Review by BXBomber
"The Ultimate Metal Gear Game!"
Note: This is NOT any type of sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, but rather a revamped version with plenty of extras! Snake Eater, as you should all know, is the prequel to the Metal Gear series. Taking place in 1964, you control Naked Snake, or otherwise known as Big Boss. Subsistence not only contains Snake Eater with a new 3D camera system, but also has all new online gameplay (Metal Gear Online or MGO), the original two Metal Gear games released for the MSX2 Computer system, a Secret Theater Mode, Duel Mode, Demo Theater, and new stages for the Snake vs. Monkey mini-game.
Brilliant, simply brilliant! Beside having one of the greatest PS2 games to play, you also have two great MSX games at your disposal, both in their own right classics, and don't forget about the online mayhem! Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake are remakes of the originals, but the classic gameplay is intact and still enjoyable even today. I also forgot to mention that Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake has never been released before in America, so you can finally play that game and fill in that gap in the story! Metal Gear Online has a variety of different modes, including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Sneaking Missions, Capture Missions, and Rescue Missions. MGO does have it's glitches, but what online game doesn't? And of course you'll see those cheaters, but again no one can help that. Even if you don't play the Snake Eater part, you can spend hours just watching all the cinematics in Demo Theater or the hilarious ones in the Secret Theater. Overall, this is a definite 10.
Graphics-wise, I didn't see much of an improvement, if any, from Snake Eater but then again, Snake Eater's graphics are very impressive even today. There wasn't any graphical improvements done to MG or MG2SS, but I would much rather have the original for nostalgic reasons. It seems the graphics on MGO are not as nearly as great as Snake Eater, but for an online game, it's still quite impressive.
The controls are outstanding in whatever mode or game you're playing in Subsistence. You might have to get used to the new user controlled 3D camera in Snake Eater if you're not used to it. MG and MG2SS fit the controls perfectly to the PS2 controller. Like in Snake Eater, you can access your weapons and accessories using the back buttons unlike in the original MSX2 games. Online, the controls aren't as smooth and responsive as in Snake Eater. You'll get used to it eventually and it isn't much of a drawback, but it was enough for me to notice it.
Spectacular, the soundtrack is awesome! The tracks are great and the music is memorable. The only negative remark I have on the sound is that the lip-synching is off most of the time, which can get annoying, but if I was basing this score on the music and soundtrack alone, it would get a 10. Two thumbs up for Harry Gregson-Williams on his music.
Wow, for the price of this game it's sure worth it. Only $30 for the regular version, and if you manage to get your hands on it, $40 for the Limited Edition, which includes a third disc, containing a three hour movie of Snake Eater. Either way, it's worth the price plus more. This is a definite must-buy for anybody and every Metal Gear fan shouldn't miss this one. Of course, like in most Metal Gear games, it leaves you with more questions than answers, but Hideo Kojima promises that all of these questions will be answered in the sequel, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the Playstation 3.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 03/20/06
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