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Metal Gear Solid 3 : Snake Eater Review

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More an interactive movie than a traditional video game, the latest stealthy adventure is rewarding and frustrating in equal measure

★★★★★

More an interactive movie than a traditional video game, the latest stealthy adventure from über-designer Hideo Kojima is rewarding and frustrating in equal measure.

Unlike the series’ previous games, set in a grey military base, the undercover action is staged in a dense, steaming jungle where the gruff hero uses camouflage to blend in with the environment and hunts the indigenous wildlife to keep his energy levels at their peak.

Like the other Metal Gear titles the presentation is richly cinematic, with dozens of staggering — if occasionally confusing — in-game movies that drive the story forward and give background information on all the main players.

But while there’s no doubting the quality of the cinematics, you’ll often wish the game would just shut up and let you play. Even though it can take up to 20 hours to finish the quest, you may feel cheated as you were watching movies for at least half that time.

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