Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Note: The multiplayer has been discontinued
Game title: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Genre - Stealth action
Platform: Playstation 2
ESRB Rating: Mature
Developer: Kojima Productions
Director: Hideo Kojima
Released: March 14, 2006
Over all rating: 10/10
Every story has it's origin... Metal Gear Solid 3 is, essentially, a redone version of one of the greatest gamesa ever made, MEtal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The most common question asked about remakes and rereleases is "Is it really worth my money, if I already own the original game?" In short, yes. This game is more than worth the 30 more bucks you will pay to get it. Aside from the orignal game, this version of it includes many extras, such as a boss duel mode, Metal Gear 1 and 2: Solid Snake and an online mode. Because most of us have already played the original Snake Eater, I will not do my usual type of review where I go into detail about the graphics, gameplay, story and sound. They are all fantastic. We already know this. Instead, I will review the extras. That is, after all, why this package is worth the price you pay to get it.
3D Camera - 10/10
The camera on this game has been improved by leaps and bounds. Gone are the days when we had to go into first person view to know what was arround us, or rely on the radar. Now, we hve a 3d, 360 degree rotating camera that makes exploring the jungle alot less painful. After you get done beating this game with the new camera system, you will begin to wonder how you ever lived without it. At it's heart, it is just your typical 3d camera that you control with the right analogue stick, but it works very well with this game, and it makes it alot easier to see. You will no longer get shot at by enemies that you cannot see until you pull into first person view and search for them. Now, you are capable of seeing the enemy well before they see you. It makes things alot less frustrating, without easing up on the difficulty of the game.
Metal Gear Online - 10/10
This is the biggest draw for the game. The online mode on this game is very well done and very addicting. Everything that works in the game can work in here, even the infamous cardboard box trick. There are random boxes throughout the levels that contain nothing that are meant to be good hiding places if you so choose to use one. This was a very smart move. Before each respawn, you choose what weapons you will use and what music you will listen to. It is very nice. You can select knives, explosives, shotguns, machine guns, hand guns and all sorts of stuff. As for music, there are mixes of music from all of the games, including Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2, a nice touch, if you ask me. There are loads of places to hide from or snipe from within each level, and CQC is usable too. As for game modes, there is team deathmatch, deathmatch and a game that is similar to capture the flag. There are also a few other things, such as Sneaking Mission, where one character is Snake, and it is his job to sneak by all the opponents and reach the goal. It is everyone elses job to stop him. It is all alot of fun and very well thought out. There are multiple character types as well. Want to be a genome soldier? A GRU soldier or an ocelot? You can. Not necessary, but a nice touch, and it helps devide up the teams in team oriented matches.
Metal Gear - 8/10
For the first time in the series history. the real version of Metal Gear comes to U.S. shores. Many of you may be aware that there is a Metal Gear for the NES, but that version is different from this one in quite a few ways. That is an unoffical version. This is the real version. It boasts slightly better graphics and a bit of a different story. This game is very premitive when compared to other games in the series. There is no radar. You cannot crawl or flatten against a wall. All you can do is run, punch and shoot. However, the game is designed so that that would be enough. It is fun, and hte music is decent. It is an 8 bit rendition of what we came to know as VR training music. The story was good for it's time, but is not in depth now days. It seems a little lacking now days. If you can get your head in the correct time zone, you will enjoy it more. The game is quite a bit of fun and can be challenging. Typical of games from that era, it does not have much of a sense of direction. I would highly recommend using the walkthrough on GameFAQs. This game is fun, and that is what is important
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake - 9.5/10
What a huge difference a few years can make huh? This game adds the ability to crawl and hide in crawl spaces. It adds a radar and adds an alert mode, where guards will be actively looking for you until it ends, and and then an evasion mode, where the guards are less active, but still searching. After that ends, everything returns to normal. This game is also alot more in depth, story wise, with decent character developement. The story, itself, is full of great plot twists. It is also a bit emotional at times. This is the begining of Hideo Kojima's epic story telling. Fantastic plot driven game with excellent stealth gameplay, for it's time. Much like MG1, this game doesn't have a great sense of direction. I highly recommend a walthrough to get through this one as well. Graphically, it is a huge step up from Metal Gear. Everything is alot more detailed and better looking. The sound sounds like it moved from 8 bit to 16 bit. It is more complex. Some of the tracks are very good, but others are forgettable. Outside of that, this is an all arround fantastic game, and one that proves that an action game can have a great and complex story.
Overall - 10/10
I am aware that not everything I did scored perfectly, but the overall package deserves a 10. I did not rate all of the extras. Some of them are not unlocked until the game is beaten., I just reviewed some of the major ones. All of these, combines with the excellent gameplay and stunningly beautiful storyline make this game a perfected version of an already brilliant game. Every fan of Metal Gear, or action gaming, should own this one. This is as good as it gets. Loads of extras. Beautiful graphics. Great voice acting. Fantastic story and some of the best gameplay of all time. This game is as good as it gets.