Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater review (PS2)

clockworkrazor | 1130d ago | User review
Reviewing: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
This is what MGS2 should have been
MGS3 ties with the brilliant original as the best in the series. Hideo Kojima the creator of the MGS series is one of the few real superstars of the videogame industry, the others being Shigeru Miyamoto the creator of Mario, Link and so many others, and Yu Suzuki (Sega) of Shenmue and Outrun/Dayeeetooona! fame among others.

To His credit Hideo Kojima in my opinion is a genius (along with Miyamoto of course) and when he is at the top of his game there is nothing that this talented director/producer/programmer cannot do with a games machine or make happen.

The only limitations are that of the hardware wich he is creating a game for and in this case its Metal Gear Solid 3:Snake Eater is FINALLY the game that all of the millions of Metal Gear fans out there have been wanting since the brilliant original MGS on PSone. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is yet another true work of art from one of the few talents in the vidoegame industry that are able to continually create one great game after another.

Metal Gear solid 2:Sons of Liberty was and always will be a great game but I tend to think of it as an "inside joke" of sorts from the always entertaining Hideo Kojima for many reasons, not the least of wich the star of the MGS saga Solid Snake was only fully playable for the short introductory segment of the game and there was Raiden and the slightly overconvoluted storyline all combined to leave more than a few gamers bewildered at it all. Although I still think of MGS2 as one of the 25 greatest games of all time it was a slight dissapointment in a few minor ways. Now on to the subject at hand METAL GEAR SOLID 3:SNAKE EATER.

With MGS3 Kojima and CO. (now named Kojima productions at Konami) delivered the perfect PRE-quel to an already AAA series with an incredible enthralling epic cold-war storyline that explains many of the origins of not only Snake himself but finally who the first BIG-BOSS was and his/her relation to the original Snake, code named naked Snake in MGS3.

The game also has a very young and ever entertaining OCELOT REVOLVER who actually learns a lot from Snake and BIG BOSS during the game and explains both his admiration and hatred for the current Solid Snake that is featured in MGS1 and MGS2.

The graphics are phenomenal of course that contain the best cutscenes thus far in videogame history and are certainly THE BEST CUTSCENES OF THE LAST GENERATION OF CONSOLES.
The gameplay is near spot on and is non intrusive and becomes second nature after about an hours play. The storyline is the best of the series slightly edging out the original MGS story as the best overall.

Of course to enjoy the WHOLE Metal Gear Solid storyline I would suggest picking up the new Metal Gear Solid Collection on Xbox360/PS3 believe me its well worth it in every way.

All in all this is the best MGS so far and I highly recommend this game to anyone and everyone, especially those that are fans of the Splinter Cell/Tenchu series of stealth games or to those that want to experience what is in my opinion the greatest on-going storyline in videogame history. One more point: Metal Gear solid 3: Snake Eater IS THE FIRST METAL GEAR SOLID IN THE SERIES in chronological order the games are listed* :

Metal Gear Solid 3:snake eater - PS2

Metal Gear Solid 1 - PSX/PSone - or better yet if you can find it Metal Gear Solid the Twin Snakes playable on both the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii.

Metal Gear Solid 2:sons of Liberty - PS2

Metal Gear Solid 4:Guns of the Patriots

*this list does not include the handheld versions of MGS.

Play these in just about any order but I would recommend this order for those new to the series: MGS 1, MGS3, MGS2 all available for play on the PS2. I have to point out that MGS2 will confuse anyone not familiar with the series and Highly recommend playing either the first MGS or part 3 FIRST in order to more enjoy the second and upcoming 4th. *the early Metal Gear games on MSX-Metal Gear 1 and Metal Gear2:solid snake (available in MGS3:subsistance) take place in the timeline AFTER Metal Gear Solid 3 and before MGS 1.

The Subsistance version adds a great new and more cohesive camera angle and many great extras including the first two original METAL GEARS ; Metal Gear 1 MSX and Metal Gear 2: solid snake MSX.
Ups
nice graphics especially the new HD versions on Xbox360 and PS3
Downs
Inventory system could be a bit confusing for some
Score
9.0
Graphics
10.0
Sound
8.0
Gameplay
9.0
Fun factor
0.0
Online
9.5
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
coolbeans  +   1130d ago
To each his own when it comes to the main title. I find MGS3 to be the worst out of the console MGS series, although it's still a damn fine game in it's own right. Review-wise, Konami should consider themselves lucky that their dev. time made the game release about 5 months before SC: Chaos Theory came out.
The Matrix  +   1130d ago
Interesting. I found MGS3 to be my second favorite of the series next to the original and a long distance away from MGS2.
49erguy  +   1130d ago
I found MGS3 to be the best alongside Peace Walker. I've ALWAYS enjoyed the tragedy of Big Boss more than Solid Snake's MGS2/4 stories. MGS1 was perfect though.
Nate-Dog  +   1129d ago
Personally I disliked MGS4 the most (*gasp* I know a shocker considering the hype it gets on this site, got no problem with people liking it but don't force it down everyone elses throats) for a number of reasons such as a lacking in stealth, too much action gameplay, the fact basically the whole game didn't focus on being MGS4 and instead focused on just tieing up the loose ends MGS2 and MGS3 made, and others. I liked MGS3 for what it was in regards to stealth and gameplay mostly but I thought most of the story was pretty poor and pushed the limits a bit with certain aspects such as The Cobra Unit.
49erguy  +   1129d ago
You're not alone. Another horrid thing about MGS4 was the codec. TO MGS fans the codec is essential in character development, humor, and finding out things your didn't know about the MGS universe.

Rose's psych shit made me fall asleep and Otacon always talked about the mission or tech (no humor). Why wasn't Raiden on your codec list?

"basically the whole game didn't focus on being MGS4 and instead focused on just tieing up the loose ends MGS2 and MGS3 made, and others"

Extremely well put and I agree. The gameplay was not very fun and act 3 was absolute garbage. Drebin was always there so there was no finding weapons for yourself. MGS4 was the worst for me as well.

BUT I thought the Boss fights were the best in the series
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coolbeans  +   1129d ago
^@ all above

Yeah, I knew I'd be in one of the lesser groups in this case. Here's my list: MGS1>MGS4>>MGS2>&g t;MGS3.

3's story: Had some fulfilling moments and great use of foreshadowing events that would come later, but it's also filled with some cheesy ideas. Although the great moments overshadow the stupid moments.

Gameplay: Changing outfits felt like an archaic mechanic compared to Splinter Cell's light/dark. Feeding + healing yourself came off as more of a chore, detracting from the stealth gameplay altogether. The work Ubisoft put into Chaos Theory (Xbox) showed how smooth graphical fidelity can make for a better stealth game.

Value: No stealth series, that I know of, holds a candle to Spies vs. Mercs introduced in SC: Pandora Tomorrow. 3 does have a story that's worth replaying, but 3's MP doesn't have much on the SC's series.

This is just my opinion, however. I'd still give MGS3 a mid-eight's grade, but nothing more than that. I feel that MGS 1,2, and 4 helped push the genre in new directions, whether through big or small nuances.
49erguy  +   1129d ago
I always sort of envied the gameplay in Splinter Cell because its always been better than MGS's stealth IMO. This is coming from a diehard MGS fan. But the story is SC is not interesting to me at all. I just played conviction, which is regarded as the best story in the series, and its was pretty boring story wise. The gameplay was GREAT on the hardest difficulty though.

Good points and i Agree, but Big Boss>>>>>Solid Snake>>>>>>& gt;>>Fisher
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Huffman  +   1129d ago
MGS3 had the strongest characters and the best version of snake. Loved every moment of it. Probably the best overall.
Akiba96  +   1129d ago
@every comment above lol. I love them all. Of course i prefer some over others but they are all fantastic games in their own right.
bobrea  +   1129d ago
"What MGS2 should have been." Are you shitting me? They are both awesome games covering totally different parts of time in the Metal Gear universe. MGS3 isn't what MGS2 "should have been," it's just an awesome game in it's own right.
clockworkrazor  +   1129d ago
Thankx for all the great responses and opinions.

I love all the main canon Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid games.

I cant wait to finally play Peace Walker on the new HD collection.

My two favorites are MGS3 - Great story and excellent interesting characters and MGS4 - for a long time Metal Gear Solid fan this was THE game I had been waiting for years to play and the boss battles were intense and very fun to play.

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