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POSTED 12/3/12


METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION

Konami
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)

Had it up to here with motherfucking Snakes on your motherfucking PS3? Umm, you might wish to read something else then...

Otherwise, keep it tuned to 120.85 for more Snake than you could shake a Snake at and, of course, icy cold cans of Coke!

So, how much Snake is more Snake than you could shake a Snake at? OK. We’ve got updated PS2 affairs Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Then there’s a dual-stickinated upsizing of once PSP exclusive Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. That’s the HD stuff. You also get the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake games from the MSX (kids, it was a computer that was big in Japan in the 1980s), looking just like they did originally – hyperchunkymapixeltastic. What’s missing? Uh, the first Metal Gear Solid. We don’t know why. Can we interest you in an icy cold can of Coke to help kill the pain? Or howsabout a duck?

Anyway, we’re talking absolutely massive bang for duck – uh, buck - but quiet bang, of course, as this is all about the sneak. “Tactical Espionage Action”, remember?

The games are basically how they were upon first release, just given an HD ptooey and polish. Like similarly such treated classics, it works OK with original, sometimes clunky controls, and scrubs up decently without looking remarkable – the word is ‘muddy’ - but if that distracts you from Snake’s stealthtastic escapades then you’re probably playing the wrong thing.

Masterpieces as much for the sometimes peculiar, often silly, always entertaining cutscenes – and there are a fucktonne of them - as they are for their consummate way with the sort of stress-inducing tense gameplay that manages to be simultaneously ARGH and YAY, there’s never been a better time to discover the wonderful world of Snake.

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