Many fans of the Metal Gear Solid franchise will tell you that MGS3 Snake Eater was the highlight of the series, due to its sudden change from MGS2 and 1. It switched from the typical warehouse type setting to an expansive jungle and breathed a new light into the series. No wonder Mr. Kojima himself wanted it on the 3DS. The jungle setting is perfectly suited to the 3DS and takes advantage of the 3D effect tremendously, when switched on, it allows you to see what is in the background much easier and how far away an enemy is from you.
Controlling feels natural and just like a console Metal Gear Solid title…with the Circle Pad Pro. If you have ever played Peace Walker on the PSP, you’ll easily be able to control this without the add-on, but if you’re new to it, controlling the camera can be a pain with the face buttons. Especially when in dense locations and you are surrounded by enemies.
All in all, my first impression of this game is; much better than expected. When playing the demo, I didn’t think the game would be up to scratch and wasn’t worth the investment. But after buying and playing, wow, I regret nothing. The game is much more polished and is certainly worth your time. If you had any doubts about the games graphical quality, don’t be put off. While there is a frame rate hiccup in a few places, it’s not un-bearable and I personally think it adds to the game play. 3D is great and controlling feels smooth with the CPP.