“METAL SLUG”, the pinnacle of 2D action-shooting on NEOGEO returns in a brand new strategy game on Steam!
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Mixed (13 reviews) - 53% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (1,177 reviews) - 47% of the 1,177 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 1, 2015

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About This Game

20 Million Download World Record!
The real action game the world is crazy about!

Here are some of the reasons of METAL SLUG DEFENSE's success:

▼ Intuitive controls & intense action !
"METAL SLUG DEFENSE" has become a worldwide success thanks to its very simple controls and its addictive gameplay!

▼ 4 players can battle each other via the Multiplayer mode!
Up to 4 players can confront each other in 1-on-1 or 2-on2 epic battles in multiplayer!

▼ Intricate 2D dot pixels!
The characters of the "METAL SLUG" universe, who were created by the best dot-pixel artists, return to fight each other in "METAL SLUG DEFENSE"

▼ Epic battles between human beings, aliens and gigantic robots!
More than 200 different characters divided into 5 armies (Regular Army, Morden Army, Marians, etc.) join the battle in "METAL SLUG DEFENSE"!

▼ Characters from "KOF join the universe of "METAL SLUG"!
The most popular characters from the 2D VS Fighting game series "KOF" are ready to battle with their trademark moves in "METAL SLUG DEFENSE"!

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2300 and up
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL1.3/1.4/2.0/3.0
    • OS: Windows7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2300 and up
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL1.3/1.4/2.0/3.0
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Grinding means
"Rescue 10 prisoners per stage to progress...find 1-3 prisoners per stage clear. Reclear to find all.".

"Rescue 10 prisoners per stage to progress...If you are unlucky, never get past level 1 no matter how many times you beat it with highest rating, because ZERO prisoners spawned".

When it is theoretically possible to be forever stuck in an endless loop of beating a stage again and again and again and again with a perfect rating, with zero progress, it is the stinkiest of poop.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Hey now. I love the metal slug series ranging from Metal Slug, to Metal Slug Attack. All are great games, dont get me wrong. When I first saw the Pc version for MSD on Steam, I said, "HOLY MERRY MOTHER OF JOHSEPH! ITS REAL!" Then installs game thinking it is the same as mobile version, then realizes that medals are practaily USLESS!

Message to SNK: Make some units cost medals, not money plz, I really want Kyo and Ralf but i can't get any cash.
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611 of 717 people (85%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
Its sad to see when such a classic franchise turns over to the F2P... even P2W.

Assets are taken from earlier games and the effort here feels very low, even the main menu says "Tap screen" - which should be an indication to you (Hint: Its an mobile port).

Iam not gonna support SNKs transformation of Metal Slug.
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330 of 377 people (88%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
Its a Mobile game, it uses the retro pixel art & animation from the metal slug series, unfortunately dose not scale up well to higher resolution, in native resolution art work is nice if somewhat small.
Language can be changed to English
Units can be unlocked by completing missions
Has a exhaust mechanic with limited free play per day, you have to wait for energy to recharge
Gameplay is a 2D RTS, lane, TD game, similar to nexus wars, Game is clearly designed for tiny mobile screen and with touch controls, no addition options or shortcut keys for the PC version.
Its free, most will probably get a few hours of play.

5/10 Avoid
(Iam upgrading the score from 4 to 5 since you can unlock units)

EDIT: After playing for a total of 3hrs, the RTS lane combat gets stale
The RPG elements requiring upgrading units, structures and farming pows add a large amount of grinding to progress. There dose seem to be a good amount of content if one enjoys this kind of game but I only managed to progress up to stage 7.

Microtransations you expect from these games, such as boost, continues and special units. One can play through the entire game without spending money.
Its pretty average free Lane RTS, that gets boring very fast.
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265 of 310 people (85%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
SNK Playmore had 7 other halfway-decent Metal Slug games they could have released on Steam. Instead, they chose to release an awful PC port of a likewise-awful pay-2-win mobile phone tower defense game.

The gameplay is your standard 2D tower defense, nothing new whatsoever. Almost nothing in this game is original, for that matter; the backgrounds, the characters, even most of the music is ripped out of the previous (good) Metal Slug games. You know, the ones that didn't have $15 character DLC. The ones that actually had passionate developers who didn't care about maximizing profits by making their game into a microtransaction-friendly skinner box.

Are you a fan of mediocre tower defense games (on a platform which has no shortage of them), microtransactions, mobile-to-PC ports so lazy that the game prompts you to tap the screen, and seeing your favorite video game franchises wither to dust before your eyes? If so, then Metal Slug Defense is the perfect game for you.

If SNK Playmore is reading this, just... just release the other Metal Slug games on Steam. Who asked for this? Who WANTED this? Go look at all the Steam Forum threads filled with people saying they'd buy up 1, 2, 4, 5, etc. in an instant. None of them mentioned this god-awful game that should have been left in the iOS peanut gallery.
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248 of 298 people (83%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
It's a DIRECT mobile port. It even says "Tap to start". RIP Metal Slug series.
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183 of 213 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2015
It's free-to-play and not necessarily pay-to-win on the original, better mobile version. You can also purchase units with medals in that version. No pressure, no harm done. You get medals over time (if you're willing to part with that) and so spending money is merely an express method to getting what you want faster.

It remains free-to-play in this version, but you cannot under any circumstances purchase units with medals. Instead, you have to fork out upwards of 30+ dollars (Canadian) for not individual units, but for entire packs of units. This monumentally insulting flaw paints this as an indisputable cash-grab, and nothing more. The original, mobile version was a decent way to kill time and didn't force you to spend money at all; this version is mostly unchanged but FORCES you to spend hard-earned money on units you might not even like, and in groups, too, rather than units that you actually want.

What if I don't want all of the Ptolemaic Army units but just want the Metal Rear? Well the joke is on me, then, because I'd have to fork out $16.99 regular price for that ONE pack (there are two for the Ptolemaic army, but that's just one group). The joke is not just on me, but on all of us.

So what of the way it plays? Well, unfortunately much of the interface remains unchanged. Sure, you can change the window resolution in the title screen, but that's the only thing that makes this resemble a PC title. On top of that, which buries the hatchet further, is the garbage control system. Somehow SNK Playmore missed the fact that you will be playing this version on the PC, which in most cases we can all assume will have a keyboard & mouse setup. You can use the mouse, but the controls are entirely designed with touch screens in mind. You know, the same screens adorning the mobile platform this game was originally made for. You have to click & hold your mouse and swipe to scroll horizontally (and as you go along, you'll do that a lot); you will have to do the same movement to scroll through the battlefield. All of this could have been changed with little work yet SNK didn't even bother.

So why should we bother, then? Why bother giving them dozens of dollars for apathy?

What is the excuse, that they were releasing it as a free-to-play so "f*** it"? Why not just stick with the mobile platforms if you're going to be this unintuitive, this lazy, this...condescending? It's fine on that platform because in contrast to this port, if you could call it that (minus the resolution options, which doesn't even affect video quality but rather the mere size of the window...), but this version is a complete money-grab. It won't appeal to everybody for sure because it's basically a collection of all the assets from the Metal Slug series retooled in a tug 'o war TD gameplay format, with little to truly set it apart from the series as a whole. But that's not the important part; the important part is that this version is meant to nab your money, and SNK Playmore wants to get as much money as they can get all things considered.

I'm not sure how far they think they'll go with the schemes on display with this half-♥♥♥♥♥ 'port', but minus the dolts who bother to pay out for the unit packs, no one is going to buy into it. If you really want to play this game then do it on your mobile phone, assuming your platform is supported anyway. If SNK Playmore wants to put this game on Steam then fine, but don't let them do it this way.

Gets a 1/10 for even bothering to do it anyway. Oh yeah and I have BlueStacks, so I could already play it with all of my progress from the game on my phone, on the PC with the aforementioned emulator, intact.


EDIT: Patch 1.0.3 Review Revisions

+ Keyboard + Mouse, plus Xbox 360 Gamepad play have seen some attention.
+ Instead of seeing "Tap" on the title screen, we now see "Click." That must've been so hard to do, gaiz.
=/= You still have to scroll around as if you're tapping on a screen. Those arrows you see all the time are just a form of condescension rather than an interactive part of the interface.
- Of course, the shop is still the same as it was upon release; grouped units that must be purchased as such, for up to $32.99 a pack. Because that's not ridiculous or anything.
- Medals feel damn near useless in this version, still. Yeah you can buy items with them, but you hardly EVER need them anywhere in the game, hence why I made this point.
- SNK Playmore still doesn't understand what 'resolution' actually means. It's not screen size, gaiz!
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473 of 615 people (77%) found this review helpful
565 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
message to devs

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294 of 373 people (79%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
Pile of garbage. It's a poorly made mobile port of a cash grab game.

This should be pulled from steam.
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154 of 182 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015

I'm a devout fan of the Metal Slug series, I got this game on Day 1 when it came out on Android.

It was... OK. At most it is just a timewaster, what you see is what you get, nothing else. I played it A LOT, I really wanted it to be GOOD . But of course it was JUST a mobile game. From day 1 it was riddled with "PAY MONEY, GET GOOD". I hate that crap so much, but because it was Metal Slug, I was able to ignore it, for the most part.

With every update it got, it got more microtransactions and Pay to Win injected into the game. Multiplayer became near impossible to play it you didn't buy all the Pay to Win and characters locked behind a microtransaction wall just to destroy everyone with a giant robot that shot lasers out of it's eyes. Single player missions were still OK but if you used up all your "Sortie Points", or to speak more correctly "being able to play the god damn game points" you had to stop playing and wait a few hours to play some more.

I can say without a doubt in my mind this game isn't worth the trouble of downloading and playing. I wanted this game to be good, I wanted the next Metal Slug game, but it wasn't, and it NEVER WILL BE. Don't support this absolute trite mobile game garbage. I'm disappointed in you, SNK. I thought you were SNK PLAYmore not SNK PAY-More.

These, were of course just MY thoughts on this. There are people out there who enjoy this and these types of games. But even then, this is NOT acceptable.
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Recently Posted
6.4 hrs
Posted: October 26
BAD GAME -__-"
pay to WIN
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2.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
THis game is very fun in mobile but you have to buy all the DLC's to buy the units which sucks
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Cheese Nibbla
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 18
I wish this game was never created, theres no skill required. its just stupid. got to level 10 in campaing and was swarmed by 5 tanks in the first minute.
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Final Frost Fall
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 17
you dont have to pay if you play the same level over and over to farm.
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6.5 hrs
Posted: September 8
Could have Been Cool with Aleast those Units in the Shop are Unlockable without Real Money...
Whats the Fun with that?
If Im suppose to wait another 60 Minutes to Play another Damn Stage...
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32.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
Best game i ever played.
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30.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
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17.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
I like the gameplay and art style of METAL SLUG DEFENSE.

Unlike most of the negative reviews:
Most of the game is possible without spending money (or buy premium units). Look at my achievements (44 / 64).

You get many units for free. And most of the time the game is fair - and if not, you get free medals so often ... and with this you can buy special power to solve a mission.
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