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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a Metal Gear fan could want (almost), November 9, 2011
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This review is from: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Video Game)
Metal Gear Solid is a series that still holds up because Hideo Kojima is a master of his craft. Plain and simple. The story telling is harder to defend of course, but the actual GAME is rock solid. One thing that has always stuck out in my mind is the attention to detail that goes into these games. There's just so many hidden little extras and bizarre jokes mixed with in with seriously good stealth that feels well thought-out. The game's never seem rushed or under-done, everything is right where it should be.

Here's a small wrap up of each game:


Metal Gear Solid 2: A lot of fans didn't like this game on release due to the main character swap that occurs early in the game. And to be fair Solid Snake is a hard (near impossible) act to follow... but in retrospect Raiden is solid character who grows a lot throughout the course of the game, and when it's all over you'll grow to like him. Well I think you will. The boss battle are not as numerous, but they're as great as the original Metal Gear Solid (except fro Psycho Mantis of course) and overall I truly believe this is an amazing game with some genuinely awesome twists. That crazy final sword fight, those underwater sections, the weird stuff that happens when the computer virus takes over... there's just so much to love. Plus the attention to detail in the confined areas you constantly find yourself in is brilliant. No corner is ignored, not detail overlooked - Kojima and his team put a lot of effort into this game and it shows. And that final after the credits twist... simply excellent.


Metal Gear Solid 3: While the core gameplay remains the same in the third game the differences are also pretty significant. Set in the 60s the overall feel of the game is that of a Cold War paranoia, James Bond outlandishness and surviving in extreme isolation. While you always fight against the odds in a Metal Gear game, here it feels like Snake is truly alone. You have to manage Snake's wounds (treating burns and broken bones), switch camo to match your environment and even collect food (which can spoil!) to maintain your energy levels. But don't this fool you, there's still plenty of lighter moments and nice little winks at the camera mixed in with the extreme scenes of violence and torture. What make Metal Gear Solid 3 so great is how badly Snake is beaten down and how much it makes you want to get revenge. And then, after all that, that unforgettable ending... I WON'T spoil it, but it's just brilliant.


Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker: Out of all the Metal Gear Solid games I've invested the most time in this one. The story is quite possibly the strongest in the series - it's like the transition from Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader (but done SO much better than those crap movies). A man without a country and nothing to lose finds something to fight for and becomes the number one enemy of a country he nearly died for. Snake hit rock bottom here, more than he did in Metal Gear Solid 3, but his rise to power is made that much better because of this.

The game itself is your fairly typical Metal Gear Solid fare, but the added option of recruiting soldiers and managing your own mercenary squad is a lot of fun. Like collecting Pokemon you'll find yourself trying to secure stronger team members and using them to build your army. The core gameplay alone is great, but this addition pushes this game over the edge and makes it truly great.


So what's missing? The original Metal Gear Solid. I understand there may be emulation issues or something like that, but seriously, it's sorely missed in this otherwise great collection. If you think about it you only play as Solid Snake for about half an hour in Metal Gear Solid 2... the rest is all Naked Snake/Big Boss or Raiden. That's a shame, but hey, it's not a deal breaker.

This is an amazing series. If this is your first time I truly envy you (it would so great to play it again, but start with Metal Gear Solid 3, move on to Peace Walker and finish with Metal Gear Solid 2) and if your a returning fan you'll love these games all over again. HD or not, these games are awesome, but the fact that they look this good and come with so many extras (like the original Metal Gear games from the MSX) just solidifies this collection as a must have.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2011 6:40:57 AM PST
Aoshi says:
Just curious, is there any award to be unlocked, like from beating the games? The Jpn 360 ver (their MGS 2/3 and Peace walker are separate releases) have extra avatar items since MGS1 download code is not included. Just wondering if we are having the same bonus, at avatar metal gears are very cool. Thanks.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 1:55:02 PM PST
Derek M. says:
Great review, I've been a MGS fan since I was a kid playing the first one for PSX. Can't wait to get this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 12:02:56 AM PST
I'm confused about the avatar stuff... I know it's supposed to be there... but it's not. I think Konami are selling them :(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 3:21:07 AM PST
Aoshi says:
I realized why now. The Jpn 360 ver came w/ the avatar items, but their MGS2/3 and Peacewalker are sold separately as two games in Jpn, while we have all 3 on one collection. It is to make up for not having the downloadable code of MGS 1 (that came w/ MGS 2/3) and the digital copy of PW (that came w/ Peace Walker), the bonuses for the Jpn PS3 ver. But we have all 3 games on one collection so we get the better deal. The avatars are sold for 400 points each on the marketplace now.. so Jpn gets 800 pts of avatar for each of their games, 2 items per games. I was just wishing the stuffs could be unlocked..

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:42:59 PM PST
El Tiante says:
FYI MGS 3 takes place in the 60s

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 2:32:46 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 2:36:26 PM PST
What is this supposed DLC code for MGS1? This did not come with my game.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 5:48:29 PM PST
Aoshi says:
@Jameel Aboulhosn

I meant for the Jpn ver. They didn't get all 3 games in one collection like we did. MGS2/3 was sold as one game w/ a downloadable code for MGS1 off of PSN, and PW being a separate game that also came w/ a digital copy of the PSP PW. So for the Jpn 360 ver, since neither of those games get the digital copies, they got free avatar items instead, 2 for each game. For us, the 4 items are sold for 400 MS pts each, but we have the advantage of getting 3 games in one.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 7:23:21 PM PST
Good review. If you are like me, who already has MGS4, while the missing MGS1 is disappoint, it isn't by far a deal breaker, especially since MGS1 is on the PSN for $10 and you get Metal Gear 1 and 2, the MSX versions. Buying this set will almost complete your collection. In fact, I would need only MGS1 and Portable Ops for me to actually complete a cannon collection (Acid would have to be purchased later, and buying Twin Snakes might be personal preference). I like you recommend anyone to buy this.
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