I have never played a metal gear solid game before. I really want to try this series because it looks awesome, especially with this new HD collection. So, do I need MGS 1 to understand the story in this one? Because, to be honest, I would rather start at this collection.
Well, I would suggest spending $9.99 for it on PSN, or getting it cheap for the PSone which will work in your PS3. But. if you really want to start here, you can. 2 of the 3 games happen before MGS1 (MGS3 and Peace Walker) and MGS2 really is it's own game, although playing MGS1 first really will help you understand the last hour or so of the game. And, there are some MGS1 references, but nothing really vital for newcomers.
Even with its age, the original Metal Gear Solid is my favorite game of all time. I REALLY recommend you give it a shot. Welcome to the world of Metal Gear!
If you don't play mgs1, mgs2 will probably be a cluster-cluck to understand. Lots of crazy weird things going on. But! You'll understand mgs3 and peace walker just fine. I'd HIGHLY reccomend getting mgs1 though. Its rediculously cheap on the pc, or on psn.
I started on MGS2, and therefore loved it the most. Beware, the one you play first will have a special place in your heart. I'd actually suggest playing the Twin Snakes, the gamecube updated graphics version of MGS1 first. And for continuity, I loved piecing together bits of the plot. It's kind of like watching a movie that doesn't go in order. Obviously it was made in the order they intended though.
As much as I loved the original mgs1(my first mgs), I think Twin Snakes deserves more creditability than people give it. It's a quality remake. The gameplay, cutscenes and graphics are all major upgrades from the original. Plus, if you have a Wii set up with component cables on an HD tv, it looks amazing! 480p ftw!
I actually played MGS2 first, which actually ended up confusing me since there is a lot of plot to it, interlaced within the whole storyline of the first game. When you are close to the end of the game, all the accusations and conspiracy theories are tied to the first game. Most people, for some reason, trash MGS2. Perhaps because Snake was not the biggest character you played, sure. But it is the sequel, despite what others will say. It sets up for MGS4, which is a phenominal game but properly numbered, it is number four. You could not phathom the complexity of the whole game, if you just picked up MGS4. It's like half movie, all strictly plot based. I would highly suggest getting MGS1, just so you know what you are getting into. So you understand the connection between Snake/Octacon, Snake/Colonel, Snake/Liquid. Trust me, I played MGS2 and left it alone for at least 5 years. I got MGS1 about a year ago and replayed MGS2, into MGS3. I was so happy and content, now that I had all the answers to the questions I once had.
Twin Snakes was awesome but the only complaint I have with it (which is very minor) is since you can go into first person view, the Ocelot boss fight was a joke compared to the original, top down persepctive version.
JO: Peace Walker is the sequel to Snake Eater, there are in fact a couple of flasbacks to events and characters that still play some important role during PW's plot, some people call it MGS 5, because that is how Kojima called the game during development, but finally decided not to put a number to this one, and give it a subtitle instead.
I am not sure if you would have unanswered questions, more like... too many answers to questions you never knew existed. In one of the parts of MGS2, Snake talks to Raiden and says they have to take on the Boss. Raiden states that they don't have enough ammo to take on an army, to which Snake smirks and points to his bandana, giving the smart ass comment, "Don't worry about it, kid. I got that covered." There are subtitles that show up, stating that it has a symbol on it, "Infinite Ammo". You are gonna wonder, how in the heck did he get that. Well, you'd know if you played MGS1. So... not playing MGS1 is ok, but considering you have a PS3 and assuming you like the series, you are going to play MGS2, MGS3 and MGS4, which I have to say, I think you would be much better off playing the first to understand everything, so you aren't confuses and so you don't end up with more questions than answers.
If it is any concellation though, MGS1 is a great game and even better for only $10 on PSN. I think it is a wise investment, because if you look at the rating for it, I think it is like 4.92 stars. How could you doubt a game that is approved by at least 98.4% of anyone who plays it? Hell... you are more likely to have a heart attack than to dislike this game.
You don't HAVE to play MGS to understand what's going on in other games. They were not made in chronological order, so if you started with MGS2, you would be fine. (That's the game I started with). All three games in this collection are amazing games, so this would be an excellent way to start your MG gaming experience. :)
I saw MGS 1 at a friends place back in the past and didn't play the hole game with him... so I knew some stuff (Ocelot fight) and some other stuff (missed the Wolf fight)...
I then first started with MGS 2 and there are some hints to MGS 1, but I knew enought to get the story going... then played MGS 3 and of course MGS 4.
After MGS 4 I decided to try out MGS 1 again... and played the hole game in just one weekend cause it was so amazing! There are so many hints and flashbacks to the first one... it's absolutely amazing. MGS 1 and 4 are so great linked to each other it's a fantastic. If you don't want to play every single game before u pick up the 4th I would say play the 1st and the the 4th. You can still catch up with the other two (2 and 3) later... they are definately worth playing! But for 4 I would say 1 is the best to get it going...
These games are so complex anyway. I started with part 2. I thought I needed to learn something, so I read all the in-game backstory stuff that was provided in text form on the disc "In The Darkness of Shadow Moses" and all that. It became apparent rather quickly, but also much more clearly in retrospect (after completing MGS1 myself) that that stuff wasn't really written to help new fans understand anything, but more like in-jokes to old fans, or an explanation to those wondering how the universe around MGS1 reacted to the events.
The perfect thing about MGS is that (aside from Part 4 - and I haven't played Peace Walker.) The story is presented with a heavy dose of important history, but is otherwise standalone. So it ends up feeling more like the backstory of any feature film you've seen. You know how important certain events were, and sort of what went on, because characters talk about them constantly "Solid Snake, you're a legend!"
With enough poking around it's not going to feel any more alien to you than it does the main protagonist, because the two of you will basically have the exact same amount of information. Even if he's ahead of you he'll state very clearly how much he knows to the other characters. If there's one thing the MGS series isn't short on it's backstory and exposition. Just how much you expose yourself to is entirely in your ballpark.
Also MGS3 is where everything starts, and it feels that way too. So you can start there easy. It seems like there's a lot of info between MGS3 and 1 even. But the truth is; all of that info (which again is frequently described in detail.) Happened in two tiny NES quality sprite games. No one playing the games beyond those roots seems to mind any. Although they were released to westerners in Subsistence, so maybe that released some tension. - This is freaking rambling. The point is if you have the capacity to understand any of it in the first place it's unlikely you're going to get lost, because if it's important enough, characters *will* mention it frequently.
Trust me, you do not need to play the first game to understand this story. Two of the three games (Snake Eater and Peace Walker) deal with a totally different character than Metal Gear Solid and MGS 2. You should be fine.
Wait..if you want to go in real cronological order wouldn't the sequence be: MGS3, MGS Peace Walker, Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2 (NES) but on the subs version, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots? Did I miss anything?
really its best to play them in the order they released in. Thats the way they intended it, otherwise MGS3 would have been released first. Just buy MGS1 on PSN or emulate it, and if you like what you are playing, buy the collection and play 2>3>4>peace walker. the original MSX Metal Gear games arent really necessary, and Portable Ops isnt either really but its still a cool game.
I actually played MGS2 first as well, because I only had the demo of MGS1. If you have a Gamecube you can get Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, which is a remake of MGS1. I've beaten all the MGS games (save for the original Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2 and Ghost Babel for Gameboy) including the obscure Metal Gear AC!D 1 & 2, which don't have anything to do with the Solid series. Highly recommend this pack, but I'd play MGS1 or Twin Snakes first if I were you, just to get an idea of what's going on. Or you could always start with Metal Gear (included in MGS3) and go on to Metal Gear 2. You could also start with MGS3 since it starts the entire timeline, so that wouldn't confuse you either. Plenty of options, but MGS1 or Twin Snakes is a must for the future,
I loved the old Metal Gear on NES when I was a kid. Played through it three or four times. On IGN review it said that the original Metal Gear is included as part of MGS3. Is that the original Metal Gear or the original Metal Gear Solid? You can download the original MGS on PSN for cheap, but I haven't been able to find the very first Metal Gear anywhere. I kept holding out hope that it would be released on the Wii's Virtual Console line-up. Metal Gear and Bionic Commando were two of the best games of the 80's.