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E3 Impressions: Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D

3:20 PM, Jul 6, 2011   |    comments
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The third and final remake I got my hands on was Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, the 3DS port of one of my favorite video games for the PlayStation 2. This title originally piqued my interest as a test of the 3DS's graphical prowess; Snake Eater was a great looking game originally, but could the 3DS hold its own in that department? Eventually, I decided that it was probably worth it to check out the gameplay as well.

If you've ever played Peace Walker, they apparently have a very similar control setup going on in Snake Eater 3D. The circle pad moves Snake around, and the face buttons adjust the camera, so the game is based off the Subsistence version of the original title. Other controls are mapped to the shoulder buttons and the directional pad, and the touch screen helps you switch out items. It takes a little bit of adjustment to do the less common things like CQC, but the basics (moving and shooting) are pretty easy to do.

The game is pretty much exactly as I remember it, though I'm worse than I used to be, apparently. The demo showed most of the first part of the game's intro, the Virtuous Mission, stopping right when you get to the hostage you're trying to rescue. All the environments look very faithfully reproduced, with the graphics looking just as good as they were before, if not a little bit better. The 3D effect works quite nicely, though it feels a bit like the 3D effect was purposefully pulled back in larger environments, so the distance isn't quite as distant as it should be. One thing I did notice is that whenever I was in first-person aiming mode (not any first-person mode, just when aiming), the 3D effect simply turned off. I'm not sure why; Resident Evil: Revelations didn't have this problem.

This looks like another case of taking a great video game and making a very faithful, three-dimensional, portable version on the 3DS, and from what I played it's shaping up to be just as fun as the original title. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is currently slated for a Fall 2011 release.

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