Advantages The best stealth game out at the moment, challenging, tense and addictive
Disadvantages Cut scenes... cut scenes... and even MORE cut scenes
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|Longevity||Very good longevity|
Finally it's back, the best, most complete stealth game on the Playstation 2. It's being a while since Metal Gear Solid 2, but the new Metal Gear Solid is back, better than ever. There have being some pretty decent stealth games in between Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, Snake Eater. There has being Splinter Cell, Hitman Contracts and a few more games, but this is the true King of stealth.This game will take your gaming skills and nerves to the extreme, as you lie down on your stomach in tall grass with the perfect camouflage, the enemy staring straight at you, but doesn't see you because of your camouflage, you can honestly feel your heart beating faster and faster. This is a very slow paced game; you have to wait for the opportune moment to strike, so if you do not like waiting for something to happen, do not buy this game.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the world was torn in two between East and West.
It was the beginning of a new era - the Cold War.
However, there was a secret condition in the deal that put an end to the crisis. Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov, a Soviet scientist who had defected to the West, was to be sent back to the Soviet Union. The U.S. government agreed to this stipulation, and returned Sokolov to his native land. Little did they know that Sokolov was to be the designer of a nightmarish weapon. Now, with Sokolov back in their hands, the Soviets are ready to resume its development. If this weapon is completed, it will mark the beginning of a new age of fear.
August 1964. Realizing at last the urgency of the situation, the CIA forms a plan to recapture Sokolov. They dispatch the covert FOX unit to Sokolov's research facility, located to the south of the great Soviet fortress of Groznyj Grad. Led by former SAS member Major Zero, FOX is a next-generation special-forces unit that operates both as a specialized combat group and as a covert intelligence outfit. The FOX unit's modus operandi is to send a single agent, backed by radio support from afar, into enemy territory to carry out solo sneaking missions.
August 24. A lone soldier swoops down from out of the blue. The man's code name is Naked Snake.
There is only one word to describe the graphics on Metal Gear Solid 3, Snake Eater: astounding! For the first time in the mgs (metal gear solid) series, you are in an open, green jungle, and Konami have created the perfect graphics that they have put in Pro Evolution Soccer 4. Grass sways in the wind, leaves fall off trees, and wild animals like rattle snakes, hornets and alligators roam through the swamps. There is no one moment in the game where the graphics are weak, they are always ultra-sharp and perfect. Not only are the environments perfectly created, Konami have also made the characters perfect. Snake moves like a real human would in real life, the enemies hunt in groups, their weapons prepared for fire, if they have a reason to worry, they will tread more cautiously, hide behind trees and radio for reinforcements to come. When you are shot or bitten, you can actually see the wound and see it getting worse until you heal it. All the weapons you have are created perfectly, they all look real and they all shoot like they do in real life, (see Weapons section below). The graphics are probably the best thing about the game, and if there is a reason to get this game, this is it.
If you own Metal Gear Solid 2, you will know how huge it is, now imagine that amount timed two, and Metal Gear Solid 3 snake eater is still bigger than that. You are looking at about 20-25 hours of playing time, plus there are the mini games, like the mini game where you have to shoot little monkeys from the ape escape games and collect them in an amount of time. This game will last you until Metal Gear Solid 4 comes out.
Mother natures surrounds you from all directions in the "jungle". The most important thing while placing yourself under the tough conditions of an infiltration mission is obtaining food to survive. If the "stamina gauge" -- symbol of all life activities -- goes low, your healing power goes down, you cannot aim your gun properly, and your overall mission becomes harder to accomplish.
The jungle setting abounds with mother nature's gifts -- snakes, birds, fish, fruit, etc. Find your prey in the grass, branches, and in water and use your gun, knife, and traps to capture them for food.
You must also keep in mind changes in the climate such as rain and temperature to maintain your stamina.
Since you are in the jungle, there are no health power-ups to collect, no health injections or anything like that, there is only raw food, which can go off in time and fruit. Snake will like some foods and despise other foods. Some examples of foods are:
> Tree Frog
> Hornets nest
> Calorie Mate
> Instant Noodles
> Reticulated Python
> European Rabbit
In the jungle, there are many wild animals, so now and again you are bound to get hurt, plus you could also get burnt, shot or caught in a trap, introducing the new cure menu. This is where you can treat all the things that are wrong with you, for example, if you get shot, you will need to go into the cure menu, remove the bullet with a knife, disinfect it, sow the wound up and wrap it into a bandage. There are many other things you can cure yourself from too, like leech bites, burns, bites, cuts, food poisoning and the list just goes on!
Snake carries a radio around with him, this enables him to contact and receive messeges off his comrades. His comrades can also give him vital information on how to complete his mission.
There are many weapons in mgs 3, some can be used stealthily and some can just blow people to bits. Here are some of the weapons:
There are also many weapons that can be used, and there are probably many more that I have not found yet, if I do, I will add them to this review.Items
> Wildlife detector
> Thermal Goggles
> Motion Detector
> Motion detector
>Fake death pill
>Fake death revival pill
> Cigar, (makes you lose health)
> Crocodile head, (can be used for mission reasons too)
You play as Snake. Member of special forces unit "FOX". Real name Jack.
Last apprentice of The Boss. Was taught by The Boss one-on-one all about combat, destruction, espionage, pyschology, etc. from in the 50s.
FOX's support member. Provides surgical and medical information via radio.
A movie fanatic with a tremendously skewed taste.
Female KGB spy who supports Snake. Former NSA codebreaker.
Uses a Mauser. A motorbike fanatic.
>The Pain- The first boss in the game. He can control swarms of hornets, he is horrificly disfigured, and quite hard to beat, but great fun! A big man over 2 meters (6'7''). He carries venomous bees called bullet bees in his body. He releases them from his mouth.
>The End- The best of the boss battles, in this battle, it is a battle of wits and endurance. He can hardly be seen, because when he lies down, you can't see him because of his moss camouflage, (see camouflage). It can honestly take up to 2 hours to beat this boss. The battle takes place in three huge areas, plus he has an absolutely awesome weapon, the Mosin Nagant sniper rifle, which fires poison darts! An old sniper (over 100 years old) born in the early 1860s. The father of all sniping techniques.
He has moss growning inside and outside his body. He can go without moving, eating, or drinking for days, thanks to the energy provided by the photosynthesis of the moss.
>The Sorrow- You fight him in his river of death. But this is more of a puzzle,weapons do nothing you are already dead, he cannot be killed, and you must die! The most confusing boss, that many people will never be able to beat! While lacking combat capabilities, he has the ability of a medium. He can talk to the dead and obtain battle information from the dead.
By bringing down spirits of the dead into him, he can assume their combat capabilities.
> Boss- She taught Snake everything he knows. Also know as The Joy.
Legendary heroine who brought victory to the Allies in WWII by leading the Cobra Unit -- a team consisting of the best soldiers of the world. Spent all of the 50s with Snake and taught him all that she could. With Snake, she created CQC. She was a colleague of Major Zero in the SAS. One of the most touching endings in a game, made me very upset to kill her. After you have got her health to 0, then a cut scene will start, showing her lying down dieing, but that is not all, she hands Snake her gun, and tells you to kill her, you'd expect the cut scene to do it for you, but it lets you kill her with a single head shot, very upsetting! Extremely hard!
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