METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SUBSISTENCE / Konami / Playstation 2

M0useitor's Note: Metal Gear Solid 3 has already been reviewed. What follows only covers changes and additions from the original version. Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 are also included with this game and have been reviewed separately.

So I guess more than a few people had a real problem with MGS3's limited camera range and lack of traditional radar. The radar's still gone in Subsistence, but the right analog stick now rotates and tilts the camera freely instead of moving just a little bit in a direction.

What else do ya get? As far as the main game, not much really, aside from the new camera and the ability to play in the European Extreme mode previously unavailable outside the PAL territories. "Value add" to the package comes in the form of ancillary add-ons, the most notable of which is a translated port of the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2. This is the first time they've ever been legally available in English; there's been fan translations of both for the MSX for the better part of a decade, but they're on the janky side, as apparently neither English nor Japanese were the primary languages of the translators. The versions here offer well-localized text in a nice big font, much cleaner and more readable than the MSX games. There's also a new "boss rush" mode you can unlock in each game, and they can be re-played with an unlimited ammo bandana a la MGS 1.

There's a handful of other little minor things - a bunch more Snake v.s. Monkey levels, a "demo theater" that allows you to watch all the game's movies right from the start (as well as a somewhat creepy "Peep Mode" that lets you view all of Eva's scenes in her underwear with new camera views that will put feminists in an uproar.)

Unfortunately, the one other big selling point of this one was a sort of alpha version of Metal Gear Online called "Persistence". However, once Metal Gear Online was actually released, it seems Konami pulled the plug on support for Persistence. The official servers no longer exist, there might be some fan-hax way to still play it online, but for all intents and purposes that aspect of the disc is dead and useless as there's no single-player application of it.

Ultimately it's better to have this version than the original; however, if the fixed camera doesn't bug you, and you don't care about playing MG1/MG2, I don't know if this is really worth the 2x to 4x you're going to pay (depending on condition) over the original.


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