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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.

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scaz2244

sounds awesome contemplating getting this on the on day 1
Posted 15:52 on 29 July 2010
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MJTH

WoW :omg: that looks great, although I do have to agree the mario kart screen shots aren't as up to the same standerds as the other... but for a handheld it still looks good and it is one of the only actual gameplay screenshots so can't complain
Posted 15:24 on 29 July 2010
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draytone

hmm games look pretty good apart from Mario Kart 3DS
Posted 14:36 on 29 July 2010
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El-Dev

I really hope MGS 3DS isn't worth the price of admission alone on the 3DS or I'll probably end up buying it.
Posted 14:01 on 29 July 2010
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Woffls

RAWWRR I want one NOW! >_<

Metal Gear sounds very promising indeed, and it sounds like making stuff in 3D is pretty easy to do well. It's remarkable that this one device has turned around so many people's opinion on 3D. All it takes is taking down enough barriers that people have no reason not to try it. Nintendo posted a loss this quarter for probably the first time since 2004, and It can only be because of the amount they've spent on 3DS' R&D. It will most definitely pay off.

It was good to see some unknown titles being shown as well. I'm sure Nintendo will be pushing 3rd party a lot on this device, and if it's easy to use then the catalogue will be huge pretty quickly.
Posted 13:37 on 29 July 2010

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