Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Review
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Kojima Productions
Pub: Konami
Release: February 21, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes

The only area where gamers might not feel like Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D doesn't live up to all of the conventions of modern games is in the control department. Because the 3DS hardware lacks the twin analog sticks of the PlayStation 2, the control scheme can feel a bit off sometimes. Shooting and performing basic actions with the shoulder buttons feels fine enough, but moving the camera with the face buttons isn't always as precise as you need, which can lead to some frustration, particularly on higher difficulty settings.

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Screenshot

However, the good news here is that if you are planning to invest in the circle pad attachment, Snake Eater 3D will support it, and you will be able to have much better control over both the camera and aiming. But if you aren't planning to purchase the attachment, be warned that the controls probably won't be as good as you remembered, especially in tight situations.

The whole experience of playing Snake Eater 3D is one that proves that handheld gaming isn't dead, and is instead adapting to new markets. Snake Eater 3D is doing things on the 3DS platform that haven't been done before, and I hope this is a trend that continues. There's a longstanding idea in the gaming industry that no one can develop for Nintendo platforms better than Nintendo, but this game definitely defies that notion. Snake Eater 3D is easily one of the top games for the system, and even if you've never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, Snake Eater 3D is one that is easy to jump into for a newbie.

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The 3DS may have had a bit of a troubled launch, but games like this show that this system definitely has a lot of untapped power. I hope more developers take Konami's example and give us games that are worth playing on the 3DS. Even though Snake Eater 3D is technically a remake, it feels like a whole new game, and is one that definitely shouldn't be missed.

By
Amanda L. Kondolojy
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: February 21, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.9
Graphics
Visuals are amazing, and 3D is used to its fullest potential here.
4.3
Control
Controls are easy to use, but the camera occasionally focuses in the wrong direction, and aiming with the face buttons isn't as precise as you might hope.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voices have been completely remastered and stereo audio sounds great through the speakers or headphones.
4.5
Play Value
The game is extremely expansive, and features just as much value as (if not a little bit more than) the original.
4.7
Overall Rating - FINAL
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Experience an all-new re-interpretation of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, previously released on PlayStation 2 with over 4 million copies sold, in 3D for the first time ever.
  • Auto-stereoscopic 3D viewing capability that endeavors to create a rich jungle world with natural depth in settings of trees, rock/stone, water and more.
  • Photo Camo' system utilizing the built-in camera technology of the hardware bringing customized stealth and camouflage options to the player. By snapping a photo in the real world, players will be able to use the same image as a camouflage pattern applied to Snake's uniform within the game.
  • Utilizing the Gyro Sensor, players will become one with Snake through specialized tilt mechanics throughout the game design. As Snake climbs trees, or traverses bridges and other environmental obstacles, players will be in danger of falling based on the balancing of the system.
  • An intuitive menu utilizes the touch screen for quick and easy equipping of items and weapons.

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