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Nov. 30, 2006
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence - PS2 Review
Release Date Distributor Developer Players Rating Difficulty
11/10/2006AtariKojima Productions1-8MA15+Medium
Save Size Sound Format Vibration 60Hz Mode 50Hz Border Widescreen
90KBDolby PLIIYesNoNoneYes

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Nice face paint.
Metal Gear Solid. The series shifts millions of units - and millions of consoles for Sony. Sony will certainly be hoping that's the case with Metal Gear Solid 4 when it hits the Playstation 3 sometime in 2007. Until then though gamers will be able to sink their teeth into Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence - a greatly expanded version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater which hit the shelves in March 2005. This version is basically the same title, but with a large number of additiosn. It's these additions which we'll concentrate on in this review so if you want to know what the main game is all about, and how wonderful it is then you may want to check out our original review right here.

The first thing you'll notice about Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is that the game comes on three DVD's. That's a fair amount of data being stored on there, and fortunately there's plenty of additional, and enjoyable, content in this release and not just a whole heap of fluff. What I'll do is go through each disc, and it's new content and features so I don't miss anything.

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That's gotta hurt!
Disc one contains essentially the same game as Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Well in terms of graphics, storyline, audio and camouflage it's the same game. There have, however, been some major changes to the gameplay, primarily with the camera which now moves in the 3D world providing a much more immersive experience. Disc one also includes a Demo Theatre which allows gamers to re-watch movie sequences unlocked in the game.

The second disc continues the game experience with one massive addition - online gameplay. In fact this isn't some rushed one-on-one game mode but rather a full blown 8-player experience. Hideo Kojima has included the following multi-player game modes: 'Sneaking Missions', 'Capture Missions', 'Rescue Missions', 'Death Matches' and 'Team Deathmatch'. It's a wonderful experience with very few technical issues. These missions take place in a variety of locations from the main game, but there are several new areas to play in including the Killhouse and Lost Forest.

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In the demo theatre.
The second disc also includes a 'Duel Mode' where gamers can relive the boss fights whiel a 'Secret Theatre' with plenty of spoof scenes has been included. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence also contains the original versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake that were previously released only in Japan for the MSX2 game console. If that's not enough new stages have also been added to the popular "Snake vs. Monkey" mode (staring Snake and the beloved Ape Escape monkeys).

The third disc is likely to excite due to the fact that this includes a full CGI Metal Gear Solid 3 movie which runs for a monstrous 3 1/2 hours and includes not only the cut scenes from the movies re-edited, but also some additional scenes previously cut from the game, some gameplay footage and radio dialogue. It must be said this is a brilliant way to 'watch' the game but, for the love of god, don't watch this if you haven't played the game yet as it gives away the entire plot. Finally the disc also includes the full trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

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No time for monkey-ing around!
So what's wrong with Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence? Well, umm, there's still a tonne of cut-scenes which will annoy some - but it's no worse then the original release. Codec conversations are also still in abundance. I also felt that the bonus movie on the third disc, while very welcome, could have been trimmed from the 3 1/2 hours to make it much easier to view in a single sitting. Perhaps a short version, and directors cut with seamless branching.

Technically, in both audio and visual departments, this game is stunning. It's hard to think of a better looking game, or a better sounding one. Sure, you can probably pick a game or two with slightly more detailed characters, but when you look at the detail in the game world it's understandable. The cut scenes are as stylish - and lengthy - as ever and the overall packages' presentation is superb from start to finish.

All-in-all there's enough new content on this disc to warrant a purchase for those that loved the original. For those that never purchased Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater there is no better time to check out what is certainly one of the greatest games ever to grace the Playstation 2. Simply stunning.

Review By: Dave Warner

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GRAPHICSEven today this holds up as one of the greatest PS2 titles ever.
SOUNDSuperb voice acting, excellent sound effects and great music.
GAMEPLAYThe main game plays the same, but the new camera system is an improvement.
VALUEAs well as the main game there's tonnes of new things to keep you busy.
OVERALLMetal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was an essential purchase for every PS2 owner, and this updated version is even more so. Even if you have the original this is worth picking up as well - if only for the multi-player and 3 hour movie!

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