• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2004
  • Also On: 3DS
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  • Summary: In the struggle to achieve world peace and world dominance, rivaling governments are secretly developing weapons technology that could threaten the future existence of life. Destined to be the first, a race ensues to become the ultimate nation. A special elite tactical soldier is summoned toIn the struggle to achieve world peace and world dominance, rivaling governments are secretly developing weapons technology that could threaten the future existence of life. Destined to be the first, a race ensues to become the ultimate nation. A special elite tactical soldier is summoned to penetrate deep in the heart of enemy territory and obtain intel about "Metal Gear," a prototype weapon with nuclear capabilities. This is your mission and you must infiltrate alone. Interactive environments where traps catch enemies and prey. Rely on camouflage, combat, hunting and instincts to survive. Set in the 1960s where politics and war are shaping real world history. Blockbuster musical score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. [Konami] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. It takes the quality gameplay from the second game and vastly improves it, while taking the better story pacing from the first game in mind when providing the lengthy tale that really involves the gamer.
  2. 100
    You might be surprised that this game isn't an Xbox game when you first see it on the TV. It looks great and while it does have some telltale signs of being a PS2 game, it's still absolutely gorgeous.
  3. Except for the slow first few hours of the game and an occasionally annoying camera, MGS 3 is damn near a perfect game.
  4. Combines great stealth action with a superb storyline and excellent visuals.
  5. There has never been, and will not be for a long time a more convincing and immersive game released.
  6. We'd like to say that Metal Gear Solid 3 is on a par with the original PSone game and in many ways it's much better, but it also feels like it has been left behind in some fundamental areas by the likes of "Splinter Cell."
  7. Not since the movie "Rambo 3" have we seen such cheesy dialogue and a storyline so over the top that it can be comical. That's fitting because the plot also borrows heavily from "Rambo 3," or at least the worst parts of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 230
  1. UmarA.
    Nov 21, 2004
    10
    Amazing!!
  2. Jul 24, 2011
    10
    Snake Eater has my favorite storyline of any game ive ever played. I have never felt such a connecting to a story before. The gameplay isSnake Eater has my favorite storyline of any game ive ever played. I have never felt such a connecting to a story before. The gameplay is some of the best in gaming if not the best. A classic if there ever was one. Expand
  3. Sideburns
    Feb 14, 2005
    10
    Haven't played this yet but to the whimp who said thats its not "user friendly" - get a life. Yeah, this game isnt for amatuer, platform Haven't played this yet but to the whimp who said thats its not "user friendly" - get a life. Yeah, this game isnt for amatuer, platform loving wanabees who only enjoy gaming fluff. If your not willing to challenge yourself and learn how to play then thats your loss. Go back to playing GT3 and ratchet and clank and leave the real games to the rest of us. The metal gear solid franchise has been one of the most interesting and elaborate experiances in gaming history and i suspect that SE will continue this fine tradition. Im waiting for the PAL release which is y i haven't played yet. Looking foward to it. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2018
    10
    Truly a masterpiece. Not only the best game in the series and the genre, but one of the best video games ever created. The story is great, theTruly a masterpiece. Not only the best game in the series and the genre, but one of the best video games ever created. The story is great, the soundtrack is cool, the graphics are impressive and so on. Where the game really shines is in it’s replay value. The game is so filled with hidden functions and techniques that it would take many playthroughs to see it all. And everytime you find a new function you just want to start it all over to try it out in different scenarios. You can truly play the game in YOUR way. Do you want to enjoy the story? Fine. Do you want to complete the game with no kills? You can do that (with the exception of bosses). If you know what you’re doing the game is VERY SATISFYING to play and that’s why everyone should play it through atleast twice to see atleast a little bit of the game’s FULL potential.
    Or you could just play it through normally and love it for the story and tight level design.
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  5. Apr 8, 2014
    10
    Probably the best MGS series I have played.Everything is perfect, the environment, the enemies , the arsenal , the character , the story andProbably the best MGS series I have played.Everything is perfect, the environment, the enemies , the arsenal , the character , the story and the list goes on and on and on. Expand
  6. May 1, 2017
    9
    A lot of people think that this is the best Metal Gear Solid game. In my opinion, I thought the story was pretty good, but it took me a whileA lot of people think that this is the best Metal Gear Solid game. In my opinion, I thought the story was pretty good, but it took me a while to really to get into the story. The gameplay is pretty good though. So, that is why I am giving MS3 a 9/10 Expand
  7. Ryencoke
    Feb 16, 2005
    0
    This is possibly the worst series of games I have ever played. They're all so pointless. Gameplay was awful. Controls were just horrid. This is possibly the worst series of games I have ever played. They're all so pointless. Gameplay was awful. Controls were just horrid. Storry was lame. AND HE CAN'T SWIM. He can walk up to people slit their throat, yet he can't swim? What a joke. Stick to games that are good like Splinter Cell. Konami is a mockery of a company. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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#3 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004