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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 138 Ratings

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  1. Feb 21, 2012
    5
    Today, 2 hours after Gamestop opened, I went over there to pick up a copy of Snake Eater 3DS. When I asked the employees there about the game, they were clueless to its existence. When I asked them about how well the game was selling, they told me that no one reserved this game. They also told me that no one before me bothered to buy this game. With this knowledge in mind, I wasToday, 2 hours after Gamestop opened, I went over there to pick up a copy of Snake Eater 3DS. When I asked the employees there about the game, they were clueless to its existence. When I asked them about how well the game was selling, they told me that no one reserved this game. They also told me that no one before me bothered to buy this game. With this knowledge in mind, I was surprised, skeptical, and I began to doubt the quality of this game. But I bought the game anyway, since there was only 2 copies in the store (Two copies were all Gamestop ordered). When I got home, I played Snake Eater 3D for 2 hours, and I realized that my doubts have been confirmed. This game may have been the greatest game in the MGS series as a PS2/PS3 game, but as a 3DS game, it is mediocre. In fact, it comes close to being deemed as garbage. The graphics are poor at best, and the 3D effect was badly implemented. The visuals can be described as blurry, and pixelated. It looks worse than it did on the PS2. Hell, Peacewalker on the original PSP looks better than this sad excuse of a game. When the 3D slider is turned on, I found it hard to focus my eyes, because the environmental elements, especially the grass, was so pixelated and muddy looking, that turning on the 3D just quadrupled this pixelation and muddiness. Not to mention this strange white light moving around the screen that's just there for no logical reason and it does nothing but give me a headache. There's also this glitch where when aiming in first person view, the 3D becomes disabled. My best bet was to just turn off the 3D all together. There are no redeeming factors that can save this game from being a total failure. The camera is a standard third person rotating camera, which is an improvement from the original Snake Eater. But many times, I had trouble seeing what was ahead of me, because Snake kept getting in my line of sight. When walking, there are times I couldn't see an enemy that was right in front of me because my view was being blocked by Snake. And crawling was the worst, because all I could see was Snake's ass cheeks in front of my face. This game is simply a pathetic port. It does not stand out by being unique in anyway, and it fails miserably where it tries to be unique. These days, you could get the HD MGS collection, (which includes MGS2, MGS3 Snake Eater, and MGS Peacewalker), for the same price as the cost of this garbage game. It is not worth the purchase. If you really want to experience Snake Eater on the 3DS, get it when the price drops down to 5 dollars. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2012
    5
    All the little things is what makes this game hard to play, the controls, the slightly dated look and feel. Maybe Im just picky. I didn't play the original and I started gaming during this generation of consoles so it doesn't give me maybe the same satisfaction it gave people who owned the PS2 version of that game.
  3. Dec 27, 2012
    5
    When It came out I was excited.. real handheld MGS in my pocket! But unfortunately it was a let down. The 3d is badly implemented and the the technical shortfalls of the 3DS are clear when it looks notably worse than the PS2 version. Everything is there. but its like buying a knock off football shirt on holiday... everything is in the right place. But you know its a fake. Play Peace walkerWhen It came out I was excited.. real handheld MGS in my pocket! But unfortunately it was a let down. The 3d is badly implemented and the the technical shortfalls of the 3DS are clear when it looks notably worse than the PS2 version. Everything is there. but its like buying a knock off football shirt on holiday... everything is in the right place. But you know its a fake. Play Peace walker on the PSP to get your cheap MGS portable thrills. Or if you have the Vita get the HD collection. Expand
  4. Jun 16, 2012
    7
    Metal Gear Solid is one my favorite series of all time. This 3rd installment is purely a conversion of the legendary installment. Why only a 7? Well, the bad thing is that Kojima productions just released an HD collection that contains MGS2, Peace Walker and MGS3. For the same price as this 3DS cart. If you have never played this installment before, it is one of the best conversion of anMetal Gear Solid is one my favorite series of all time. This 3rd installment is purely a conversion of the legendary installment. Why only a 7? Well, the bad thing is that Kojima productions just released an HD collection that contains MGS2, Peace Walker and MGS3. For the same price as this 3DS cart. If you have never played this installment before, it is one of the best conversion of an MGS title out there, with streamlined controls that somehow felt great. (yeah, the circle pad does improve the experience). The touch screen controls remove the cumbersome interface of previous versions of the past. Value for money though? If you own an XBox 360 or PS 3, get the HD collection instead. Expand
  5. Mar 31, 2014
    7
    I would have given this game higher score if this game did not lag at some points. I must say, this game is a masterpiece and everyone knows it, but this game lags on the 3DS. I think people should know this, the lag issue is worst in the final boss, which you cannot aim properly at all. Other than the laggy issue, the rests are awesome. Fantastic story like usual, and nice gameplay (ifI would have given this game higher score if this game did not lag at some points. I must say, this game is a masterpiece and everyone knows it, but this game lags on the 3DS. I think people should know this, the lag issue is worst in the final boss, which you cannot aim properly at all. Other than the laggy issue, the rests are awesome. Fantastic story like usual, and nice gameplay (if not annoying at times). Hideo Kojima has also left some jokes and fun in the game. Expand
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 80
    Snake Eater is an experience that quickly differentiated from others and we found the best of Kojima and this 3D version it's a much better option for fans of the series.
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    50
    While it has some issues it is still completely playable but some people may be turned off by the learning curve of the controls and spotty frame rate but if you are able to looks past all of that then you can still find a fun time.
  3. Apr 6, 2012
    75
    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is not the game's best version: it retains some flaws from the original game and adds new conversion-issues. Still, it's a good example of the series' classic gameplay.