The Star Soldier GAME OF THE MONTH
COLLECTION! METAL SLUG 2nd MISSION
War, it's a terrible thing to watch on TV and even worse to live out. What better
way to take the ugliest out of war then by adding some comic relief to the action,
eh? SNK's cartoonish war shoot 'em up: Metal Slug has been going strong
since it first debuted in 1996 for the Neo Geo and many gamers have already played these
great games over systems like the Xbox and PSOne. Unfortunately, some gamers may have over
looked the Neo Geo Pocket editions of the series because of their limited
16-bit graphics and one-player only action. That's a shame because they are
missing out on some the best games of this awesome shooting series I believe.
So that means this Game of the Month is SNK’s underrated Metal
Slug 2nd Mission.
The story begins after the fall of Colonel Bildegaarn in the first mission,
a new group who call themselves the Phantom have seized control of a huge
island and they have taking several hostages as well. To insure their victory
over their enemies, Phantom is even trying to get in contact with aliens.
If they managed to get help from the aliens the two could be unstoppable.
Soldiers Marco and Fio are here to challenge the odds to save those hostages
and put a stop to this new war.
That's right! The big difference over Metal Slug 1st Mission (also for the Neo Geo Pocket) is that
you can now select between a man and a women now. Although this may not sound
like much, each soldier can pick up different weapons on their levels so you
may prefer using one character over the other. You can find several cool weapons
like Heavy Machine guns, Rocket Launchers, and many more by either beating
enemies or by rescuing hostages.
Saving the hostages are not only important for finding some weapons and bonus
points but once you save them, the game will have their name on file and they
will even drop a few hints but there's a catch. The problem is if you too
low in rank some hostages won't even give you the time of day. It really gives
you a reason to go back to the main game to see if you can raise your level
or see if you find another alternate path that leads you to more of these
prisoners of war. To increase the replay value even further you can also go
to the game's Office mode where a cute but firm female Commander will let
you try out some difficult but fun Time Trial missions. There is definitely
no shortage of things to do here.
The game can have a lot of enemies attacking you at once and most of the bosses
are quite huge too but Metal Slug 2nd Mission can still have some problems with slowdown
and flickers when there is too much on screen. The music and sound effects
also remade faithful to the series but they are not as crisp as the Neo Geo
games of course. Although the graphics and sound are above average, they are
not really the strongest part of the game here.
Here is one of the main reasons why I believe the Neo Geo Pocket is vastly underrated
system. I can tell SNK poured their heart and soul into this project to ensure
the player got their money's worth yet I bet there are only a handful of people
out there reading this that actually played this awesome game. This juiced up
sequel is still filled the same carnage of the bigger brother Slug titles but
you still get a bunch of side-quests too to freshen things up too. Metal
Slug 2nd Mission mixes great action with tons of hidden
extras that will have shooter fans coming back for more.