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PlayStation 3The Digital Fix
One of the best games released for the previous generation of consoles and it not only survives the transition to HD brilliantly, it reinforces the belief for me that this is nothing short of a masterpiece. Hideo Kojima succeeded in realising his vision of a truly interactive cinematic experience, with a complex intelligent and compulsive story, staggering attention to detail and superb gameplay which all combines to make a game that is much more than the sum of its parts and perhaps even transcends the gaming medium itself. This is a game you owe it to yourself to experience, to immerse yourself in its world and to savour every moment of it while it lasts. Games of this quality are very rare and they deserve your complete undivided attention when they do come along. The best games stay with you long after you complete them and Snake Eater remains one of the finest examples of this for me. There it is, I have carried out my mission and the review is complete – “loyalty to the end”.
PlayStation 2Game Shark
With all the extra features including multiplayer, new additions to the camera and the classic MGS games, Metal Gear Solid 3: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is a must buy for the MGS series faithful.
PlayStation 2Game industry News (GiN)
When Metal Gear Solid 3 was released on the PlayStation 2 back in 2004, it was a title that I held with very high praise. Not only was the gameplay worthy of the Metal Gear Solid name, but the storyline was much improved from the confusion of MGS2, with by far the best ending that I have ever seen in any game. It gave us an understanding of who the mysterious Patriots organization was, and also provided us with how Big Boss obtained his legendary status.
PlayStation 2Games Radar
Ultimately, if you've already been through the Pain and the Sorrow and the Fury, you're going to end up watching the Metal Gear 4 trailer - also included on the Existence disc - and find yourself gagging for another 'proper' sequel. Snake with a Tom Selleck 'tache and a tiny robot chum? Now that's mental.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is a great retooling of the original, with plenty of extras to justify even an owner of Snake Eater to pick it up. I'm sure they're probably looking for an excuse to go out and play MGS3 again anyway, so here it is! All the great cut scenes, hidden gags and cinematics, excellent boss characters, superb story and tie-ins with the modern games, and the crumbling of the fourth wall can finally be enjoyed with a camera system that actually works, complete with a more fitting control scheme. All the extras are very entertaining and then online mode is nearly flawless; Metal Gear Solid has returned to glory as not only one of, if not the best story in video gaming, but also as one of the best playing games. Now equip the best camo you can find, sneak into your local store, procure your copy of the game and get out of there ASAP. Your PS2's life may depend on it! GO GO GO!*
The true success of this package doesn't stem from its impeccable extras, however. Subsistence's awe-inspiring single-player adventure outclasses every other stealth game in existence, including the previous MGS titles. It's the perfect blend of gripping narrative, nuanced gameplay, astonishing (nearly next-gen) graphics, and creative boss battles. And while Konami hasn't addressed every quibble gamers had with the original release (the camouflage and healing systems still feel a little clunky), the addition of a controllable third-person camera view should quiet a lot of naysayers. Playing through it again, I do realize that the game ramps up too slowly for a lot of people--you really do have to play for a few hours before it gets truly great--but I'm not going to make any excuses for you. If you can't enjoy the brilliance of this game, it's your loss.
As for the rest of the content, it varies. Several of the movies available in the Secret Theater feature risqué segments. These include the two male characters Raiden and Ocelot accidentally kissing, and The End proving himself to be a dirty old man and stalking EVA. Snake vs. Monkey is pretty kid-friendly, as even if you shoot the monkeys, you just stun them, though the introduction has Snake wishing he were rescuing a "hot damsel in distress" instead of apes. Finally, the two original Metal Gear games are probably going to be acceptable to most parents simply because of their age and relatively unsophisticated graphics.
I honestly can’t think of any flaws in Subsistence; the camera improvement was all the game needed, and there are plenty of extras. Metal Gear Solid 3 was a fantastic game as it was, but all the additions included in Subsistence just pushes it over the top. You must own this game.
I’ve never given a game a 10 before, and I can’t think of a more fitting one to give the honor to. This is the game that PS2 owners need in their library, and a perfect example of how immersive, powerful and enjoyable video games can be when executed properly. Buy this game.
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
What else is there to say? Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence took a great game and made it better, added a whole other online game to the mix plus a wealth of extras and then chopped the price nearly in half. Considering the product they started with was already a masterpiece, it becomes apparent that the title deserves the ultimate praise, as do those who created it.
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is an improvement of an already sensational game. It’s got the stellar gameplay that made the previous title shine, as well as tossing in some great camera control and a few other modifications. It’s got all the characters, the dialogues, and the epic story to draw gamers into a world of stealth, lies, betrayal, and love. On top of all that, this special edition packs a great online multiplayer, a few awesome mini-games, several hilarious bonus movies, and two of the most memorable 2D stealth games ever conceived. If you’re a fan of the Metal Gear series, you’re not going to pass this up. If you enjoyed the first version, you’ll likely enjoy the heaps of extras piled onto the original game. And if you’re content with what Snake Eater offered you, be prepared to miss out on one of the best additions to not only the series, but the PS2 gaming library as well.
Aside from the camera tweaks, Subsistence’s online modes are worth the price of admission alone, allowing gamers to test their skills against seven rivals in a variety of thrilling scenarios. And if all that wasn’t enough, this sublime set also includes pixel-perfect ports of the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (both originally released on the long-forgotten MSX console), a Duel Mode where you can improve your performance against the game’s inventive bosses, and the Secret Theater that allows players to watch rare movies culled from the official Metal Gear web site, each touched by the series’ subversive, self-depreciating sense of humour.
With all the new features and add-ons in this new version, it is certainly worth trading in your old copy of Snake Eater and indulging in Subsistence. Taking a game that was already well done and polishing it off further is difficult to say the least, but Subsistence does it with flying colors. With only a $29.99 price tag, it's a good time to remember why mullets are sexy and to add this gem to your collection. If you've never played the series, you're missing out. Just don't expect to go into this game with guns blazing.
PlayStation 2Game Vortex
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence offers a plethora of new offerings, including the original Metal Gear game and an online mode. Between these new offerings and the new camera, the game is worth a purchase, even if you already own the original Metal Gear Solid 3.
Contains an enhanced edition of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, a new multiplayer version and a run-through movie of the game.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
You can sum up Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty in one word: disappointing. The grandstanding storyline -- some crap about life, love, and no more nukes -- seemed strangely out of place in a game chock-full of shooting, stabbing, and bloody-bones butchery. And the less said about pretty-boy protagonist Raiden, the better, thankyouverymuch.
I dunno about you, but I certainly enjoy me some snake eatin'. The third Metal Gear Solid adventure proved quite a departure from the increasingly bizarre MGS2: Sons of Liberty, but the changes were entirely for the better. In fact, the only grade-A problem was a bum camera system. Now, maybe 18 months later, the ultimate version of MGS3 is upon us. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence takes care of that nasty camera, completely nullifying our number one complaint.
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is survival gaming at its very best. This new take on what is arguably one of the best games of 2004 is a rare treat. The new camera basically makes Snake Eater a whole new experience, and for those looking to explore Snake’s 8-bit history, you’ll lose yourself for days in the original two Metal Gear games as they make their North American debut.
There is absolutely no excuse for this title to be absent from any gamer’s library. At only $30, you’re getting one of the greatest gaming experiences of all time, along with a ridiculous amount of fun extras. A videogame has never come as close to perfection as Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
In the end, it's hard not to recommend a game that packs so much content on to only two discs, and for a budget price to boot. Even for those who have played and beaten the original Snake Eater, there is enough completely original content in Subsistence to provide several dozen hours of offline entertainment, not to mention an online multiplayer feature with massive replay value. Anyone looking for a great online action game for their PS2, or just a great stealth action game in general, would most certainly be remiss in not picking up a copy of Subsistence.
Every longstanding franchise needs an origin story; something that explores the roots of the characters and the beginning of the mythology. After all, George Lucas revisited the Star Wars Universe with an entire trilogy of films; Batman Begins provided a grittier, more realistic foundation for the Dark Knight; and the story of the "birth" of Solid Snake's nemesis Big Boss was told with Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. But apparently that wasn't enough. Creator Hideo Kojima decided to revisit his last effort to truly "complete" one of his two planned Metal Gear trilogies. With Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, Kojima has not only provided the "director's cut" of one of the top games of 2004, but has also given series fans a myriad of extra features... while simultaneously creating one of the best PlayStation 2 games ever made.
PlayStation 2PGNx Media
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence managed to make Metal Gear Solid 3 an even better game than it was before. The additional extras, online play and camera angle really manage to make the game nearly flawless. Even if you’ve played the original, the changes are worth picking the game up again.
PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365
I would like to conclude this review by urging any and all readers that have not tried Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater to turn off their computer, go to the game store and buy Subsistence right now. You don't have an excuse, unless you're homeless or don't have a PS2, and not owning a PS2 isn't an excuse because you should buy one for this. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was a game damn close to perfection. Subsistence takes the series one or more steps closer to that achievement.
Usually, I don't quite appreciate 'expansion' games such as this. I tend to find them a little pointless and not really worth the money. However, with Subsistence, it's clear that Kojima didn't just want to make a couple extra bucks, but actually wanted to add some meat to the entirety of the game. With all the unlockables, modes of play, the original games, and of course the online mode, Subsistence is definitely worth the purchase.
Without a doubt, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was, to many, a near-perfect game. Even though it was not thought possible, Subsistence makes it all the more close to perfection. With, literally, entire discs full of extras, a new camera within the main game, the two original Metal Gear titles and an Online mode that finally makes full use of the PS2 broadband adapter, Subsistence is a game that should be in everyone's PS2 collection. If you are one of the few who do not own a PS2 already, then this game is pretty much the best reason to-date.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is truly a must-own for anyone with a PS2. Even those who played Snake Eater through any number of times should make a point of picking up this game. The new camera helps the gameplay along in many ways. The new online mode adds loads of lasting value to the game, and the numerous other new features will keep any MGS fan returning for many, many hours of great gameplay. If you own a PS2, you need to own this game.
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.
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
Trying to wrap my brain around every aspect of this package has proven difficult because each feature has such a distinct offering that it almost needs to be reviewed separately. How does one review Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake and Snake vs. Monkey in the same package, and then take into account a SOCOM-like shooter with much more fun to be had? Kojima Productions has made my job easier; almost every aspect of this package is of the utmost quality, while its somewhat dubious moments (Metal Gear, some of the less-funny redone MGS3 cut scenes) are still welcome, because they are preserved relics, untouched because they really shouldn't be. Besides, until Metal Gear gets a much-needed remake, this is the definitive version of the game. This could have been a full-priced re-release, and I wouldn't have blinked an eye, but it's all here for 30 bucks. What could I do but give it the score below?
En definitiva, la saga sigue consagrándose. MGS3: Subsistence es un juego que debería estar en todas las estanterías de cualquier usuario de PlayStation 2. Una lástima que todos los extras ahora incluídos no hayan estado en Snake Eater, primera versión del título, porque es lo que hace restar puntos a la nota final. Aun con eso, es un imprescindible.
They took a great game and made it better. If you already own it, you should get it for the multi-player and the new camera angle and the funny extras. If you don’t own the prior release and you like stealth games, this is a must buy. I guess if you hate this series and prefer the Splinter Cell games because of its realism, there will be no convincing you. I like both the franchises, so hey, more fun for me and the people that like them both.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
I’m glad that games don’t have feelings. If they did, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence would be the over-achiever that makes the games around it feel embarrassingly inadequate. Here they are, trying to scrape together what it takes to be playable, and Subsistence struts around with a ton of expanded content added to an already-outstanding game. Basically, this package is the complete Metal Gear Solid 3 treasure trove, with inside jokes, new features, and Snake shootin’ at monkeys, all supplementing one of the finest games of this generation. If you played through Snake Eater when it first came out, you’ll find that little has changed in the core game. A fully-controllable third-person camera speeds things up, since you are no longer forced to stop every three steps to check things out in first-person view. The main mission and its story are as compelling as ever, but it’s the bevy of extras that are the true draw of Subsistence, with the multiplayer being the most prominent addition.
Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence fait partie de ses jeux qui contentent aussi bien l'éditeur que le joueur. Effaçant le plus gros problème de gameplay de Snake Eater (ses angles de caméra parfois gênants) tout en rajoutant un mode Online (pas forcément toujours très convaincant) ainsi que divers bonus qui ne manquent pas d'intérêt, Konami lâche la bride de son bébé en le laissant aux mains de milliers de joueurs connectés. De fait, dire que MGS 3 est un jeu à posséder absolument tient de l'euphémisme, d'autant que le prix de vente n'est que de 40 euros. Une bonne façon d'attendre sereinement Metal Gear Solid 4.
Le jeu est donc toujours aussi incontournable, et se sent rajeunir grâce à ces quelques modifications. Certains verront sans doute cette nouvelle version comme un simple add-on, mais bon sang, les défauts reprochés auparavant sont maintenant oubliés. En attendant le nouvel épisode sur PlayStation 3, ce troisième opus reste toujours aussi captivant et intense. Aucun doute, ce jeu méritait de ressortir, surtout affublé d’un mode online sans pareil, qui tient presque du miracle sur PS2. Allez hop, repartons tous ensemble dans la jungle, histoire de foutre une nouvelle raclée à The Boss.
PlayStation 2Game Captain
Wer Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater verpasst hat, darf sich glücklich schätzen, denn das Remake ist zwar inhaltlich gleich geblieben, vermittelt aber ein viel besseres Spielgefühl als das Original dank neuer Third-Person-Sicht. Somit ist die bisherige Achillesferse von MGS auskuriert. Zudem verfügt Subsistence erstmals über einen Online-Modus – und einen gelungenen noch dazu! Die beiden ersten Metal Gear-Teile sind eine tolle Sache für Retrofans und ein wichtiger Bestandteil der bald 20-jährigen Seriengeschichte. 17 witzige Kurzfilme, Duell-Modus, erweiterte Affenhatz und alles rechtfertigen den Kauf dieses Spiels auf jeden Fall, zumal drei Disks für nur 40 Euro ein wirklich fairer Preis sind. So ist dieser Titel derzeit mit Abstand die beste Wahl für MGS-Spieler – und ein Muss für Stealth-Action-Fans.
Wieder einmal ist es bei Konami an der Zeit, die Spielwelt mit einem neuen Metal Gear Solid-Titel zu beglücken. Nachdem man bereits letztes Jahr einige Awards mit dem fulminanten dritten Teil „Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater“ abstauben konnte ist nun eine „Neuauflage“ angesagt, die aber nicht von ungefähr ist: ein umfangreicher Onlinemodus, 2 Metal Gear Spieleklassiker und eine Trailerdisc runden die um eine neue Kameraperspektive erweiterten Singleplayerkampagnen ab. Ob all dies einen Preis von knapp 40 Euro rechtfertigt kann man in unserem Review nachlesen.
PlayStation 2Gamer 2.0
If you’ve played Snake Eater and you loved it, there’s no reason not to get Subsistence. Even if this is your second, third, fourth, or even your fifth time playing the game, the new camera angle adds a lot of freshness to the single player campaign. Not just that, but the online multiplayer is really amazing and it is clearly one of the best the PS2 has yet to get on the service. If you’re a newcomer to the series, you should go pick up the game right now as it’s one of the best values you can find. Metal Gear Solid 3, no matter what version you’re playing, is a wonderful game that really pushes the boundaries of storytelling in this medium, it will be remembered as a gaming classic in the years to come.
Il sonoro, fin dalla canzone che accompagna gli splendidi titoli di testa, accompagna sempre in maniera eccellente l'azione su schermo, sia che stiate strisciando fra l'erba alta, sia che stiate mitragliando un elicottero dal fianco di una montagna (e statene certi, vi esalterete tantissimo a farlo); la giocabilità è la solita della serie, con dei comandi che necessitano di un po' di pratica prima di diventare perfetti, ma che alla lunga garantiscono la simbiosi con Snake. L'unico parametro più difficile da valutare è la longevità, anche se a livello facile vi serviranno almeno una quindicina di ore per completare il gioco; rigiocarlo o meno dipende da quanto vi piacerà. Io personalmente l'ho già rigiocato una decina di volte...
PlayStation 2GameCell UK
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is the ultimate MGS experience so far and is definitely worth a repurchase if you have an online enabled PS2. I completed it when it was originally released and I’m still playing this release. Bring on MGS4 I say. And if you haven’t played MGS3 yet, then buy this now.
The original Snake Eater was a brilliant game on its own, but was also a game that had its fair share of problems too. With Subsistence, Konami has addressed just about every one of these issues, and then some. Buying Subsistence should be a no-brainer, even for those of you who have spent countless hours already mastering the original.
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
That's what we've made our final judgement based on; while this may not be great value for someone who paid full price for the game previously, for collectors, online gaming fans or people who haven't played MGS3, this is absolutely the definitive version of one of the finest games on the PlayStation 2. If MGS3 scraped very close to a nine, then the addition of online modes and the vastly improved camera in Subsistence easily pushes it past that point in pure quality terms - but as a caveat to the dizzyingly high score, we would point out that the original game can, of course, be picked up cheaply now. Put it like this - if price is a big issue for you, then buying a two-year-old game with bonus content and a better camera for full price will probably sting. But if you simply want the best possible experience of one of the best games of the current generation, then this is the only option.
PlayStation 2Console Obsession
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is an attractive package, and whilst some of the glaring faults that we mentioned in our original review could have been given some attention, it does sort out the camera, a problem that many players have long pointed the finger at, whilst through a broadband connection it basically gives us a second helping of jungle espionage. True it’s MGS3 all over again, but if you were a fan first time around then Subsistence is a purchase worth emptying your wallet for, whilst there's also plenty of reason for any newcomers to jump into the jungle.
All of these things put together make Subsistence the perfect purchase for fans of the Metal Gear Solid series. I'm not going to lie and say I loved, enjoyed or even cared about everything on this two-disc set, but the stuff I did get into was more than enough to justify picking up a copy. It's the sort of thing I look at as good for the gaming industry. Take a popular game, re-release it with a couple of enhancements, add a few new diversions and throw on a couple of "forgotten" classics — the end result is a product that likely has something to satisfy anyone who remotely has an interest in the Metal Gear series.
PlayStation 2Video Game Talk
Overall Metal Gear Solid 3: Substance is an incredible experience. The single player game is arguably the best in the franchise and it's even better now thanks to the free-form camera movement system. The supplemental material is great as well with some truly unique offerings for Solid Snake fans. While you're waiting for Metal Gear Solid 4 for the PlayStation 3 you definitely need to take this version for a spin. It's a game that quite simply deserves to be in every PS2 collection.
PlayStation 2Stuff Magazine
Buy. Enjoy that new camera. Just keep some porn mags handy so you'll have something to do during those never-ending cut scenes.
PlayStation 2Wham! gaming
All in all, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is a great package that is sure to please fans of the series as well as newcomers alike. With some of the highest production values seen in any game and more extras than you can shake a silenced tranquilizer gun at (all of which are on top of an amazing and improved single player game) result in a title that is easy to recommend and enjoy.
PlayStation 2The Next Level
Chances are, you've already played and beaten Metal Gear Solid 3 and are still debating whether or not it's worth another go. Believe me when I tell you that the time you're wasting debating this pointless issue can be better served running to the store to pick up Subsistence. The new camera and online play is reason enough, but the great extras on the second disc make this the definitive version of the game. Just when you thought you'd seen everything Konami had to offer, they give fans another reason to stick with Snake until the Playstation 3 sequel arrives next year. What more could you ask for?
PlayStation 2PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence adds to what was already an excellent game, some excellent improvements and goodies. While it still comes of as silly and there was nothing really “fixed”, it still manages to stand out as one of the best experiences for the PS2. However, as good as the package is, unless you’re an avid gamer or collector, the value of this game is diminished if you’ve already played Snake Eater. If you’ve haven’t, you’ve been missing out all this time.
Overall this is a jam packed game that I would recommend to any PlayStation 2 owner. The retail price of only $29.99 is a complete steal. Even if you,re not able to get online, the new camera angle along with the insane amount of extras is worth the price tag alone.
Fans der Metal Gear Solid Reihe und Spieler die sich bisher wegen der Ego-Perspektive noch nicht an die Stealt-Action herangetraut haben können bei Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence ohne Bedenken zugreifen. Für rund 40 Euro bekommt ihr ein sehr gutes Actionspiel, einen bisher noch nie dagewesenen Online-Modus, massig Bonus Material, zwei Klassiker der Metal Gear Reihe die zum ersten in Europa angekommen sind, sowie mehrere Stunden filmische Unterhaltung mit den Zwischensequenzen.
This version of MGS3 comes with two discs that are titled Subsistence and Persistence, respectively. Subsistence contains MGS3 in all its glory, except this time it comes with six degrees of difficulty, a new behind the pack third person view that allows for better camera angles, and new face paint and outfits for Snake to wear. But aside from these features, it's pretty much the same game, though the new perspective does add a whole new dimension to the gameplay, and the difficulty levels, some of which make the game almost impossible to beat, provide lots of replay value.
PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games
Take one of the greatest single-player titles of all time, and add on a deep, creative multiplayer element. Then push it out the door for the price of a decent steak dinner. This marvel's moniker is Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence -- likely named because your gaming habits could subsist on it exclusively for months.
One of the PlayStation 2's most memorable games becomes an even richer, more rewarding experience--and a better game--in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. This reissue of the original version adds one very significant new feature to the 2004 game, along with a brand-new online mode and loads of other great extras, including emulated versions of the old 2D Metal Gear games. The result provides more than enough good reason for series fans as well as new players to take the plunge. After all, one of the amazing things about Metal Gear Solid 3 is, even if you've spent a lot of time playing it since the game first debuted, it can continue to impress and surprise you the more you play.
PlayStation 2Video Games Daily
At the end of the day, hardcore Metal Gear nuts have more than likely already jumped all over Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, with or without the ability to play online. The question is, whether the game is worth the price of admission to the rest of you not-so-nutty MGS players who bought Snake Eater and enjoyed it. If you have a high-speed connection and can get your PS2 online then by all means, take the plunge. With a budget price, a new third person camera, online modes, and loads of extras, you'd be hard pressed to miss out on such an essential PS2 purchase, and what's arguably the greatest Metal Gear Solid experience yet.
PlayStation 2Jolt (UK)
Our advice? If you’ve already got MGS3, don’t bother with Subsistence. If you missed MGS3, wait for Subsistence to go budget. Otherwise wait for MGS4 where, judging by the direction the series seems to be taking, Snake’s new code name prefix will be “One-Eyed Trouser”…
PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
Some gamers don't need any excuse to replay great games such as Metal Gear Solid 3. But here's an offer that you can't refuse. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is a re-issue of sorts that features an updated single-player mode with some new features but most importantly, an all new online experience with five different multi-modes. All of this at a discount price. How can you just sit there? Get off your arse and get this game now.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Madden's Law notwithstanding, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is a great deal. For thirty bucks you get one of the PS2's best single-player experiences, two classic 8-bit games and interesting but flawed online play. We don't know why you missed it the first time it came around, but now that you can get it for a reduced price with tons of features and a serious gameplay improvement, you shouldn't let this snake slip through your grasp.
Subsistence macht es einem leicht, sich erneut auf Kojimas sympathische Geschichtsklittung einzulassen. Der Mix aus 007-Actionkracher und Superhelden-Epos begeistert Neulinge noch immer mit toller Grafik und witzigen Einfällen, während sich Besitzer des Ur-MGS3 angesichts der Vielzahl wirklich toller Extras sicher nicht zweimal bitten lassen. Klaro: Die ganze Survival-Schiene war sicher nicht Kojimas beste Idee, die überarbeitete Kamera und der überraschend gut ausbalancierte Online-Modus beweisen aber, dass der Star-Designer die Zeichen der Zeit erkannt hat. Ich bin mir sicher: Metal Gear Solid 4 wird ganz groß!
PlayStation 2TotalVideoGames (TVG)
If you're a Metal Gear fan you don't need us to tell you to get Subsistence, but the likelihood is that you've already got it on pre-order. Subsistence brings further substance to the Metal Gear Solid 3 experience thanks to its multiplayer mode, and the MSX versions of both Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, though much of the rest of the bonus features are nothing more than icing on a very rich and more-ish cake.
Metal gear Solid 3: Subsistence follows in the pattern of evolving the games beyond the original titles as done in MGS 1&2. Whether the lure of true online play (which is a first for the series and probably is pioneering the system ready for MGS4), the additional two original Metal Gear games and the inclusion of what is effectively a feature length movie is enough to get any other the most hardcore of MGS fans to buy this uprated version is debateable. Still it is worth looking at if you don’t own the original Snake Eater and have a hankering for nostalgia.
As far as the series goes, however, this prequel provides minimal improvement over MGS2, and even manages to expound upon some of its more frustrating elements. The characters exposit for days without actually saying anything, and most interactions with your team are distracting, meaningless, and poorly executed. Thankfully, the triangle button allows you to skip it all rapidly. Also, there has to be a better control set up, as evidenced by other games in the genre. I am able to appreciate the Metal Gear series for its retro qualities as well as its cinematic brilliance, but as a fan of the stealth action games, I find the Splinter Cell series more involving, and less distracting. This doesn't make Metal Gear less of a game, just not my personal choice. For all those looking to continue their Meta Gear experience, or add another action title to their library, they could do worse than give Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence a try.
But for big fans who’ve already played the original to death, you might need to think a little more carefully before picking this up, especially if you’re not an online gamer. Are you really willing to shell out on another title, purely to play the same game yet again with a few tweaks?
So, the reconciliatory package Konami has delivered us isn't really particularly special; but is MGS3: Subsistence actually worth the delay? Perhaps. As a document of the series past, present and future, it stands tall, and will prove essential for many. But for those without access to online play, especially those players unconvinced by the almost monotonous pace that the main game develops, there may be few reasons to return. Highlighting the series' flaws as much as it celebrates its genius, Subsistence proves to be a very slippery customer indeed. You have been warned.
If you already bought this when it was called Snake Eater, then the bevy of extras may entice you to upgrade your game library with this one. As a DVD collector who is sick to death of studios double-dipping us ten months after the first version streets this reviewer would like to warn everyone that this one is more of the same with a few extras thrown in to make you buy it a second time. Personally, I see nothing here that makes the original pale in comparison.
PlayStation 2Game Critics
While this might seem like an overwhelmingly negative review, don't think for a second that I don't believe there are plenty of good points to be found in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. It's just that they've already been covered very well in GameCritics.com's coverage of Snake Eater. This is still a very good game, and the volumes of supplemental material have kept me form lowering the score any farther than I have, but it has too many flaws to overlook. Critical flaws that keep it from being anywhere near the perfect game that many were hoping for, and continue to expect from Kojima.
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Until it goes the PAL conversion with a full translation and fully operational Online mode, this will be one of those rare occasions for importers to hold fire and sit with the thumb-twiddling PAL crowd.