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Run 'N' Fun: Metal Slug X On Steam

With online co-op

The 'X' in Metal Slug X does not stand for 10. No, the X stands for this is the nineties and everything is xtreme to the max. The Metal Slug part of the name, that stands for this is a game about running and jumping and shooting the heck out of everything. First released in 1999 on Neo Geo, the expanded version of Metal Slug 2 arrived on Steam last week with new bits like online multiplayer and global leaderboards.

Metal Slug's a classic in the run 'n' gun world, with big guns, driveable vehicles, a weird semi-magical world where you'll meet soldiers, tanks, and genies, and lovely smooth pixel art that holds up wonderfully. The eponymous slug is a tank, by the way, and not e.g. a gastropod infused with iron.

This port's by DotEmu, the folks who brought Metal Slug 3 earlier over this year. Steam user reviews seem happier with this than that port, noting that you can have unlimited continues if you fancy, and that the online co-op seems more reliable. So they say, anyway. It'll run you £5.59.

DotEmu are also bringing over several games from SNK's man-punching King of Fighters series. They're starting with King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition in November.

Anywho, here's someone having a crack at Metal Slug X's first mission:

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.