|Dev: Kojima Productions|
|Release: February 21, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
Metal Gear Solid 3 is definitely a classic in the PlayStation 2's library. It reinvented the stealth action genre, and finally gave fans the world over an origin story for one of the most iconic characters in the world: Snake. It's only been seven short years since the game was released, but in the gaming world that might seem like a lifetime—which means it's time for the inevitable remake! However, Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater is much more than a remake, and is more of a reimagining of the game.
From the moment the game starts up, you'll notice that all the cutscenes have been redone, in both the visual and audio departments. The plot may be the same, but you can tell that Snake Eater 3D has been rebuilt from the ground up to make sure it shines on the 3DS. Ocarina of Time 3D may have been a showpiece for Nintendo's developing capability on the 3DS, but Snake Eater 3D definitely shows what third parties can do with the platform, and how well it can be used.
The game's technical specs are unparalleled, and if the only reason you want to pick the game up is to see Metal Gear Solid 3 with a brand new coat of paint and re-recorded voiceovers, you'll be very pleased. But that isn't the only new feature added to Snake Eater 3D. The game takes advantage of both the gyroscopic and camera features on the 3DS to create a handheld game that feels extremely immersive. The camera function is probably the most interesting, as it allows you to take pictures of everyday object and turn them into customizable camouflage. Of course, you can make some hilarious camouflage patterns as well, but once you are done taking pictures of rainbows and puppies, you can actually make some camouflage that will keep Snake hidden much better than just the standard options.
The gyroscopic function is a little bit less fun to play around with, but does kick in when Snake is crossing a bridge, climbing a tree, or in an otherwise tight spot. You'll have to tilt your 3DS left and right (while still keeping an eye on the enemy) so you don't fall or get detected. It sounds easy in theory, but when you are trying to infiltrate a high-security area and are literally juggling your 3DS at the same time, the situation can feel pretty intense. And any game that can make you sweat under the collar just a little bit is one that definitely deserves your attention.
It's also worth noting that although Snake Eater 3D may be marketed toward those that have already played and loved the original, it plays extremely well for someone new to the franchise. Since the third entry in the series is technically the beginning of the story, Snake Eater is the perfect place for a newbie to jump in, and the easy mode is surprisingly user-friendly (without feeling too easy).
Though the game doesn't have the multiplayer modes or extra post-game content that some have come to expect from modern games, the story mode is so massive that you won't miss these modern inventions at all. Simply playing through Snake's first outing is enough to make this game worth your $40 investment. It's easy to go on and on about games with endless modes and bonus features, but when you get down to it, the core single-player experience has always been what Metal Gear is all about, and that experience in Snake Eater 3D is among the best you'll find on the system.