E3 2011: Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D preview - will this slithery PS2 port be worth biting into?

We love the Metal Gear games. And we’re eager for more games to play on our 3DS. However, we’re a little surprised publisher Konami is bringing Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater to the 3DS. After all, it just came out in 2004. Has nostalgia had time to kick in? But whatever. It’s a Metal Gear game and we’re eager for it. Or are we?

For fans of the series, the game has a very similar feel except now it’s in 3D. Plus, the game utilizes the 3DS’ gyroscope to balance Snake on segments such as bridge crossings, and the bottom screen is useful as an inventory screen that doesn’t require a pause to access. Also, you can use the system’s camera to take pictures of everyday things like a tree and then make that texture Snake’s camouflage.

The trouble is, beyond these minimal added features, it’s almost a direct port of the PS2 game. What’s worse, the graphics at this point look like a downgrade from the PS2 visuals. Granted, it’s portable now, but we’ve seen what the 3DS can do, and it can definitely do better than this.


Metal Gear Solid 3DS doesn’t hit shelves until the end of this year, so there’s plenty of time for improvements to be made to the graphics or to give the game more features. But for now, we’re not yet sure whether fans will welcome this addition to the 3DS library, or feel just a little snakebit.

Jun 14, 2011



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  • smokeybeardog1 - June 29, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    It's still one of my very favorite games so if the visuals are a little off so be it. I'm buying a 3ds just for this game. I wish the PSP would do Snake Eater! I've already got the theme song stuck in my head, Snake Eater!
  • LuckyBoi - June 15, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    I give my life!!!!!! Not for honor but fooooooor yoooouuuuu! In my tiiiiiii-me, there'll be no one eeeeelssse.... CRIME- is the waaaayeee I fly ^TOOO you.... I'm stiiiiiil in a dreeeeaaam SNAKE EATAAAAHR..... snake eater....
  • SparkleDevon - June 15, 2011 4 a.m.

    Welp, this will be a fresh experience for me, I've still never gotten to play a single Metal Gear game so, I'm excited any way :3
  • Cyberninja - June 15, 2011 3:35 a.m.

    i am getting this version because by reading the comments it seems people forget the 3ds is portable which is a huge advantage over HD especially if you still have the ps2 version.
  • shadowreaper72 - June 14, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    Eh Ill just wait til the hd version comes out. I really dont care much about the 3ds at all.
  • JasonStatham - June 14, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    @shawsksta Yep, I guess you're right, its just that I can imagine a lot of people bought their 3DS with the original demo in mind - which if anything looked like an upgrade from the ps2 engine. But as long as more people get to enjoy this masterpiece I'm happy :D
  • shawksta - June 14, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    @Jason Exact reason ocarina of time is being remade for 3DS(new generation and that its a legendary game) except its not the same game and will have different features. It is good for HD owners but for those without them can enjoy something else, especially if they have different things. Theres nothing wrong with having a little extra, and it is being remade. Its konamis fault if they dont utilize it right with the 3DS hardware considering weve seen what it can do.
  • - June 14, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Is the video player broken today? or is it just my backwoods Canadian internet?
  • ALinkToTheZack - June 14, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    I'm disappointed about the visuals being worse, but I may pick it up anyway because I actually prefer handheld gaming.
  • slimjim441 - June 14, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    I'll most likely be getting this. And I'll probably get the HD remake bundle with 2. If I do, I will have bought all 5 copies of this game (Snake Eater, Substistence, Essential Collection, 3D, HD).
  • JasonStatham - June 14, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    @shawksta I'm not "crap talking" In my post I was not referring to the 3DS as old tech (although some may consider it to be just that), but rather referring to the fact that the 3DS version seems to have next to no improvements over a game originally released in 2006. There are many reasons why fans will buy the remasters despite owning the originals - the MGS series has a massive following, and despite the originals being ahead of their time visually when they were released, a generation on they are starting to look dated.
  • DeifiedData - June 14, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    A great game, worthy of a thousand replays. That being said, I'm waiting for the HD remake bundled with MGS2 and Peace Walker.
  • jackthemenace - June 14, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    As much as I'd love to get this, I think it'd be better in the HD remake. And as awesome as the 'raidenovich' Raikov ball grab would look in 3D, It'd look just as sweet in HD along with naked Raiden. I've never really fancied the 3DS, and this hasn't done much to change my mind at all, but I can see where someone without a Sony console would be coming from, and any chance to give MGS3, one of the greatest games of all time, to someone without a PS2/3, is surely a good cause.
  • shawksta - June 14, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    @Jasonstathom Whats the point of buying the HD version if its the same game with the same controller? This game is an amazing game so it should be,no matter what its on and this looks promising. Dont crap talk, the 3DS isnt old hardware, and I find snake eater to be a great addition to the library
  • bobbybroccoli - June 14, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    @JasonStatham Some people don't have Sony consoles. Nintendo fanboys (if they still exist) would love to get their hands on MGS3 considering the series last appeared on the gamecube.
  • shawksta - June 14, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    The visuals look better at times while other times its not, looking at these vids and ugly pics that arnt from the 3DS itself is nothing compared to looking at an actual 3DS , but im my opinion it looks great so I dont see the problem. We just gotta wait. Besides,this games had allot of features byitself, with the 3DS's additions,including the cool camo changes with the camera,who knows, remember how the newest trailer showed a yoshi cameo? Theres probably much more in store.
  • JasonStatham - June 14, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    To be honest, I really don't see why people would buy this when the can probably pick up the HD remasters for about the same price. Snake eater, esp the subsistence version is an incredible game (my favourite game of all time), but it's visuals are starting to look a little dated. The fact that the 3DS screens look worse than the original really makes me confused as to why this version even exists. Then again, nintendo have a habit of releasing old tech with a few gimmicks tacked on to rake in some extra cash so we shouldn't be surprised.
  • someonetgsn - June 14, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    @thelostmc I congratulate you on refraining from saying "first" and making your comment that much more credible.
  • someonetgsn - June 14, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    If it is a good game, and uses the tech effectively, then it will no doubt add some variety to the 3DS library.
  • thelostmc - June 14, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    That's quite saddening, I was looking forward to this