Metal Slug 5

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Metal Slug 5
Genre: Run 'n' Gun
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Neo Geo AES
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release Date: Arcade
WW: 13 November 2003
Neo Geo

WW: 19 February 2004

WW: 17 September 2004
KO: 7 January 2005

PlayStation 2
JP: 28 April 2005
NA: 24 May 2005
AU: 30 March 2006
EU: 31 March 2006

JP: 28 July 2005
NA: 19 August 2005
EU: 10 March 2006

PlayStation 4
AS: 13 December 2018

Nintendo Switch
WW: 13 December 2018

Xbox One
WW: 13 December 2018

Developer: Noise Factory
SNK Playmore
Mega Enterprise
Ignition Entertainment (PS2)
Publisher: SNK Playmore
Ignition Entertainment (PS2)
HAMSTER Corporation (PS4/Switch/Xbox One)
Made in: Japan
Franchise: Metal Slug
Previous Game: Metal Slug 4
Next Game: Metal Slug 6

Metal Slug 5 (メタルスラッグ 5) is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by SNK Playmore. It was released in 2003 for the MVS arcade platform.

Why It Rocks

  1. Many weapons to use, such as Rocket launchers, Heavy Machine Guns, Flamethrowers, Enemy tracking missiles, etc.
  2. Addicting and fun gameplay.
  3. Stellar graphics and sound effects.
  4. Destructible environments.
  5. Many new playable characters.
  6. Use mechanical vehicles called Slugs, which provide extra defense and firepower.
  7. Some stages has branching paths that lead to different locations with their own enemies and obstacles
  8. Many new "Slugs".
  9. Players can now slide and dash for the first time in the series.
  10. New weapons.
  11. Completely new and original stages.
  12. The game can be played with a single-player or as a two player co-op.
  13. Awesome heavy metal soundtrack.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. The game is heavily rushed. Because of this some features and boss battles such as Potlemaios and Stone Turtle is cut on the final version. However a remake version from duhprogramer Metal Slug 5 Elite is under construction that will include the cut features into the game.


Metal Slug 5 received positive reviews from critics. It received very positive scores from players, with an average of 8.1 on GameSpot for the PS2 version and 8.4 for the arcade version.