One of the most influential franchises in modern video game is history is joining the HD treatment movement, after years of rumors. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will provide fans with an updated rendition of of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (now available to those who don't own a PSP!). If three games weren't enough, the collection will be including the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 as well, just so fans can remember how far the series has come in both technology and slightly confusing storylines.
Metal Gear Solid 4 was the last console iteration of the series, effectively ending the series' predominant protagonist, Solid (Old) Snake, and putting to rest that part of the series. More recently, though, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, also part of the series' canon, was developed exclusively for the PSP. Happily, the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will make the PSP game available to play for fans of the series, minus all the inconveniences of the Sony PlayStation Portable controls.
The game released yesterday against the juggernaut of Modern Warfare 3, but the trailer should serve as a nice reminder of why this special release shouldn't be overlooked.
We got a chance to sit down and play the HD version of Peace Walker at E3 2011 and the first impressions were positive, if not a bit underwhelming when it came to the actual graphics. The updated version shows a bit of an improvement without being groundbreaking, which seems to be a recurring theme when it comes to HD releases of past games. Resident Evil 4 was also guilty of this, as discussed in our review.
All nitpicking aside, being able to have all three games on one convenient disc is worth the price of admission alone. Check out the trailer below:
Overall, the MGS HD Collection is a pretty hefty package. Three games, achievements, and an opportunity to replay the definitive tactical espionage action experience should make any Metal Gear Solid fan's mouth water. In fact, it would be worth checking out just to watch the demo theater in Metal Gear Solid 3, which still outshines action movies of today.
Kojima Productions is still planning to continue the Metal Gear Solid franchise, as they have hired employees to work on a next-gen title, which is most likely going to be Metal Gear Solid: Rising, featuring the once-annoying-now-badass character, Raiden.
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is available now for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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