Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

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The Twin Snakes is a remake of the 1998 tactical espionage action game Metal Gear Solid.

The remake has the same story and dialogues as the original (although voice-overs were re-recorded for this release). The locations in the game also remained the same, but the graphics were updated to look equal in quality to contemporary games. Gameplay was also enhanced, featuring the additions that first appeared in Metal Gear Solid 2. Snake can now roll, hang from ledges, hide in lockers, drag guards' bodies away, as well as aim and shoot from first-person view. New weapons from Metal Gear Solid 2 (such as tranquilizer gun) are also present.

Another noticeable change is in the game's cutscenes. Directed by the Japanese action movie director Ryuhei Kitamura, the cutscenes have been re-worked, featuring dramatic techniques used in action movies, such as slow motion and other effects.

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  • 潜龙谍影:双蛇 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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President Konami of Europe GmbH
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Solid Snake
Liquid Snake
Meryl Silverburgh
Naomi Hunter
Hal Emmerich
Roy Campbell
Mei Ling
Ninja
Nastasha Romanenko
Revolver Ocelot
Vulcan Raven
Psycho Mantis
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Critics

Average score: 85% (based on 33 ratings)

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Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 67 ratings with 6 reviews)

An excellent update/remake of a great game.

The Good
The game is faithfully recreated, this time with better graphics, and the addition of some new abilities, and some amazing new cutscenes.

The Bad
A few of the cutscenes are a little over the top, and all the original voice acting was redone, so some of the accents are gone, and some of the actors have been replaced. It kinda takes away from the experience if you've played the original. There aren't many extras, so if you played the PSX version, you'll know exactly what to do, however, the very different controls will give you a little bit of a challenge.

The Bottom Line
Almost perfect, and still surprising the second time around.

GameCube · by elpolloesrojo (17) · 2008

The most amazing Metal Gear to date!

The Good
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes is an amazing addition to the Metal Gear franchise. It is a remake of the first 3D Metal Gear game, Metal Gear Solid, for the Playstation. Every cutscene and dialogue bit spoken has been completely redone, along with the graphics and music. At least an hour has been added to the game by cutscenes, which is awesome, seeing as how the original MGS was only three hours long. The graphics are better than MGS2's, as are the story and gameplay. Almost every thing is improved, and it all looks and feels amazing.

The Bad
The cutscenes now feature strange slow-motion, bullet-time effects in almost all of them (a trick straight out of The Matrix). Almost every bullet fired during a cutscene goes in slow motion. Snake is also a lot more agile this time around - He does backflips and somersaults even more than Raiden (MGS2), often when not even necessary. For example, when Snake is listening to Ocelot and Liquid talk about Metal Gear in the Underground Base outside the door, he moves to the other side of the door. In the first game, he just ran quickly across. In The Twin Snakes, he does a flip over the door. .... It's a bit over-the-top, but he is genetically enhanced, after all. Even so, this is often funny to witness, and at times, very cool (an example being the cutscene before the Raven fight). Also, the gameplay that was so crucial to survival in MGS2 usually doesn't serve much of a purpose in The Twin Snakes. In fact, you can probably go through the entire game without having to use almost any of the new gameplay features.

The Bottom Line
This game, despite its shortcomings, is astounding. The gameplay update is well-received (though not as well needed), and the graphics update is simply stunning. No Gamecube owner should go without The Twin Snakes. If you've never played a Metal Gear, this is the one to play. If you've played all the Metal Gears, you should still play this one. It is the best by far. I recommend it to any and every gamer out there.

GameCube · by Rufus Shinra (21) · 2004

One thing Konami's really good at.

The Good
A true meaning of a remake, you can expect as much extras and pushing to the limits as you got from Resident Evil remake. I suppose I would be nagging a lot if I wouldn't have this pretty little package called GC to be able to play this game. But then again, it would be pointless to say that big portion of why I got it was this game's title. I kid you not when I say this game is a point of envy for any MGS or such game style fan that lacks the GameCube.

For those that got into MGS universe from MGS2, this will be a great way to complete the story without folding back to outdated graphic of PSX version of Metal Gear Solid. Graphically this game is at least on the level of MGS2, so you can understand why there is no need for any pre-rendered cutscenes in this game. Speaking of cutscenes, they're plenty as well, and the direction of them is amazing, every detail is carefully thought through, adding a humorous hex or two on top of all that. Of course, if you saw that 27 mins VS trailer like I did, you pretty much spoiled 80% of the game for you (what can I do, I'm so feeble-minded when it comes to cinematics, someone please restrain me next time).

Gameplay is now enhanced to that of MGS2 (with a little less moves, I think), so you won't have any trouble shooting and aiming in first-person perspective like it was the situation with the original version. But again, there will be so many cutscenes and dialogues that you will barely have any time to test all the goods. And prepare to fight the bosses quite constantly, you'll be lucky if you run to a regular soldiers here and there, mostly during the warming up mission start.

The Bad
It would be unfair to pinpoint any small glitches on this game. It's so full of details and you can get some neat results if your mind's creative enough.

The Bottom Line
A neat touch to bring back the roots of MGS franchise up on the level of an action movie and to hold along with MGS2 and incoming MGS3. Meet the Snake's truest self, and immerse yourself in a story full of twists and intrigues to get a closer connection with the sequels. There is also neat very extensive briefing you can watch, as well as read about Snake's first missions... now those two would be great to see as remakes one date. It is really bad for those that do not have GameCube and cannot play this game, but it is even worse to won a GameCube and not have this game.

GameCube · by MAT (240988) · 2012

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References

As much as this group effort by Nintendo, Konami and Silicon Knights was, it's no wonder this game has a commemorative feel. And those can be noticed as Easter eggs, such as: If you have an Eternal Darkness file on your memory card, Psycho Mantis says something like "You like adventure games don't you? Do you like SILICON KNIGHTS games? Did you enjoy ETERNAL DARKNESS?" He also says something if you have a Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, a Super Smash Bros. Melee or a Super Mario Sunshine file on the memory card as well. * The GameCube + Wavebird controller with a GameCube setup screen on a TV at Otacon's office * The Yoshi and Mario action figures (shoot them for some nice surprises!) * Alexandra Roivas (from SK's Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem) is the centerfold for the adult magazines you can use to distract grunts, and there is an Eternal Darkness poster in a soldier's locker * The Silicon Knights website is on one computer's screen * On Psycho Mantis' room, the three pictures on the wall feature Hideo Kojima (MGS creator), Ryuhei Kitamura (movie director responsible for the Twin Snakes* cutscenes) and Denis Dyack (president & producer from Silicon Knights)

Secrets

After defeating Sniper Wolf in the field, you can see the parachute Liquid used to escape the Hind tangled in a tree. Unless you look directly at it you will not trigger the codec conversation with Campbell.

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The game has one of the longest trailers ever, it runs for 26 minutes and 40 seconds.

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  • JUNKER HQ
    This fansite is dedicated to the games produced and/or designed by Hideo Kojima and contains all kinds of trivia, artwork, plot summaries, discussion forums and more.
  • Konami: Twin Snakes
    The official site.
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Unofficial Site
    A fansite that contains information about the whole Metal Gear franchise, including galleries, interviews, downloadable content and discussion boards.

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Game added March 10, 2004. Last modified May 15, 2024.