Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Review

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Available on PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: T to M
Players: 1-6
Genre: Action
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Kojima Productions
Release Date: November 8, 2011
PSN/Xbox Live: Online Multiplayer

Parent Talk: The MGS Collection is rated both T and M because of violence, suggestive themes and blood.  Since the package includes three, full games, it’s probably wiser to consider it overall as rated M. Each game presents a mature story and the violence is quite realistic.

Plays Like: MGS4Splinter Cell, and other 3D stealth-action games.

Review Basis: Finished each game in the series and analyzed the bonus material. Tried Peace Walker online.

Disclaimer: We’ve reviewed MGS3, and Peace Walker; access the write-ups below. ProjectCOE didn’t exist when MGS2 released, but it’s similar to MGS3 in many ways, which Steven references in the MGS3 review.

MGS3: Subsistence: http://www.projectcoe.com/sony/games/mgs3_sub.html?var1=sc3

MGS: Peace Walker: http://www.projectcoe.com/2010/08/23/metal-gear-solid-peace-walker-review/

The MGS HD Collection is a love letter to series fans. Konami repackaged the most successful iterations from the past decade with some great improvements. If you enjoy MGS, this collection is for you.

What’s New?

  • HD visuals.  Each game is upscaled to 1080p, and while they look extremely detailed, Peace Walker doesn’t enjoy the same flair that the rest of the collection does. It was originally a PSP game, so the environments are more barren. The character models are wonderful though.

  • Trophies/Achievements.  One of the biggest attractions of the collection is unlocking trophies or achievements. The 360 version has 1,000 gamer points ready to be acquired, while the PS3 release sports three platinum trophies. Pick your poison.
  • Digital audio.  The original releases had glorious Pro Logic II, or at least MGS2 did, but Peace Walker had nothing because it was a portable title. Now all three support Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS for a wonderful audio experience.
  • Online support.  Sadly Metal Gear Online isn’t included with MGS3: Subsistence, but Peace Walker is online now, which makes all the difference.
  • Dual analog for Peace Walker.  By now it’s obvious that PW received the royal treatment. We can control Snake much better now.
  • Transferring.  Want to play your Peace Walker PSP save on PS3? You can by transferring it seamlessly. It’ll also work on Vita.
  • Incredible value for $50.  Three full games, and one that plays better now and enjoys online support (PW).  MGS2 and 3 are based on their superior re-releases, meaning you also get the MSX versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.  All this for $10 less a new release.

Omissions:

  • Each game but Peace Walker plays exactly as it did before. For better or worse these titles are as you remember them.
  • No Metal Gear Solid.  This was a no-brainer, and should have been available for PS3 owners with at least a PSN voucher or something. Also, where’s Portable Ops?

The Lowdown:

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is a fantastic collection that all should pick up this holiday season.  You may be busy blasting through the latest shooters, platformers, and whatever else tickles your fancy, but you can always return to MGS HD Collection. There’s so much content, thus despite one glaring omission, this may be the best HD collection ever released.I can’t recommend it enough.

Average Score Scale: 8.5 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 9/10 (Inflated)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: You love MGS, and want to experience it in HD. Peace Walker online = pure win!

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: The unacceptable lack of the original MGS.  The La-li-lu-le-lo must have stolen it.

One of the best opening scenes ever.

6 thoughts on “Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Review”

  1. Yup it sure was and if the past is any indication, the 360 version will likely end up becoming extremely rare in years to come. The beauty with the PS3 version is you get the Transferring option for Peace Walker, and Konami plans to use it in their Vita/PS3 HD Z.O.E. collection next year.

  2. Hm, I didn’t realize that the two MSX games were included, which is a major plus. I was never able to find an emulator that worked properly. However, totally agree that the missing original MGS is pretty cheap! Why, Konami? Why?

  3. The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that somewhere they’re working on MGS HD. That might seem counterproductive considering Twin Snakes and all, but it’s the only logical explanation why they wouldn’t have included it on at least the PS3 version.

  4. It’s great that the original games were included too! I was about to ask that, then I re-read the review and saw that mentioned in there. I still have the original PS2 MGS Collection, but I’m tempted to get this still. I’m far more excited for the Zone of the Enders, Devil May Cry, and Silent Hill HD Collections though….can’t wait!

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