• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 9, 2004

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
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  1. The best game on GameCube by far and one of the best games ever, in my opinion. It's a must-own for any action game fan. [Grade = A+]
  2. This is a game that simply must be played to be fully experienced, standing at the forefront of truly wonderful storytelling in videogames.
  3. The story is awesome -- plot twists, deception, romance, it has it all… and the plot is much better then most of the movies that are put out now a days.
  4. Nintendo Power
    It improves on the original in every respect: better AI, better graphics, better sound, better easter eggs, better cut scenes. [May 2004, p.118]
  5. The gameplay is fun and innovative, the graphics are simply breathtaking, the cut scenes look simply amazing. Textures are done with detail and look sweet.
  6. While not boasting a tone of new content, you can't help but find yourself completely entranced by the updated sequences and newfound graphical realism...Something that you'll cherish for a lifetime. [Mar 2004, p.108]
  7. They made the game much smoother in the gameplay department, the PS-X version's biggest weaknesses.
  8. Even with the title's faults (unbalanced difficulty, sometimes irritating radio transmissions, and an occasionally choppy frame-rate) this is the best Metal Gear game of the series to date.
  9. This game kicks ass, and remains one of the best games of all time. Now it’s even prettier.
  10. Weekly Famitsu
    9 / 8 / 10 / 9 - 36 platinum [Vol 798; 2 Apr 2004]
  11. The A.I. of the genome soldiers has been drastically improved—they're able to hear and see you much better, even from above and below. If Snake is detected, they'll coordinate their searches and look in every room—and when it comes to looking under nondescript orange boxes, they're total jerks.
  12. There's not much here to renew interest for old fans (save the most dedicated), but for everyone else prepare to be amazed - Solid Snake is back!
  13. Yes, it is both brief and linear in nature, but the story is presented with such a brilliant combination of style and substance that you'll want to come back and experience it over and over again.
  14. As solid as a tactical espionage action game can get. This remake belongs next to the Resident Evil remake, which to this day stands as being one of the best GameCube releases.
  15. Cheat Code Central
    It's been somewhat updated but not all of the updates are better than the original. Still, you absolutely have to get Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes if you haven't played the original - no question.
  16. 90
    The stealth-based gameplay that MGS introduced has rarely been equaled, and it's as perfect here as it ever was. If I seem disappointed, it's only because there are signs everywhere that this could have been a remake of epic proportions, but the extraordinarily talented creators settled on a port.
  17. 90
    The cut scenes nearly steal the show. They’re a little too good, really. Once you see Snake and his enemies in fully choreographed action, returning to the actual game seems a little clunky.
  18. An amazing remake of a contemporary classic! Gamers who missed it the first time around owe it to themselves to play.
  19. Gamers looking for a title with incredible gameplay, an engrossing story, cinematic goodness and a rough and tough commando should look no further.
  20. Combining the storyline of the original, with the smoother, more entertaining gameplay of MGS2, Twin Snakes should be an early contender for best game of the year on the GameCube, and gamers new and old should enjoy it thoroughly.
  21. For newcomers, what you’re getting is the ultimate vision of the best game from the 90’s.
  22. For those of you embarking on your first mission as Solid Snake this is compelling stuff to complete and cherish.
  23. With all that’s fantastic about the game I can’t overlook that it needed more polish, and for that reason I wouldn’t say it’s a must-have for those that played the original or still have a copy.
  24. A remake of one of the coolest, most satisfying action games ever made.
  25. 85
    A damn fine sequel to one of PlayStation's best games...[but t]here is so much story, so much interrupting dialogue, that I oftentimes found myself wishing for more game and less narrative.
  26. Too short, too complicated and too clever - but an absolute classic. If only they'd taken the time to fix the pacing and give us some new bits. [GamesMaster]
  27. But with each new feature comes a downside: First-person aiming makes regular combat easier...but it also makes boss battles far too easy; the new cut-scenes are brilliantly produced...when they're not overdosing on painfully cliched bullet-time effects; and the graphical overhaul is nice...but we know GameCube is capable of better. [Apr 2004, p.126]
  28. 85
    This is the game that so many have deemed the best game ever released on the PlayStation. Now it's been given a new coat of paint. Sure, it has a few blemishes ... but overall, it's the same experience you loved before, only now it looks better.
  29. This brand-new version takes the gripping plot of Metal Gear Solid and splices it with the new gameplay systems from the sequel. You really are getting the best of both worlds here.
  30. 85
    The new gameplay additions, the graphic upgrade, the incredible cut scenes and the general feel of the game make it a worthwhile purchase, even if it isn’t a true remake. It’s rather short and lack in replay value, but it is easily one of the best games on the Cube to date.
  31. Its storyline is for sure one of the best on the GameCube – perhaps one of the best story’s every told in a video game.
  32. The presentation in MGS: The Twin Snakes is very good because it combines great direction with great graphics, and impressive sound.
  33. The affect of aging on the game hasn’t exactly been akin to that of a fine wine, but the assortment of improvements made to it are reason enough to play through the game all over again.
  34. The control system however leaves you in the dark at times as it could be a bit more practical and intuitive.
  35. The graphics and sound may have more flair than the original, but the guts are the same. Revisiting it for the second time is fun because MGS itself was great, though it’s still just revisiting a game many of us have already played.
  36. Play Magazine
    It's too bad that The Twin Snakes isn't the perfect update of MGS it could have been, but this game is still packed with quality, providing a great experience to MGS rookes and Fox Hound veterans alike. [Mar 2004, p.54]
  37. As long as you're not expecting any huge additions to the Metal Gear milieu, The Twin Snakes serves as a great revival of a true classic.
  38. The graphics are worlds better, but there really isn’t enough new here to make it worthwhile for those who owned it on the PlayStation.
  39. The flashy, all-new cutscenes actually distract from the game's innovation: the emphasis on artificial intelligence over player progress.
  40. As for those of you who cherished the original game? This is the best pair of rose-tinted spectacles money can buy, and a good alternative to the anti-climax of seeing how a once-cherished favourite has aged.
  41. The "Resident Evil" remake offered spectacular graphical effects, new rooms, new enemies, new locales, new play mechanics, and even new storyline twists and characters, all while retaining the original environment, characters, and gameplay that made the game so great to begin with. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes does no such thing, feeling more like a by-the-numbers remake, mimicking everything about the original PlayStation version, even down to the visual presentation.
  42. Has everything a good game needs, but the non-interactive scenes overshadow the interactive.
  43. 80
    Twin Snakes isn't a bad game by any stretch, but as an opportunity to enhance an already awesome gaming experience, it misses the mark. [April 2004, p.64]
  44. 80
    A title that reveals how fresh its gameplay originally was by proving it still stands tall alongside the current contenders.
  45. 80
    The game runs at an amazing pace with every moment filled with meaningful tension and tangible atmosphere. "Metal Gear Solid" is hailed as a masterpiece with good reason, and this revised version serves its legacy well.
  46. Playing this game was like witnessing the Broadway musical of Metal Gear Solid. Or maybe it's more like the movie adaptation of the book. You don't learn anything particularly new things about the characters or the story.
  47. Entertainment Weekly
    Even without the new eye candy, the game would stack up well against its contemporaries. [19 Mar 2004, p.L2T 14]
  48. Computer Games Magazine
    In the end, being a remake holds these snakes back. [June 2004, p.11]
  49. Still the same girl you dated in high school, just with a new wardrobe and some nice jewelry. She’s still fun to hang out with, but nowhere you haven’t been already.
  50. Edge Magazine
    Although the decision to lengthen the already generous cut-scenes may deliver the odd treat for MGS veterans, many will find their duration exasperating. Crucially, though, some of the reworked sequences end up interfering with the game's pacing while failing to bring anything of substance to the experience. [Apr 2004, p.102]
  51. 70
    It has taken the classic MGS structure known and loved by PS1 players plus it throws in most of the good bits from MGS2 for free. All the stealth, excitement and action so revered has been kept, and some new toys have been thrown into the arena to play with. [JPN Import]
  52. games(TM)
    Worthy, but better if you're new to the series. If it's just nostalgia you're after … you could probably pick up the original …- it won't be pretty, but it will be a similar experience. [Apr 2004, p.98]
  53. I hate to say it, but this latest Metal Gear Solid isn’t just painful to play in a stealth-action sort of way, it’s painful to play in a bad game sort of way.

Awards & Rankings

#7 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
#8 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 162 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 162
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    This game is possibly, one of the best games ever made for Nintendo GameCube system. A great remake of a great Sony PlayStation classic. ItThis game is possibly, one of the best games ever made for Nintendo GameCube system. A great remake of a great Sony PlayStation classic. It has grate gameplay, as well as a well polished interface, intense cut sequences, and all the things you wish you had in the original, including new weapons and the dog tag system from Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty. All-in-all, it's easier and has better graphics then the original for the Sony PlayStation, and I've played both. If you want to play the first Metal Gear Solid I recommend this. Full Review »
  2. Sep 11, 2011
    The remake of the classic MGS is as awesome as the original , heck, you even see Solid Snake act like a badass character . The gorgeousThe remake of the classic MGS is as awesome as the original , heck, you even see Solid Snake act like a badass character . The gorgeous graphics is a nice paint for the crude visuals of the old one. Silicon Knights added some new scenes to the old cut scenes , like a better interaction with Snake vs our favorite Cyborg Ninja. While Metal Gear Solid Twin Snake is just an update to the old one, it falls short to reach excellence ,also, this could have been perfect for the PS2 . But , forget those two negative views , this is fantastic . Full Review »
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    Take all the awesome advancements of Metal Gear Solid 2, mix them together with Metal Gear Solid, and what do you get? The Twin Snakes.Take all the awesome advancements of Metal Gear Solid 2, mix them together with Metal Gear Solid, and what do you get? The Twin Snakes.

    This is an awesome remake of the original PS1 classic with all the improvements of its sequel. The stealth is great, the boss battles are ridiculous, and the story is compelling. A must buy for anyone with a Gamecube.
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