WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS! Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection is awesome. These two games are possibly some of the best action/stealth games of all time. I adore both of these games, however I do prefer the legendary Snake Eater over the insane Sons of Liberty. Since it is my first time beating these games, I will review these as a newcomer, so I have not had much time to think these games over. Let's start with Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty. MGS 2 was the second game I played (simply because Snake Eater is the true first chapter in the saga) so I knew what to expect while going in. A very good story, with awesome characters, and incredible boss battles. To my surprise, I got the exact opposite. When this game opens up, it puts you in the shoes of Solid Snake from the previous title. You are sent to a tanker, to obtain information about the new Metal Gear being developed by the military. However, after something goes horribly wrong, the tanker sinks and Snake is presumably dead. Is that our game?! No, actually fast forward two years to Big Shell, a large base used to clean up oil spills. After a terrorist organization takes over Big Shell, your character is sent in to stop them, and figure out what's going on. Are you playing as Solid Snake? Nope. You are now playing as a marine, codename Raiden. When I first played this I was confused. What happened to that cool spy from the first game? Alright, I'm just gonna play as this guy for a few minutes I thought. Yeah, you play as this guy for the rest of the game. So soon enough, you're investigating what's going on, and then you meet the villains. This game goes from weird, to STRANGE. When I first laid my eyes on the vampire, the fat explosives expert or the lady who is practically invincible, I was puzzled. Since it isn't explain who these people are until the fourth installment. Urrgghh. However, the game does manage to stay fun. You can hold guys up, beat them down, shoot out cameras, hide in cardboard boxes, typical Metal Gear stuff. And then you get to the ending. It makes no sense. End of Story. Now, onto Snake Eater. This game is so much better. You start the game off, and your job is to free a scientist who is being held by a group of Russians( because it is the Cold War) But then, you discover that the person behind every thing, is your mentor and Ocelot. The story is much more focused this time around. Then, after two hours of cutscenes, you finally get to play. And the gameplay has changed. There is no longer the radar at the top of the screen that tells you where enemies can see. Also, enemies can see very far in this game which makes it much more intense in this game. Another feature that they improved on is the stealth. There is a system where you can blend into your surroundings if you have the right gear. Also, enemies have to call into HQ if they see you. Enemies no longer come after a guard so much as looks at you. However, this game does have a few problems. The biggest being that it has thirty different endings. You are fighting someone in an arena type area. You beat him, but then he chases after you which begins an intense motorcycle chase. Once you beat him then, you fall off the motorcycle and another enemy comes out of a large crevice. Then, you escape but the person with you gets wounded so you have to continue on foot. I'm not even half way done, it really drags on. If you look past these missteps you will find an excellently crafted game, with many layers to it. Overall, this is an excellent package. Though Sons of Liberty does take down the saga's story, it still remains a very important series.
yes: I recommend this product