“METAL SLUG 3”, the masterpiece in SNK’s emblematic 2D run & gun action shooting game series, still continues to fascinate millions of fans worldwide to this day for its intricate dot-pixel graphics, and simple and intuitive game controls!
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Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

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“METAL SLUG 3”, the masterpiece in SNK’s emblematic 2D run & gun action shooting game series, still continues to fascinate millions of fans worldwide to this day for its intricate dot-pixel graphics, and simple and intuitive game controls! The most highly praised title in the series among Metal Slug fans for its refined balance and game volume, heads out to the Steam gaming platform!


Play the arcade version of “METAL SLUG 3” from the beginning, and explore 5 immense challenging stages featuring multiple branching paths to explore exciting new areas! Make your way through the deluge of fire and fight off gigantic boss characters!

Play your favorite stages at will and train alone or with a brother-in-arms on the missions you have unlocked so far!

Connect to Steam and clear missions with friends far away via Online Co-Op Play.
Find a fellow countryman or foreign ally and let the mission begin!

Configure display, control, and language settings.

View original illustrations of the game that you've unlocked.

Check your current rank and score in“METAL SLUG 3” at any time,
and compete with other players to become the world's No. 1 soldier!


System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
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367 of 549 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
The classic arcade shoot-em-up.

Keep note that this version is a port of the iOS version, so while it's not exactly a perfect arcade port, it still plays and handles rather well. There are some slight sound anomolys with the emulation, but quite frankly it's as close as you're gonna get with the true METAL SLUG experience on Steam.

As for the game itself, 3 is known to be the best (and the hardest) of the series. And after 14 years, this still holds true. Saying that, once you learn the patterns of the enemies and bosses, and know the best routes to take and where the weapons and vehicles drop, you'll be mastering the game soon enough.

Online play seems to be pretty solid, provided you and your partner have good connections to each other.

Overall, I would say; Yes, buy this game if you're a fan of the series. If you're looking for a better emulation version, though, see if you can pick up the Metal Slug Anthology for the PS2 or Wii, which has the games 1-6 and is a really stable port.

This version is still perfectly playable despite the slight emulation annoyances.
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75 of 107 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
This game was designed to be unfair and impossible in some occations until you throw your corpse at them over and over. At lest you only pay like $8 for this game unlike the normal arcarde where to actually beat the game you would need your life savings in quarters. Still fun and brings back memories of only being able to beat the first level!
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52 of 70 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This game reminds me of my youth in the arcades. It's a classic that anyone who played the 'Metal Slug' games in the past should have. A good port en recently (November 2014) got an update with trading cards, infinite continues and some other improvements.
Graphics and sound effects are retro but can be put in 1920*1080 resolution. Released in 2000 and still a fun game to play. Works perfect with an Xbox 360 controller.
A classic with some improvements for today's gaming. Can be very difficult and sometimes frustrating. This was the point in the arcades - the more you die the more coins you had to put in the machine.
Prepare to die a lot!
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Metal Slug 3 is from a long franchise of 2D run and gun games known for their beautiful animation, graphics and over the top crazy sort of silliness. Sure you're a hard nosed warrior with a gun trekking through hostile territory, but you're facing not only well animated soldiers, helicopters and tanks, but giant crabs, yeti, gruesome zombies and squid aliens. In today's video game landscape, zombies and aliens sound mundane like its almost expected now, but with Metal Slug 3's fantastic graphics and animation, these enemies have a style that stands out from the pack. These zombies don't just swarm you, they vomit on you and turn you into a zombie and die. These aren't just aliens, they're squid aliens with lasers and retro 1950s robot that you can turn into junk piles. Its a great level of detail that gives the game its overwhelming charm and enjoyment. You can even bring a friend with two player simultaneous online coop. You can even look for matches, but well, there weren't any when I looked.

You've heard of NES hard, well then there's arcade hard. You get three lives one hit means death. This version of Metal Slug 3 makes it easier with unlimited continues. You can select the amount of continues in the settings. Each continue doesn't restart a level though, it only drops you back into the game. Every time you use your final life, a heavy machine gun icon drops to give you more incentive to pump in another quarter to even the odds against the enemies.

The controls are simple, you've got a jump, attack (shoot) and bomb throw buttons. You can't just hold the attack button for rapid fire oh no, where's the challenge in that? You need to keep pressing. Even with heavy machine guns and larger rapid fire weapons, one button press might release a lot of bullets, but those bullets end unless you hit the button again. If you're close enough to something you'll melee it instead of shooting. Its a nice level of detail to see. The sad part is that you seem to shoot in only four directions. I suppose I'm just used to Contra where you have 8 way shooting. Machine guns can still manage to shoot 8 ways, but only if you're transitioning from left to up.

You start by selecting from one of four characters. These four characters feel important by the end of the game, or at least one does anyway. All which play exactly the same. The real challenge is that the characters just aren't nimble. You're there to shoot things dead, not dodge projectiles. You can still crouch and jump, but you can easily get overwhelmed. Metal Slug 3 doesn't just let you ignore enemies, it will lock the screen in place until you take them out. They begin with a standard pea shooter pistol so its necessary to find bigger weapons and quick!

There are new weapons all over the place, and you get them by saving prisoners of war. When a bullet hits them, they're released and pace around. You're just so good that you manage to break them from their bondage without killing them. When you touch them, they reward you with extra bombs, points or weapons.

As for the weapons, you've got homing crush missiles, a shotgun so powerful that it can literally rip an asteroid in half, a heavy machine gun, some sort of bouncing projectile ball bearing gun and rockets to name a few. The arcade announcer will always tell you what you get and he specifically says rocket launcher with a deliberate accent, rocket lowncha. These great weapons have limited ammunition, but you can always find more. There is even a flame thrower that won't just kill enemies, its engulfs them in flames. These caveman POWs are everywhere. You have a limited supply of 10 grenades that you throw. I always end up forgetting about them. You can even find monkeys with guns to help you and satellites or storm clouds to rain death on your enemies.

There are vehicles you can hop into, but for a loss of shooting accuracy, the vehicles can take a lot more damage than you can. If the vehicle's health gets low, you can jump out or eject to keep from dying when the machine explodes. By loss of shooting accuracy I mean the turrets seem to rotate around. Like if you're shooting right, then you move left, the turret will be angled diagonally right. The more you move less, the more the turret rotates. Its not like that with all vehicles, just most. The vehicles are a nice touch, I just feel like I'm better without them for the most part. Oh and its not just vehicles, its elephants and camels that you can mount.

Its not just side scrolling run and gun action though, certain segments of the game turn into top down vertical shoot'em ups and side scrolling shoot'em ups. It all fits the game. You'll hop in a jet and fly to the right, if the jet explodes, you'll come in on a jet pack. It always makes me laugh when I've forgotten about it. One stage has a swimming level that is just a side scrolling shoot'em up under water. Its the same for the top down shoot'em up as well.

The animation and detail hit a whole new level with the Metal Slug series. You'll see a boat take visible damage and begin to sink. Soldiers will come out and start bailing the water with buckets only to have you shoot them. It explodes and sinks.

The enemies have a lot of flavor to them all with detailed animations. Soldiers won't just run up to kill you, they'll shoot, reload their guns, hit you with the butt of their rifle, crouch, prawn, get scared and run away. Its an amazing level of detail that makes the game fun and memorable. There are giant crabs that shoot bubbles at you. Plants that will chase and devour you if you get close enough. That's why the game lets you get fat, so you can't get swallowed! Even as a morbidly obese soldier, you can jump, and fire fat bullets and throw fat bombs. Yeti will freeze you into snowmen where you need to wiggle and jump to break free before they bash you with a bone hammer. Zombies will smash their own heads to have brain matter fly all over you. Its not just one type of zombie, there are several detailed zombies all with their own attacks.

When you become a zombie, you'll move slow and have a drunken walk with a shallow jump. Instead of a grenade, you have a powerful almost screen clearing blood vomit. If you're a zombie and you get hit, you're still dead. For real this time and not just undead. Its all building up to something at the end of the game.

Its not all silliness, there are tanks, helicopters, deadly insects and several other forms of death in the game. The bosses are all giant and diverse. Everything from a super mega crab with guns, to aliens that circle around firing, before they start dropping monoliths from the sky to fighting giant hovering things that shoot white ghost wolves and belch purple energy! Its a lot of creativity and fun, all while sticking within the realm of the game's logic. Like after fighting soldiers, aliens and zombies, you won't suddenly fight a pink cow for the laughs.

These soldiers, aliens and zombies all tie in together brilliantly later on in the game. Metal Slug 3 doesn't bore you with stories or cut scenes, you see everything unfold for yourself all in game. In fact, I'd say its one of the best stories for a run and gun I've ever seen and I hate story in games!

Even after you complete the game, you realize that there are different paths! So there's incentive for when you go back and play through it! It all so nice, brilliant, fun and detailed. The game's leader boards also help to keep you playing. There are even four levels of difficulty if the game is too baby for you. I still think its a lot tougher than Contra ever was, but this game was meant to eat your quarters.

I've got this game for several platforms, even for Android and X-Box. This feels like the best version for all its settings and great frills. There are several different settings, resolutions and even a gallery full of incredibly detailed if not horrific artwork. Well worth going out of my way to find them all.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I really enjoyed Metal Slug 3. I never played it on the arcade back in the day, I would of been a little too young, but I can really apprciate this game. The simplictic style really draws you in, you pretty much cannot fail at this though, you have unlimited lives, and I found no penalties for dying, so you WILL finish it if you keep trying.

The local coop will keep you coming back for more, however the single player campaign is pretty short, five levels, each one taking about twenty minutes to complete.

I'd still recommend you pick Metal Slug 3 up, as I really enjoyed my time, and the option to play on even harder difficulties will add to the replayability.
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Genre - 2D Side Scrolling Action Shooter (Comedy Sci-Fi/Horror)
I have played Metal SLug game intermittently over the years on differnt formats, sometimes co-op and sometimes single. THis game stays true to form and has the comedy and action in equal measures. You can play through at your own place and there is much fun to be had. You pick up different weapons and can use vehicles throughout. Bad guys range from scared soldiers to giant aliens. The game will have you coming back for more especially if you drag a friend along for the ride.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
While this port has some issues and is pretty much emulation, this version of Metal Slug 3 is a good one to mess around with, and it gets all better with the included multiplayer. If you're a fan of the Metal Slug series, this is for you!
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24 of 37 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
I 've played this game at 7 years old with my dad and it reminds me to feel close to my dad
Thank you,steam!
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20 of 32 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Giant robot crabs, huge robots of death, everything an army can throw at you, crazy animals with mounted guns, zombies, aliens, alien clones, zombie alien clones, killer plants, a monkey with an uzi, rambo, mother♥♥♥♥ing goku, and so many ♥♥♥♥ing explosions that you will think this game was made by Michael Bay! After killing all these things with your extensive arsenal of weaponry and vehicles you will feel like mother♥♥♥♥ing Chuck Norris! 11/10
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Saved Hitler from tentacle aliens 11/10
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
One of the best titles that NEOGEO had in its age, quite nostalgic. This port features online multiplaying, achievements and even trading cards. If you like(not so)retro games, go for this one.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
82.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Experts on the history of consoles and old hands will surely remember even with tears of joy in the eyes of the magnificent games of the 'Metal Slug' series. Exciting non-stop action, a lovingly detailed graphics and a brilliant multiplayer mode ensured a triumphant success in the arcades and on the impossibly expensive Neo Geo. But offers 'Metal Slug 3' really more than turbid feelings of nostalgia?

Hardly any action series burns such a dazzling display of wacky ideas like 'Metal Slug'. At the beginning you choose one of four protagonists, which however only look different. The heroes are all identical in play-style. Then it goes on in the fight and you beat you through five different levels, which are packed with enemies and insane ideas. Yes, five sections. That doesn't sound straight overly much and experienced players will need despite the crisp degree of difficulty only a few hours to get the end credits to face.

But it's simply due to the already mentioned change that you will be entertained at this time. Actually, you get barely a second to even take a breath, because something is always happening on the screen: explosions, respawning enemies and hissing through the air projectiles and grenades always keep you in suspense. The type of adversary is just as crazy as versatile: from coated shown pseudo Nazi soldiers to creepy undead to fancy aliens. Even the most hackneyed cliché is actually represented - and all without negative connotation.

A real innovation prize win btw. the famously staged final boss's. Equally varied are the landscapes. So you travel through arid deserts or dive into the sea. The arsenal is a lot here to defend themselves against the baddies: grenades, shotguns and even a flamethrower is available. The shootas are presented of previously released prisoners, expressing their gratitude in this way. So that your feet are not mistreated so badly, you are allowed to take place sometimes on an airplane or on the back of a camel missiles. Crazy, isn't it? But also incredibly funny.

On request you shall also try walking on a coop-shooting tour, which makes so much fun. Alone you realize all too quickly that this game is only a simple side scrolling shooter - although a terrific staged.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
One of the best retro shoot em up games out there IMO. If you want to unwind and relax and kill some MOFOS, then this game is just for you!!!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Classic game and very nostalgic. I grew up playing this game and loved every second of it. Controlls for computer are a bit weird but ill get used to it. 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Get it on sale, its not worth the full $8, I played Metal Slug alot as a kid, so if you did also, its fun to go back to the old levels and bosses you remember raging at as a kid.

(Spend 20 Cents more / 2 dollars more, depending on if you get it onsale or not, and get Garrys mod. 600 Hours on that, compared the the amount of time I have played. I just beat the story with my friend, so compare that to 600 hours of fun.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
It's a classic.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
An incredibly fun Run ´N Gun game in both single player and Co-op. If you haven’t played this before expect to die every three seconds but the chaos on screen and barrage of death is actually part of the fun!

If you are wondering whether to get Metal Slug 3 or Metal Slug X my advice would be to wait until they are on sale and get both! They are both very good games and it really just depends on what mood you’re in and how much time you have as to which game to pick.

Metal Slug 3 is a longer game overall and a slightly more difficult one too. It has a little more variation in the type of enemies that attack you, at least from level to level and there are branching pathways to explore. There is more variety with some flying and underwater levels and a greater amount of craft and animals to get in/on to mix things up. This along with more actual levels to fight through at the end stages bulks the game out more.

Metal Slug X is a more streamlined game that takes less time to complete and is a little easier overall. It has a more linear level design and more opportunity to pilot the Metal Slug tank itself. This perhaps gives it a bit more of an early arcade experience and possibly provides a little more flow to the feel of the gameplay. This is also good if you’re looking to squeeze some side scrolling Shoot ´Em Up action into a busy day or don’t feel like spending a great deal of time playing.

Both games have enough differences (as well as positive similarities) in level design and feel/vibe to warrant buying/playing them both if you like this genre of game and it really is more down to what frame of mind you’re in to which particular one you feel like playing. They are such enjoyable, well designed games to play it’s hard to say which is better. I do suggest you get both but I guess if I had a Heavy Machine Gun pressed to my head and I had to choose only one then Metal Slug 3 might come out on top by a (POW´s) whisker but I would miss playing X too.
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