Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Vita Review

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Available on PlayStation Vita)
ESRB Rating: M
Players: 1
Genre: Action
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Kojima Productions
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Download Size: 3.3GB
Price: $34.99 (Digital) and $39.99 (Physical)

Parent Talk: The MGS HD Collection is rated M for mature because of violence, suggestive themes and blood.  Both MGS2 and MGS3 are collected in this set and present mature storylines with realistic violence.

Plays Like: If you’ve played a Metal Gear Solid game before you know what to expect.  Both games in this collection feature stealth action, and copious amounts of violence.  They’re considered some of the very best videogames ever created.  The Splinter Cell series is very similar in design so if you’re a fan of that series, you might want to check this out.

Review Basis: Played through portions of both games to see how they compared to the HD Collection on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Disclaimer: I already reviewed the HD Collection on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 so portions of this review have been taken from that review.  I’ve also included Steven’s MGS3: Subsistence review if you’re looking for finer details on gameplay and other series mechanics.

MGS3: Subsistence: http://www.projectcoe.com/sony/games/mgs3_sub.html?var1=sc3
MGS: HD Collection: http://www.projectcoe.com/2011/11/20/metal-gear-solid-hd-collection-review/

The MGS HD Collection on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was a love letter to fans of the series.  Sure it was missing the one game that started it all, Metal Gear Solid, but it featured the original two MSX games, MGS2, 3, and Peace Walker.  That’s a ton of high-definition content to digest.  Now the set arrives on the Vita, but sadly it isn’t the dream compilation you were hoping for.

What’s New?

+ HD visuals.  Each game has been remastered in HD (although the Vita’s screen resolution is only 960 × 544) and look stunning on the OLED screen.

+ ‘Transfarring’.  One of the most highly anticipated features works better than I thought it would.  You can play through either MGS2 or 3 on your Vita, and then send your saved data to the PS3 (through the cloud no less) version and continue from there, or the other way around.

+ Dual trophy support.  If you happen to own the PS3 version you can unlock the same set of trophies twice, and only by playing once.  Just transfer your save file over from the Vita to the PS3 or vice versa and if you unlocked a trophy while playing on one system, it will automatically unlock when you continue on the other system.

+ Touch controls work exceptionally well.  Need to switch a weapon, just touch the icon and select your weapon.  It works better than it did in the original games.

Omissions:

– Both games play exactly as you remember them, for better or worse.  That means for a portable release these games aren’t very user-friendly.  You can have a twenty-minute codec message for every five feet you progress in the beginning of each game.  Take that in mind when deciding if this version is the one for you.

– Price might be a little steep considering technically you’re getting two full games instead of the three featured in the PS3 and 360 set.  Why Peace Walker was removed from the set I don’t know.  On top of that Portable Ops remains missing in action, and as always, the original MGS is nowhere to be found.  For a $35 digital download, that’s almost the exact same price as a brand new original Vita game.

The Lowdown:

Don’t let the lack of Peace Walker sway you into skipping on the Vita version of this collection.  If you own the PS3 HD Collection, but find yourself always on the go, this is a worthwhile purchase.  I have been transferring my saved data back and forth for the past week and having a real blast.  Sure the value may not be as high as the console version, but I’d easily recommend this one to anyone who does a lot of portable gaming, or anyone who hasn’t played either of these two wonderful games.

Final Score: 8/10

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