Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
|Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection|
Bluepoint Games (Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 port)
Genki (Peace Walker port)
Armature Studio (PlayStation Vita version)
Aspect Co. (Metal Gear & Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake port)
|Artist(s)||Yoji Shinkawa (character designer)|
|Release date(s)||PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
NA November 8, 2011
|Distribution||Blu-ray Disc, 2 DVD, PlayStation Vita card|
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is a collection of remastered ports of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The PlayStation Vita version of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection contains remastered ports of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, omitting Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. The games were originally developed by Kojima Productions, while the ports were published by Konami and developed by Bluepoint Games, Genki, and Armature Studio. The MSX2 versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, ported by Aspect Co., are also included on the disc. However, the Japanese package of the console editions replaces Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker with a product code to download the original Metal Gear Solid. The HD conversion of Peace Walker was released separately in Japan on November 10.
The core game and story for all games remains unchanged with the remastered versions. For the remastering, all three games have had a graphics overhaul to allow them to support modern 720p resolution on consoles, and sub-HD resolution on PlayStation Vita. As well as 720p HD visuals, the console editions of these new versions run at 60 frames per second. All three games have trophy support for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions and achievement support for the Xbox 360 version. The control scheme of Peace Walker has been overhauled to make use of the dual analog stick and rumble feature of the controls. The game was released in digital format on Xbox Live (without Peace Walker) on August 21, 2012 while Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 were released separately on PlayStation Network. On August 28, 2012, Peace Walker was released on Xbox Live and PSN with a full game bundle of all three games exclusively on PSN.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
The story, resuming from where Metal Gear Solid left off, revolves around the "Big Shell", a massive offshore clean-up facility that has been seized by a group of terrorists that call themselves "Sons of Liberty". They demand a massive ransom in exchange for the life of the President of the United States, and threaten to destroy the facility and create a cataclysmic environmental disaster if their demands are not met. The motives and identities of many of the antagonists and allies change rapidly, as the protagonists discover a world-shaking conspiracy constructed by a powerful organization known as the "Patriots".
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Set in the Cold War-era Soviet Union, the story, being a prequel to other Metal Gear games, centers on FOX operative Naked Snake as he attempts to rescue a weapons designer and sabotage a weapon of mass destruction in the experimental phase of development. While previous games were set in a primarily urban environment, Snake Eater adopts a 1960's Soviet jungle setting, with the high tech, near-future trappings of previous Metal Gear Solid games being replaced with the wilderness, and the modern radar replaced by multiple sensors. While the setting has changed, the game's focus remains on stealth and infiltration; it also retains the series' self-referential, fourth wall-breaking sense of humor. The story of Snake Eater is told through numerous cut scenes and radio conversations.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Set in 1974 in Central America, the game follows the exploits of returning protagonist Naked Snake, now known as Big Boss, as he runs a mercenary unit. The game also adds more information behind the founding of the military state Outer Heaven.
FOXHOUND special agent Solid Snake must infiltrate Outer Heaven and locate a missing FOXHOUND agent, Gray Fox. But what did Gray Fox discover, and what is the meaning of his final transmission, "Metal Gear..."?
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
In the game, Solid Snake must infiltrate Zanzibar Land, a heavily defended territory located in Central Asia, to rescue a kidnapped scientist and destroy the revised Metal Gear D. The game significantly evolved the stealth-based game system of its predecessor "in almost every way," introduced a complex storyline dealing with themes such as the nature of warfare and nuclear proliferation, and is considered "one of the best 8 bit games ever made."
The console editions of the games received a high-definition overhaul. The PlayStation Vita editions of the games have various control changes to take advantage of its touchscreen. The console editions of Peace Walker added dual analog stick control. The gameplay otherwise has not changed.
The version of Metal Gear Solid 2 in HD Collection contains Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance without the Evolution Skateboarding crossover stage, while the version of Metal Gear Solid 3 contains Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence along with Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. However, the original version of Metal Gear Online, Secret Theatre, Boss Survival Mode and the minigame Snake vs. Monkey is not included, as well as the Existence DVD (which played the entire game as a movie). It also does not include the nightmare sequence when the player saves the game after Snake is captured.
The American and European console versions of the collection include HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker in one package, as well with the MSX2 versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. The Japanese package does not include Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Instead, the package includes a product code to download the original Metal Gear Solid. The PlayStation Vita versions also do not include Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake for the MSX2 are also included in the Japanese package. The HD conversion of Peace Walker was released to consoles separately in Japan, it was released earlier, on November 10.
The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of the collection has a new system called "Transfarring", which allows the player to switch the game between home and portable consoles, thus allowing continuous gameplay of the same file between systems. Peace Walker is able to transfer saves between the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Portable, while Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 are transferable to both the PlayStation Vita version and cloud storage.
On August 15, 2011, UK retailer Zavvi secured the exclusive right to sell the Metal Gear Solid: Ultimate HD Collection, exclusively available for the PlayStation 3, which was set to see only 4,000 copies manufactured worldwide and would be released on November 25. It would include the HD Collection, and the Ultimate version would add to the package with PS3 edition Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, a download code for Metal Gear Solid and five exclusive art cards. The contents would come in a single steel book packaging. However, on November 25, it disappeared from Zavvi without explanation. On November 30, Zavvi changed the name from Ultimate HD Collection to Ultimate HD Edition, and announced that its altered the contents of its advertised Metal Gear Solid: HD Ultimate Edition set. Zavvi sent out an email to all customers holding an order for the edition, explaining that Konami has "advised of a change to the contents" of the set. The edition will include variant Metal Gear Solid steel book, an exclusive Metal Gear Solid T-shirt and an exclusive 250 page premium art book showcasing the artwork of Yoji Shinkawa. All those who pre-ordered the previous edition before it was cancelled also receive a Platinum copy of Metal Gear Solid 4. Zavvi's site also has a listing for an Xbox 360 version of the revised Ultimate Edition, making it no longer exclusive for the PlayStation 3. On December 7, Zavvi renamed the edition to Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Limited Edition, and revealed that 6000 copies of the PS3 version and 4000 copies of the Xbox 360 version are available for pre-order. In total 8000 (PS3) and 5000 (360) units are being made worldwide.
A North American Limited Edition for the HD Collection became available alongside the games release. The Limited Edition includes specialized packaging created by Yoji Shinkawa, the series' lead artist, and an exclusive, 248-page art book titled The Art of Metal Gear Solid.
A Japanese Premium Package for both the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and the separate (Japan-only) HD conversion of Peace Walker is also released. The Peace Walker package includes the game, a Snake figure and CD featuring vocal tracks. The Limited Edition of Metal Gear Solid HD Edition will include a copy of the game, an illustration from series artist Yoji Shinkawa, a copy of The Art of Metal Gear Solid The Original Trilogy, and the soundtrack. Paying extra, players receive Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 mugs, headphones and bags. Paying extra for the Peace Walker package includes a Peace Walker mug and a Kazuhira Miller Play Arts Kai figure.
On April 22, 2013, Konami announced a new collection, Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection, exclusive to PlayStation 3. The collection will include Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions, Metal Gear Solid 2: HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 3: HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker: HD Edition and Metal Gear Solid 4: Trophy Edition. The collection was released in North America on July 9, 2013, and in Japan on July 11, 2013. The European version is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2013.
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Metal Gear Solid HD Collection received critical acclaim upon release. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 90.14% and 89/100, the Xbox 360 version 88.36% and 90/100 and the PlayStation Vita version 82.76% and 81/100
1UP.com stated "The sheer immensity of this collection continues to astound me, and while price should by no means be the ultimate deciding factor in a review, with the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, it's impossible to ignore. Simply put, this single disc will keep you highly entertained for several staycations to come."
Eurogamer stated "Metal Gear Solid is a potpourri of ideas that insists you take the good with the bad. Certainly indulgent, it's also melancholy, exhilarating, clever, and ludicrous. It's never entirely clear what, if anything, Kojima and company are taking seriously - and the end result, in this collection, is a fascinating chronicle of one of video games' strangest successes."
Game Informer stated "The fight against The Boss, Colonel Campbell going nuts, the haunting tune as Chrysalis flies by – these are the kind of memorable events that define Metal Gear, and they are just as awesome as you remember."
GamesRadar stated "A great value, even if you only plan to play one of the three games. That it has three you might want to play, plus a bunch of fun extras, just cements this as the best multi-game compilation since 2007's Orange Box."
GameTrailers stated "If it weren't for the omission of the original Metal Gear Solid, this would probably be the prototype HD collection that all publishers should aspire to emulate. These games have withstood the test of time, and all of the enhancements and extras ensure these are the definitive versions. If you passed on these games before, there's no excuse this time."
Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) stated "As an overall package, the quality and quantity on offer here is irresistible. Slightly smudgy textures and some framerate issues mean these HD upgrades don't match the lofty restoration work seen in the Ico/Shadow Of The Colossus HD combo – yet when it comes to supreme stealthy fun, Snake's collection remains Solid gold."
Official Xbox Magazine stated "It's easy to pick nits about the weird Achievement appropriation, the fact that the games lack HD detail such as animated hair and high-quality lip-synching, and that two of the franchise's best games are absent. But the fact that three of the best stealth games ever made look even better in a $50 Xbox 360 package should put this collection on your radar."
In December 2011, the game received the award for "Best HD Remake of 2011" from TeamXbox, with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary as the runner-up. In a feature article regarding games collections, 1UP listed Metal Gear Solid HD Collection as "The Closest We've Come to Perfection" owing to the improved quality its games were given.
In 2014, the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition listed "Metal Gear Solid HD Collection" as the highest rated HD video game compilation.
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