Metal Gear Solid HD Collection First Impressions


The amazing and award winning Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 and Peace Walker is finally on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 remastered and ready to be replayed on this current HD generation. Konami has released the best versions of all three games for consoles. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the Substance version, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the Subsistence version and finally Metal gear Solid: Peace Walker. Both Playstation 2 games and the Playstation Portable game have been remastered in high definition visually and audibly and trophies have been added. It’s a great time to finally try out these games if you somehow missed them on the PS2, PSP and Xbox.

After playing a small amount of each of the three games on my PS3 I was happy to see that they still hold up even compared to the current games of this generation. I’m not going to go deep into the plot of each game since they are very confusing, deep and hard to explain but, great plots nonetheless. Metal Gear Solid 2 follows Solid Snake and Raiden two soldiers trying to stop a terrorist group from killing the President of the U.S. and unleashing some end of the world type problems. Metal gear Solid 3 follows Naked Snake an American soldier in the early years of the Cold War trying to stop a nuclear holocaust between the two super powers.

MGS2 and MGS3 look amazing in HD, everything has been smoothed out and looks clear and is an improvement from the PS2 versions. The PS2 originals on a HD TV look a bit blurry and don’t always fit the screen on HD TVs, they were made for standard definition TVs. Everything from the text in cutscenes to the sound has been improved for the better. The voiceover work for characters seemed so much clearer and vibrant that it could almost seems like rerecorded voice work but, I doubt it. The environment and the characters do show their age but, rather look good even for today's standards. Yes some textures do look rather poor and the mouthing for the voicework is not perfect but, these two games are better than 50% of the games that have been coming out on the PS3 and 360 for years. The versions on the this HD collection are the better versions of the PS2 originals. MGS2 is the Substance version, it includes the additional VR missions and Snake tales missions but, sadly does not include the skateboarding minigame or the secret theater. MGS 3 is the Subsistence version, it includes the improved camera angles, the movie theater mode and both original Metal Gear games from the NES but, no boss survival mode, secret theater, Snake vs. Monkey minigame and of course no online multiplayer component from the PS2 original. Both games are classics that still get my adrenaline pumping when I get spotted by the enemy. With added trophies what’s not to love.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is probably the most unique of the bunch since it was originally a PSP game but, has been remastered and optimized for the PS3 and includes online multiplayer, that’s pretty awesome. I have not played this game so, I went into Peace Walker with relatively no information on the game. The game is set in Costa Rica where Big Boss formerly Naked Snake, is in charge of a mercenary group who has been asked to get involved with a power struggle between Russia and the U.S. over Costa Rica and subsequent Latin America. From the little I played I was surprised how a PSP transfer could be remastered to such good quality. By no means was it amazing or nearly as good as MGS2 or 3, it is rough around the edges but, is not terrible and the sound design is still great. The story is told through comic book style cutscenes completely voiced-over and even sometimes can interactive and they seem to work rather well. I completed one quick simple mission in which I received points, a grade and unlocked items after completing it, something RPGesque. I don’t know much about the game but, do know that there is something to do with building a team of mercenaries and using them to complete missions, something much different from the generally solo MGS experience and probably very deep and time consuming. Along with that there is online multiplayer which I did not get to try but, sounds cool. I’m looking forward to this game that has been noted as being extremely deep and lengthy.

The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection provided everything a new or old Metal Gear fan is looking for. Three games, online multiplayer plus Metal Gear 1 and Metal Gear 2. All remastered in HD with trophies along with well over over 100 hours of gameplay to conquer. It is time to check out Metal Gear Solid if you have not already.

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