It is 2014 and the world is in turmoil, thrust into a never ending battle by the "war economy". This fuels the need for private military companies (PMC's) to fight continuous civil wars. The PMC soldiers armed with nanotechnology that track and control everything from body temperature to emotions and allow anyone with the nano machines equipped to communicate what they sense to another militia member. This causes them to be in perfect synchronization with all others in the unit and become ultimate war machines with no training necessary. This whole system is controlled by the Patriot AI named Sons of the Patriots (SOP), a massive computer system with five servers. Repairing and using one of the servers (GW which was destroyed in MGS2) Liquid Ocelot plans to control the nano machines in the soldiers and take over the SOP planning to name it Guns of the Patriots. This is why Solid Snake's (now Old Snake) former commanding officer Roy Campbell approaches him with one last mission - to terminate Liquid.
Right when you start the game you are going to notice the amazing visuals and sound that just captivate you. Its true that graphics may be lacking compared to newer games but you have to realize this was released in 08' and for the guy who just got his PlayStation 3 this was a masterpiece. Yet playing it again I only noted small hiccups in visuals in fact I appreciated that there were so few and so negligible. After a few cut scenes Snake is thrown right into a Middle Eastern war zone and taught the basics as well as given an interesting piece of equipment. The OctoCamo suit, designed off of an octopuses ability to mimic, it changes appearance to match its surroundings causing Snake to become hard to spot making him as stealthy as ever.
Stealth, that is the name of the game, well not literally... but it almost should be! Snake, not an enemy of either side needs to complete his mission without being detected. Going through each area undetected whilst the battle rages on, all in order to save the world from Liquid. Now you may be thinking that's boring why would I want to play like that, my answer is . . . why wouldn't you! Adrenaline flows like crazy because a PMC soldier is all but ten feet away starring right at you and you are disguised as a statue. The poor guy turns around concluding whatever he heard was nothing and you have the choice to neutralize him lethally, non-lethally, or simply slither away. But if you insist on playing the game like its another COD then you are welcome to quench your blood lust but I warn you, you're missing out.
Now if you are the achievement hunter type, this game will serve up a challenge but will reward you in game as much as a few nice PlayStation trophies. There are hidden weapons, music, and camo that can be unlocked by doing all sorts of things from completing the game a certain way to looking at posters. This can really up the replay value of an already addictive game. If you want everything there is it will take a minimum of 8 playthroughs at around 80 hours (That includes 5 hour speed run on extreme difficulty setting and a slow 35 hour playthrough on any difficulty) Currently I am on my probably tenth run, it doesn't help that every time I have tried to write this article I end up playing the game...
With all that said there are a few things that bug me when I play this game. Mainly its very "male oriented" and that's coming from a man! I don't just mean guns, war, and violence because women like that stuff too, no I'm talking breasts.. there is no shortage of 'em. I can appreciate an attractive female character or two but when seemingly every adult female has a third of their breasts showing the sexy factor really feels forced. Other than that there are just some game play hiccups such as when using auto-aim no weapon or a knife when you press L1 your view is forced to where Snake is facing, considering this is a 3rd person view game and everything else has snake turn where you are looking this is quite distracting and even frustrating at times. The one last harp I have is the length of cutscenes, with me the cutscenes are a love/hate relationship; they tell a great story but with about 8 hours throughout the game they are a bit lengthy but worth the watch yet on the next playthroughs they are nothing but a pain and I wish there was an option in settings to auto skip instead of manually doing it.
All in all this game is a true masterpiece and if you are willing to play an older game on the PS3 this is a must. There is no shortage of things to do with a captivating story and great game play mechanics.