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Short summary

In 1963 Naked Snake, soon to be Big Boss and father a Solid Snake, infiltrates the Russian jungle to extract a Russian weapons specialist. The mission turns into a catastrophic failure when Snake's former mentor, The Boss, defects to Russia and sets a nuke. Now alone and defenseless Snake must stop The Boss and her squad of crack special ops from unleashing nuclear war!

After the release of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001), Hideo Kojima said that he would not direct this game. He wanted a member of his team at Konami to replace him, but none of them wanted to, so he was forced to change his mind and direct after all.

Ocelot's tricks with his dual revolvers, were performed by a stuntman and recorded through motion capture.

In an interview, Harry Gregson-Williams jokingly said that he might return to compose this game's music "if it's set in the Amazon". At the time, Hideo Kojima actually was planning to set it in the jungle. Kojima decided to use this as a way to get Gregson-Williams to return; he told him that what he said had been the inspiration for the game's setting. He didn't tell Gregson-Williams the truth until the music was nearly finished.

The character of "The End" (as well as the concept of The Boss being Naked Snake's mentor) was based on a scrapped member of Dead Cell from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty called Old Boy (sometimes referred as Oldman). Old Boy (according to the MGS2 gameplan) was a 100-year old former Nazi general who wielded a Panzerfaust as his weapon of choice and was also a mentor to several soldiers, including Big Boss himself. His character was written out of the Metal Gear Solid 2 script because they could not find a way to fit it into the story.

The character of Raikov is a parody of Raiden from MGS2. There are numerous jokes made to the poor audience reaction as well as the androgynous look and feel of the character. At one point of the game, Snake's balls are grabbed by Volgin while disguised as Raikov; a reference to a similar scene involving Raiden and the US President in the previous game.

One of Hideo Kojima's colleagues told him about and advised him to listen to stellastarr*, but Kojima heard "Starsailor". He liked the song "Way To Fall" and chose it as an ending theme.

The codename of the character "Major Tom" is a reference to the 1969 song "Space Oddity" by David Bowie, which is about an astronaut called Major Tom. In the game, Major Tom is even asked "Can you hear me, Major Tom?" This phrase is part of the song's lyrics. Major Tom explains later in the game that his codename was taken from the movie The Great Escape. In the movie the prisoners had three names for the three tunnels they built, Tom, Dick and Harry. Major Tom explains that he mistakenly identified the tunnel named Tom as the one the prisoners escaped from. Tom and Dick were the tunnels that were discovered by the Nazis. Instead of asking Snake to call him Major Harry, he just shrugs it off and changes his codename back to Major Zero.

Johnny Sasaki's (the inept jail guard from the original Metal Gear Solid) grandfather appears in the game as the guard assigned to watch Naked Snake's cell during his capture. He wears a balaclava with the letter "J" written over it.

The character of Naked Snake in the game was designed after Sean Connery's portrayal of James Bond. This was done, since in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, the character design of Big Boss himself was also originally modeled after the older Sean Connery.

Leave the transmitter in your body for an interesting cutscene behind the waterfall

There are many magazines hidden throughout the game. Most of them are videogame-related but there is a Playboy hidden in the game.

If you call Para-Medic(SAVE) in the cave, you will eventually get on the topic of the 007 film "From Russia With Love." You will be interrupted by Major Tom, who is evidently a big fan of the film. He'll even suggest a few hilarious Bond-esque gadgets to Naked Snake.

When the torture scene was filmed, the motion capture actor playing Snake had to take breaks frequently because his shoulders hurt and could have dislocated because of the strain of holding them up at an uncomfortable position for so long.

The first release of MGS3: Snake Eater was the final MGS installment to feature the infamous "overhead camera angle" from the original MGS. A re-make of this installment "Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence" featured the very first "free rotating camera angle" in the MGS series and each installment since then has included this feature. The player can alternate between the two angle, by pushing R3.

In the mini-game "Snake vs. Monkey", Snake asks Colonel Campbell to ask "Gabe" or "Sam" to carry out his assignment. This is a reference to Gabe Logan, the main character of Syphon Filter (1999), and Sam Fisher, the main character of Splinter Cell (2002).

The date of the "Virtuous Mission", 24 August 1964, was Hideo Kojima's first birthday. It was originally 24 August 1963 (his exact birth date), but was moved up a year because he wanted the 22 November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy to factor into the story.

Ocelot is visible in the final cutscene if you hold R1

Motion capture was used extensively in producing the movie scenes. This technique allows the movements of real actors to be recorded and applied to computer models. The previous game also used this technique.

In late 2002, Hideo Kojima and other members of the staff planned to visit the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC for research purposes. They ended up canceling the trip because of the Beltway sniper attacks.

When the torture scene was filmed, A possible "Yes" or "No" sort of mini game was going to be incorporated into the game, but was dropped based on its already graphic content.

Kurt Russell was asked to voice Snake but turned the offer down.

Volgin's chant when he first meets Snake ("Kuwabara, kuwabara") is an old chant believed to help ward off thunderstorms.

The Kerotan frogs in the game are based on little frog figures that are sold in Japan.

In military circles, the term "Snake Eater" is sometimes used to refer to special operations personnel; referencing the fact that these troops are taught how to trap, prepare and eat local fauna (including snakes) as part of their specialized training. In the game, Snake/Big Boss is recruited from US Army Special Forces for the Virtuous Mission, making him one of these personnel.

When Snake talks with Director Granin in his office, the theme playing on the radio is the Metal Gear Solid theme. Also, the specifications he shows to Snake are of Metal Gear REX from Metal Gear Solid (1998). There are also figurines of Metal Gear REX, Metal Gear RAY from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001) and Jehuty from Zone of the Enders (2001) visible in the background, along with a photograph of Granin with his American friend (the grandfather of Hal Emmerich, Metal Gear REX's chief engineer in the original Metal Gear Solid).

Various Metal Gear info circulating the web, reads that Naked Snake (aka Big Boss) was born in 1936; making him roughly 28 years of age at the time of Operation Snake Eater.

Hideo Kojima had planned to release Metal Gear Solid 3 for PlayStation 3 but couldn't wait another 2 years. Hence mgs3 was released in 2004.

At the very beginning of the game, the date of which "The Virtuous Mission" was initiated is August 24, 1964 - the day Hideo Kojima turned one year old.

The character of The Boss was modeled after actress Charlotte Rampling.

"The Fury" voiced by Richard Doyle, played Kelly Gains's father in 8 episodes of the popular TV show "Cheers"

The medal awarded to Snake at the end of the game is the Distinguished Service Cross. The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; and/or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing/foreign force. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades. The main difference between this award and a MoH is the number of witnesses required to verify the incident; a MoH requires statements from 7 witnesses, a DSC only 3, in this case Para-Medic, Major Zero, and Sigint.

Hideo Kojima originally considered either David Bowie's "Space Oddity" or "Ashes to Ashes" to play over the end credits when the space race between The U.S. and The Soviets was a more prominent aspect in the story. Kojima is also known to be a big Bowie fan which explains his choices.

User reviews


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    • Author: Rainpick
    The game itself is like watching a James Bond movie...

    This game has it all. Hideo Kojima has once again impressed me and as well as the other millions of people who have played his Metal Gear games. It has turned into a complete franchise. This is probably the best Metal Gear Solid game I've ever played, although I was a little disappointed about the camera overhead view, but I can understand why it was used as a specific perspective for this particular game.

    Hideo is a pure genius when it comes to "Tactical Espionage Action". "Snake Eater" has the most Cinematic cut-scenes, challenging gameplay, unique storytelling, unbelievable plot twists, and as always little Easter eggs scattered around this game that you can't even describe. Simply, this game just boggles the mind. There is so much you can do. You can basically do anything in MGS 3 SE has to offer such as eating, taking good care of yourself, its just endless, From this day, I am still playing it, and from what I've played so far I can't get my hands off of it.

    Btw, there is a bunch of classic moments, so much 1960's related reference, and also some James Bond movie creation reminiscent to this game it's just INSANE!!! I'm wondering why Hideo hasn't directed a Metal Gear Solid movie himself. =) Wait what am I saying? This is a movie itself! More like an interactive movie with flawless execution! =D My final words to this game is just simply a "masterpiece of a work of art."
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    • Author: Arthunter
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is superior to all other PS2 Console games. It give you an experience like any other; the gameplay is amazing, the graphics are stunning, the storyline is cinematic, the characters are extremely likable. This game has some the most unique bosses of any other game; i think they are comparable to that of Resident Evil 4.

    This game's storyline I believe is second only to the first MGS installment. But it answers pretty much every question you are left with at the end of Sons of Liberty.

    The ending, if you can understand it, is the best ending of any game/movie I've ever seen. I was deeply moved, know that The Boss was simply fulfilling her duty, yet no1 would ever know that. And it was sad to think that this heorin was just going to go down as a criminal in history.

    The music, again, is gripping, much like MGS2, but i think in ways, much better, Harry Gregson Williams is masterful in writing scores...i loved his work in Armageddon as well.

    Simply put, gripping and graphically stunning video game...10/10
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    • Author: Tisicai
    There is no debating that this is one of the greatest games ever made. In my opinion, it is the best of the best. I've lost count of how many times I've beaten it. Every time I play it, I discover something new about the game play or story. It is one of those games that you can never really get tired of.

    Everything about this game is incredible. The graphics, game play and enemy AI have been improved since Metal Gear Solid 2. The plot, however, is still similar to the rest of the series. From the beginning, you really feel emotionally connected with the main characters. As you play along, you fight several bosses, all of them very memorable (especially The End and The Boss). The plot goes at a perfect pace and is very compelling. I won't spoil the ending, but it has one of the most unexpected twists I've ever seen in any form of entertainment. There are twists and turns all the way through, even AFTER the credits.

    The game's musical score really makes the cut scenes more emotional and the game play more enjoyable. The soundtrack is definitely something you won't want to miss.

    All in all, THIS GAME ROCKS!! 10/10 If you haven't played it, or any other games in the series, you are truly missing out.
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    • Author: Ariseym
    Metal Gear Solid 3 may have slid under the radar due to the overwhelming hype of Halo 2 for XBOX, but since I bought and finished this game in a couple of days, it's easily one of the best video games I've ever played and I've played hundreds.

    The game is close to achieving perfection with amazing graphics, terrific game play, awesome boss battles and compelling storyline with some of the fantastic cut scenes that surpass the ridiculously insane level of Rambo films and others like it. It is impossible to be moved by the ending, but this game did for me. The epic scope of the game is a clear case that sometimes playing a video game is better than going to the movies at a certain time period when there are too few good movies to see. Metal Gear Solid 3 is an incredible achievement in video gaming from the standpoint of my experience playing the game from beginning to end.

    Hideo Kojima and the staff at Konami have raised the bar in video game experience once again. No wonder the creators of the Matrix trilogy the Wachowski brothers are fans of Kojima for his genius as a game planner, story-writer and designer.
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    • Author: Manona
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. As per the title, it is the third installment in the "Metal Gear Solid" franchise, and actually the sixth installment in the entire "Metal Gear" franchise as a whole. However, strangely enough, this game predates every other game chronologically by about 40 years.

    In the game, you assume the role of "Naked Snake", who looks, acts, and sounds exactly like Solid Snake from previous titles (A mystery that remains unsolved until the final minutes of the game). Since this website is for movies, and not for games, let's forgo the awesome game play and focus on the awesome story.

    Basically, the game starts out with Snake being deployed in the fictional Tselinoyarsk, Russia, on what you at first believe is a simple rescue mission. This belief is quickly punched in the face, beaten to death, shot in the eyes, and then urinated on. Throughout the game, the story unfolds at a very manageable pace, with very endearing characters, and twists abound that will keep you guessing until the very end.

    And what an end it is! At last, after hours of game play, you figure out the strange time conundrum; The entire time you've been playing as Big Boss, Solid Snake's genetic father! He who was at one time painted a villain on a nuclear scale is redrawn. You get to know the character and feel for him, and most of all, the ending cutscene slaps you in the face and makes it abundantly clear why Big Boss goes on to do what he did. If you think this story is anything short of fantastic, you have a very short attention span.
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    • Author: Opimath
    Tactical Espionage. Action. Emotion. Trust. Betrayal.

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater takes you to a new level of gaming when you go back to where the start of an attention grasping, thrilling story-line begins.

    An seemingly 'normal' mission for a Search and Rescue turns into a roller-coaster of mixed feelings for Naked Snake when he encounters his old mentor, and discovers sides are crossing, and the betrayal of trust is inevitable. Snake, by orders of the Government must go and hunt his old friend down, with the agenda of ending her life, but can he really go through with it? Are things really as they seem? Who is betraying who? With absolutely stunning graphics, and an incredibly mind and emotion grasping storyline of events, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is really a game of it's own kind. The game play is excellent and add a new sense of adventure to it, new weapons and new means of tactical espionage flow from the new system that surpasses any yet. Plus, it has excellent potential for replay value! Any fan of the Metal Gear Series, or even new ones can really appreciate this game, it's really one of a kind. Konami and Hideo Kojima outdid themselves yet again!
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    • Author: Vozuru
    This game is a work of art. The gameplay, the graphics, the story, the characters, are all perfectly fitted into the game. I do not own this game but i rented it, and even though i beat it in about 2 days, i still would like to own it. This game far surpasses Metal gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. In this, you play as Naked Snake (Big boss), the whole time. You have to survive in the jungle but hunting and well obviously eating. The new cure system is a very good add on in my opinion. The boss fights are amazing. One of the best being the fight with the end(A dead sniper who comes back to life to kill Snake). One of the best visually though, has to be the fury. The best way to go through this game is stealth, although you could go through it killing everyone you see, but this makes it harder and also, by doing this, a fight with a certain boss may be a bit long. A cool new feature with this game is the camoflauge. Blending in with your surroundings and waiting for the perfect time to execute CQC (close quarters combat) will make you feel very accomplished. This game does take patience in some areas, but still very worth buying. The only flaw with this game, in my opinion, was the fact that i beat it in about 2 days, but still there is about no difference between playing this game and going to the movies. Overall I give this game a 9/10.
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    • Author: Ericaz
    Hideo Kojima never ceases to amaze me, besides the fact that Snake (A.K.A Big Boss) looks amazingly like Kurt Russell from "Escape From New York" in this game, the characters look and feel more realistic than anything ever attempted with video games. Since video games where invented they have been shrugged off by the other media's as inferior and childish, I have a feeling that that time is quickly coming to an end.

    This game's story line had me more intrigued than I've been with any movie in a long time. The Music is spot on, the voice overs are flawless, the cinematics and action rival that of most modern films, and Yoji Shinkawa's art work is fresh and inventive. Kojima really has mastered the technique of "playing a movie" with this one.

    The only real caution i can give is that the violence can get intense in area's, and the game play may be a little to in depth for newer gamers.

    But if your ready to put some time and effort into it, this game is nothing short of the perfect experience.
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    • Author: Connorise
    MG 1 and 2 were good, mgs was great, mgs 2 was also good, but this game is truly the best one in the series... I really love the style it's presented in, even the endless cut-scenes that the mgs games are know for, are interesting all the time... I REALLY enjoyed playing through it, the new cameo system is also great, it makes it more tactical and stealthy...

    the only little thing I think wasn't all that good was the healing wounds, I mean it's great at first, but going into the menu to heal yourself 10-20 times during a boss fight is quite boring and repetitive but everything else about it is just great, the story is exceptional and Naked Snake is a great character.

    I truly recommend it!
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    • Author: Kulabandis
    metal gear solid 3 is by far the best metal gear solid for these reasons.

    1 you've got to camouflage yourself to blend in 2 you've got to eat food to help your performance 3 you actually suffer from recoil on this game and the silencers where off after a couple of rounds. i could go on but it would ruin the entire game completely metal gear 3 is also just like watching a movie there are times when for a good 20 minutes the equivalent to a simpsons episode you are just watching a cut scene. this game surpasses the second mainly cause you play snake not raiden (however doesn't mean to say he doesn't play a role) however this isn't for the devil may cry kind of person patience and stealth is the key. this game is an example of why games are better than movies it's more movie than action in my opinion if you do know your way round. I've given it 10 out of 10 because its one of a few games i wont be giving back to the shop. this game is a bit like the movie saw you don't't understand what the hell is going on until the very end during the debriefing when all is revealed and believe me its what u least suspect.
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    • Author: Wire
    As we all know, hype is a double edged sword, and this was one of the most hyped games of the year. It does not disappoint. The game is everything I was hoping for and more. Beautiful environments, smooth gameplay, and interesting story. Of course, if you have played the demo, you will notice they throw a couple of changes in to the opening sequence. You haven't even started to play and they are messing with you mind.

    The loading time is shorter, the controls are better, and the whole cure system adds a new element to the game. Also, the whole environment can either be your ally or your enemy. There are so many options on how to proceed, I am sure that many gamers will have a very different gaming experience than others.

    Anyway, if you are new to the metal gear series or still reeling from the perceived disappointment of MGS2, this game will make you a true fan.

    This is what Metal Gear games are supposed to be like.
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    • Author: Sagda
    Metal Gear Solid 3 is like a movie.. a movie.. with very very long cutscenes. Normally this would be HORRIBLE, but Hideo Kojima's direction is enough to make the cutscenes seem cinematic enough for Hollywood.

    The game itself, well, the graphics are excellent, the music and voice acting is great, the cinematics are well-directed, the boss battles are amazing and the game is FUN. There is so much replay value in this that I've played through it 3 times already and I'm still amazed with it.

    Let's just hope MGS4 is even better.

    Snake? Snake! SNAAAAAAKE!!!
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    • Author: GoodBuyMyFriends
    As an avid Metal Gear fan, I followed the progress of Snake Eater since its first announcement at E3 2003. Any information about it, I grabbed eagerly. Was it worth it? The game itself takes a huge step away from the other games in the series, by forcing you to survive in a jungle. You're not dropped outside of a base and told to infiltrate, instead, you have to search for food, as well as evade guards and fight the odd boss here and there.

    Graphcially, the game stands out amongst many other games on the PlayStation 2, with realistic backdrops, that simply ooze life from every crevice and rock.

    Music in the game does not disappoint, since the main score was done by Harry Gregson-Williams as with the previous game. The main theme is definitely the best in the series.

    Thought with little space to put a full review, This summary summarises by saying that Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, is definitely one of the best gaming experiences on any console. Cinematic, emotional, addictive... Big Boss, is the new hero...

    Score - 10/10
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    • Author: Saithi
    since 1997 i have spent my time on playstation playing only two different game series, final fantasy and metal gear solid and they have not disappointed. mgs 3 takes place in the cold war as an American agent goes on a mission to rescue a scientist and destroy a weapon. a large portion of the game takes place outdoors in the Russia wilderness. this world is incredibly detailed and the in game graphics are second to none. so is the games realism. you are required to camouflage yourself in order to remain unseen and as you play you wear yourself out requiring a meal, which you kill on site, to restore your strength. another great tid pit is the way the game challenges the action hero cliché that he can carry as much ammo and guns as he likes, in this game only a certain amount is able to be carried by snake and the more you carry the more stamina you use.

    the story is a big improvement on mgs 2 and is much similar to simple story of mgs 1, with enough twists and turns to keep in interesting.

    the game play is great, the new CQC, close quarters combat, is excellent allowing you to sneak up on a guard and incapicate him silently. boss fights are also very good, the sniper battle is one to be remembered.

    some believe that the game has to much stealth and not enough action. you can try to get through the game with a violence approach and you could succeed however you will find it more difficult and in my opinion less fun and satisfying than sneaking your way through.

    overall the game is perfect in every way, the enemy AI makes is a thing of beauty as they protect themselves with riot shield at the front and men with shotguns and sometimes rocket launchers staying to the rear to inflict major damage. the graphics are of the highest quality especially in game, the cut scenes do not reach the highs of Final fantasy X but then again what game does. the story a nd characters are much more interesting and enjoyable and when finished it would be hard not to be impressed and feel a great sense of accomplishment at completing such a game. (the hardest levels require a lot of skill and most importantly patience.

    "Bottom line is, even if you see them coming your not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does".
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    • Author: Nirad
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is one of the greatest game made for a game system. The graphics, the game-play, the music, this should have been a movie, an Oscar-winning movie at that. In this installment to the already legendary Metal Gear series by Hideo Nojima, you play as Naked Snake aka The Big Boss of the original Metal Gear game and father of Solid Snake, the hero of the other Metal Gear solid games. The setting is in the Russian forest, a great new environment to play in. The bosses of this game are amazing, most notably The End ( a 100 year old sniper with amazing camouflage abilities) and The Sorrow ( a double agent who you fight when Snake dies while escaping Ocelot.) .
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    • Author: Celen
    One of my favorite games on the PS2 ever. I have been a big fan of the Metal gear solid series ever since I played the First game back in 1999 as a child. I have gone out of my way to play every game in the series and most of them are great with a only a few being meh. MGS3 is easily my favorite game in the series and is in my top 5 games of all time. MGS1 was an awesome game and to this date it's my favorite PS1 game but This game was always the one I was most emotionally attached to. The gameplay is great and the controls are better then the first games. There's more to do in the game with more optional ways to take down enemies etc. The storyline is soo good and epic, The main character Big Boss is amazing. He felt more human then Solid Snake did and is also a badass. The games graphics, music, cutscenes, voice acting and ending are awesome too. The replay value in this game is also really high with the different outfits, face paints, bonus items, boss modes, and snake vs monkey which is a cool mini game that's based on the Ape Escape games. Overall this is the best game in the series for me since it's also a prequel to the entire Metal gear solid storyline and it being less cutscene heavy then the other games in the series. If you are newcomer I would jump straight to this game since you'll be able to follow the story more easily. this game is fantastic and should be played by every human being on the Planet. Hideo Kojima I salute you!
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    • Author: Rigiot
    This is by far the best Stealth game ever created. Not only does it have excellent game-play, but it explains the Origins of The Big Boss A.K.A "Snake". It's not only a Steath game, but a survival game as well. In order to stay alive you have to find food. And what better food in the Jungle than Animals. You can eat a variety of creatures such as Fish, snakes, birds, toads, and basically anything you can get your hands that breaths(except people). But keep it to long it expires and if snake eats it, you can get sick and die. HOW COOL IS THAT?!

    Another thing I really dig in this amazing game is the variety of Camoflauge you can wear. Everything from Treebark(which is my favorite), to Tigerstripe, to moss, and to White Kubuki masks! Its best if you choose the Cameo that fits the environment. There's even down loadable camos. If you have a game adapter, just pop the game in, plug the adapter into your PC and find a site that you can download from. I think there is a Mummy cameo, your life goes down slower and you can take more damage, Grenade cameo, it gives you infinite grenades, and a Santa suit that keeps you warm in cold environments.

    This game has the best storie line in the entire Metal Gear series. The bosses are incredible. There's a spider type guy, a dead eye sharp shooter, and even a GHOST! There are tones of other bosses to face too.

    All in All, one of my favorite video games and an incredible installment to the Metal Gear Solid series. 10 stars out of 10 all the way.
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    • Author: Uste
    Metal Gear Solid has gotten better every single time. MGS1 is widely accepted as the best PS1 game. MGS2 pushed the PS2 to it's limits (and was the best PS2 game at it's time).

    MGS3 offers some of the best graphics on PS2 you'll ever see. The soundtrack is superb. The game play is incredible whether you're stalking behind an enemy, preparing to silently grab him, or whether you are trying to pull yourself out of a gun fight in the middle of the jungle! The cut-scenes are some of the best real-time graphics and sound you'll ever experience on PS2. The storyline is completely compelling. It makes you feel part of the story, and brings the tension and excitement out of it.

    Metal Gear Solid is made by one of the single most dedicated games makers on the planet. This is a real high quality game. Instead of spending your money on Fifa games... just give this game a chance. It's supreme.
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    • Author: Golkis
    One word wraps up Metal Gear Solid 3 perfectly: perfection. This game is the closet one can get to having a perfect video game. MGS 3 is in a league of its own compared to any other game out there. It's beautifully written, brilliantly voiced, and stunningly composed. This game truly shows that video games are a form of art. To the critics who say otherwise, I have one question for them, have you ever played Metal Gear Solid?

    Metal Gear Solid 3 takes place in the 1960s in the midst of the Cold War. Once again, you resume the role of the hero Snake, but this time, it's not the Solid Snake we've all come to know and love. No, instead, it's Naked Snake, or, as the name you might know him by, Big Boss. Yes, that's right, Solid Snake's father. But, have no fears, David Hayter supplies his voice for Big Boss as well, and the young Big Boss is an exact duplicate of Solid Snake.

    Big Boss is sent in on a mission to retrieve the famous rocket scientist Nikoali Stepanovich Sokolov who is working on a top-secret project for the Soviet Union. After you retrieve him though, the real story begins. While Snake is escorting Sokolov out of the jungles of Soviet Russia, his mentor, The Boss, betrays him, and the United States, and steals two miniature nuclear shells as a "gift" for her new host, Coloner Volgin. Colonel Volgin then deploys a miniature shell at a design bureau, and now Russia thinks the U.S. is at fault. Snake now must head back into Russia, and prove the U.S.'s innocence in the matter. Throughout Snake's journey, he runs into a cast of bizarre characters, and a familiar face to the MGS series, Revolver Ocelot. Except this time, Ocelot is about 40 years younger.

    The story of MGS 3 proves to be the best one yet, filled with twists and turns, as Snake unravels a conspiracy, and more details to the ever-epic storyline of Metal Gear Solid. Once you finish the game, you'll stand up, applaud, and ask yourself, "Can a game get any better than this?"

    Well, I guess we'll have to wait 'til MGS 4 to answer that question.
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    • Author: Ber
    This game is fantastic. The music, the gameplay, the level of graphics on a PS2.

    This is a true epic, the music is wonderful, the end of the game will have you stirred up in a unimaginable way.

    The story starts out with our man Snake, being dropped into the Soviet jungle with little equipment. He has to rescue a rocket scientist who requested to be brought to America. But of course, things get more complicated than that.

    Graphics: The graphics are incredible for a PS2. Just when you thought the system had nothing more to offer, this proves you wrong. 10/10

    Music: The music is incredible, memorable and epic. They fit the action and cutscenes perfectly, frankly, I've never seen a game with so great music. 10/10

    :::SPOILER:::

    Gameplay: The gameplay is brilliant, the game breaks the fourth wall in game many times. You always have more than one way to do a certain things. Like the battle with one of the bosses, you can get past him in 3 different ways. The detail in the gameplay is evident all the way. You can do so much, this is remarkable for a game. The CQC moves are great, but many moves you don't really bother to use. Why use 5-6 seconds to strangle someone when you can just as easily slit their throats? I would just let Snake have one knife, which he use both in CQC and as the Survival Knife (When not equipped together with the pistol) And if you grab someone barehanded, you can't slit their throats and stuff. The game spends to much time in menus, which could annoying people, but it's not really that much. 9/10.

    Story: Greatest story ever in a video game, no question about it. It's great, ties in with the era and all. Name one game outside the series that have a better story and I'll show you a green dog. 10/10

    Voice acting: The voice acting is superb, a skillful cast indeed, the only exception is Snake himself which a FEW times sounds a little bad. But that's really nothing to care about. 10/10.

    Short: You have to love this game, the story, music, everything. The characters are memorable, the boss fights are great. This game alone is reason enough to buy a PS2.
  • comment
    • Author: Arador
    This game can't really be put into words, you have to play it to feel it. And making the player feel the game is exactly what the director Hideo Kojima is so good at. As for me, every moment of stealth-action that MGS3 provided and still does, feels like really being there, as Snake. Sneaking through enemy territories, using CQC, living in predation and taking benefit of your surroundings in addition to the excellent story(-telling), not to mention the imaginative boss battles make the experience truly worthwhile. I've finished this game more than many times and I still get the goosebumps running down my spine at the ending scene, where Big Boss salutes his former comrade's grave.

    Of course, there could have been a few more things there that would have spiced up the experience to be even more fulfilling. Like, the stamina bar could deplete faster. That, without a doubt, isn't a problem in higher difficulty settings, but a situation where your stamina is compulsorily low and you would be forced to use First Person View and aim would've been a nice addition :P.

    That still doesn't change the fact that MGS3 is a true masterpiece, though. The well-done score by Harry Gregson-Williams gives a nice final nostalgic feeling to the story and deepens the experience. This game is a very good addition to the Metal Gear saga, and I have to give credit to Mr. Kojima and his team for accomplishing his goal in making Snake Eater. He's also got that wicked sense of humor that suits the game well.

    Now that MGS4 is in development, I hope Guns of the Patriots too has that same feel of play. Also, after the 'Gene x Meme x Scene'-scenario worked well with the earlier works; we'll see how this new theme 'Sense' works. Anyhoo, 10/10.
  • comment
    • Author: Rare
    This game is so big, there is so much to uncover, and 'play' with in the environments that I would say that it is almost infinitely playable.

    The sniper battle segment of the game could be it's own game. The details of the muddy foot prints to track, and if your lucky enough to find that boss's pet bird and shoot it, well, the designers thought of everything! Or if you figure out how to get the alligator mask then use it on the enemy... just a lot of fun ideas that don't betray the mood of the game.

    I love that you can skip any and every scene this time, you don't have to sit through the cut scenes if you don't care to. (MGS2 was not always like that) My only complaint is that when you call Para-medic or the Major you might have to call a couple of times to get them to talk about exactly what you want them to talk about. Aside from that, little 'annoyance' I have never played a better game, this is a master stroke that blurs the line between game and art.
  • comment
    • Author: Venemarr
    When i first started to play MGS3, I could tell it was going to be much more fun, and more riveting then the first or second one. And I was right. Right from the start the game awed me with its superior graphics, new features and action-packed story.

    The game has it's share of humor as well as action. The characters are unique without going over the top.

    With the original Metal Gear solids, I spent a great deal of my time skipping each sequence because they just dragged the game dowm. In MGS3 I watched every single Cinema because it helped the game stay up.

    The ending of the game was unexpected (im not saying anymore than that). It was sad, which is a new thing for these games, which usually have partly happy endings.

    But I have to say that MGS3 is definitely worth the hundred bucks it costs!

    If you don't have it, get it!
  • comment
    • Author: monotronik
    If you are someone who likes a bit of tactical espionage stealth em up. Who likes patriotic story lines and events. (Also it helps if you have played the previous games, MGS 1 + 2) This is most deffinitley the game for you!

    The graphics, stunning The gameplay, keeps you hooked and focused The lifespan, never dies out

    You will want to play this game over and over. Also there's extra bonus radio calls and things to find like weapons and camouflage. I will guarantee you, this will be on the top of your pile.

    Hideo Kojima, you've done it again!
  • comment
    • Author: Goll
    What I liked

    1. Origin of Big Boss

    2. Lyndon b Johnson cameo

    3. "She was a real hero.... she was a true patriot."

    4. The final battles

    5. The Adam and Eve twist

    6. The graphics and voice acting are amazing and hold up

    What I didn't like

    1. The side villains are not developed

    Overall with this one tiny flaw aside, this would be a perfect game. I could not ask for a better origin story for Big Boss than this game. Peace Walker had the best two hours or so in the entire series at the end, but the first twenty hours up to that point are a drag, Phantom Pain has great game play but no story. Snake Eater had a great story, not a drag, and game play as well.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    David Hayter David Hayter - Naked Snake / Jack (voice)
    Suzetta Miñet Suzetta Miñet - EVA (voice)
    Jim Piddock Jim Piddock - Major Zero (voice)
    Heather Halley Heather Halley - Para-Medic (voice)
    James Mathis III James Mathis III - Sigint (voice) (as James Mathis)
    Lori Alan Lori Alan - The Boss (voice)
    Neil Ross Neil Ross - Colonel Volgin (voice)
    Josh Keaton Josh Keaton - Ocelot (voice)
    Gregg Berger Gregg Berger - The Pain (voice)
    Michael Bell Michael Bell - The Fear (voice)
    J. Grant Albrecht J. Grant Albrecht - The End (voice) (as Grant Albrecht)
    Richard Doyle Richard Doyle - The Fury (voice)
    David Thomas David Thomas - The Sorrow / Chairman Khrushchev (voice)
    Brian Cummings Brian Cummings - Sokolov (voice)
    Jim Ward Jim Ward - Director Granin (voice)
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