Excerpt: franchise, has never quite managed to keep up in terms of graphics, presentation, and AI. Sadly, too many of the same problems exist in this year’s entry, although I will admit the game remains entertaining for those who can overlook a few glaring issues. Playing online was plenty of fun and the inclusion of MLB integration (updated scores and what have you) is a definite highlight, but developer Visual Concepts still needs to iron out a few kinks if they wish to gain an...
Excerpt: A Release of Metal Gear Solid 3 with additional content was inevitable, following on from Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance. It’s as if Konami always has plans in advance to release enhanced versions of each Metal Gear game after their initial releases. Well, if the cash rolls in who can blame them? And for the rest of us, at least it gives us all an opportunity to get stealthy again.
Conclusion: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is the ultimate MGS experience so far and is definitely worth a repurchase if you have an online enabled PS2. I completed it when it was originally released and I’m still playing this release. Bring on MGS4 I say. And if you haven’t played MGS3 yet, then buy this now.
Pros: The best PS2 online game I’ve played, Great new camera makes for a fresh experience, Another chance to play one of the best PS2 games ever, Lots for die hard MGS fans
Cons: If you haven’t got online it’s pretty much the same game as the original release.
Conclusion: As far as ‘special editions’ go, you really can’t get much better than this. Not only does the game pack a picnic of extras most fans would go gaga over, it also manages to change the core gameplay experience with an all-new camera system that blitzes the old as well as new story sequences and revelations set to rock the very foundations of the MGS saga.
Pros: New camera system completely changes the game, New story elements that will shock hardcore fans, Both Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 included, Snake Vs Monkey is a neat addition, The theatre offers a great option where you don’t even have to play the game, Online multiplayer is awesome
Cons: Could have come packaged with some original artwork or material extras for fans, If you don’t like drama, avoid this game at all costs
Excerpt: I'd intended to review Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (MGS3) when it originally came out. A longtime fan of the series, I was interested to see what Kojima would do with a prequel. I found myself oddly underwhelmed by the game. As attractive as the graphics were, and no matter how polished the mechanics, playing the game left me cold.
Excerpt: Looking back, it’s pretty amazing just how far the Metal Gear series has come. Starting out as simple stealth action title for the MSX home computer, the latest title in the series, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence boasts better visuals, camera work, and storyline than half the Hollywood movies out there.
Excerpt: One of the PlayStation 2's most memorable games becomes an even richer, more rewarding experience--and a better game--in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. This reissue of the original version adds one very significant new feature to the 2004 game, along with a brand-new online mode and loads of other great extras, including emulated versions of the old 2D Metal Gear games.
Pros: Adds a great, new online play mode, Makes an already great game play even better thanks to the new camera angle, Lots of other exciting extras, Still some of the best graphics and sound on the PS2
Cons: Some of the smaller gameplay issues from the original haven't been touched, Skimpy manual doesn't explain online modes
Conclusion: Simply excellent in every aspect; an intriguing story, brilliant gameplay, excellent music, and has a general feel of "we had too much time to make this game shine"! Not only that, it now comes in package that truly honours it, making it a must-have for the PS2.
Excerpt: How do you make one of 2004's best games better? For Hideo Kojima, that's an easy question to answer. Telling the origins of Big Boss, and effectively tying up a number of loose ends with the series, Metal Gear Solid 3 remains one of the best games released on the PlayStation 2, and like its predecessors, represents a level of quality and narrative that, to this day, is rarely seen in the industry.