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The Definitive Way to Experience Metal Gear Solid,
This review is from: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Video Game)There have been a great deal of HD collections coming out lately. Most giving you trophy or achievement support along with the updated visuals. The Metal Gear Solid HD collection is not different. But the package seems worth it mainly because of just how much you're going to get from these games. By bringing you the Substance version of MGS2 and the Subsistence version of MGS3 you are getting much more than your money's worth here. Not to mention you are still getting Peace Walker.
There isn't much need to discuss the story of Metal Gear here. In the first place, we'd be here all day just trying to discuss what it all means. And in the second place, the majority of you getting your hands on this have probably already experienced these games once before. I will only say that the story of the saga is absorbing, confusing and a lot of fun. Gamers have been absorbed by the themes of these games for quite some time, but experiencing them again isn't always so bad. The cutscenes are usually good. Some of them are a little long, but they're very well done. Complete with great voice acting, humor, drama and action. The cinematic experience of Metal Gear Solid is a jack of all trades.
It is unique, however, to see how these games differ. Despite all being Metal Gear Solid titles they all look, feel and control very differently. With Metal Gear Solid 2 harboring the closest to the original game while Metal Gear Solid 3 gives you a ton of freedom to actually take several different approaches to each particular area. And while Peace Walker is much more straightforward than the third, it still allows for a lot of freedom gameplay wise. This means that each game is actually quite unique. And playing all three side by side by side in this manner helps to showcase that we weren't just getting the same old thing from one game to the next. They all retain their stealth elements but approach them in very different ways.
Trophy and achievement support has been added to the games. This is sure to delight some of the most hardcore Metal Gear fans. And it's nice to see that Hideo Kojima has a sense of humor about it in some regards. The visuals are also crisp in HD. Regardless of the HD or not, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 actually still look rather good even compared to todays standards. The aesthetic design is still unique in both games. It doesn't feel new, but it's easy to be drawn in thanks to the details. Realized in HD everything looks smoother and is now presented to players in widescreen.
The only downside to the visual structure is Peace Walker. It doesn't look as good as some may have hoped. It is understandable, however. The game was designed for a smaller screen than whatever it is you're playing it on. On the PSP it looks nothing short of fantastic. But blowing up the picture in this way is going to cause for some blurry textures. It also lacks quite the amount of detail due to being on the PSP as well. Likewise, since the experience was designed for a portable system it plays as such. On the other hand, however, you can use your PSP save data to play if you wish.
The best part, however, is that with the exception of Metal Gear Online from Metal Gear Solid 3, you get all the extras from the two games. The VR Missions from Metal Gear Solid 2 are still there. As are the snake tales. Metal Gear Solid 3 also includes the original Metal Gear 1 and 2 (something the essential collection didn't have). The extras were more than we expected then and they're still nice to have here as well.
The lack of the first Metal Gear Solid is somewhat regrettable but it is hard to imagine that the transition to HD would've been kind to the original game. Given how Peace Walker was treated visually, the first game might not really be that good to look at in HD. The limitations of the Playstation graphically don't make for a great transition to High Definition. For those who can't be without the original Metal Gear Solid, however, you can easily head over to the PSN and download it from there. It won't be HD, but you'll still be able to experience the game and story again.
More than likely those who pick up this collection will have already experienced these games before. And they're picking it up to re-experience them in HD. If you haven't experienced Metal Gear Solid before the HD collection is one of the finest ways to experience it. Given the cinematic quality of the games themselves, HD alone actually can justify a purchase. They're good games worth re-exploring for fans. And worth diving into for those who are curious to experience them. It's three games in one (five, if you include Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2) and a very enjoyable collection.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2011 3:51:30 AM PST
I haven't checked but perhaps Twin Snakes couldn't be included due to some contractual nonsense with Nintendo, similar to why Resident Evil 0 and Remake will never be ported to PS3 or other consoles.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 1:24:21 AM PST
Samuele Del Buffa says:
Question: i need to know If there are settings in the game to change the language (italian), because in Italy the release date still has not even been set and I can not wait anymore! thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 6:02:09 PM PST
A. Newton says:
Samuele, I don't see any options to change the language from English
Posted on Oct 28, 2012 9:42:46 AM PDT
Lewis Murdoc says:
While I much prefer the original MGS, Twin Snakes would've been a great fit for this collection considering it's pretty much MGS1 with MGS2 gameplay & graphics (plus overblown cutscenes). Still a nice collection anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 7:49:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 2:27:20 AM PST
Honestly, i'm glad they didn't put Twin Snakes on. I hate the matrix-style cutscenes they added, and MGS1 wasn't meant to be played with the ability to shoot in first person mode. I'd much rather play Peace Walker
Posted on Apr 8, 2013 2:36:53 PM PDT
Bryan Willis says:
Well...Playing the PC version in hd, looks rather nice to me. Smooth unlike the blocky ps1 textures. Now, even the ps1 version being rendered in 1920x1080p on the pc isn't all that bad either. Its just lazyness for not wanting to port it. Only problem with the pc version is getting some of the real-life videos to play. Can be done, but takes alittle extra work.
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