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Spying on you at number 40….
We’ve already had Metal Gear Solid 4 place at number 81 on our list. Now, Solid Snake and the gang are back, forty-one spots later, with the third installment in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. The Metal Gear Solid series will always hold a special place in my heart, and Snake Eater is my personal favorite of all the games in the series. Whether or not it’s objectively the best, I can’t say, but damn do I love it. Snake Eater gave us new survival mechanics, an absolutely terrific and inspired story, and action-packed gameplay. Seriously, what more could you want? Snake Eater was a huge turning point for Konami and for the franchise, particularly in terms of its story. Snake Eater was the origin story of, (and features as it’s main character), Big Boss. For those that have been around a while, you know Big Boss as the main antagonist of the Metal Gear games prior to Metal Gear Solid, as well as being the reason behind pretty much every arc in Metal Gear Solid’s intricate web of a story.
Remember to eat a lot of snakes…
Snake Eater showed off a bevy of new features when it originally launched on the PlayStation 2 (it was later ported over to other consoles). Not the least of these were the strategic use of camo and face paint to help hide yourself from enemies, the need to eat and replenish stamina as time went on, great and fluid controls, and incredibly unique boss battles with their own personality. You can make a pretty solid argument, (Yes, I made that joke. Deal), that Snake Eater raised the bar across the board for boss encounters, not just in the tactical espionage world but in other genres as well. In fact, my favorite thing about this game is the fact that it took the focus off of Solid Snake and showed us the other side of his world. It did it so well I actually like Big Boss more than Solid Snake at the moment. I am looking forward to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain with a huge amount of anticipation, as it is a direct sequel to this installment and butts right up to Metal Gear Solid.
I can’t complain about Snake Eater on any level. The story was amazing and tied off a lot of loose ends from the previous games. The cut scenes weren’t horribly long. However, the story line is intricate, and may be a little bit more involved than some gamers would prefer, so if you’re not going to pay attention, I’d think twice about playing it. That being said, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is easily the pinnacle of the franchise so far and is held dear by millions of gamers around the world. I’ll be leaving you with a well-deserved 5 Out Of 5.