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A Decade Later, Metal Gear Solid 3 Still Has The Best James Bond Theme Song

by Mike Futter on Nov 17, 2014 at 04:28 AM

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Metal Gear Solid 3’s release. It moved the series forward in a number of ways, all while taking players back in time to contextualize Solid Snake’s story.

It opens with one of the best theme songs in any game, evoking (and surpassing) the title credits for James Bond films. Named “Snake Eater,” the theme song was written by Norihiko Hibino and performed by Cynthia Harrell.

The song is also featured toward the end of the game. As Naked Snake (who eventually becomes Big Boss) climbs an impossibly long ladder, the music fades in to create one of the most memorable moments in gaming history.

The tune has been covered a number of times, with a number of vocalists belting out the kitschy vocals. One of the most impressive is a performance by the Video Game Orchestra recorded at Boston Symphony Hall, with Ingrid Gerdes on vocals.

We’ve still got a while to wait before Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, and we’d love to see a track like this included to bring us into the action. Happy birthday, Metal Gear Solid 3. Try to avoid any time paradoxes on the big day.

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