Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater - PlayStation 2
- Use camouflage wisely to survive deep in hostile territory
- Infiltrate and survive by paying attention to your hunting skills and instincts
- Use the interactive environments to your advantage -- creating traps to catch enemies and prey
- Features a blockbuster musical score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater introduces new depth and thrilling gameplay. It's a new level of gaming, with all the detailed levels, thrilling gameplay and stunning plot twists players crave. Set in the 1960s, you become a legendary soldier sent to uncover the secret behind Metal Gear, a top-secret superweapon with nuclear capability. You are all alone in hostile territory -- but you will complete this mission, to secure the continued existence of human life.
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By Jonathan Jones on September 24, 2022
Please, if you want to enjoy this game, get the Subsistence version. I personally played through the regular version and loved the game, but found the camera system just ridiculous. It's the same as MGS2's, which isn't terrible for that game, but in the larger outdoor environments of MGS3 the top down perspective will drive you crazy. You no longer have the convenience of a radar, and so you'll simply have to deal with looking around to detect guards and other dangers (along with some other for the most part useless recon devices you'll pick up along the way).
Sure, you can look at what's ahead with the R1 button, but you can't move in the first person perspective and so you'll find yourself constantly switching between the two perspectives, feeling clunky as you look, move, look, and move again, going back and forth, instead of naturally looking and moving simultaneously. Guards have a definite advantage over you. Subsistence provides both the regular setup and a very nice third person, completely controllable floating camera that you control with the Right Analog stick that allows you to easily observe what's ahead and around you. It really lowers the frustration you'll encounter with the regular game's camera, which will get you killed unfairly. Plus, the Subsistence version has plenty of extras, like the retro Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 games, which are moderately fun.
Aside from the camera issues, the game is a blast. Great story with awesome scenes, great set pieces of action, many nervously fun sneaking around moments, beautiful outdoor environments in steady 30fps, challenging and inventive bosses (the sniping battle with one boss in particular is unlike any experience in a game I've come across, but oddly pretty much all the bosses' stories or connection to the story are a throwaway), and a great overall experience from beginning to end. The beginning is a bit slow but the game really picks up towards the end and the final hours are a blast, save for one terrible ICO (one of my favorite games by the way) like part that is a pain, and the very end rocks. The story is much better and far less convoluted than MGS2s, making it much easier to follow. Playing through the game a couple of times helps of course.
The survival mechanics are kind of cool but sort of distracting. Hunting for food is sort of fun, although a bit of a chore than anything else after a while, and utilizing camouflage to better sneak around is compelling. However, having to constantly go to the menu screen, which takes a bit to load into and out of (which is tiresome after a while) gets to be a chore. You use it to eat so to maintain stamina, to put equipment or weapons into your backpack or not, to address injuries (which could have been more streamlined), and to change your camouflage, and so as a result you'll be using it somewhat frequently. I wish they could have implemented the menu better, making it faster to use, perhaps making making it a pop up on the screen instead or something.
Overall though, this is a memorable game with a cinematic quality that makes it stand apart from other similar games. If you're an MGS fan, you really should play it, it's a no-brainer. Just please get the Subsistence version. You'll be doing yourself a great favor, as it will take away from the inevitable and regular frustration the camera in the regular version will cause you.
If you defeat the bosses, including the end boss, by taking out their stamina instead of shooting them to death you will be given a bonus each time (such as new cammo or special weapons).
When battling helicopters, instead of using the huge mounted guns on the cliffs, use your sniper rifle and go for the pilot. Takes only one or two shots to take them out.
When climbing up the looooong ladder, after defeating "The End", hold the up climbing button constantly and listen to the theme song that will be playing. The game is set up so that the instant she finishes singing the song, you are done climbing.
Go through while trying to NOT to kill anyone. Sneak past the enemy, knock them out, or put them to sleep. If you do so, then when you fight "The Sorrow" the only ghost enemies you encounter will be the bosses you HAD to defeat (and the parrot of one boss, "The End"). Makes it much shorter and easier.
While battling "The Sorrow" every man you killed will show up. Interesting enough, even HOW you killed them shows. If you cut them, it shows. If you shoot them in private areas, they show up clutching it while yelling "Do you know how this feels?"
Save up your FAKE DEATH PILLS for the final boss. The first time fighting "The Boss" you will need around three.
Go through once trying to 'hold up' every single guard you can find. You will be amazed at what many of them will drop, including more Fake Death Pills.
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Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
The story is fantastic, its not as far fetched as MGS2, and it has a real gritty 70s feel to it, without being too over the top. Playing through for the story itself is worth ride. The enemies are classic MGS, but some of the best in the series. Some of the boss fights, the End for example, are pure genius. It really shows how you can push game design when so many people are just worried about graphics.
The game play can be frustrating at times, even on easy, until you find the right way to go about things. Every boss has some sort of weakness or strategy that works and once you find it you are generally fine. The weapons and equipment are great. They do very well in capturing the era and setting the game is trying to capture.
Metal Gear Solid 3 is pure MGS, without being a carbon copy of the previous installments. You will feel comfortable right of the start if you are a veteran of the series and even if new the learning curb isn't too steep.
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Box is in peak condition, no cracks or wear. slight jacket damage due to being almost 20 years old.. otherwise immaculate shape. 100% score.
Thank you for having this in stock at such a great price.
This is one of the greatest video games ever made.
The plot is very engrossing and takes you in right from the start. It takes place during in Cold War era Soviet Union. You control Naked Snake, a lone spy, tasked with rescuing a weapons scientist and assassinating his former mentor who has defected to the Soviet Union.
Having played the previous 2 installments of Metal Gear Solid it was a pleasure to see what Revolver Ocelot was like in his youth and what kind of relationship he developed with Big Boss. The cut-scenes in this game are quite cinematic; They are all rendered with the game engine. Hideo Kojima really knows how to direct a game (interactive movie, some might argue).
The only complaint I have with this game would be the fixed camera. But this isn't much of a problem in the improved version of this game, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, in which we get a choice between a full 3D camera or the regular fixed one.
All in all this is a must-have for any PS2 owner.