Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was released for the Playstation(R)2 at the end of 2004. By September 2005, the greatest installment of the Metal Gear Solid series had emotionally moved over 3.7 million players. An audience that crossed barriers of generation and nationality became fascinated with Snake Eater's deep gameplay, as well as a story steeped in historical context. Now the blockbuster has returned to its audience in its complete form.

In the 1960s, the Soviet Union and the United States stood toe-to-toe in an international stalemate. Each nation represented the nuclear deployment capabilities of the East and the West. Neither nation openly took offensive action against the other, yet their tensions played out in proxy wars within third world countries. Spies executed the most confidential missions in the resulting intelligence war. These circumstances gave rise to the nuclear arms race, as well as the historical period known as the Cold War.

These times were the setting -- the Scene -- for Snake Eater.

MGS3's overarching theme is Scene. We see people fight for their countries in reaction to the political circumstances of the 1960s. National enemies changed according to political and historical contexts. These contexts determine whether a given person is our enemy or our friend. Since the times determine the identity of our enemies, we cannot look toward absolute laws to discover them. "Good" and "Evil" are only relative terms; they simply express our temporary relationships toward others. Our historical and political situations prove to be the only reliable oracles.

The story revolves around our hero (Snake) and his mentor (The Boss). Their relationship transcends the bonds commonly forged between student and teacher, man and woman. In their story, we see scientists and warriors bucked and tossed on the waves of circumstance, and the climax pulls the audience into an emotional undertow. You'll walk away from the experience with a fresh emotional perspective lodged in your heart.

Metal Gear Solid 3 exposed the jungle origins of Tactical Espionage Action. You must complete your mission while remaining hidden from your enemies; do not engage open combat. The game pushed conventions even further when it introduced survival elements into the mission. Fans lauded the gameplay across the globe. Their praise has resulted in the overwhelming declaration that MGS3 is the masterpiece of the MGS series.

In March 2006, one year after the release of Metal Gear Solid 3... Snake Eater returns completed and whole. Now we'll show you the game that earned the code name "Subsistence."

Can you subsist through this?

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