'Metal Gear Solid HD Collection'
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.0 stars
Simultaneously lauded for innovative stealth game play while also criticized for melodramatic and long-winded storytelling, the "Metal Gear Solid" series has survived three consoles. Fans of the series may not be thrilled by the bold changes to the upcoming action-oriented sequel, but at least they can wax nostalgic with the "Metal Gear Solid HD Collection."
This cool collection contains hours upon hours of sneaky game play by offering both "Metal Gear Solid 2" and one of my favorites, "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater," in one package. Even though it doesn't include "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker" like the console versions of the HD collection do, the package is still a good deal!
It would be easy to laugh at some of the ridiculous plot points found in "MGS2," like having to fight an obese guy on roller-skates, if the game play wasn't so ... err ... solid. Fortunately, a huge amount of VR missions and other bonuses have been added to satiate fans who ravaged the original game.
"MGS3: Snake Eater" is even more robust than its predecessor and definitely doesn't leave fans hungry for more! I really enjoy using stealth and camouflage amongst the serene outdoor environments because it actually makes me feel like I'm hunting enemies rather than picking them off from a distance.
Sadly, all is not well in the HD collection. Sure, I can understand wanting to incorporate PSVita-specfic options, but why do I have to use the touch-screen to change weapons? It would be much more intuitive to use the exclusive rear-touch panel to do so because my fingers wouldn't block the screen, and my hands would stay in the same position.Nevertheless, the "Metal Gear Solid HD Collection" is sure to please fans of the series, and the PSVita's dual-analog sticks make it much more enjoyable than any "MGS" game on the PSP.