E3: Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

E3: Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

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Create a handheld time paradox in Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D.

During my playtime of Metar Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D at E3, I didn't notice many differences between the handheld version of the title and the PS2 version released years ago. Snake is still sneaky, he's still in the jungle, and he still loves eating creatures from the wilderness.

Metal Gear's controls have always been a little bit of a bear to get hang of at first, and the same was true for me when I started Snake Eater 3D. You use the face buttons to move the camera, the analog stick to move, and the directional pad to perform certain actions such as making Snake crouch, go prone, etc. Aiming and attacking is handled with the triggers.

Once I figured things out, the experience was remarkably similar to regular old Snake Eater (non-3D version). To my knowledge, the same exact levels and areas have been implanted into the 3DS cartridge. You'll have to make your way past those docile alligators in the swamp, hide in tree trunks, and shoot down bee hives to scare away guards allergic to stings.

Which is great, except one aspect of the controls gave me a hint that not everything will be hunky dory. When I had incapacitated a guard, I went to drag his body around which required me to hold in the d-pad and also use the analog stick both on the same side of the 3DS. It was very "claw" like, for those that have played Monster Hunter, referring to the worst hand-cramp in gaming history. Hopefully I was just missing something and one hand won't be required to do so much at one time.

The graphics are about the same too, though without a side-by-side comparison it's hard to tell if things have been smoothed out on the 3DS. Animations were a little choppy, but they may not be in the final version. As with all 3DS ports, the big differences come in with the handheld's touchscreen and other associated abilities. Camouflage, food, weapons, and items can all be easily used or swapped in and out by tapping buttons on the touchscreen. You can also see Snake's status without having to open a menu, which is handy when leeches are covering your body and you don't have a clue.

Unfortunately, switching out camouflage wasn't implemented in my demo. I would expect Konami to include some sort of secret camo patterns as it did in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. If we're lucky, maybe Snake will wear Kirby's pink or Mario's mustache. A Konami representative did tell me about a feature called Photo Camo that'll allow players to take pictures from the real world and use them as a camo pattern, so look forward to more unique 3DS features like that.

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is expected for release in late 2011.

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As soon as I saw that MGS3 was coming to the 3DS, I nearly had a heart attack from excitement. I don't care what anyone says, I'm getting this and it's the best in the series.

I definitely already paid $30 for MGS3: Substance. Don't think I'm gonna drop $200+ on the 3DS plus the $50 to play this again. I'll just break out my PS2. Or get the HD version when it comes out for the PS3 if I need to play it in HD that badly.

WaaghPowa:
As soon as I saw that MGS3 was coming to the 3DS, I nearly had a heart attack from excitement. I don't care what anyone says, I'm getting this and it's the best in the series.

Eh, I think I'd rather get the MGS HD collection. Likely $60 for 3 games, one of which I haven't gotten a chance to play yet, VS $40 for one game that will have gimped PSP style controls? Yeah, I don't even need to think about that one.

Are those controls right? The face buttons control the camera? Interesting.

Frostbite3789:
I definitely already paid $30 for MGS3: Substance. Don't think I'm gonna drop $200+ on the 3DS plus the $50 to play this again. I'll just break out my PS2. Or get the HD version when it comes out for the PS3 if I need to play it in HD that badly.

Hell, the PS3 remake might be in 3D as well, like Prince of Persia and Shadow of the Colossus.( I have a 3D TV, don't care about movies, but like the games.)

The controls sound horrible. Still want though. The E3 demo seemed to show off new areas

fuck the 3DS, fuck 3D, but all hail snake eater

yeah could not care less about this news. excited for the HD collection though

I was excited about this, until Metal gear solid collection was announced.

Alas, I see no reason to get both, and with the collection I get two classics and I get to FINALLY play 4 player peace walker.

Yeah, but how does it taste?

Blast,I may have to get a 3Ds then!Or maybe the Vita,3ds,vita,3ds,vita,anyone got a coin?

The graphics are about the same too, though without a side-by-side comparison it's hard to tell if things have been smoothed out on the 3DS.

Judging by the picture up above, it does look smoothed out compared the the PS2 version. I wonder how the textures are.

See, you guys got it all wrong. This is actually a porno game.

OT: Looks alright, controls seem to be snooping as usual.

I don't see a point in this, in fact Konami is being extremely half-assed about this release.

On the PS2, there is a deluxe release called MGS3: Subsistence, which fixed the main problem with Snake Eater, now you could actually control the camera, as well as add a bunch of awesome extra stuff.

Is 3D visuals better than a full multiplayer online mode, a fully controllable camera, A Boss Mode, and the original MSX Metal Gear 1 & Metal Gear 2?

If they can offer me that then I would consider it, if it wasn't the fact that I already own it.

(Hint: The point here is to not waste your time with Snake Eater when you can buy Subsistence cheaper, thus getting a better version plus more content)

It's a portable version of a game with comparable, possibly better graphics, and the benefit of 3D, with a few gameplay additions.

Sounds like its met my portable game expectations. Plus I never finished MGS3 so this'll be a good opportunity!

Electrogecko:
Are those controls right? The face buttons control the camera? Interesting.

Peace Walker did this. It worked surprisingly well. It was a bit awkward at first, but it didn't take long at all to become intuitive.

mjc0961:

WaaghPowa:
As soon as I saw that MGS3 was coming to the 3DS, I nearly had a heart attack from excitement. I don't care what anyone says, I'm getting this and it's the best in the series.

Eh, I think I'd rather get the MGS HD collection. Likely $60 for 3 games, one of which I haven't gotten a chance to play yet, VS $40 for one game that will have gimped PSP style controls? Yeah, I don't even need to think about that one.

Portable. That is all.

Doesn't really sound like it is worth anyones time who has played Snake Eater on PS2.

Answer) The first thing I thought of when I heard you could create custom camouflage patterns by taking photographs.
Question) What is Penis camo?

Wow... not a single comment about custom cammo patterns? I'm disappoint...

I was expecting someone to mention they were gonna make a penis-based cammo pattern called "Naked Snake EX".

WaaghPowa:
As soon as I saw that MGS3 was coming to the 3DS, I nearly had a heart attack from excitement. I don't care what anyone says, I'm getting this and it's the best in the series.

Agreed, my friend!

Now I can finally own all the MGS games! I think I must be the biggest fan of this series who has never owned a PS2.

Scrythe:
Yeah, but how does it taste?

It tastes jus- image

Im lookin forward to the camo made out of someones cock....................................

On my list of things Snake Eater did not need, 3D is definitely up there near the top. I severely doubt anyone except a minority of people at Nintendo played Snake Eater and thought "hhmm, this game is really good, but what it needs is some 3D".

Technicolor:
Is 3D visuals better than a full multiplayer online mode, a fully controllable camera, A Boss Mode, and the original MSX Metal Gear 1 & Metal Gear 2?

Ever tried bringing your tv and playstation 2 on a bus ride?

WaaghPowa:

mjc0961:

WaaghPowa:
As soon as I saw that MGS3 was coming to the 3DS, I nearly had a heart attack from excitement. I don't care what anyone says, I'm getting this and it's the best in the series.

Eh, I think I'd rather get the MGS HD collection. Likely $60 for 3 games, one of which I haven't gotten a chance to play yet, VS $40 for one game that will have gimped PSP style controls? Yeah, I don't even need to think about that one.

Portable. That is all.

The portable advantage is negated by the broken controls. Konami needs to learn that this isn't a PSP, there's a touch screen we could use for precise aiming and camera control.

At first I thought "Well hey, this could be a good reason to get the 3DS" and then the HD remake is coming out, so this is pretty null and void.

Riobux:
On my list of things Snake Eater did not need, 3D is definitely up there near the top. I severely doubt anyone except a minority of people at Nintendo played Snake Eater and thought "hhmm, this game is really good, but what it needs is some 3D".

The same can be said for rumble. Anyways, I'm more interested in the use of touch and tilt controls than 3D.

mjc0961:
The portable advantage is negated by the broken controls. Konami needs to learn that this isn't a PSP, there's a touch screen we could use for precise aiming and camera control.

Speaking of precise aim in MGS3. I don't know how I ever beat that game with it's overly complex controls and sensitive analogs. Revisited it when I found out Subsistence had a controllable camera (Fun fact: A PAL copy of Subsistence is going for 45.99, and that's for an used copy), and I'm not having fun because of how hard it is to aim. That and I absolutely hate the release-fast-to-shoot action for your pistols. It's awkward.
I can't even imagine how a MGS3 control scheme would work out on a portable device. But it would definitely need to be simplified.

WaaghPowa:

mjc0961:

WaaghPowa:
As soon as I saw that MGS3 was coming to the 3DS, I nearly had a heart attack from excitement. I don't care what anyone says, I'm getting this and it's the best in the series.

Eh, I think I'd rather get the MGS HD collection. Likely $60 for 3 games, one of which I haven't gotten a chance to play yet, VS $40 for one game that will have gimped PSP style controls? Yeah, I don't even need to think about that one.

Portable. That is all.

You think Kojimas Transfarring idea is gonna be limitted to Peace Walker only? Mark my words, there will be MGS3 on the Vita. And it will have two analog sticks.

OutrageousEmu:

WaaghPowa:

mjc0961:
Eh, I think I'd rather get the MGS HD collection. Likely $60 for 3 games, one of which I haven't gotten a chance to play yet, VS $40 for one game that will have gimped PSP style controls? Yeah, I don't even need to think about that one.

Portable. That is all.

You think Kojimas Transfarring idea is gonna be limitted to Peace Walker only? Mark my words, there will be MGS3 on the Vita. And it will have two analog sticks.

Funny you should mention that, because it's true. The MGS collection will allow you to transfer the games over from the PS3 to the Vita so you can play them on the go.

Source: http://www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/e3_2011/jp/transfarring.html

Run a google translate and rejoice.

-Seraph-:

OutrageousEmu:

WaaghPowa:

Portable. That is all.

You think Kojimas Transfarring idea is gonna be limitted to Peace Walker only? Mark my words, there will be MGS3 on the Vita. And it will have two analog sticks.

Funny you should mention that, because it's true. The MGS collection will allow you to transfer the games over from the PS3 to the Vita so you can play them on the go.

Source: http://www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/e3_2011/jp/transfarring.html

Run a google translate and rejoice.

Ah, excellent. Thank you very much

Well, there you have it. Even less reason to get this game. Unless you'd consider not getting MGS2 at the same time as a bonus for the 3DS game.

9_6:

Technicolor:
Is 3D visuals better than a full multiplayer online mode, a fully controllable camera, A Boss Mode, and the original MSX Metal Gear 1 & Metal Gear 2?

Ever tried bringing your tv and playstation 2 on a bus ride?

I did. Everything EXPLODED...

All kidding aside, you know those two extra games I mentioned were on Subsistence, Metal Gear 1 & 2. Why didn't they remake either one of those two games? They're completly canon to the series storyline, and most fans haven't even played it. Actually build a game around the 3DS hardware, rather than just attempting to replicate console hardware.

If they really gave a damn, they could've at the very least announced a port of the two PSP MGS games, both of which would be welcome ports, because they too were no where near as popular (In terms of sales.... and I guess qualitiy) as Snake Eater.

The issue here is, I'm pretty sure Nintendo just wanted a game to graphically represent the 3DS's capabilities. They just wanted say "HEY LOOK AT MY HANDHELD, ITS AS STRONG AS A PS2", and Konami complied. Just in terms of gameplay, and the actual need for this product, they could have chosen much more interesting choices.

Also the PS3 MGS HD Collection is also half-assed, considering they also put in Snake Eater instead of the Subsistence version.

 

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