Metal Gear fans, you’ve played all of the incarnations of this series so far, and have loved ’em all–but have you played Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D for the Nintendo 3DS yet? If not, do so! It’s possibly the best of them all ! I’ll go into a few reasons WHY it’s so good in this review. If you’re a fan of the Metal Gear franchise, this is a game you need to add to your collection!
“Go Behind Enemy Lines In 3D!” the back of the package this cool game comes in proclaims. That is, of course, one of the best features about this title: you can play it in 3D, like all Nintendo 3DS games. And, Konami has outdone itself in recreating everything you’ve loved about this franchise in a 3D format. The hero of the game/franchise, CIA operative Snake (aka: Naked Snake; in later games, known as “Big Boss”), is back. That’s a good thing, as he’s one of war gaming’s most interesting characters. Playing as him, you have to think about multiple courses of action and strategy to help you make it from goal to goal on your way to ultimate victory. You have to plan your strategy, watch out for hazards like mines, animals that bite and can poison you, etc.
Your mission is to destroy a mobile missile launcher. It’s called the Shagohod, and it can fire nuclear payloads at the United States from any terrain. As you maneuver Snake toward his goal, you infiltrate enemy territory and use whatever’s available in your environment to help hide your movements. Like in all of the MGS games, stealth and patience are important aspects to practice to achieve success and victory over your foes. But, never fear; there are lots of very cool lethal options at your disposal, as well.
How well does this game translate from its PS@ version? What are some of the differences between them? I’m glad you asked, as it translates very well, and the differences have actually improved it in some respects. It was originally a console game, and no (or few) changes have been made from that type of format, so that is somewhat of a drawback. For instance, it still has fairly lengthy cut scenes. If you’ve played through them before, though, at least they’re skippable. Of the problems that this version has, most are due to problems with the original game, not to any new flaws.
Like with many other 3DS games, with this one, you can use the Circle Pad Pro. This means that the controls become much easier to use to maneuver Snake around the screen. I would definitely recommend you pick up a Circle Pad Pro before you play this game. Without the CPP, the controls revert to a PSP style face buttons to control the camera, and Snake is somewhat more difficult to move about (well, it’d be as “difficult” as the original PS2 controllers were, at any rate).
You get to perform self-surgery, scavenge for food like mushrooms, rats and snakes, and slit the throats of or engage in gunfights with anyone who stands between you and victory. remember, too much noise will alert the enemy to your presence, so any gunplay should be limited to only when absolutely necessary.
The graphics are just as good as on the console version, and the music and voice acting is still crisp and clean. These elements are vital to anyone in comparing one version of a game to another, and to making an informed buying decision. There are some violent scenes in the game, and it is rated Mature; but, it’s a great addition to the MGS franchise. YAs to adults who are fans of the PS2 version will find a lot to love about this 3DS game. On the whole, MGS 3D for the Nintendo 3DS ia a game all fans of the MGS franchise will want to own, and it’s a pretty good war game, period. It is not really a game for younger kids, but it’s one that’s a ton of fun to play if you’re a teen on up who loves playing war games. Get it today!