Game music of the day: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Game:Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Song:Snake Eater

Composer:Norihiko Hibino

Composer:Cynthia Harrell

Above: Snake Eater from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

After the mixed reactions to Metal Gear Solid 2, MGS creator Hideo Kojima and his development crew decided to that the follow-up would be a more traditional prequel that starred a Snake, which was very preferable to a Raiden. But the team still took risks, with Metal Gear Solid 3’s Cold War-era espionage and the addition of a continually decreasing stamina gauge. The setting gave it a ‘60s vibe and the stamina meant Snake needed to be eating throughout the game. But how do you express those aspects in one succinct opening? With the song Snake Eater composed by Norihiko Hibino and sung by Cynthia Harrell. Here’s how it appeared in the game:

Maybe some of you find it too campy or thought that lyrics such as, “someday you feed on a tree frog,” and, “you’re so supreme,” are too silly. However, this tribute to classic James Bond openings is a great way to begin Naked Snake’s battle against hostile Soviets and sexy double agents. Maybe the lyrics are a little goofy, but that kind of lost in translation feel is part of MGS’s spirit. And when the brass section wails at the end, you know you’re beginning a great experience.

An instrumental version of the song appeared in Super Smash Bros: Brawl’s Snake stages, and hopefully we’ll see that opening once more when Snake Eater hits the third dimension on the 3DS next year. Until then, we leave you a GamesRadar classic. This is PSM alum and Joystiq author Randy Nelson singing Snake Eater with our Naked Snake statue. I’m sure he’ll appreciate this seeing the light of day again.

Sep 23, 2010

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  • rob619 - July 27, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Hideo Kojima is a God! End of story
  • lovinmyps3 - September 27, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    I love this song because it's so much like the opening to a James Bond movie. Which really fit Snake Eater, since it's pretty much a Bond movie.
  • Erebus - September 27, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    ^^ that ladder bit was awesome. And I loved it when this song kicked in during the best fight scene ever in MGS4 against Liquid. MGS3 had some of the best video game music of all time. Opening credits, closing credits, during The Boss fight, during the ending cutscene when all is revealed. It all gives chills.
  • RazielArcanum - September 26, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    Ah, the ladder bit. God, Yaro, you're right. I never play new games but probably play all the MGS games once a year or so.
  • Metroidhunter32 - September 25, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    Yes. Just yes.
  • philipshaw - September 24, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    I think I suggested this a while back,good to see you got to it. I beat this game at the end of my last semester and had the snake eater song stuck in my head for 2 days
  • CombatCat120 - September 24, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    ALRIGHT I was waiting for you guys to do this one! The MGS series has the best soundtrack IMO. My favourite, though, is Calling to the Night, from Portable Ops
  • KiwiCommander - September 24, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    I love MGS Music. I have all the OST on my mp3 player (1, 2, 3, Twin Snakes, Portable Ops, and 4). I am really glad MGS was able to make it onto game music of the day
  • sternparez - September 24, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    love the game, love the series, love the music from the series, hate this song! sorry hank
  • bluscorp - September 24, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    I loved this song, And the fact that its in my 2 favourite games of all time(mgs3&4) is even better. MGS:PO Had a great theme tune too.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - September 24, 2010 5:45 a.m.

    I love this song. MGS4 was my first Metal Gear game and this song set a great tone for the fight with liquid. I recently played through MGS1 and 2 and thought they were great. I own MGS3 but I haven't started it yet. This GMOTD is a sign I should start it tomorrow.
  • Mexicutioner - September 24, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    God, I love this song! I even shelled out $30 just to buy the freaking soundtrack haha. Great choice Mr. Gilbert!
  • toastile - September 24, 2010 5:04 a.m.

    This is most definitely GMOTD-worthy. Stupendous work.
  • busterdog82 - September 24, 2010 4:19 a.m.

    Wow one of my favourite game songs of all time. I can’t wait until Phoenix Wright and Mass effect show up on GMotD.
  • Mikaro - September 24, 2010 4:06 a.m.

    That opening gave me the chills..... One of the greatest games of all-time (in my opinion)
  • Tenfey - September 24, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    I bet a tree-frog would be delicious.
  • slimjim441 - September 24, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    It's about damn time. This is probably the best GMotD. I love this game so much. Metal Gear is the best game series ever. Anyone who has not played MGS4 has not truly lived. MGS4 (best game ever) actually doubled my appreciation for the rest of the series, mostly 3. God, I F*CKING LOVE THESE GAMES!!!!!!!!!!! METAL GEEEEAAAAARR!!!!!!!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - September 24, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    James Bond was the first thing i thought of when I heard this, just like you guys said.
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 24, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    Personally, I thought "Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday" from MGS2 was a superior piece. Still, both are excellent. I don't consider myself to be a graphics snob, but I find that out of all of my PS2 games, I unconsciously find myself picking up and putting in MGS3 into the tray because of how effing good it still looks.
  • batmanboy11 - September 24, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    Awesome music from an awesome game.

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