METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SUBSISTENCE (2006) – KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS
As a basic premise, Metal Gear Solid 3 should not work. The idea of taking a series that is known for its futuristic war based storyline and plonking it in the middle of the 1960’s was ludicrous. But never count out Hideo Kojima, the genius behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise, to make a game that blows everyone’s expectations out of the water. MGS3 (which confusingly is the first game in the entire Metal Gear chronology) is not just a great game in the MGS series, but it also stands as one of the very best experiences you can have on the PS2.
The original game came out in 2004, but the version that I am reviewing is the Subsistence version, a special edition version that came out later featuring the full game, bonus content, online multiplayer which was absent in the original, and a 3 hour DVD showing all the cutscenes in a movie like format.
One of the strange things about MGS3 is that by putting it in the past and basing it around real events, it made the story surprisingly believable and incredibly engaging…providing you were fine with a sledgehammer being taken to your prior knowledge of History. The game takes place at the height of the Cold War between Russia and the USA, just after the Cuban Missile Crisis. As the game starts, you take the role of Naked Snake, a member of the Fox Unit, who is sneaked into Soviet territory to retrieve Sokolov, a Russian nuclear scientist who was secretly traded by the US back to Russia as part of the terms of Russia pulling out of Cuba. Backed up by an support team, including Snake’s mentor, the legendary solider The Boss, you sneak through a jungle environment, and Snake eventually manages to find Sokolov. After surviving an ambush by the Ocelot unit (headed by a young Revolver Ocelot), Snake takes Sokolov to the extraction point. Upon getting there however, Snake finds The Boss waiting for him, where she reveals she is defecting to theSoviet Union and supporting General Volgin, an extreme rebel leader who wishes to displace Krushchev as the premier of Russia. After engaging Snake in close quarters combat, The Boss throws Snake off a bridge and leaves him for dead. Volgin then explodes a miniature nuke in the heart of the jungle, placing the blame on the Boss and putting the world on the brink of nuclear war again. Snake is retrieved by Fox Unit, and upon arriving back in America is told that he and the Unit will be given a chance to redeem their actions; but only if Snake infiltrates enemy territory, stops the Shagohod (a giant walking nuclear tank that Sokolov was working on), and kills The Boss. The mission is called Operation Snake Eater…
And that’s just the introduction to the main game. Continue reading In Soviet Russia, Snake Eats You – Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Review