Fans of Hideo Kojima’s madcap series Metal Gear have been clamoring for a way to play the series’ back catalog for years now on current-gen consoles. In particular, fans have been vocal in their wish to have the series’ seminal entry, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, remade in the Fox Engine for the current generation of consoles, which is definitely possible considering that Konami have already remade many of the game’s cutscene with the Fox Engine for a pachinko game.
But while there’s no movement on that front, great news came today as Xbox announced their addition of the Xbox 360 release of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which includes remastered versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater as well as the PSP title Peace Walker and the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake MSX titles, to their ever-growing library of Xbox One backwards compatible titles.
Not only will this provide newer fans to the series a way to experience the older games on the newest hardware, but will allow those fans who sold their last generation consoles to play the HD remasters once more. It’s also worth noting that, as of the time of writing, there’s no way to play the same PS3 version of the HD remasters on the PS4, due to the system’s lack of backward compatibility and not being available on PS Now, a service that allows those who pay a subscription to stream previous generation titles over the cloud.
This is despite the PS3 release of the HD collection being more substantial, including Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots along with all of the others. Furthermore, with the PS4 being one of the only viable home consoles in Japan at the moment, Konami may end up missing out on potential re-engagement with the series in its own homeland.
So with this announcement, it’d be easy to say that Xbox is now the best place to play Metal Gear. Yet, Metal Gear Solid 4 was developed as an exclusive for the PlayStation 3, because of the superior storage capacity of Blu-ray discs that only Sony was using at the time – meaning that the Xbox is missing out on a key mainline entry in the series. Given that it’s not only my favorite game in the series but also the most character and story-intensive of them all, it’s a bit of shame.
But for those who do own an Xbox One and want to dive back into the some of the best entries in the series, or perhaps have always wanted to give them a try, then this is the perfect opportunity. Happy sneaking!