Review by MetalGearTX55
"Hungry for some Snake? This game has exactly what you need!"
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is the long awaited prequel to 2001's Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. This game is on a whole new level and completely different from the previous two games. Using the camouflage and CQC system. The 1960's settings along with the jungle environment with an added MGS style plot serves you Snake Eater on a platter. This game totally revolutionizes survival and stealth games.
The graphics on this game are the best on the PlayStation 2 hands down. While there are certainly much better looking games such as Half-Life 2 or Doom 3, Snake Eater still looks darn good for a PS2 game. The PS2 is the most inferior console on the next-generation market and the game however still produces amazing graphics. The incredible jungle environment, character models, and the level of fascinating detail are almost overwhelming. The environments are simple jaw dropping sometimes. Huge jungle areas filled with animals, insects, and in some areas enemy sentries. These all give you the illusion of being an actual soldier.
I am not going to dwell into the plot of this game too much for there's a possibility I may spoil it. However the basics are you are a CIA agent code named Snake. Your first mission the Virtuous Mission. Your objectives are to rescue a rocket scientist named Sokolov. Sokolov is developing a radical new weapon for the USSR. It is a stealth mission and you are not to leave behind any traces of your existence in the area. If you fail this mission then it could mean an all out war between the superpowers. However the plot starts out slow, but trust me it's like getting hit by a car by the end of it. It says a lot about the series. Once Metal Gear Solid 4 comes out the entire series plot will be resolved.
The voice acting and sound effects are superb as in all other Metal Gear Solid games. As usual David Hayter does the voice of Snake. The other voice actors do a fantastic job themselves. Audio quality is great with sound effects being just close to real as possible.
The game play in this game is totally revolutionary. The brand new camouflage system is just a whole new level of stealth game play. You get various camouflage outfits and face paints. Depending on the terrain your in you must use a specific camouflage. There is a percentage that determines how visible you are. If your percentage goes into the negatives this means you are highly visible. If your percentage goes as high as 100% this means it will be very difficult for the enemy to see you, but you're still not invisible. You must use the various camouflages to hide yourself from the enemy. You must find a good spot and lie on your stomach with the right camo. You then wait and watch. If you did it correctly the enemy will not see you. When his back is turned you must make your move using your weapon or CQC. Onto CQC now.
CQC stands for close quarter combat. You can perform various maneuvers and martial arts using this method. You can use your knife or knife & gun combo to do CQC or your bare hands. You can grab an enemy from behind and slice their throat or get information from them. You can also grab an enemy from behind and use them as a shield. If you want you can shake down guards for items. CQC is essential to stealth gameplay.
Go out and buy this game right now. It's $50 and it is totally worth it. If you are new to the MGS series then buy Metal Gear Solid (PS) and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) or Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2 & XBOX). If you own the GameCube you could also get Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes (GCN).
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 11/29/04
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