Developed by: Konami
Platform: X-box 360 and Playstation 3
This has been a recent release by Konami and Kojima. A reinvention of a game that set the bar on Stealth and Infiltration games. When they were originally released, these games were extremely popular and the subsequent stream of sequels, prequels and other games on various gaming systems has proven that one thing is true. The legacy of Solid Snake will live on, long after the man himself has succumbed to death.
What made these games great was the fantastic research (particularly on subjects like the Cold War, Soviet Russia and the Nuclear Arms race) which gave the games such a level of plausibility. The realism of the story makes it fascinating and as you progress through the games, you become enveloped within the story and you almost feel at times like you are watching a film instead of playing a computer game. The idea of a soldier sneaking in to a building and doing everything by stealth gave the game an element of fun and a challenge. Unlike other games similar to this, you don't always have to kill someone, you can just cleverly sneak past them instead!
As a long time fan of the franchise, you can imagine the palpable delight I felt when I saw that Metal Gear Solid HD Collections was going to be hitting the stores. I was actually really looking forward to the idea and when I saw that it was not only a PS3 release but it was also going to grace the platform of X box 360. This is the first time since Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes that the franchise ventured on to other systems other than Sony's Playstation systems. So this was a pretty exciting move.
|Original Box Art from 2001|
|Before a HD Makeover|
|After it's HD Makeover|
|Original PS2 Box Art 2004|
Also included on a separate disk is the 2010 release, Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker. This is the first time this title (previously on PSP) was released on a home console. I've not played it yet so forgive me for my lack of review on this aspect, but from what I have read and seen, it looks to be just as spectacular as the rest of the package. I felt that perhaps an XBox release of "Guns of The Patriots" would have also been a good addition to this, but perhaps that may have to wait for a while. I believe it's release would be a welcome prospect for the future, but we will have to wait and see.
OVERALL SCORE: 9/10
Fabulous re-port of incredibly popular games and I hope it brings in some new fans as well as exciting old ones.