Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 12 [1000]
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 2-3 hours [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 3
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed: No

NOTE: All ACA games have a tendency to not unlock random achievements. If this happens, just hard reset your Xbox and attempt again and it should unlock.

Introduction:
Metal Slug 2 was released on NEOGEO back in 1998 by SNK, and has been ported directly to the Xbox One by our new best friends over at the bizarrely named Hamster Corporation. This run and gunner mixes fast frantic action with daft humour and is a blast if you like this game style. Along with most of the other games so far released in the ACA series, this side scrolling shmup is a pretty fast completion, requiring little real skill to finish. You only need to play each game mode once, but will most likely may take few more tries.

Step 1 - Original Mode
Start up in original mode, and change the difficulty to 1 and change players as high as you feel you may need (go into the options menu with ). Run through the levels, killing everything you see and rescuing as many POWs as you can (you have to shoot them free then touch them with your guy to rescue them), picking up the score related achievements on the way. I you manage to perfect the first and second levels you will be most of the way there, but if you don’t, 99 lives should be plenty to get to 2 million. Once you have the score achievements, let yourself run out of lives and unlock the two high score achievements. 5 achievements for 420.

Step 2 - Hi-Score Mode
Hi-score mode is tougher, as you have to play on difficulty level 4, and only have three lives. You get major bonuses for rescuing all of the POWs, and for finishing levels in vehicles. Finishing the first two levels like this will see you at just under 1.5 million, so you will just need to blast through the third level to get this. Once you have the score related achievements, let yourself get beat and upload your score for the related achievement. 4 achievements for 340.

Step 3 - Caravan Mode
Rinse and repeat what you did in step 3, this time in Caravan mode. As well as not being able to change the difficulty, you have only 5 minutes to get the high scores. However, this should be plenty of time in this game - all you need to do is finish the first level with all POWs and in your vehicle. Once you have the score related achievements, you can simply quit out. 3 achievements for 240.

Conclusion:
The Metal Slug games are classics, and are just as fun to play as they always were. If you want the completion fast, it doesn't take long to learn the first couple of levels. If you don't mind the price point for not much bang for your buck, and appreciate an easy 1000, then this game comes highly recommended!

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ACA NEOGEO: Metal Slug 2 Achievement Guide

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There are 12 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • The score has been posted to the online rankings.

    Play the game on Original mode, with any settings, and set a high score. When you get to the game over screen, as long as you get on the high score board, you will get this. The lowest score is really low, you will probably get this by just finishing the first level. The game will ask you if you want to upload your high score. Press and your achievement will pop.

  • High score has been updated.

    Play the game on any mode, with any settings, and set a high score. When you get to the game over screen, as long as you get on the high score board, you will get this. The lowest score is really low, you probably have to finish the first level.

  • The score won 500,000 points.

     Refer to “Score 1,500,000 points” for more information.

  • The score won 1,000,000 points.

     Refer to “Score 1,500,000 points” for more information.

  • The score won 1,500,000 points.

    You can change the difficulty down to 1 and change your lives to 99 in the settings menu (press to access). This should be plenty to get you through the game and get you to the points needed; however, follow the guide for “HI SCORE MODE 1,000,000 points” to see how to get most of the points needed for this in the first two levels. Play through the game, shooting everything in site and staying alive. Rescue all of the POWs you see - you have to shoot them to free them and run through/touch them to rescue them.

  • The score has been posted to the online rankings in the "HI SCORE MODE".

    Play the game on Hi-Score mode, with any settings, and set a high score. When you get to the game over screen, as long as you get on the high score board, you will get this. The lowest score is really low, you probably only have to finish the first level. The game will ask you if you want to upload your high score. Press and your achievement will pop.

  • HI SCORE MODE 200,000 points.

     Refer to “HI SCORE MODE 1,000,000 points” for more information.

  • HI SCORE MODE 600,000 points.

     Refer to “HI SCORE MODE 1,000,000 points” for more information.

  • HI SCORE MODE 1,000,000 points.

    To get to a million points, you will need to get either a really long way through the game on three lives, or ace the first two levels. If you manage to get to the end of the second level, you will either be above a million, or really close to it!

    The key to big scores is finishing the levels with all POWs rescued. However, if you die, you lose all collected POWs, so you need to finish the level without dying.

    The first level isn’t too bad, most of the POWs are in plain sight. The only missable one is right near the beginning - you need to shoot upwards at the first palm tree you see. The boss isn’t too hard. You will get way more points if you just use your attack, but don’t be afraid to hit him with a few s if you feel the need. If you manage to perfect this level, you will finish at around 500k points.

    Level 2 is much tougher than the first, due to angled walkways making straight shooting harder, and mummies than turn you into a mummy if they hit you with their bad breath. You will also have bats carrying purple goo that turns you into a mummy if it hits you. There are also a few annoying platform jumps that can catch you out. The mummies are more out in the open in this level. The only missable one really is in the tunnel entrance where you first see the mummies. Walk in, shoot, and he will be released and rescued. When you get to the boss, just keep on jumping up and shooting down and he will go down quickly. Make sure you stay to the right or left when you see him charging his big shot, although you may have him beat before he manages to let it off. By the end of this level, you should have this achievement done.

    Getting these two levels done perfectly will likely take you many tries, but the levels are only short so are quite easy to learn. Keep on trying, you will get there!

    The video below sees the first two levels being done perfectly; it is recommended to watch this before trying!

  • CARAVAN MODE 100,000 points.

     Refer to “CARAVAN MODE 500,000 points” for more information.

  • CARAVAN MODE 300,000 points.

     Refer to “CARAVAN MODE 500,000 points” for more information.

  • CARAVAN MODE 500,000 points.

    You will get this by finishing the first level rescuing all of the POWs without dying. Refer to “HI SCORE MODE 1,000,000 points” for information on how to do this.

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