Analysis: What Metal Gear Solid 3 Teaches Us About Hyperreality

Writer Zoran Iovanovici examines the third title in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, looking at the acclaimed title's focus on deception and "the struggle to gain understanding in the sea of messages which may or may not be truth or reality".

ZI: Having already explored some of the complex themes of the original Metal Gear Solid and its sequel Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, we now turn our attention to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Considered by many to be the highpoint of the series, Snake Eater is more playful in its delivery of political and historical criticism than its predecessors. What sets Snake Eater apart is that it’s set over thirty years prior to the events of the first two games, allowing for somewhat of a clean-slate approach to story, setting, and character.

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