Yes. It stands with other franchises in which the second is the best and most beloved by fans, like Devil May Cry and Super Mario Bros.
Great point though i've never played DMC ever, but smb2 USA is a very great game and it seems people hate it because it wasn't a rehash of smb.1, which is exactly what "lost levels" was. SMB2 has its share of very great levels and gameplay.
I like the fact that you went with the bit, I got a little chuckle out of it.
In all seriousness though:
MGS > MGS3 > MGS4 > MGS PW > MGS 2 > MGS PO
or something like that. Definitely 1, followed very closely by 3. All great though, even 2 & PO (darn dragging).
Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence is the best of the best. As soon as they fixed the camera MGS3 went from damn good to godlike. The HD version being ever more so and I think it even hold up with some of the games released today.
Great story, gameplay, boss fights, reply value...It's the best MGS game as well as being one of the best games of all time.
I thought people hated the better camera because it made the game too easy
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