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Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence PlayStation 2

Published by Konami
Developed by Konami
Release Date: 6th October 2006
Price: £34.99

Metal Gear Solid 2 was, and still is, one of the best games on the PlayStation 2. Konami weren’t content to leave it at that though and repackaged the game with a wealth of new content to provide the superb Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance. Even for owners of the original MGS 2, Substance was excellent value for money. It’s not surprising then that Konami have decided to do a similar thing for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is the best Metal Gear Solid product to date that provides so much content that it needs three DVD’s to hold it all.

Metal Gear Solid fans already know what Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was about (read our review here if you’re one of the few who haven’t played the game) so we’ll just concentrate on the additional features, and there are lots of them, that Subsistence offers. The best feature has to be the new third person camera angle. Playing through the game again with this camera is much better than the rather awkward camera that has been in place for all the games in the Metal Gear Solid series. In fact I suspect even those who haven’t enjoyed the games because of the camera angles will now enjoy this much more accessible viewpoint that makes behaving stealthily much more intuitive.

Those who have always wanted to play as Snake online can finally do so with the online game that Subsistence offers. The modes included for online play are Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Sneaking Mission, Capture Mission and Rescue Mission. The online games support up to eight players and actually work very nicely because they let you do all of the things that you would do in the single-player game. The online mode can use voice communications, which may cause deaf gamers some problems but a USB keyboard can also be used to communicate.

The original MSX versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake are also present in the package. The third disc in the package includes a movie that’s been skillfully made up from the cutscenes in MGS 3. The original release of MGS 3 included a Snake vs. Monkey game where you had to capture the monkeys from Ape Escape. This game has also been included and several new levels have been added. Subsistence also offers connectivity with Metal Gear Acid 2 but as we don’t have access to that game we can’t comment on what it does. Finally the trailer of Metal Gear Solid 4 that was shown at the Tokyo Game Show in 2005 has also been included.

To sum up then Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is an absolute dream of a package for fans of the series. To make it better subtitles have been included for the main game, the MSX games and the movies making the whole package appealing for deaf gamers. It’s worth mentioning that the game doesn’t recognise any saves from the original Metal Gear Solid 3 so you’ll have to begin a new game if you want to experience the excellent new camera. Still that’s a small complaint for what is a superb offering from Konami.

Overall Game Rating: 9.2/10

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Subsistence is a superb package that fans of the Metal Gear Solid series cannot afford to miss. The new third person camera is also likely to win over those who couldn't stand the original camera in the Metal Gear Solid series.