3/21/2012

HBM Reviews Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Oh my god, why can't it be Friday?! Nintendo is a bunch of trolls for releasing Kid Icarus Uprising* on a Friday instead of this previous Sunday like usual! Oh well, time to review something I haven't played in a month or so. At least typing this up eats up my time. Let's get this overwith.

Metal Gear Solid is a very fun franchise. Having been playing it for 4 years, I think I know what I'm talking about here. And what better way to celebrate it's 20th anniversary than to combine the best 3 games in the series? ON THE SAME FUCKING DISC?!?! That's god damn epic.

Technically, this is really just Metal Gear Solids 2 and 3** with slightly better graphics and the PS3 version of Peace Walker all on the same disc. For those who don't know the stories, here's some quick summaries.

In MGS2, it's been 2 years since MGS1, and Snake and Otacon get some intel on a new Metal Gear prototype on a Marine tanker, Snake infiltrates to leak pictures of it to the government, but Ocelot and some Russian mercenaries take over the tanker. 2 years later, where the tanker was sunk by the Russians is a new Power Plant, where those same guys, along with a rogue government training group called Dead Cell, have taken many people and the President hostage. You play as Raiden, trying to free the hostages and rescue the president before the terrorists can have their demands ($1,000,000,000 in cash) met or launch a nuke or something.

In MGS3, it's the Cold War, and the original Snake, a.k.a. Big Boss, has to free a defected Russian scientist from a base in Soviet Russia before he's forced to complete a new nuke launching tank called the Shagohod. However, once that's done, Snake's boss (imaginatively titled The Boss) defects to the Soviet Union and the general she defects to, Volgin, launches a missile at the base where they held the scientist. A few weeks later, Snake's new mission is to get the scientist back, destroy the Shagohod, and kill The Boss.

I have no idea what to make of Peace Walker, unfortunately. I'm only about 3 or 4 missions into the game and it seems pretty good so far. Can't really follow the plot though (considering this series, that's saying something).

The gameplay has thankfully not changed, and with Peace Walker, you an play with the original controls form the PSP version, or the controls from MGS4. Most of the extras from MGS2 Substance and MGS3 Subsistence are included with their respective games, though the Secret Theater is unfortunately absent.

Overall, I'd say this game is pretty good. They didn't need to change much, and the only changes are barely noticeable, but all 3 games are still really good. Can't wait for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

HBM Signing Out!
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* To all you dickholes who already have the game, fuck you. I don't care how or why you got it, but you're giant fuck-faces for getting it before normal people can. If I have to suffer, waiting for games, the least you can do is suffer as long as me.

** This is technically the 3rd release of MGS3 (original, Subsistence, HD). They also came out with a 3DS version. It is the best game in the series, but does it deserve so many rereleases?!

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