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EVO 2016: The Greatest Moments of the World’s Biggest Fighting Game Tournament



After a weekend of triumphs, comebacks, record-breaking and hype, the 2016 Evolution Championship series has come to a close. Raking in over 200,000 viewers on Twitch at its peak and even landing a television spot on ESPN2, this year’s tournament highlighted the same highs and lows that make the fighting game community so exciting. With amazing showings in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros, Street Fighter V and a slew of other top-notch titles, EVO 2016 was not only the largest fighting exhibition of all time, but one of the most entertaining. Here are some of the greatest moments from this year’s historic EVO.

evo55) Chris G stomps the competition

After Marvel’s licensing deal with Capcom expired at the end of 2013, many thought Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 would be all but forgotten. Instead, here we stand nearly three years later, with another insane Top 8 tournament featuring some of the greatest MvC players of all time. Despite being knocked into Losers side by NB|DualKevin’s team of Dante, Deadpool and Hawkeye in Top 16, Christopher “ChrisG” Gonzalez had one of the strongest bracket runs in EVO history. Starting off against the legendary Justin Wong, holder of a staggering 8 EVO titles (the most of any player) and 2014 UMVC3 EVO Champion, lesser players would be intimidated by such a prolific player, but ChrisG remained calm and patient during their set. Coming down to a time out on the final match, ChrisG narrowly advanced through Losers bracket, where he faced competitors the likes of Priest, Angelic and even the man who initially beat him, DualKevin. With his extremely technical team of Morrigan, Doctor Doom and Vergil, ChrisG spaced out his opponents with Doom’s Hidden Missile assist while simultaneously bombarding them with his signature Soul Fist spam from Morrigan. Eventually, he reached Grand Finals, where he played the reigning UMVC3 champion, KaneBlueRiver, and his team of big bodies: Hulk, Sentinel and Haggar. Having absolutely decimated the competition at CEO in June, KBR looked unstoppable going into EVO, but despite starting off strong in Grand Finals, he cracked under ChrisG’s pressure. To reset the bracket and win the tournament, ChrisG first had to beat KBR in a best of three. This original set was fairly close, with KBR taking the first game and narrowly losing the following three. However, by the time the final set had begun, ChrisG seemed to have his opponent in the palm of his hand. Sweeping a total of 6 games in a row, ChrisG rarely lost any of his characters during Grand Finals. At the end of the day, KBR simply couldn’t maneuver around Chris’ attacks to get a hit, and ChrisG completed his Losers run to win his first EVO title.

evo44) Plup slays a Smash God

Although he is widely considered to be one of the best Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world, few expected Justin “Plup” McGrath to get as far as he did in this year’s tournament. Undoubtedly the greatest Samus player of all time, Plup reminded the world that he is also pushing the boundaries of what Sheik can do in high level competitive play. Facing off against fellow Florida native, Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma, in Winners Semifinals, Plup faced an uphill battle against the greatest Jigglypuff in the world. Regarded as one of the “Five Gods” of Melee (alongside Joseph “Mango” Marquez, Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, Kevin “PPMD” Nanney and defending EVO champ Adam “Armada” Lindgren), Hungrybox’s success was a safe bet going into the Top 8, and he was expected to face Armada in Winners Finals. However, he ran into a slight upset, Plup. With their first match taking place on Fountain of Dreams, the competitors fought tooth and nail to get a slight stock lead over each other, with Plup just barely edging out a win on his final stock after an intense fight for the ledge. Due to his impeccably placed needles and relentless rushdown game, Plup baited one of the game’s most defensive players into trading blows on stage in a match-up that is thought to be in Puff’s favor. In the following match on Battlefield, Plup used Sheik’s needles and forward-air to space Puff out yet again, eventually forcing her off stage. In a crucial moment during his recovery, Hungrybox was hit by a calculated barrage of needles, and missed an air dodge to get back on stage. Plup had done it, he had 2-0’d a Smash God and advanced to Winners Finals. Unable to adapt to Sheik quickly enough, Hungrybox failed to land a single rest on Plup, and was punishingly sent to Losers bracket. Sadly for Plup, he was decisively knocked into Losers side by the reigning champ, Armada, and had to face Hbox yet again in Losers Finals, where he lost 3-1. Although he placed 3rd, Plup had the best performance of his career, and proved that a new generation of smashers will be gunning for the title of “Gods.”


3) Long Island Joe fights and defends the USA

In the most emotional moment of the tournament, local legend “Long Island” Joe Ciaramelli stood as the sole American in Street Fight V’s hotly contested finals. In an insane upset during Top 16, LI Joe clutched out a win against last year’s Capcom Pro Tour champion, Kazunoko and secured his spot in the Top 8. With an extremely aggressive play style, Joe’s Nash became a force to be reckoned with, and with the venue (and most of the country) cheering him on, he began Top 8 with his father by his side. In his first match, he played the Japanese Ken player, HM Eita, who seemingly took the first set with ease by relentlessly pushing Joe into the corner and limiting his movement options. However, Joe began to play more patiently, using Nash’s V-Trigger to cross up Eita and punish his offensive strategy with overheads and grab mix ups, sweeping 3 sets in a row and advancing to the next round. Here Joe faced one of the strongest competitors in the tournament, Yukadon, a Nash main who managed to take a set off the unmatched Korean Player, Infiltration, before being knocked into Losers. Even after losing the first two games, LI Joe kept his composure and managed to run back the next 2 to take the match to an intense game 5. Unfortunately, Joe’s run ended here with a decisive 2 round victory, capped off by a great Critical Art mix-up that Yukadon charged up at the last possible second. Humble in victory and respectful in defeat, Long Island Joe got further than any American in the fighting game community and represented our country in Street Fight V’s first EVO Top 8.

evo32) Infiltration downloads his opponent in Grand Finals

Street Fighter V’s inaugural year at EVO 2016 saw some of the most amazing games of the tournament, but in true fighting game fashion, the best matches came at the end of the final night. The Korean fighting game professional Lee Seon-woo, also known as Infiltration, has proven his status as one of the greatest players of all time, earning countless victories across numerous titles since his Street Fighter IV victory at EVO 2012. Although recent players had seemed to have caught up to his skill level in recent years, his showing in the Street Fighter V Top 8 reminded audiences why he’s such a force to be reckoned with. After making quick work of Yukadon, Infiltration hit a roadblock in the form of Japanese player, Fuudo and his main character: R. Mika. In the final round of game five, Fuudo just barely beat Infiltration out with an onslaught of command grabs and V-Triggers, sending Infiltration to Losers. In Losers Finals, Infiltration had an intense rematch with Yukadon, who had seemed to have learned Infiltration’s play style during their first match in Top 8. In this Nash mirror match, Yukadon had his opponent on match point, before Infiltration came back and brought the match to the final round of game five yet again. In an extremely close round, Infiltration looked like he was about to lose, having no meter or V-Trigger while Yukadon had both at his disposal. However, Infiltration played extremely defensively and whittled away his challenger’s health before throwing him into the corner and finishing him off with a jab. Advancing to Grand Finals, Infiltration rethought his entire approach to Fuudo’s R. Mika, and managed to reset the bracket after several clutch comebacks and perfect rounds. While it was back and forth at first, Infiltration eventually overcame Fuudo’s aggressive strategy and took the tournament 3-1. Overcoming a record breaking 5065 entrants, coming back from Losers bracket and carefully analyzing his opponents, Infiltration made one sentiment very clear in a post-win interview: “Download Complete.”

evo11) Hungrybox takes the throne

In my personal favorite moment of this year’s EVO, Hungrybox proved his haters wrong in a career defining victory. After being knocked into Losers by Plup, Hbox upped his game by going for more risky punishes and edge guards to beat out the competition. Defeating C9 Mango, considered by many to be the greatest Melee player of all time, and Plup, the Sheik who defeated him earlier in Top 8, Hungrybox advanced to the last match of the tournament against the reigning EVO champ, Armada. Over the course of the last year, Hbox and Armada have heatedly contested the number one spot in Melee, but Armada has continually asserted his dominance in tournaments, often never seeing Losers bracket. Hungrybox barely took the first two games, but in the third and fourth, Armada wiped the floor with him using Fox. On tournament point for Armada, he was up two stocks on Battlefield and had Jigglypuff offstage at high percentages before Hungrybox came back with possibly the greatest bracket reset in Melee’s history, taking Armada’s first stock and comboing him from zero to death with an insane effort. The final set had games going both ways, once again coming down to the final stock of the last game. Sending Armada offstage with an aerial attack, Hungrybox watched as Fox fell to his death, completing his long journey to an EVO win. Despite being criticized for his defensive play style and methodical approach to the game, Hungrybox has reopened the book on who the true best Melee player of all time is, and for the moment, he has truly earned the title in the grandest Melee tournament in history. While Infiltration and ChrisG’s decisive Grand Finals runs may have been more definitive over all, the sheer amount of hype surrounding this Top 8 and the fact that is was so down to the wire make it the most impressive moment of EVO 2016.

If you want to learn more about LI Joe, check out Michael Martin’s piece on him from last year, it’s a great read.

If you want to hear about Hungrybox’s long journey to the top, try ESPN’s write up.

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‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’ is Polished, Pleasing Platforming



Streamlined, focused, and tons of fun, New Super Lucky’s Tale is a fantastic reworking for the Switch that absolutely nails the lighter side of Nintendo-style 3D platforming. Tight controls and a nearly flawless camera support running and jumping challenges which more often than not emphasize creativity over complexity, and it’s all set against a colorful, pun-filled, charming world full of quirky characters and light satire. Though the experience is not as epic or razzle-dazzle as something like Super Mario Odyssey, developer Playful has wisely trimmed the collect-a-thon fat that so many others in the genre employ in order to pad play time. The result lasts long enough to satisfy, yet also instills a fervent desire to see more adventures from its fearless, furry hero.

New Super Lucky's Tale carnival

In the fine tradition of its gaming ancestors dating back to the N64 days, the basics of New Super Lucky’s Tale revolve around acquiring arbitrary objects sprinkled through various stages in order to unlock doors and move on to the next area. This time it’s pages from the mystical Book of Ages, which contains the power to travel between worlds, and is the endgame of an nefarious cat sorcerer named Jinx and his gang of cartoonish thugs, the Kitty Litter. As part of a secret organization sworn to defending this kiddie-friendly Necronomicon knockoff, it’s up to Lucky to track down as many of these clover-embossed pages as he possibly can, and hopefully complete the book before his nemesis can get his claws on it.

It’s doubtful that the story will be what compels most players to keep going, and to that end, New Super Lucky’s Tale‘s simple setup also fits right in with its genre brethren. Still, Lucky is an amiable and upbeat fox to follow around, and Playful does an excellent job of surrounding him with a cast of gibberish-spouting weirdo goofballs that includes hayseed grub worms, supremely zen Yetis, loyal rock golems, and slick carny ghosts. Though their dialogue does little to drive any sort of narrative, it is endlessly amusing and often witty in its cheesy wordplay. In other words, the writing has a very Nintendo-like feel in its eccentricities that adds to the overall fun.

New Super Lucky's Tale factory

Those jokes would be less endearing without fantastic gameplay, but New Super Lucky’s Tale delivers some of the best running and jumping this side of Mario. Though this fabulous fox can’t quite match the plumber’s precision, Lucky does feel extremely responsive, and has a nice sense of weight and momentum that never feels out of control. He also comes out of the den with a well-rounded moveset, including a nifty double jump, a swishy tail (a la Mario’s spin punch), and the ability to burrow under ground. These moves can be chained together to create a satisfying flow both when exploring 3D stages and side-scrolling ones alike, and will surely inspire players to use them in creative ways in order to access seemingly out-of-reach spots.

And they’ll have to if they want to find all four pages hidden in each stage. New Super Lucky’s Tale requires a bare minimum of these leaflets to be found (and simply beating the stage merits one as a reward), but it’s in rooting around those nooks and crannies where much of the fun lies, and it gives the developer a chance to squeeze every ounce out of the unique mixture of environments they’ve created. From the assorted carnival games of a haunted amusement park to a beach party dance-off, there are a surprising amount of different things for Lucky (and players) to do here, with hardly any two stages ever feeling alike. One 3D level might task Lucky with casually exploring a farm as he gathers up the members of country jug band, while a side-scrolling obstacle course sees him dodging canon fire from an airship piloted by a feline Napolean. Some stages have a platforming bent, while others emphasize searching out secrets tucked away in mini puzzles.

New Super Lucky's Tale farm

It’s an absolutely delightful mix, and that sheer variety keeps New Super Lucky’s Tale fresh all the way through to the epic battle with fat cat Jinx himself. And though platforming veterans might find the overall challenge a bit too much on the friendly side, a few of the later bosses and and bonus stages may make that 100% goal a little tougher than it at first seems. And yet, it’s hard not to want to go back to incomplete stages or that block-pushing puzzle that stumped the first time around; the brisk pace and clever design will likely compel many players to find every scrap of paper out there.

No, Lucky isn’t the second coming of Mario, but there are few 3D platformers that offer such a polished, concise, joyful experience as New Super Lucky’s Tale. It may have taken a couple of efforts to get there (and for those who have played the original Super Lucky’s Tale, levels and bosses have been reworked here), but Playful has nailed a balance between creativity and efficiency that begs for more. 

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How Do ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’s’ Max Raid Battles Measure Up?

Max Raid Battles are one of Pokemon Sword and Shield’s premier new features. Do they live up to their full potential? Let’s find out.



max raid battles

One of the most heavily promoted new features of Pokémon Sword and Shield have been their Max Raid Battles. These gargantuan fights are both a key part of the online experience and likely the first taste most players will get of Dynamaxed Pokémon in-game. So, how’d this take on Pokémon Go’s raid system pan out in the series’ first mainline entry on console?

Well, on the plus side, getting into the thick of a raid is super straightforward. After the opening hour or two, players are introduced to the Wild Area and can access Max Raid Battles straight away by walking up to a pillar of red light on the field. From there you can invite others, challenge the raid with NPCs, and choose which Pokémon you want to use.

Real Friends Raid Together

Playing with friends online, though, is a bit more convoluted. There’s no “Invite Friends” option to be seen. Instead, all social features are handled through the Y-comm (literally accessed by pressing the Y button). It’s here that players can Link Trade, Link Battle, exchange player cards, and more.

After actively connecting to the internet–which has to be done each play session and each time the Switch is put into sleep mode–it’s up to the host of the match to find a portal and send an invitation to everyone. A notification will pop for friends on the side of the screen, and then it’s up to everyone to join the match directly through the Y-comm interface.

If players want real people to fill in any remaining slots (all raids are four-person affairs), they’ll need to join before the room fills up. Setting a Link Code avoids this hassle by creating a room but, unlike Salmon Run in Splatoon 2, only computer players can fill remaining spots after friends finish joining this way.

After some experimenting and fudding about, my buddy and I were able to hop into matches fairly quickly without much issue. Nonetheless, it’s hard to shake the feeling that creating friend lobbies is only such a headache because it had to be tied to the Y-comm. Pair this with the fact that battling while waiting for a friend to create a room can cause the notification not to pop, and getting a group together is a bit more painful than it should be.

Max Raid Battle Rundown

The raids themselves are a surprisingly engaging twist on the classic Pokémon battle formula. Groups of four challengers work together to take on a Dynamaxed raid boss. Each raid boss has a different star rating, and even the 1-star battles are no joke the first few times around. These boss Pokémon are merciless, and regularly one-shot lower leveled ‘mons with ease.

To combat these monstrous foes, one random trainer in every group is granted the ability to Dynamax their chosen Pokémon and lead the charge. The Dynamaxed Pokémon gets the benefit of having extra-powerful moves and increased HP, though it’s rather disappointing that there only seems to be one Max Move per move type (one Grass move, one Dark move, and so on). Each of these has a secondary effect on the battlefield; some trigger sandstorms, others trigger a health regeneration field that heals everyone a bit each turn. Regular moves with type advantages deal a significant chunk of damage, but it’s Max Moves that can truly turn the tide of battle.

If one of the group’s Pokémon faints, that trainer has to sit out for a turn before it automatically gets revived (a smart design choice to keep all trainers actively involved). However, the fainting of each Pokémon triggers the storm above to become more and more vicious. After four faints or ten turns, everyone is booted out of the raid sans rewards.

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The Fruits of Victory

Two of the easiest ways to better your odds are 1) Choose a Pokémon with a type advantage going into battle, and 2) Manage who Dynamaxes when. Each trainer’s Dynamax meter grows periodically and, though only one trainer can use it at a time, multiple players can activate it over the course of a raid. It also seems like each raid’s star rating is tied directly to the raid boss’ level, so bringing a generally powerful Pokémon to a lower-level raid is another viable strategy for success.

Aside from the chance to capture the raid boss itself (and some Pokémon are Max Raid Battle-exclusive), winning a raid nets players some very worthwhile rewards. These include everything from EXP candies and berries to nuggets and TMs. It’s not so much of a haul that it hurts the overall balance of the game, but there’s enough to make getting a few friends together and grinding raids for a couple of hours worth it.

max raid battles

Though Max Raid Battles are just a small part of the overall Sword and Shield package, they’ve ended up being a rather fun take on Pokémon’s traditional multiplayer offerings. For as unnecessarily complicated as playing with friends is, there are also a few cool ideas here, like being able to join a raid from anywhere on the map as long as the host is at the raid pillar. There’s some good fun to be had here if you prefer to battle alongside your friends instead of against them.

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15 Years Later: ‘Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater’ Is Kojima’s Espionage Love Letter

On November 17th, 2004, ‘Metal Gear Solid 3’ was released, marking the first entry in what would become a major part of the Metal Gear Saga.



Metal Gear Solid 3

“After the end of World War II, the world was split into two — East and West. This marked the beginning of the era called the Cold War.”

On November 17th, 2004, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater released in North America and Japan marking the first entry in what would later become a line of prequel games within the Metal Gear Saga. Big Boss’s story would finally be expanded upon in the Hollywood action game that forever changed the course of video game storytelling.

The legendary mercenary’s journey began in Kojima’s espionage love letter to the ’60s that broke the primordial gaming standards of both interactive design and visual storytelling through immeasurable gameplay depth piled onto a mind-boggling top-notch origin story. Snake Eater was only the beginning of a tale of how one of gaming’s greatest heroes descended into a villain through what is not only arguably the most compact and well-executed Metal Gear story, but Kojima Productions story ever conjured up to date.

Taking the Narrative Back

Metal Gear Solid 3
“Snake, try and remember some of the basics of CQC.”

Snake Eater ditched Solid Snake and Raiden’s current predicaments in a postmodern world to provide audiences with background knowledge and explanations for the previous chapters that came before it in what was intended to be Hideo Kojima’s final Metal Gear game at the time. Cold War political fiction and espionage thrillers from the game’s time period such as the Sean Connery and Roger Moore James Bond 007 films became the foundation for this entry’s story and tone; a balance of both goofiness and seriousness that is simply unmatched when compared to the rest of the series.

Metal Gear Solid 3 marked the beginning of a prequel series of games that would later proceed to continue after Solid Snake’s story had concluded in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the PatriotsSnake Eater threw players back in time to tackle the story of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake villain Big Boss, who was formerly referred to as three different names being John, Jack, and of course the iconic codename Naked Snake — the first character to take on the reptilian infiltration name.

Revolver Ocelot’s gun-slinging pre-boss cutscene was completely animated through motion capture footage.

Whereas Metal Gear Solid and Sons of Liberty questioned the fantasy aspects of the story, Snake Eater fully embraced the campiness that it provided. A gun-slinging, cat-growling GRU Major or a man who is able to manipulate bees are never questioned by the game’s characters. Nothing feels out of place due to how accepting everyone is of what is going on in their interpretation of history. The first fantasy aspect that players encounter is during the opening 5 minutes of the game when Naked Snake makes the HALO jump. The location the game takes place, Tselinoyarsk, is not the actual name of the location and isn’t an area of the world that has jungles.

Political fiction often comes into play during the story by incorporating real figures and the game’s characters into events that actually happened during the height of the Cold War. For example, Eva and Ocelot are depicted as the two NSA codebreakers, Martin and Mitchell, who defected to the Soviet Union. Weapons and designs featured in the game such as the hybrid screw-propelled metal gear, the Shagohod, are based on real blueprints for military weapons of the time period. While the story incorporates science fiction and fantasy aspects, the story still remains grounded and has its own limits even in gameplay.

A Whole New Meaning to Survival

When Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa saw the 1987 movie Predator, one concept from the film that stuck with them was how the technologically advanced alien Predator used camouflage within the jungle setting to stealthily take out a military rescue team lead by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Camouflage became part of the foundation for Snake Eater‘s gameplay that delved into the realism and campy side of the series. Players could swap outfits and face paints at any given moment to adapt to their current surroundings. The top right-hand corner has a camouflage index that constantly keeps track of how well-hidden you are in the environment.

Just as gadgets are a critical part of James Bond’s arsenal of weapons, Snake Eater saw the Metal Gear Solid series expand on the variety and utilization of items. The number of different ways to tackle standard environmental obstacles and boss battles was exponentially increased due to how many ways one could actually use their equipment. Grenades, lethal firearms, night-vision goggles, cigarettes, and even cardboard boxes all inherited a multi-functional philosophy that most players would never even discover unless they had experimented during their playthrough or were told to do a specific action. Even food became a weapon of war that could be used to poison and distract guards if it had gone spoiled.

On the topic of food, alongside the standard health bar, Snake has a stamina meter that must be ministered to constantly by eating foods found on-site and administering proper medical treatment. Animals, fruit, medicinal items, and various packaged resources must be collected and watched over throughout the game. All food items ran on a real-time clock leaving food to go unsanitary and rotten after a matter of real-time days.

The Beginning of Product Placement

Fun Fact: Kojima has gone on record saying that Naked Snake’s favorite CalorieMate Block is the chocolate-flavored line (rightfully for promotional reasons!).

The Metal Gear Solid series kickstarted Hideo Kojima’s constant usage of product placements within his games that are still ongoing today. These products include but are certainly not limited to clothing, accessories, toys, household items, and of course, food. Snake Eater began a trend of future Kojima Production games featuring real-life items that are purchasable in many small scale and large retail stores throughout Japan through the brand of nutritional energy bars and gels, CalorieMate.

The chocolate-flavored CalorieMate Block appeared in the original version of Snake Eater, while the maple-flavored kind replaced it in the HD Collection due to it being the latest flavor release at the time. Advertisements for CalorieMate during the game’s release showed Naked Snake holding a chocolate-flavored Block saying “If you wanna survive in the jungle, your going to need one of these.”

When initiating a Codec call with Paramedic after eating a CalorieMate Block, the character will question the legitimacy of the food. In reality, CalorieMate first released in 1983, contradicting the 1960’s setting of the story, therefore, making its placement in the game an anachronism; an object or person that is displaced in time.

A Legacy Worthy of The Big Boss Rank

At the time of Snake Eater’s release, although the game garnered a completely positive reception from critics with a 91 Metacritic score, it was highly debated whether the sequel-prequel was superior to the entries that came before it. Critics commonly praised the graphics and cinematics the game had to offer but questioned whether the gameplay was too complex for its own good. Snake Eater also had to ride the coattails of unsatisfied audiences originating from the previous entry’s lack of Solid Snake being the protagonist which ultimately lead to sales of the game being significantly lower than the previous Solid entries.

Over time, Snake Eater became the fan-favorite entry of the series and would go on to receive the most re-releases out of all the Metal Gear games to date. Most notably, in 2006 Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence expanded upon the online mode in the game and added a completely new third-person controlled camera system that enhanced the overall experience and became the right analog stick standard for future entries. Buyers of this version were also treated with the original two MSX Metal Gear games found on the main menu- the first time the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake had ever been localized outside of Japan.

Snake Eater 3D Limited Edition Bundle included a ‘Snake Skin’ themed standard 3DS (only released in Japan).

2011 saw the release of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collectiona compilation title that included an updated version of Subsistence — arguably the best way to play Snake Eater today. In 2012 the game also saw a release on the Nintendo 3DS dubbed Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater which included a new real-life camera camouflage system and multiple gameplay changes inherited from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker to accommodate the 3DS’s lack of dual analog sticks.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is a true patriot that definitively holds its ground against the rest of the series today due to its creative liberties that the series never quite revisited in complete depth. Hideo Kojima and his team of masterminds behind Kojima Productions are well deserved of a salute for the tremendous efforts they put into creating a groundbreaking title that forever changed what it meant to be a cinematic video game. From its action-packed plot to its cinematic orchestra inspired-score, even after 15 years the pure indigenous nature of creativity from the studio never ceases to amaze audiences.

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