Metal Gear Solid HD Collection - PS3

Release Date:

November 08, 2011

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Metal Gear Solid HD Collection offers a handful of the most popular Metal Gear Solid titles from the past in true HD for the first time ever. Featuring three complete games, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the HD Collection offers old and new fans a chance to experience the epic game play, design and storytelling of the MGS franchise. Each game has a 720p resolution and runs at 60 frames per second. Play through this iconic collection either in the order of their release or per the in-game timeline. Start with the Cold War-era Metal Gear Solid 3 and learn how it all began. Advance a decade with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker to see what Snake did before the Phantom Pain. Conclude with the present-day Metal Gear Solid 2.

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Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is a high definition remaster of Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 and Peace Walker and the two MSX Metal Gear games, Metal Gear 1 and 2. This collection is released for the PS3, Playstation Vita and Xbox 360. For a special promotion, the PS3 digital download version also came with a promotional download code for Metal Gear Solid 1. Every game in the collection, with the exception of the MSX games, runs at 720p and 60 frames per second. In addition to the graphical enhancements, these ports have been enhanced with trophies on the PS3 and achievements on the Xbox 360.

This collection, in a word, is immense, containing every game in the official Metal Gear storyline with the exception of the PS3 exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4. The series follows the intertwining stories of Big Boss and Solid Snake, alternating between the past, where Big Boss is the naive special agent protagonist and the future, where his clone, Solid Snake, attempts to foil the organization Big Boss created. The series is renown for it's clever meta narrative and fourth wall breaking, using side conversations with support characters to comment on the story as it's happening over the codec communicator. Across all three games there are dozens of hours of optional content based on these codec conversations that flesh out the world of the Metal Gear Solid series.

The original two MSX Metal Gear games are a bonus as part of MGS3, which is a treat for US players, as the two simplified Metal Gear games released for the NES bear little resemblance to these games, which were never released in the US due to the fact that the MSX was a Japan-only console. Metal Gear 2 in particular seems distinctly like a prequel to Metal Gear Solid 1 and plays in a very similar fashion, as it introduces the active radar that shows enemy soldiers and cameras that are so familiar in the later games in the series.

The graphics are mostly unaltered from the original versions, aside from the resolution upgrade and the advantage of running on superior hardware, and the soundtracks have been remastered for 5.1 sound. However, the gameplay in MGS3 and Peace Walker have been altered slightly. In MGS3, the version included in the collection is the Subsistence Edition, which changes the camera angle from a top-down view to slightly behind the player for a less clumsy playing experience. Because Peace Walker was a PSP game, the port to the MGS HD Collection accommodates the second analog controller nub, which gives the player full control over the camera.

For modern players who've never given the series a try before, there's no more attractive package, especially since this is the first time most of these games are available on a non-Playstation game system. Metal Gear Solid 1, 2 and 3 are two of the highest rated games on the PS1 + PS2 and hold up extraordinarily well, promising dozens of hours of gameplay.

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