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- Great Value with 3 Games at one value price.
- Final chance to get fully immersed in the Metal Gear Solid Universe before the release of MGS 4.
- Includes Directors Cut of Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance.
- Includes Directors Cut of Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence.
- Special re-designed packaging artwork from renowned artist Shinkawa.
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Since its inception, the Metal Gear franchise has been one of the most successful game series on any console receiving worldwide recognition and praise. The franchise that pioneered the stealth action genre is back with Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection includes Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 for the very first time in one collectible package.
Since its inception, the Metal Gear franchise has been one of the most successful game series on any console receiving worldwide recognition and praise. The franchise that pioneered the stealth action genre is back with Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection includes three classic Metal Gear games:Metal Gear Solid
- Lightly armed and facing an army of foes, Snake must avoid firefights in order to survive.
- If Snake is discovered, he can utilize advanced weaponry, ranging from silenced pistols to ground-to-air missiles.
- Enemies react to sight and sound.
- State-of-the-art graphics: Textures, transparencies, models and explosions.
- Suspenseful, gripping story with multiple endings for a truly cinematic experience.
- 350+ VR missions and 150+ alternative missions.
- Play through 5 "Snake Tales" levels involving Solid Snake.
- Skateboarding mode lets you explore the Big Shell as Raiden or Snake.
- Utilize stealth and infiltration methods, such as diving somersaults, hanging from ledges and using disguises.
- Fully interactive environments- bullets pierce steam pipes, smoke reveals laser beams and wet shoes leave footprints.
- Powerful musical score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, Armageddon, The Rock)
- Relive history as the cold war and geo-political landscape change.
- Outsmart enemies with camouflage, close-quarters combat, stalking, interrogating, climbing, hunting and treating injuries.
- Pit yourself against an environment where traps catch enemies and prey, threats lurk in the shadows, and noise alert predators.
- Epic musical score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, Armageddon, The Rock) and immersive Dolby Prologic II surround sound.
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The games are not individually shrink wrapped. In fact, the shrink wrap didn't even cover the whole box set and there's an opening on the side which the games "bindings" are. I could almost slip out the games without messing with the shrink wrap at all.
Also, the first game is on a ps1 disc and you need a ps1 memory card or ps3 to save like A. Pintor said. "Metal Gear Solid" is still on 2 discs so the set is 4 discs total.
All the discs are black with white font. So they match as a set but look different than the original released version discs.
Each game has a pretty meaty manual as well that match the front and back of their respective game case.
yup, if you're missing just one game in this series, its worth picking up the set.
First, the outer packaging- the slipcase. It's pretty flimsy, and will probably tear if handled roughly. With the lack of durability, it's probably best to cut out a certain scene on the back and save it for later (such as behind the plastic on the relevant game.)
Metal Gear Solid- Included is the original Metal Gear Solid, a manual, and a case. The artwork on the case and manual is very good, probably the best in the set. Note the playstation label on the side- this is the original PSOne version, not an update like the Twin Snakes.
The manual is a mixed bag. I have an old copy of MGS1, and the manual on this one is so very lacking compared to the old one. The original manual featured vital backstory information about the events of the first two Metal Gear games. Yes, believe it or not, this is the third game in the series. You can play it with no knowledge of the previous two, but it's still a major omission, and one that is particularly weird, due to the fact that this version preserves the history of the Metal Gear franchise from the original manual, something that only serves to take up space. It also lacks the large glossary from the back of the old manual, but that isn't a significant loss.
The discs, like I said before, are original PSOne discs. I don't like the plain black discs (especially compared to the original release's discs, which featured images of the Snakes on each disc.) Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions is not included, but isn't really necessary anyway.
The game's plot is a fairly simple one at first glance. Terrorists from the government special forces group Foxhound have seized Shadow Moses Island, a nuclear weapons disposal facility in Alaska. They take hostages, and demand one thing: the remains of Big Boss (a villain from the first two Metal Gear games. You play as Solid Snake, a former Foxhound agent pulled out of retirement to rescue the hostages, and investigate whether the terrorists have nuclear capability. So, at first glance, it seems simple enough. Then, hostages start dying mysteriously, and a mysterious cyborg ninja menaces everyone in his path. A conspiracy involving a nuclear-equipped tank called Metal Gear surfaces. Before too long, the story shifts into a story about how your life isn't decided by your genetics, and about the importance of life. I cannot do it justice here- play it for yourself, and then you'll know what I mean.
The gameplay is challenging, and will often require outside-the-box thinking. One boss in particular spends most of the fight breaking the fourth wall, and reading your controller inputs. The solution? Plug your controller into the other port. The stealth is not realistic, but it is manageable. Enemies can only detect you if you're within a certain distance of them. Fighting is actively discouraged, as if you are spotted, enemies will spawn until you successfully hide for a certain amount of time. And if you stay and fight, nine times out of ten (the exception being boss fights and mandatory fight scenes,) you are going to die. So, challenging, but fun.
The graphics are nowhere near recent, and feature a lot of motion blur, as well as very blocky models. However, it is a PSOne game. You cannot judge it by today's graphical standards.
Overall? 9 out of 10 for Metal Gear Solid.
Metal Gear Solid 2-Included is Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, a manual, and the case. Substance is an upgraded re-release of MGS2: Sons of Liberty, which featured some bonus features. The case's art is alright, and nothing special. My case arrived with a rip in the plastic- not sure how that happened, but ut isn't a particularly large one.
The manual is very thick and informative. I don't know if it's any different from the original release. Everything you could possibly need to know is in the manual or in the game's story. In addition, it also contains the omitted info about the first two Metal Gear games.
As far as the disc goes, it looks much the same as Metal Gear Solid's, except for the Playstation 2 logo. The original release of the game was released alongside a disc called "The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2," which was basically an interactive "Making Of" feature. It was bundled along with the European version of Substance, but is absent here. Not too much of a loss, but definitely worth mentioning.
The story... Where do I begin? It's divided into two parts- the Tanker Chapter, and the Plant Chapter. I did warn that there would be spoilers, so with that in mind, let's continue.
The Tanker Chapter stars Snake, back for his PS2 debut. According to Snake's ally Otacon, the Marines have a Metal Gear, and he wants pictures. Snake infiltrates the tanker that's carrying the new Metal Gear, right as a group of Russians hijacks it from the other side. Snake must elude both the Marines and the Russians in order to carry out his mission.
The Plant Chapter starts two years later, with a new protagonist, codenamed Raiden. A former anti-terrorist group called Dead Cell seizes a cleanup facility that the President happens to be visiting, and demand $30 billion. If their demands are not met, they'll blow up the facility, and cause an environmental disaster. The man heading the operation claims to be Solid Snake. Raiden is sent in to dispose of the bombs and rescue the hostages. This being an MGS game, things get complicated very, very, very quickly, and actually escalate to levels of complication unheard of in the series. Many fans detest this game for its mind screw ending, but I personally like it.
The gameplay is much better than the first game. You have a tranquilizer pistol, which is silenced, making taking guards out easier. However, to compensate, enemies are much smarter than in the first game. The boss fights are inventive, and the level design is top-notch.
The graphics are far from perfect, and still rely on a lot of motion blur. However, this is a ten-year-old game, and the best that can be said about it is that it's miles ahead of the first one.
Overall, 9.5 out of 10.
Metal Gear Solid 3- Included is Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, a manual, and a case. Subsistence was an enhanced re-release that improved the camera and came bundled with a second disc full of extras. The box art is really unimpressive.
The manual is kind of ugly, and the page backgrounds are more than a little distracting. If it was in color, it would be less noticeable. Still, it does contain everything you need to know.
The disc has the same design as the others. Now, some of you are looking to make sure I got my plural/singulars right here. Didn't I say that Subsistence has two discs? Well, here's where Konami screws us over. The second disc on the original Subsistence contained an online game called Metal Gear Online, ports of the first two Metal Gear games, and other extras. Now, while the extras were nice, and Metal Gear Online was apparently very good, the meat of this disc was the first two Metal Gear games. Their removal means that all you're getting with this release is a 3D camera. Now, if you can't go without one of those, more power to you, but labeling is as Subsistence, and not giving us what made it worth buying in the first place is a real letdown. Minus one star.
The story is unusual for MGS- it's the Sixties, and you play as Big Boss (here codenamed Naked Snake) during the Cold War. After a mission to save a kidnapped Russian rocket scientist is sabotaged by Snake's mentor, he must infiltrate the base again, and stop a crazed Russian general from starting a nuclear war. Astonishingly, it doesn't get nearly as complicated as any other game in the series.
The gameplay is hugely different. You have no radar. You can be wounded by enemy attacks, and have to pause the game to stitch yourself back together. There's a fighting mechanic called CQC that is introduced. If you go too long without eating, Snake will die, so you have to constantly refill your Stamina gauge by hunting and eating. Hiding is more about camouflage than knocking out your adversaries and hiding in a dark corner. It's all very, very different from the norm, and it's very difficult to learn effectively. The map is gigantic, so I hope you know what you're doing. Finally, boss fights are way harder than normal (such as a fight that is literally designed to last for hours, and must be cheated past if you haven't found all of the necessary items for fighting him at that point.) Overall, not y cup of tea, but it's not bad. It's just tough to learn.
The graphics are much closer to today's standards. It's not a Square Enix game, but it's not an eyesore.
Overall- 7 out of 10 for the game, but 3/10 for this release.
Overall for the set- 4 stars. These games are for the most part fun and enjoyable. They tell excellent stories, and do wonders with the stealth mechanics. I hate the fact that they only include one disc of Subsistence, but I can't really control that.
N.B.!!! Though the cover says PS2, MGS1 is in the PLAYSTATION 1 format. Not a problem for me, but I didn't realize this before ordering. Also, it's the original game and not Twin Snakes. (Also not a problem at all- but good to know!)
If you have a system capable of playing these games and you like any of the Metal Gear series, buy this. You will not regret it.
When I say the collection contains the original Playstation version of Metal Gear Solid, I really mean the original Playstation. This is surprising considering the age of that system and the fact it's on two discs. A PS2 port would have allowed players to rely on a PS2 memory card and allowed the game to fit on one disc. If you don't have a PS1 memory card, you're out of luck. Fortunately, the game is playable on the PS3 using the system's built-in memory card feature.
All three games are, as the boxes say, "tactical espionage action" games. You can try to blast your way through the enemies, but that really isn't very bright. If you're seen by an enemy, they'll call for help, and from that point on, an endless stream of enemies will come to find you. If you're able to successfully hide long enough, however, the enemies will return to their posts.
MGS is the simplest of the games, relying primarily on an overhead view to essentially make the gameplay 2D. You can't shoot in first-person, but Snake does automatically track his targets. In addition to the main game, MGS also has a VR Training mode, where you not only learn a few basics, but can also challenge yourself to obtain better times in each of the ten courses.
MGS2: Substance, greatly improves on the gameplay by adding the abilities to shoot in first-person, climb small boxes, dive, shoot from cover, and hang from ledges. Soldiers can also be shot in different parts of the body for different effects. A head shot will kill an enemy in one hit, but aiming for the body will require you to use more ammo. Substance also has a great deal of bonuses. There's a VR training mode, greatly improved from MGS. Initially, you can play as either Snake or Raiden, and as you complete more courses, new characters are unlocked. While the course layouts remain the same for each character, enemy placement changes to provide varying levels of difficulty. In addition to a Stealth and Eliminate All Enemies mode, the VR training also provides weapon training courses where you use the games many weapons to destroy targets. Another of Substance's game play modes is Snake Tales, where you play through the Big Shell, one of the game's areas, as Snake instead of Raiden. Finally, an amusing skateboarding mode turns the Big Shell into a sort of Tony Hawk Pro Skater course allowing you to skate through with Snake or Raiden in an attempt to complete various tasks and earn points for performing various skating tricks.
Finally, MGS3: Subsistence takes you back in time to the 1960's where you play as Snake's father, Naked Snake. In the Soviet jungles, Naked Snake has to use camouflage and his survival techniques to infiltrate enemy bases. The game requires that you treat your injuries and keep your stamina up by eating food. This means you have to hunt for food and raid enemy storage houses for medical supplies. Naked Snake also knows a fighting style known as close-quarter combat (CQC). This allows Snake to grab enemies and perform a variety of moves from there, including interrogation, using the enemy as a shield while you fire on his comrades, or just plain slamming him into the ground and knocking him unconscious. The abilities granted by CQC add a new dimension to the game that makes fighting your way through enemy bases much more feasible.
The games are fun to play once you're accustomed to the controls. Substance and Subsistence have so many controls, that they are overwhelming to new MGS players. If you take the time to learn them, though, you'll find deep games with an endless amount of possibilities.