Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater join forces in the PlayStation Vita Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. Peace Walker may be missing, but this is still an amazing collection at a nice value for portable gamers.
Metal Gear is a series that is probably best known for over the top cutscenes, exceedingly long radio conversations and a guy with a mullet running around under a cardboard box. Anyone diving into these games will find Hideo Kojima‘s distinct sense of humor in full force, as well as his ability to make the ridiculous seem plausible and to cleverly break the fourth wall at just the right times. Four–two 8-bit and two modern–games from this series are shining examples of the fantastically rare phenomenon in video games of signature style and gameplay substance coexisting in the same package. This collection does an impressive job at taking the offline portions of the two PS2-era Metal Gear Solid games and making them look true to their original releases on the Vita, but does not do anything extra for those who already played them.
To make things clear from the outset, this is not the same package of content that was re-released for the PS3 and 360 last year. Most notably absent is Peace Walker, the sequel to Portable Ops, the first main-continuity Metal Gear game that originally came out on the PSP. The lack of Metal Gear AC!D, a spin-off set of games that combined trading cards, Metal Gear, other Kojima game references and Japanese SRPGs, sprinkled with fan confusion and scorn, and the few other non-canonical games is completely understandable. But as Peace Walker was originally a PSP game and was included as part of the other HD collections, it is confusing that it is not part of this package.
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