Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is one of my favorite games of all time. I also believe it’s the absolute best game in the Metal Gear Solid series. So, naturally, playing through this HD remake of Snake Eater (along with MGS 2 and Peace Walker) was a great trip down memory lane. It was a treat to crawl through the jungle, catch so many different jungle animals, and experience all over again one of the best games I’ve ever played, upgraded and better than ever on the PS3.
One of the best components of all the games in the Metal Gear Solid series are the themes and messages they contain. These underlying, and sometimes apparent, themes are the main reason I love Hideo Kojima as a developer, and the Metal Gear Solid series. And I believe Snake Eater is the most powerful game in the series. The main themes of Snake Eater are scene, and patriotism. Scene refers to the climate in which things appear and the impact it has on them. The twists and turns of the fantastic story of Snake Eater are incredible, largely made possible by the scene in which it takes place, and the players who are acting them out. In particular, The Boss’ scene is the reason Snake went from being who he is in Snake Eater to being the Big Boss in the future, through a series of incredible trials and tribulations.
Patriotism is exactly what you imagine. Believing in your country and doing whatever you can to help or promote it, even if you may not be in the right. Almost everything in Snake Eater is driven by the characters beliefs that they are doing what is right for their country. Snake rarely stumbles on his mission, always believing in the cause and doing what he must to get the job done. Even though Snake Eater is many years old now, I still feel as though I would be doing everyone who hasn’t yet played it a disservice by going any deeper into the finesse of the story. It really must be experienced first-hand.
If you’ve ever played Snake Eater before, everything is largely the same as it was in the second, modified release back on the PS2. All the extra content is here, the mini-games, the modified, controllable camera, and the HD version of Snake Eater looks better than it ever has. The controls are still as awkward as they were back when it originally released, but also still not distracting enough to demean the overall quality of the game. The graphical upgrades made to Snake Eater in this HD re-release make it look beautiful, and while not as impressive as many modern games; it’s still great to see this classical looking better than ever.
Another truly remarkable aspect of nearly every Metal Gear Solid game is the astounding quality and originality of the boss fights. Be it fighting a spider like freak jumping from tree to tree in the jungle, to dueling a revolver wielding gunslinger across a chasm, the boss fights in Snake Eater are always a joy to experience. Each arc of the story comes to a brilliant climax with every boss fight, and paces the story nearly perfectly. Snake Eater also has what I still consider one of the best theme songs, and best uses of a song in any game, ever.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD is everything everyone loved about the original PS2 release, modified and upgraded to be better than ever before. While it still doesn’t look as great as many modern games and the original controls are still clunky, Snake Eater is consistently one of the best experiences in gaming. Everything in Snake Eater comes together to create something masterful; an experience everyone should have at least once.