Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
We love the smell of freshly killed reptiles in the morning.
Thus far, we've seen some incredible ports on 3DS. Capcom kicked things off with Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Nintendo followed with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Konami hopes to make a dent with Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, arriving this winter.
Snake Eater is a port of the marvelous and critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 adventure, a 2004 release that went on to sell more than four million copies worldwide.
Unlike previous games in the award winning series, this one takes place in the past, circa 1964. After the U.S. narrowly avoided a nuclear incident with the Cuban Missile Crisis, a top secret operative by the name of Naked Snake is sent into a Russian jungle in search scientist Nokolai Stepanovich Sokolov, whom the Soviets need to construct a powerful weapon.
What ensues is classic Metal Gear, peppered with intriguing survival elements. As Naked Snake, you'll sneak through the tall grass and hide behind trees stalking prey, AKA enemy guards. From there, you'll carefully slink from cover and take down your adversaries, putting them out temporarily or snapping their necks.
What's more, you must hunt to survive, shooting animals (including snakes) and eating them.
In addition, Naked Snake has a wide assortment of camouflage that factor into the game, as you change patterns/colors to match his surroundings and avoid detection.
That said, you have a decent assortment of weapons, and swapping between third and first person views helps when it comes to lining up headshots. The sheer number of soldiers, though, means stealth is the preferred method.
By and large, Snake Eater retains all of the content from the PS2 version, with some notable improvements. For starters, you can use the 3DS cameras to take pictures and then use those images to create different types of camouflage, though how this impacts the game remains to be seen; wearing pink in the jungle sounds like a bad idea.
On top of that, developer Kojima Productions made use of the 3DS gyroscope, which you'll tilt to help Snake shimmy across bridges, ledges and climb up trees.
We're also big fans of the map and inventory, both of which reside on the touch screen. Sounds a lot better than pausing to bring up different menus.
Finally, the game makes use of the system's glasses free 3D, offering a newfound sense of depth to the jungle and lengthy cut scenes.
The result is without question one of the year's most highly anticipated 3DS games. Expect more info in the coming months, along with the review, but let's face it, you should already have Snake Eater 3D on your wish list.