|System: Xbox 360, PS3|
|Dev: Kojima Productions|
|Release: November 8, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Tobacco|
What you're really paying for here, though, are the stories. These games have exceptional storylines filled with unexpected twists and turns, as well as anime-style over-the-top details. Revolver Ocelot having Liquid Snake's arm grafted onto him, allowing Liquid to possess his body? Yup. That's Metal Gear. Now, many have called the Metal Gear stories convoluted and hard to follow—some going as far as to say nonsensical—and I guess those are fair accusations. But that doesn't mean these plotlines aren't incredibly well-written, or that they won't entertain you from start to finish.
The big question now: "What's in the box?"
Well, for starters, the HD Collection comes with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. MGS 2 and 3 are the Substance and Subsistence editions, respectively, meaning each is bursting at the seams with extras. In fact, MGS2 alone comes with enough content to justify the $50 price tag. It includes the entire Sons of Liberty story, more than 350 alternate and VR missions, and Snake Tales, a non-canonical series of side stories for Solid Snake that attempt to make up for his diminutive role in the main story. MGS3 isn't as beefy, but it includes the original two MSX Metal Gear titles: Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.
Peace Walker is the skimpiest here, but it does include co-op missions and a deathmatch-style versus mode. However, considering this collection launched the same day as Modern Warfare 3, and just a week after Uncharted 3, it's going to be pretty hard to enjoy Peace Walker's multiplayer. It's nice that it was included, but it's a far cry from any of the other multiplayer offerings on the shelf right now.
The bottom line: If you've never played these classics, you owe it to yourself to run out and pick up a copy this instant. If you've played them before, this is a budget-priced return to some of the most influential video games ever made. Either way, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is $50 you won't regret spending.
CCC Editor / Contributing Writer