As a teenager I with my brother and cousins played the Original Metal Gear Solid and it's sequel MGS2 Sons of Liberty for PS1 and PS2 respectively. The story of the latter was too confusing to understand with my English level at the time (even though by that time I could understand the majority of games just fine. Yup! MGS uses too specific English terms.)
This year I decided to watch the series as Lets Plays since I don't have PS3 and the fourth game is exclusive to that console. I started with Metal Gear Solid 2 to understand it better and it was a geat experience.
Some Spoliers For MGS3 Below!
This month I watched Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. A Let's Play by HamsterBomb. He went in the game completely blind (i.e. didn't experience it before.) What a journey it was.
Metal Gear Solid 3 is set during the Cold War in 1964. You play as Naked Snake who's sent to a jungle in the Soviet Union to stop the manufactoring of a deadly weapon and prevent a Nuclear War.
Metal Gear Solid is a stealth game series which is aware of itself and have both funny and emotional moments. MGS3 Snake Eater follows this tradition and lets us experience the story of the man who will become Big Boss (a global threat) at some point in the future.
I loved watching HamsterBomb as he played the game, and watching him as he learned the different ways he can defeat bosses. For a game that was released on PS2 originally it was very realistic stealth game (not so much by today's standards though.)
Metal Gear Solid 3 is full of high points, and my second favorite event is the events that led to Naked Snake's imprisonment by and getting tortured by Volgin! It was so painful to helplessly watch Snake getting beaten up like that.
My favorite part of the whole game however, is the final boss. The Boss! and what happens afterwards. The fight between Snake and his mentor is so symbolic and awesome. More so, when you think of how The Boss defeated him in few seconds every time they met in the game.
The events of this game is what caused the man who would be later known as Big Boss to become the cynical man we knew from the earlier games.
Worth it even today.