Review by JPTorres26

"MGS3 Snake Eater takes a step further with Subsistence"

The expansion pack of Metal Gear Solid 3 is finally here, Subsistence. Like Substance which is the expansion of Metal Gear Solid 2, Subsistence features the original game with some new features added, like the ability to choose between rotatable camera and the static camera just following you. Plus, there is also the 2 - disc feature, wherein the 2nd disc the mini - games are moved and there is also the classic Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake from the NES you can enjoy. What's the most noticeable of them all is the Secret Gallery where Parodies form the different scenes in the game are found. All in all the game is no disappointment.

Like MGS2 Substance, Subsistence also retains the original game in the first disk. In addition to the game itself is the rotatable camera which lets you rotate the camera around Snake.The other great addition to this is the MGO or Metal Gear Online, which is a really new feature in the MGS saga. Sadly at the present time, you can't play the MGO anymore since it's operation shut down since 2007 so it really isn't available to new buyers. Still, shooting some bad guys in the head fun is still there, everything in the original game is still there so don't expect you lose something in the experience of the original. If others say "You win some, you lose some" in Subsistence, there is only "You win some"

Another challenge in this expansion is the European Extreme found only before in the EU version of the game but also available in the US version through Subsistence. This difficulty is only for the experts themselves, the condition is easier said than done. "If the enemy detects you, it's game over" Easy right? Try playing that and you'll be stuck in there for about a month long.

The Snake vs Monkey mini game never ceases to amaze people, returning in Subsistence with two new stages, the Ape Escape monkeys are more of a smartass than before. Beating the best time in this mode isn't that hard, except for the first stage which can really get your head cracking up before you beat it.

Another new game mode is the Vs Mode where you select a stage, from the Ocelot unit in Sokolov's facility up to the Boss herself, this is where you can whack the bosses' asses without going through sneaking and stuff, but beware, you only have limited items here so don't expect to whack the Boss' ass with the Patriot. At least saving the time of sneaking through the hordes of enemy soldiers, give yourself a real challenge here.

If there is the scene viewer in the first disc where you can view all the game's cutscenes, the second disc also has that option, the Secret Theatre, where you can see some parodies from the different scenes in the game, like Snake catching the C3 bomb and it accidentally explodes, or get to see Raiden's shame in MGS3 timeline. It's definitely gonna make you cry out of laughter, if not, laugh like an idiot.

This game also features the two classic Metal Gear games on the NES, the Metal Gear and the Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, if you want to understand more about the storyline of the game, then you ought to play these classics so game on.

This game also connects to the PSP with a separately sold, Acid eye, for all young - at - heart here, pop in the Acid eye while playing the PSP game Metal Gear Acid 2 and remember the old days, playing Acid 2 while looking into a cel - shade hologram accessory without the side flicking.

Another new feature found in the first disc is the ability to download camouflages, ranging in different designs form Santa camouflage up to Grenade Camouflage, pick your style and put it on the field for that modern soldier fashion. The only annoying thing this does to you is that for every camo you download, it takes about 100kb for each to save in your memory card so it's gonna be a problem if you have crowded your memory card with different saves from different games.

Graphics 10/10
Excellent graphics, you can really see your enemy's blood when you shoot him and the camouflage is more detailed and everything else is just....fine

Gameplay: 10/10
More and more game modes are added and more fun is the only explanation for it.

Sound: 9/10
Same soundtrack that never ceases to amaze gamers.

Lifespan: 10/10
With more game modes added, you won't throw the game in a month or so, instead you'll be more hooked to it.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 04/16/08

Game Release: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (US, 03/14/06)

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