Review by gamelord12
"A perfect stealth game combined with plenty of extras, new modes, and a great price."
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is the rerelease of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. It's a stealth action series that involves politics, complex plot twists, and every stealth mechanic that you could possibly need to get through a situation.
You play the roll of a CIA agent, named Jack, codenamed Naked Snake, in 1964. The division of Berlin is the big issue, and the USSR still builds tension with the USA after the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, the Crisis' resolution was a cover-up. It wasn't resolved by the USA taking missiles out of Europe. The USA had to give up a talented scientist, named Sokolov, that was so valuable to the USSR, they were willing to give up their best military advantage over the USA. Due to a lack of time and resources, the USA had to give him up, not knowing that he was working on a devestating nuclear weapon in the USSR known as the Shagohod. Your mission is to destroy that nuclear device and regain Kruschev's trust with the USA by proving your innocense via eliminating the terrorist threat of a rogue colonel. Throughout the story, there are twists and turns that mess with history in a way that seems plausible enough to fit. This is a prequel to the entire Metal Gear series and wraps up most loose ends at the end of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
The only reason this game gets a 10 in graphics is because the PS2 can't produce any better visuals. They still look great, especially the faces, and you won't find any better scenery (such as fields of flowers, fire effects, and mountainous regions) on the PS2.
In addition to superb voice acting and great sound effects on the weapons and explosions, Harry Gregson-Williams lends his talents to the musical score once again, with stunning orchestral results.
Single Player: 10/10
This is stealth gameplay at its finest. Two different camera angles, the one from the original MGS3:SE and the more dynamic new one, are both usable on the fly so you can get the most playable feel out of the game. You have every stealth mechanic you've ever seen James Bond use and then some. Peeking around corners, rolling past fire, attaching silencers, taking hostages, slitting throats, and more are all easily performed. There is also a survival theme involved, since you're in the Russian jungle, that is carried out very well. The camouflage, medical system, and food system are all integral to your success and can break up the action to keep a steady rolling pace. Though you will HAVE to use stealth at least some points, the parts that you do not (whenever you don't have to meet up with a contact or interact with friendly NPCs) you can go Rambo all over the place, and it's still a great game.
Multiplayer is new to the Metal Gear series, and they struck gold. Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Rescue, Capture, and Sneaking modes are all done very well, utilizing the gameplay mechanics from single player (such as peeking around corners) that you won't find in any other game. Although only one game mode uses ACTUAL stealth, all modes are incredibly fun and addictive, including all weapons found in single player and some not found anywhere else.
I'd have to recommend this game to anyone who likes real-time gameplay (non-RPG players). Some will complain about the long cut-scenes in the Metal Gear Solid games, but it's kept shorter in this installment than in past games, while making the main game much longer.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 04/14/06
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