Metal Gear Solid 3 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Metal Gear Solid 3 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Top 5 Acts of Sheer Manliness (in games) Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:06:27 -0400 Matt Amenda


1. Kratos Punches Zeus in the Face

God of War 3

There is something very special going on when the main character ditches his signature weapons just to wail on his least favorite villain with his bare hands. That's the time when the hero decides to express his loathing in a very personal and intimate way. And there is no better way to do that than a good-old fashioned punch to the face.


But Kratos was always a "go big or go home" kind of guy. In this case, "home" is "the depths of Hades" and "big" is "punch the King of the Gods in the face until you're blinded by his blood and grey matter".


He does this on top of Mount Olympus, during the apocalypse, and after brutalizing through virtually every other god and demigod on earth. Except for Aphrodite, whom he had sex with right before impaling her husband with his own blacksmithing equipment. But I would not call any of those other boss fights manly (except for boning Aphrodite, because that's worth bragging about). THIS fight was the manliest because a mortal man decided to take the kill-everything swords off and beat in the skull of Zeus himself with nothing but his fists.




What do you think? What are the manliest moments in video games? 


2. Cole Scores a Touchdown with a Bomb

Gears of War 3

In a game about huge men eviscerating lizard men with chainsaw machine guns, Augusus Cole stood out as being especially macho. He's ripped, he's loud, he's fearless, and he really loves killing Locust. He has a lot of great moments, but this one tops them all.


In this scene, he shows us why everybody calls him the "Cole Train" by grabbing a satchel charge, charging through several armed, combustible Lambent, and sticking it on a giant Lament stalk in the endzone and blowing it up. In that one segment, he got to score a touchdown, tackle some aliens, and blow something up. That's three ultimate American dreams accomplished is only a few seconds. Cole is the like the Flash Gordon on the Gears of War universe. God, I love him.


3. Zangief Wrestles Bears on the way to the Tournament

Super Street Fighter IV

OF COURSE he wrestles bears. In Russia, everything is more manly. If their cosmonauts have to fight wolves in Siberia, then they've got to throw something a little more imposing at the Red Cyclone. In this case, huge Russian bears.


It's all for the children.


4. Conker Whacks a Giant Robot's Balls off with a Frying Pan

Conker's Bad Fur Day

Normally I say taking a shot at a man's special place is a bitch move, but when you're a tiny red squirrel up against a giant boiler-robot you've got to work with what you're dealt. Namely, a literal pair of giant brass balls.


That vicious ginger bastard dumped raw sewage on the robots head, then pounded the poor guy's over-sized nuggets with a pair of bricks and a frying pan until he fell over and died. That's brutal, man. Note to self: never provoke a squirrel with a hangover.


4. Snake Escapes a Russian Prison with a Fork

Metal Gear Solid 3

As everybody knows, everything is worse is Soviet Russia. That especially applies to the prisons. But this is Snake we're talking about: he spent the whole game before this eating raw animals and killing Spetznaz in the jungle. He sets the manliness bar pretty high by default. So to make things interesting, they tortured him, tore out one of his eyes, took all his stuff, made him shirtless, and gave him nothing but a fork.


True, he had some other items to work with, but there's something about giving him something so seemingly harmless as a fork that lets you know, immediately, that he is about to do really nasty and awesome with it. And what do you know: Snake breaks out of prison and goes on with his mission like nothing happened. Because that's what Snake does, Smash Bros invitation or no.


In video games, you're always going on impossible, violent adventures. But when it comes to determining how manly something is, it has to be more than just violent: it has to be a magical combination of brave, idiotic, and violent. Shooting a zombie isn't enough: you have to do it shirtless with a flamethrower while smoking five cigars as Psychostick drunkenly wails in the background. Because the essence of the male video-game protagonist is glorious stupidity, and there's a lot of bros out there to upstage.

Metal Gear Solid 3 Motion Capture Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:40:36 -0500 Left Foot

This is behind-the-scenes footage of the motion capture used in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Motion Capture technology has been around for a while in video games. It's used by game developers to give characters more of a life-like feel and movement.

Check out the guy performing Ocelot's revolver handling skills at 1:09.

10 3DS Games to Play Besides Super Smash Bros. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:39:47 -0400 Brian Crimmins


1. Fire Emblem: Awakening


One of the 3DS' more popular titles, and for good reason. Fire Emblem: Awakening combines everything we love about the Fire Emblem franchise, from the masterful strategy gameplay to the engaging cast of characters. (Even if that cast is more anime than we're normally used to.) Although it's not the best game in the franchise, it's still the best game the franchise has seen in a while.


2. Kid Icarus: Uprising


I imagine the first question most people had when they initially heard about this game was, "How do you bring a 20+ old video game like Kid Icarus to modern systems?" In this game's case, you combine on-rails shooting segments with on-foot action segments into a surprisingly effective package. The only real problem might be the humor, which is too shoulder-nudgingly aware much of the time.


3. Liberation Maiden


Again, I choose the more obscure titles, but not without good reason. Liberation Maiden is a stylish futuristic shooter where your goal is to blast life back into New Japan. It's a solidly built game, never missing a moment to deliver on the action.


4. Project X Zone


Another obscure title, and a divisive one, at that. Some people think Project X Zone goes on for far too long, and that its gameplay could be improved. Others love the fighting game-esque mechanics and the fully realized pixel art aesthetic. Personally, I lean toward the latter.


5. Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater


It's Metal Gear Solid 3, but on the 3DS. Those of you who like the original version of the game will no doubt enjoy this one, too (3DS control quirks aside). A quick warning, though: although this version is based on Subsistence, it does not feature that game's multiplayer.


6. Azure Striker Gunvolt

One of the more recent titles for the 3DS, Gunvolt is a short, simple action game in the vein of Mega Man Zero. Not as good as it could be, but certainly a competent action title. Read my review of the game to get a clearer image.


7. Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword


Admittedly, there's not much to Sakura Samurai. As a young samurai out to save the princess, you dodge attacks and quickly follow up with one of your own. Yet surprisingly, the game doesn't need much more than that.


8. Code of Princess


An obscure game, true, but it's worth checking out. The premise is a simple "princess must save her kingdom from the forces of evil" fantasy affair, and the gameplay is just a beat-em-up with a wide range of unique characters. It's kind of like a spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes (but maybe not as good).


9. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Beteen Worlds


The latest entry in the Zelda franchise...unfortunately, it didn't do a lot for me. The dungeon design was too simple, and having most of your items from the start largely breaks the experience. This is why I put the game at the #9 spot. Still, maybe diehard Zelda fans could appreciate A Link Between Worlds.


10. Yumi's Odd Odyssey


Although the name doesn't say it, Yumi's Odd Odyssey is actually part of a long-running platform series in Japan called Umihara Kawase. In fact, it's the first entry to be released outside Japan. Like previous Umihara Kawase games, expect physics based platforming with a fishy aesthetic.

15 Fantastic Metal Gear Solid Cosplay Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:33:34 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez


Here is Ocelot with members of the Unit by grendelot. The costumes were made by Jackov.


This is a cosplay of Laughing Octopus from Metal Gear Solid IV by UltimateCosplays.


From Metal Gear Solid III is The Boss by AngelaBermudez.


Here we have NemoValkyrja dressed as Sniper Wolf from Metal Gear Solid.


In a Major Ivan Raidenovich Raikov cosplay, here is Moin2D.


Stunning photo of a female Raiden cosplay by keruuu.


I think this is a great Snake cosplay from Metal Gear Solid III by HitoCosplay.


Hannekake is Olga Gurlukovich from Metal Gear Solid II: Sons of Liberty.


From Metal Gear Solid Rising is Raiden in a picture entitled "Lightning Strikes" by SoCoPhDPepper.


This is an awesome cosplay of Mistral from Metal Gear Rising Revengeance by Si3art.


This is Venus from the Metal Gear series by CrystalGraziano.


From Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, we have Quiet by IXISerenityIXI.


A vision of Snake by RBF-productions-NL.


Here we have Eva from Metal Gear Solid III: Snake Eater by railiens.


In honor of today's release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, here's a gathering of some fantastic Metal Gear Solid inspired cosplay.


This is a fantastic attention to detail for Raiden by Leox90.

Top Ten Storylines in Video Games Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:19:50 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

Many of us play our video games for all kinds of reasons, whether it be for its multi-player aspect, humor, brutality, as an escape, the campaign or just the name alone. I for one, am intrigued by a great storyline.

I must be a gripped to the edge of my seat, nail biting, hour by hour addict enveloped by a game's story (at least most of the time). I am a lover of the single player campaigns.

So here is my take on the Top Ten Storylines in Video Games:

10. L.A. Noire

A story that revolves around new detective Cole Phelps with the very corrupt Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), slowly after returning from service in World War 2. He is trying to right some personal demons thanks to his experiences. The cases you solve throughout his rise through various departments of the LAPD bring him some stunning realizations about his time in the military, who he spends time with and how they're affected. The story is based on how the crimes are investigated and solved by the player. The game is deep in its heavy plots and aesthetics of films from the 1940s and 1950s.

9. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Set during the Cold War-era of the Soviet Union, the story centers around FOX operative Naked Snake as he attempts to rescue a weapons designer, sabotage a superweapon, and assassinate his former defected boss. Throughout the story he learns the reasons behind his boss' defection and betrayal and begins to understand the decisions made but ultimately still must face his former boss on the battlefield. The game is told through cut scenes and radio conversations. Despite the 1960s feel, it has all the aspects of high tech.

8. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of The White Witch

This is a wonderful magical world with characters you care about. Once you start Ni No Kuni, you just cannot stop. It's a story about Oliver, a young boy from Motorville. He's good-natured, kind, pure, broken-hearted and that's part of its charm. While trying out a new vehicle designed by his friend Philip, Oliver almost drowns but is saved by his mother Allie who consequently dies from saving him. His tears of grief cause his doll, a gift from his mother, to come to life and reveals itself as a fairy named Drippy. Drippy tells Oliver that he's from another world where an evil wizard named Shadar has taken control. He also explains to Oliver that each person in his world has a "soul mate" - in essence a person with a link to someone in Oliver's world. It's with this knowledge that Oliver sets out on his adventure to find the link to his mother to bring her back to his own world. It's an adventure game of battling creatures called Familiars which you are able to collect. The Familiars can level up and equip weapons and armor. This game takes a bit from Pokémon which is delightful.

7. Alan Wake

A survival horror game that follows bestselling novelist Alan Wake as he tries to uncover the mystery behind his wife's disappearance during a vacation in the town of Bright Falls, Washington, all the while experiencing events from the plot of his latest book that he cannot remember writing that is coming to life. Alan Wake contains plot twists and cliffhangers as it's similar to a TV series. Its narrative, pacing, and atmosphere are primarily written by Sam Lake and is brilliant.

6. Halo Reach

This is a story around a squad of superhuman soldiers called Spartans and their defense of the planet Reach from the invasion by the alien race known as The Covenant. It's based on great struggle and sacrifice against overwhelming odds and it's the basis of this story that has led to the Halo series. It's how humanity has been backed into a corner by the ever encroaching forces of The Covenant and how the sacrifice and downfall of Reach was necessary for the survival of humanity.

5. The Walking Dead

A true gut-wrenching story of Lee Everett, a man on his way to prison, who is the unlikely hero who stumbles upon Clementine, a young girl whose parents were vacationing in another city when the zombie apocalypse occurred. Throughout their journey you meet vast characters that you grow to love or hate. The game's strengths are the dialogue and character development. The execution of each scenario is what makes this a must play.

4. BioShock

What can I say of this amazing story? Andrew Ryan is the perfect man who has built the perfect world, an underwater utopian city called Rapture. Believing he had found The Way, when in actuality Andrew Ryan created a society bent on hedonistic vanity, unchecked ambition and extreme moral enigma. It is exquisite in its depravity and the epic demoralization of the city is revealed through narrative devices called audio-logs found throughout the many levels. It's an artistic masterpiece thanks to Ayn Rand, Ken Levine, and John Galt.

3. Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 starts off as a bizarre love story. James Sunderland is searching for his wife after receiving a letter from her on year after her death. It tells a complex story on different levels in which the way you play and interact throughout its sinister world has bearing. The spoken narrative of Silent Hill 2 leaves little doubt on the kind of man James Sunderland is. If you spend the game at half or less health you'll get a different ending. This is because the game thinks that James is suicidal. Hmm interesting. Every horrific creature in the game is a manifestation of the character James' twisted psyche and the physical representations are of his sexual hang-ups and guilt. At the end of this game you've lost all empathy for its protagonist.

2. Mass Effect Series PERIOD

Can I say this is a story that rivals many sci-fi epics like Star Wars? YES I CAN! This is Akira Kurosawa's (whom I adore) Seven Samurai except it's in space. The deep back story of each character and complex decisions made throughout brings an intense bond between the player and its characters. The player not only affects the overall plot but the many sub-plots and stories that occur simultaneously as the main plot unfolds. The fact that the decisions of the player carry on from one game to the next makes it an epic marvel with a huge dedicated fan base.

And My Top Pick....

1. The Last of Us

Yes, it's no secret that this is my favorite game and no wonder with so many naming this triumph by Naughty Dog as Game of the Year for 2013. This is epic story telling of two characters in a post-apocalyptic world. Joel, a man suffering from his grief, and Ellie, a 14 year old orphan, are the main characters in which every encounter develops the dynamics of their relationship. This is a brutal and human story that is realistic to its very core. Its cut scenes will have you glued to your seat. I fell in love with Joel and Ellie and so will you.

Well there you have it, my list of great storylines.

If you haven't checked any of these phenomenal games out, I highly recommend that you do.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Top 5 Innovative Experiences Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:25:19 -0400 Kristin Silver

I have to admit, I haven't been a Metal Gear Solid fan for a long time.  To be more specific, I picked up a copy of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence just a couple years ago. I was looking for a new game series to get into, and since Metal Gear Solid was a big name title, I thought about giving it a try.  And you know what, I'm glad I did because it was one of the best games I've ever played.

"Why is it so good?"

I asked myself this question when I played the game and was trying to figure out what it was that made MGS3 so enticing.  Sure, it has a developed story that keeps you engaged, it has dynamic characters with distinguishable personalities, the soundtrack and voice acting is well done, and it has excellent gameplay mechanics that don't take very long to understand but can be a challenge to execute (at least if you're trying to go for the proper "stealth" infiltration).

But there was also something beyond these general factors that really gave the game an added value.  Instances in the game that just had this uncanny "Kojima Touch" that had you thinking, "Hideo Kojima is a genius."

To emphasize what I'm talking about, I'm going to give you the Top 5 Innovative Experiences of Metal Gear Solid 3.  Each of these moments in the game were unique because they capitalized on a thoughtful, interactive player experience.

5. Capturing Raikov in Groznyj Grad

During this mission, you have to capture this questionable, pretty-boy Major named Raikov, in order to steal his uniform.  In order to do so you must knock him out, and then proceed to drag his body into a locker without being seen by enemy soldiers patrolling the hallways. What made this a defining moment is the fact that it gives the player the flexibility to approach the situation using the tactics they desired.  Instead of making the mission linear, Kojima gives players the ability to strategize and choose how they will complete the task.  The method you choose? Well, that's up to how creative you can get. 

4. Ocelot and the Time Paradox

In Metal Gear Solid, you can get a game-over for several reasons.  Some of the common ones are running out of time during specific boss battles, dying, or (if you're playing European Extreme difficulty) simply setting off the alert.  In Metal Gear Solid 3, there is also another ingenious way a player can earn a game-over, and that's by killing a character that's supposed to show up later in the series' timeline.  Remember, Metal Gear Solid 3's story is a prequel to MGS1 and MGS2, making it earlier in the timeline.  If you decide to let your curiosity take over, you'll quickly see that killing Ocelot, a character in MGS1 and MGS2, results in an instant game over.  This factor deserves to be a defining moment because it breaks the fourth wall by telling the player they have created a time paradox.  Definitely an innovative feature to include in a prequel game! 

3. The Boss Battle with The Sorrow

In a typical boss battle, you expect to have a dramatic duel with your enemy.  Metal Gear Solid 3 implements something much more unique than this.  In the "boss battle" with The Sorrow, you are literally going for a walk.  Through a stream.  That's it.  I think it's genius, as it goes against the stereotypical hack-and-slash boss battle to provide something refreshing.  It's also interactive because the length of your walk upstream is determined by the amount of enemies you've killed in the game.  Perhaps it is punishment for abusing the use of your arsenal.  Whatever the reason, it is one of the most iconic boss battles I've ever experienced.

2. The End's Early Death

Another one of Metal Gear Solid 3's unique bosses is The End.  He's basically an old man who's known as the world's greatest sniper.  In the boss battle, it doesn't take long to find out how good his aim is.  But the innovative moment I want to talk about is not the boss battle, but something that can occur out of sheer curiosity.  (At least for me, this came as a surprise).  Early in the game you'll reach a dock next to Ponizovie Warehouse , and if you pay close attention to the game's interface, you'll notice the health bar of The End appear.  As a gamer, I know this will usually appear when I can engage a boss, but at this given point of the game, I wasn't supposed to be fighting The End.  So what did I do?  I was curious, so I thought about trying to snipe The End (without any prior knowledge of the game) just to see if anything would happen.  Providing players with incentives and alternatives to later gameplay is a great way to reward player curiosity and the reason I chose this innovative moment.  

1. The Ladder Climb

The never ending ladder climb is my number one experience in Metal Gear Solid 3 for just being so awesome.  Okay, the ladder does end but this part of the game really made me speechless for its sheer ability of combining music, gameplay, and mood to create a dynamic player experience.   As you're climbing this ladder, the game's theme song, Snaker Eater, slowly fades in from the beginning and keeps playing as you continue to climb.  The catch?  The only way to reach the top of the ladder is by listening to the entire song.  This quality not only makes the game impressive, but also shows us that Kojima is a man with a strong attention to detail.  In addition, the placement of this moment is also very calculated.  It takes place at a stage of the game where Snake knows everything is at stake and must contemplate these facts, throughout his ascent, knowing it's do or die.  Thinking about it from this point of view, this moment was beautifully executed and something to revisit if you didn't catch it on your first playthrough.

If you haven't had the chance to play MGS3, you will have the opportunity July 9th with the release of the Playstation 3-exclusive Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection

What do you think was innovative from Metal Gear Solid 3?