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WeView: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Snake? Snake?! SNAKE!

With Alex trying something a little different in last week’s WeView, this week we’re going to use the winner of last week’s poll. Don’t let the temporal distortion confuse you, all it means is that this week’s WeView is for the Metal Gear Sold HD Collection. This lovely bundle, featuring Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, is something I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while. I absolutely loved MGS and MGS2, and a chance to replay MGS2 would be greatly appreciated.

I never got round to MGS 3, and didn’t own a PSP to play to Peace Walker on, although they don’t really hold much appeal. MGS4 falls into a similar category, it just doesn’t interest or excite me in the same ways that the first two Metal Gear Solid games did.

Back to the HD Collection though, and it was Alex who took a look at it on the home consoles and also gave us a less formal take on the Vita version. They’re brilliant games in their own right, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that the home console version came in at 9/10. There were a few issues, largely surrounding the now aged controls, but it’s easy to see why these didn’t detract from the games much. Here’s what he had to say:

Hardcore Metal Gear Solid fans will either have this ordered or imported already, the eager customer base a ready market.  Everyone else can rest easy in the knowledge that this is a solid package containing plenty of gameplay that’ll last you much longer than most of the fluff that peppers the store shelves these days.  Conflicts aside, I can’t help but think that everyone should have this collection, but maybe that’s just me.

As for the Vita version Alex bemoaned the lack of Peace Walker, although noted that even with it missing you’re still left with two absolutely brilliant titles as well as the MSX Metal Gear games. No, it’s not quite as good as the home console version, but it’s hardly bad either. As Alex put it “It’s not perfect, no, but for Vita fans it’s great value (it’s available for around £25) and absolutely warrants your attention.”

So the only question left to ask is what you thought of the game. You’re free to leave your opinion on the home console version or the Vita edition, although it would be handy if you let us know just what version you’re basing your opinion on, particularly given the differences in content. We welcome the whole range of opinions in WeView, so it doesn’t matter if you loved, hated or we indifferent towards the HD Collection, you can still take part by dropping a comment below.

All we ask is that, apart from your comment, you attach a rating to the game. On WeView we use the Buy ItBargain Bin ItRent ItAvoid It scale, so all you need to do is pick whichever category fits your opinion of the game and add it to your comment. If you feel like taking part remember that you need to get your comment in by Sunday afternoon if you want to be included in Monday’s verdict piece.

14 Comments
  1. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Whenever it was released for PS3 all I just wanted was MGS3 its the only one I haven’t played and I loved the demo on PS2 so eventually bought it in like 2010 or something, sadly its kind of annoying on PS2 on a HD TV so its nice that now I can just buy separately now. The price is rather good for both games on Vita just a shame that Peacewalker isn’t in it.

    I’d buy it, whether or not your a MGS fan its worth a try.

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 13:26.
  2. Phizzy
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Metal Gear Solid 3 is the best game ever.
    Peace Walker is good fun and very addictive.
    Metal Gear Solid 2 is good, but if you’re one of those mental trophy whores you may wish to kill yourself after a couple of playthroughs.

    Buy it.

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 14:07.
  3. bigbaldwolf
    Member
    Since: Mar 2012

    I have the Vita version and picked it up for £20. For that price you really can’t go wrong for 2 classic games. The upscale to HD has been done brilliantly and the models and environments look fantastic. This is one of my favourite Vita titles and I doubt it’s one I would ever get rid of. Anyone who owns a Vita should be picking this up, even with Peace Walker missing.

    Buy it

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 14:16.
  4. An-dz
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    These games a all Brilliant as sand alone and all link together well story wise.
    Even if you have played the original the HD has made things so much smoother and prettier now. If you have not played the subsistence version of MGS3 ( which is the one here) its an even better experience having a free camera, you get to see all the old areas from a new perspective and i even got lost because i didn’t recognize places from a different angle. The collection is probably rarer than gold dust as a disc version though so the download is the best option so, Buy it

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 14:20.
  5. Bambo_19
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    I wanted to buy the PS3 version because I had never played Peace Walker which I hear is brilliant. In the end I opted for the PS Vita version since I had a lack of games on the console I knew MGS would give me something to do.
    Great decision getting this game. MGS2 and 3 brought back so many memories and so many questions. I even created a threat in the forum asking for plot summaries for all 4 MGS games and thanks to AG2297 I now have a full background knowledge of all the bits that confused me.

    Link to forum if you want it :
    http://www.thesixthaxis.com/forum/gaming-banter/the-metal-gear-solid-series/

    definitely BUY IT :)

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 14:24.
  6. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Buy It, even if it’s for Peace Walker alone – by far (imo) the best MGS due to all the extras outside of the main game, not to mention most of the game can be played co-op and stuff you capture (even vehicles) can then be used in the Outer-Ops. The Research & Development section is great – and allows you to choose what you create/develope first (providing you meet the criteria to unlock it). Multiplayer is missable though.

    And to think you get MGS2 & MGS3 too, all with trophies.

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 15:11.
  7. Paulo Vinicius Radtke
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    The bundle is a pretty decent deal, and for Christmas there should be some good sales. Having played the originals, I can only scream “Buy it” to those who didn’t play these games in the first place. However, for those who played, I’d say “Bargain Bin It”, as the games are pretty much the same, only looking slightly better.

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 15:58.
  8. Mick939
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Buy it!!! At least three times, you have three consoles don’t you? Ps3 360 Vita. Well worth it on all consoles!!!

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 16:09.
  9. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Rent it. This is more for the people who have never really played them before; you might just simply not enjoy them. Personally I think Peace Walker is the most fun of the three, all of which I have on Vita. Both 2&3 take a little adjusting to because of their odd camera angles, meaning you can’t really see the enemy sometimes, which is frustrating when trying (and thus failing) to be stealthy!

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 17:36.
  10. frostface
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    I didn’t like the Vita version and never played on the home consoles. They’re probably great games for anyone who’d played them before and purely for reasons of nostalgia, that’s cool, I get that. But as someone playing them for the first time on any console, I just couldn’t get used to the controls in either game and the fixed camera in MGS2 really bugged me. Since I bought them as downloadable titles for the Vita, I may re-install them onto another card and try them again sometime. But I just deleted them from my 32GB card to make room for LBP/Lumines/Rayman, all games I’m having fun with. MGS though, not so much. Unfortunately.

    Comment posted on 25/09/2012 at 18:46.