Review by redsoxfanx8

"The best Metal Gear Solid game so far"


Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence is a game that takes place before any of the other Metal Gear Solid games. You play as Big Boss to find out how he got that title.

Story: 10/10

Virtuous Mission

The year is 1964, part of the cold war. You are a CIA operative codenamed Naked Snake. Your mission (Virtuous Mission) is to rescue a defecting Soviet Union scientist by the name of Sokolov. This scientist is developing a top secret nuclear equipped tank named the Shagohad. The mission goes well until snakes teacher (The boss) gives two nuclear missiles to a man named Colonel Volgin. The colonel nukes a Russian research facility. Snake rescues him but a unit called the cobra unit takes the scientist and the boss injures snake. That is when Operation Snake Eater begins.

Operation Snake Eater

After Snake is injured and the scientist is taken, the Russians blame America for the Nuclear bombing of the research facility. The Russians and Americans launch a plan to send someone in to defeat the colonels army, Kill the boss, and destroy the nuclear equipped tank. Now Snake is sent back to Russia to complete these tasks. He is against many soldiers behind enemy lines and the cobra and ocelot units are after him.

Game play: 10/10

The game play is one of the great things about this game. You play as the best soldier, Big Boss. Snake (Big Boss) is great with using guns, but even better with stealth and hand to hand combat. He has a variety of guns to use. You start off with a tranquilizer gun but soon you can get better guns like rocket launchers and snipers. You get to pick what guns you want to put in your main inventory. All the other guns go into your backpack inventory which is not as easy to get guns in. The hand to hand combat in this game is my favorite part of the game play. It is great to go up to a guard and use CQC (Close quarters combat that was developed by Snake and the Boss). CQC moves include slamming an enemy to the ground, slitting an enemy's throat, choking an enemy and interrogating an enemy. Each one is incredibly fun to do and is very stealthy. Stealth is a very important aspect of this game. If you are not stealthy an enemy will see you and alert mode will be turned on. Alert mode is when all the guards are looking for you so you have to go find a decent hiding spot. If the enemy loses sight of you the alert status will be turned into the evasion status. In the evasion status all the guards will still be looking for you but now they do not know where you are. After the evasion status the caution status is called. In the caution status the guards are still very cautious but do not know that you are still around. You do not want to get an alert status because more armed guards will come as reinforcements. To help you become stealthier the game has a camouflage system. This system is you pick a camouflage that fits the environment the best. In the corner of your screen you will see percent. The higher the percent the more you blend in with the environment. In the game there are boss battles. In these battles Snake faces the Cobra Unit and Ocelot Unit. This means he faces revolver ocelot, the pain, the fear, the end, the fury, the sorrow, Colonel Volgin, the tank, and The Joy (The boss). All of these bosses have a special power that snake most overcome. The settings include research labs, jungles, sewers and mountains. There are different kinds of enemies. There are regular guards, flamethrower guards, shield guards and helicopters. You will have to take down each one a different way. The game play in this game was amazing.

Sound: 10/10

This games sound is my favorite out of all my games. The voice acting is the best I have ever heard. David Hayter (Snakes voice actor) does a great job again. The music is another great thing about the sound. There is a new theme song specifically for this game called "Snake Eater" and there is music for alerts and boss battles. The music in this game is the best!

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics in this game are pretty good. My main issue with the graphics is that most of the guards look the same. Overall the main graphics are good for a PlayStation 2 game.

Pros and Cons of Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence

-My favorite Story in all of video games.
-Great voice acting.
-Great music.
-Boss battles are really good.
-The End is the best boss battle in all of video games.
-Cool Characters.
-CQC (Close quarters combat).
-Varied settings.
-Variety of guns.
-Inventory system works well.
-Graphics look pretty good.
-Camouflage System works really good.
-Wants you to use stealth.
-Has some replay value.

-Almost all the guards look alike.
-Alert, evasion, and caution statuses take a long time.


Overall this game is one of the best games ever made. Almost everything is perfect about it.

Rent or buy?

BUY! Buy this game even if you are not a fan of third person games. If you call yourself a metal gear solid fan but do not have this game then you have no excuse not to buy it!

Final Score

A well deserved 10/10

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 01/21/10

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

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