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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2013
Where do you start with 25 years worth of games? Some of which are considered amongst the best ever made?

Well, chances are a lot of us have played some or all of these before, so I'll just clarify some things (If you're completely new to the series; more on this later)...

This set does include what it says on the `tin', but its configuration is a little complicated (unnecessarily so)...

The housing is a cardboard Blu-Ray box which contains 1 standard PS3 case and a 100-page art book. The book is very good, and is a trip down memory lane cataloguing various artworks from all the Metal Gear releases to date.

Everything else contained in the set is within the PS3 case, apart from the PS1's `Metal Gear Solid' and its offspring `VR Missions' (referred to in this collection as `Special Missions`). These two releases need to be downloaded from the PSN via a code on an insert in the case.

Inside the PS3 case are two discs, the aforementioned insert and a standard manual which briefly describes the controls for each of the games included. Disc 1 is the Trophy Edition of `Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots`. Disc 2 is pretty much everything else. Upon loading the disc, you get a choice of the following:

Meta Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - HD Edition
This is essentially an HD upscale of the PS2's `Subsistence' release, (not including the `movie version' that was originally on disc 3) and includes Snake Eater (with third-person camera option), and the original `Metal Gear' and `Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake' (these are selectable from the Snake Eater main menu as per Subsistence).

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - HD Edition
The HD conversion of the original handheld game. This is the only piece from this disc that works as per the PS3 era (i.e. it saves automatically and records preferences etc. Everything else on the disc just plays from the disc straight).

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - HD Edition
An HD upgrade of the PS2's `Substance' release.

All of the above have their original manuals digitally selectable on their main menus too. A nice touch.

So far, so good: 8 Metal Gear games and an accompanying art book. All of the above plays exactly as you remember them, just with an HD gloss. They're all still brilliant and haven't dated at all.

Finally, what - for this player at least - is the icing on the cake of this release: The two Graphic Novels. With disc 2 in-situ, these are selectable from the Video menu of the XMB. These are not just digital `flick-page with controller' uploads. Both these novels play as if they were an actual full-motion Blu Ray film; complete with opening menu and chapter select, full soundtracks and voiceovers. The first is well over 2 hours and the previously-unreleased-in-Europe second `movie' is over 3 hours. These are both brilliantly entertaining and, for some, will be worth the entry price on their own. A brilliant surprise.

If I were to dig out an almost paltry criticism, it's that the set doesn't include the `Metal Gear Solid Database' - which would have been the cherry on the icing on the cake, but presumably this can still be downloaded for free from the PSN. (It also doesn't include `Portable Ops', `The Twin Snakes' or any of the `Ac!d' games, but they're not considered canon).

So is it worth buying for a Metal Gear veteran? Chances are if you're reading this, then yes. For me, having some of the best games ever made all uniformly on a wireless controller and an internal memory card (hard drive) is totally worth it. There's trophies for games 2, 3, 4 and Peace Walker too if that's your sort of thing. Also, on a totally personal note, there is another aspect that perpetually gets overlooked, and this release is the best example of it yet: The sound. With the majority of these games originally available in either mono, stereo, or at a push Pro Logic II, it is an absolute result to now hear all of them in proper, fully remastered DD 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround. Remember that pretty standard main menu in Snake Eater? I was stopped in my tracks by it this time around. It sounds absolutely MONSTROUS. If sound is important to you in a game and you have a half decent system, playing these games again with `proper' sound is a whole new experience - even the two MSX games are in 5.1!

And for people new to Metal Gear? Well, there's more to catch-up with here than your can imagine (in a good way), so I will write another piece in the comments section which will (hopefully) bring you up to speed if you so wish. If you're happy to take my word for it, this pack contains some of the best games ever made, and is literally a recollection of the entire saga to date; from the very first release all the way up to the release of the first trailer of the impending `Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' (The awareness of which may well be the reason you're looking at this boxset). These are war games, certainly; but this is not Call of Duty: The blood running through Metal Gear's veins is stealth. You have to go out of your way to avoid combat.

So how do you summarise? Well, if you have thumbs, I recommend this pack. I can't say it better than that.

10/10.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2013
Every Metal Gear game from 1987-2012? I'm in.

For £35 (Which is what I paid at the time), this is amazing value for money. It includes every Hideo Kojima directed game since 1987 (So not the Twin Snakes or Portable Ops) in two Blu-Ray disks, plus an exclusive 100-page hardback art book which makes the collection worth it even for a fan who already owns the games (I don't have the HD Collection or MGS4). Stick in two exclusive digital graphic novels (with voice acting), plus Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions, which isn't normally available on the PS Store, and you're onto a winner.

Sure, MGS and Special Missions aren't on a disk but are download versions, but that doesn't detract at all from the quality of the game. For those expecting an update, they play exactly as they did on the PSone... Asking for an HD port would be *too* much, I think. Finally, lets run over the content exclusive to this package:

-100 Page hardback art book spanning the series
-Two Digital Graphic Novels, complete with voice acting (the first one was available on the PSP, but with no voices)
-Metal Gear Solid Special Missions (Only available in this package at the time of writing... compatible with PSP and Vita too)

...And for those of you who are wondering, the copy MGS4 in this package also includes the new trophy patch.

In short, this collection offers unprecedented value for money and a wealth of exclusive content. Snap it up, MGS fans!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
For what it is, the legacy collection is actually a huge bargain as you're getting a ton of Metal Gear games for one low price.

If you've enjoyed playing a Metal Gear game in the past but haven't played all of them, then this may be the collection for you as it has a ton to offer.

The whole package includes:

♦ Metal Gear Solid 4 Trophy Edition (Disk 1).
♦ Metal Gear | Metal Gear 2 | MGS2: HD Edition | MGS3: HD Edition | MGS Peace Walker: HD Edition | Metal Gear Solid 1&2 Digital Graphic Novel (Disk 2).
♦ Metal Gear Solid & Special Missions PSX Edition (DLC Code, redeemed on the PSN Store).
♦ Artbook (Physical Copy).

So when you add everything up, it ends up being more worthwhile getting this, especially for the price it's currently available for which is a complete steal!

That said, for those who are big fans of the Metal Gear Solid franchise like myself, they're most likely to already have everything this collection has to offer (apart from the art book of course).

I decided to purchase this collection in the end even though I didn't really need it, however I wanted it for my collection and I don't regret in doing so.

So, for those who don't own most/all of the games that are included in this collection, then this is defnitely something you'll want to get, but for those who already own them all, it's down to whether you want to pay out all this extra money for an additional collection piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2013
I have loved this game series for a very long time and was very surprised when I heard about this release!
The package itself was smaller than I thought but I cannot complain as it is way more worth it then the MGS HD Collection, which only had three of the games. There was an artbook as well which was never released in the EU so being a Brit I really appreciated that! I would heartily recommend you buy this if you are a fan of the series and it is worth playing - the game series that invented stealth action, for less than £40.

Really good deal and really good game series.

The delivery was very fast as well, as usual for me.
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on 19 October 2013
This game is excellent due to it's inclusion of all games thus far, within reason, and great for someone who has not had the chance to play all of them previously.
A shame that the original metal gear solid has to be downloaded separately but only a minor annoyance in terms of time rather than logistics.

There was a slight problem with the download code for said item but this problem was quickly and efficiently resolved, all other factors of delivery were fine, the item was delivered swiftly and undamaged. This item is definitely worth £40, even if you are mostly new to the games and want to give them a try.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
Metal Gear Solid Legacy has almost every single Metal Gear game besides Portable Ops, The Twin Snakes and the Acid! series.

Pros

+ All the best MGS games are here! 8 in total.
Of course if you are reading reviews for this the chances are you have already played at least one of the games so I wont say too much, but all of them are superb.

+The digital graphic novels
Not seen the second one yet but I do like the artwork used for the films. The first was previously on PSP and the second was previously unavailable.

+ Countless hours of gameplay
In paricular Peace Walker has lots of side missions as well as some tough boss fights which will keep the game lasting longer. The second game has some extra Snake missions and the third game has the arcade ports of Metal Gear 1 and 2 from way back in 1987. All of the games here are at a satisfying length.

+ The HD games look great
Both Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 from PS2 games look stunning and really polished. And very little has changed with the gameplay. The camera from MGS 3 is changed to play like Subsistance and I definatly preferred this to the origional. The PSP port of Peace Walker looks great especially considering it was made for a small screen. With a second analgue stick the controls feel much better for the PS3 in my opinion.

Cons

- MGS1 is download only!
This is really disappointing because I really feel this should have been on disc. The VR Missions is also a download.

- Double dip!
This was released far too soon after the HD collection. If already own the HD collection and MGS4 this adds very little. Metal Gear Solid 1 is available cheap on the PSN.

- The art book is nothing special
All it really shows is promotional art from the games and honestly I think pictures are way too small.

-The menus should have been clearer.
It took me forever to find Metal Gears 1&2 (which as I mentioned earlier is a part of MGS3) and as well as the Graphic Novels (which is under Video on the XMB menu)

Overall 8/10

While the set is not perfect its still a fantastic buy overall and I would definatly recommend picking this up if you don't own the HD collection or are new to the series.
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on 14 May 2014
I bought this because I am a fan of the MGS series. If your not really a fan or you haven't played a MGS game before then you might want to try before you buy. The art book is good quality and interesting if you like that sort of thing. MGS2, 3 and Peace Walker come on one disc and MGS4 comes on the other. The remaining games are downloadable and so a PSN account is required to access the additional content.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 15 September 2013
For those who don't own the HD collection and MGS4 this is a good package of everything (now including the iconic MGS and Missions) plus a nice book of promotional posters and art from the series. However it could have been put together a little better than it is. First you need to download the psone classic MGS (it really should be on the disk). Then the old 8-bit Metal Gear and Metal Gear: Solid Snake games are hidden in the menu of Snake Eater (which I had to search the internet to find out, not sure why they didn't just tell you on the box). However the games have lost none of their enjoyment over the years, and this gives players a chance to work their way through the series. It's interesting that from the very first Metal Gear game that many of the game's iconic features still remained through to MGS4. For the price and the package its worth an investment. The graphics may vary (obviously) but these are still some the the best video games ever made.
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on 5 May 2015
I have been playing Metal Gear games since I was old enough...

I bought a ps3 just so I could own them all in a convenient and great way like this!!

Two discs and DLC codes for the older games...now I can revisit all my metal gear memories on the ps3 with this collection...

it says on the back over 60 hours of epic action, more like hundreds!!!!
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on 3 March 2014
The code for MGS that is included can't be used with the EU PS Store which I didn't know at the time, however the company who supplied this product solved this for me quickly and I was very happy with their customer service.

Great collection of a great series of games, very happy with the purchase.
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