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Metal gear solid 3: snake eater is the third game in the tactical espionage action series. It is also the first prequel in the series. It takes place during the height of the cold war. The game stars naked snake who will later become the infamous big boss. Snake eater is his origin story, And what a story it is. Snake eater has references to almost every metal gear solid game ever. It has characters who pop up through out the whole series. There are also a lot of funny fourth wall breaking humor. And it's just a really kick ass game. Snake eater's story starts off when a rocket scientist is taken behind the iron curtain, And he brings along with him a deadly tank, That can fire nukes any where in the world. So it falls upon CIA agent naked snake to sneak in, And rescue sokolov before the enemy can get there hands on his weapon. But when snakes old mentor shows up and defects to the other side, And takes sokolov with her. It's up to snake to rescue sokolov, Destroy his weapon of miss destruction and find out why the boss has defected. Will snake be able to do all of this, Before all out nuclear war breaks out. That is when the real mission begins, Operation snake eater. Snake eaters gameplay is difficult to get the hang of, But with some time it gets easier. There are a few different styles of gameplay to learn. You have cqc, gunplay and more gadgets then i want to think about. Cqc stands for close quarters combat, And it is the most easy to get used to. Cqc is your bread and butter, Snake eater is all about stealth so your best way to go about a mission is sneaking. And cqc is the best way to deal with the random enemies you might can across. Learn how it handles takes sometime but not near as much a the other styles. And once you do get the hang of it, It becomes a really fun way of taking out enemies. Another style of gameplay is gunplay, Which is not the best way of going about missions. Gunplay is the hardest to learn and get the hang of. The controls are sample but using them when you're in a big fire fight can be difficult. There are two different ways of using the gun, Third person lock-on and first person free aim. The third person controls for shooting really suck, You have to stand right in front of the guy to hit him, And then only if you're lucky. The first person controls are only a little better, But that's because of you have a better shot in first person than in third person. And it handles a bit better. First person is actually pretty useful, you can use it for finding enemies in the environment and to get a better view of the battlefield. And than you have the many different items in the game. The items range from fake death pills to cardboard boxes that you can hide in. There is a item for just about every situation, And finding the right one for the mission is key to success. Using the items is very easy, And it's really fun to try out the different items and see what they do. Just like in other metal gear solid games, The boss battles are intense as hell. The bosses you face in snake eater are some of the coolest villains in the metal gear solid series. all of the bosses names come from the emotions they feel in battle. So you have the pain, The fear, The sorrow and the joy. They are all part of a special forces unit called the cobras. The cobras played a major part in the end of world war, But besides that they are all just freaking bad ass anyway. Each battle is different from the last and each makes you think on your feet. Using their weakness against them is the best way to win a battle, But finding that weakness is not always that easy. The last boss you face in the game, Has to be one of the most emotional battles ever in a video game. It goes from zero to sixty in a second, And doesn't let up till the very end. It's pretty awesome. Since snake eater is a prequel there are a lot of characters and plot lines, That show up in later metal gear solid games. There are more than a few characters who get their start in this game. One of them being a major antagonist who is in most of the games. And there are a lot of little characters who show up for a brief moment. You actually meet the guy who invented metal gear, That whole scene is pretty cool. Snake eaters theme song is really awesome, It is very reminiscent of something from a james bond movie. The main theme is performed by cynthia harrell, Who does a knock out job. The song is intense and it plays at some pretty emotional parts in the game. The back round music is mediocre overall. If it was more like the theme song, It would be a lot better. It just does't carrie the same weight as the theme song. The sound is really good because this is a game about stealth, Sound plays a big part. If you're walking on stone floors than it will make a louder noise, Then if you where on soft ground. Making sure you're being quiet is a big part of this game, Mostly so you don't get caught and killed. Snake eaters graphics are incredible, Sometimes its hard to tell that it's a ps2 game. The graphics hold up really well and still look great. From the characters to the different environments, It's all great and really good looking. All of the characters look great, From snake to random grunt number ten. A big part of the sneaking is using the right camouflage for the different environments. The camouflage ranges from sample green to special camos, That give you incased sneaking abilities. Using the right camo for the right environments is essential to your survival. For most of the game you're in the jungle, So most of the environments are green and brown and sometimes black. They don't all look the same which adds to using the right camo, Plus it makes learning how to use the environment to your advantage essential. Overall, Metal gear solid 3: snake eater is a great game, That is well worth a look. Snake eater is truly one of the best games out there. The setting is awesome. The characters are all interesting and unique. The story is a really great ride, And one that's worth going back too whenever. The gameplay may not have aged that well, But with time you get used to it. The theme song is terrific and it really sticks to you. The music overall may not be that great, But that's okay because when you have the main theme. The graphics are incredible and hold up after all this time. Towards the end of the game when snake gets the better camos, He starts to look even more bad ass than before. And the sneaking gets a lot better. All in all if you're a new fan or a old one of metal gear solid, Snake eater is still just as fun now as it was the day it came out. And well worth the time.