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While this is package offers three complete games from one of the best videogame series of all time, it is somewhat disappointing. The biggest disappointment with this package is that it doesn't include the original Metal Gear Solid (or even the Gamecube remake 'The Twin Snakes'). This would have been the icing on the cake for this great package, as well as adding coherence to 'Metal Gear Solid's' often confusing storyline. Not including it is a real oversight.
The three games that are presented are classics in their own right, still play well and look great with their HD coat of paint. The boss battles are particularly memorable. The gameplay may seem a little stiff to someone that used to playing more modern action/adventure games but if you played these first time around it will comeback very naturally. It was great to play these games again and revisit the characters and locations - it's just a shame that it doesn't offer the complete Metal Gear Solid experience.
HD collections seem to be the "in" thing at the minute, it's an easy way for developers to cash in on old material and a lot it's evident that a lot of HD collections have taken shortcuts. Fortunately, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is not one of those.
The game includes the Metal Gear Solids 2 and 3 from the Playstation 2 and also Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker which has been ported in from the PSP. On top of this, there are a whole host of extras, the most notable being copies of the first 2 original Metal Gear games from the NES. While you'll probably never complete these, it's nice that they're there for nostalgic reasons alone.
The games themselves look well, with MGS 3 looking the best of the bunch. And the sound design is top notch, I also love the inclusion of Trophies. However not everything is perfect, while Peace Walker uses the twin stick style controls that have become popular in third-person shooters of late, MSG 2 and 3 really shows it's age when it comes to controls, with 3 button presses needed to fire in first person it can be a handful.
Overall the HD Collection is aimed towards Metal Gear fans who have played the games before, it's a great package at a reduced price and delivers exactly what it's supposed to.