When it comes to 2-D side scrolling action shooters, the Metal Slug series from SNK usually comes to mind first (or at least second or third). These arcade games have been munching quarters for more than ten years, but now you can save your laundry money and get the newest in the series: Metal Slug 7 on the Nintendo DS instead.
Choose from one of six of your favorite Metal Slug characters: Marco, Tarma, Eri, Fio, and the two Ikari Warriors Ralf and Clark. Each character has his or her own special skills and attacks. For instance, Eri can hold more grenades, while Ralf can take more than one hit. Then embark on action packed side scrolling shooting missions. Rescue prisoners, power up your weapons, and hop into crazy army vehicles for maximum firepower. Aside from the main game, you can view all the POWs you’ve rescued and take part in special challenge missions.
Metal Slug 7 has some of the best 2-D graphics and sound that I’ve seen on the DS, it’s almost like you’re playing a modern arcade game on the small screen. And of course, the gameplay remains the same: easy to pick up arcade action. Since it’s based on an arcade game, though, the difficulty is pretty high, even on the easiest settings.
The only major problems with Metal Slug 7 are that there is no two player support, which has been kind of a staple of the series since day one. It can also be a little hard to see the action on such a small screen, and the bottom screen on the DS only shows a somewhat useless map. And as always, the game is just more of the same as before. But for Metal Slug fans, the latest on the DS is a must have.
Metal Slug 7 is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptors of Blood and Violence. And of course it is pretty violent and bloody. But the over-exaggerated cartoony 2-D sprites and animation kind of negate the extreme carnage, making things a bit sillier. But because of that and the high difficulty level, Metal Slug 7 is best for older kid and teen gamers only.