Metal Gear Solid 3: 3DS
One demonstration got slightly more attention than the rest, creating a gas cloud of excitement that floated around the Nintendo event infecting everybody with its awesomeness. Like Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid 3DS was just an interactive trailer, but boy oh boy was it impressive. For anybody not clued up on the project, MGS3DS is a remake of 2004's Snake Eater, re-imagined in 3D with a host of new bells and whistles.
The whopping seven minute trailer kicks off with Snake crawling through the undergrowth of a familiar Soviet jungle. A snake lunges at the camera (an actual reptile, not a snake of the Solid variety), jumping through imaginary 3D space and narrowly missing your nose. Shortly after, Snake arrives at a clearing where the game title stands proudly amongst the trees, beaming out of the screen with its clever 3D trickery. As always Hideo Kojima has a complete disregard for breaking the fourth wall, with snake walking and weaving through the very tangible letters of the title, demonstrating how well the team have become acquainted with depth perception.
The best bit of the demo sees a soldier, probably the infamous Johnny, who always seems to be having bad luck in the series, drop a packet of cigarettes into the jungle. Snake happens to be hiding behind the log where the cigarettes fall, and narrowly avoids being hit by an arm searching the area through a hole in the log. At one point, the guard pokes his head into the space to have a look around, showing off the impressive character models and fantastic use of the 3D technology. Snake casually inserts the cigarettes into the guard's hand, and he wanders off.
Unlike Resident Evil, this trailer appeared to show actual gameplay footage, including a HUD and option to rotate the camera 360 degrees around Snake's position. In a recent interview with Famitsu, Hideo Kojima stated that the finished game will probably look better than the demo. "The high level models are about the same quality as the stuff we made on the PlayStation 3," he said. If this is true, then MGS3DS could well be the best looking handheld game of all time. Time, as always, will confirm or deny this hopeful speculation.