’s Number 1!!