Is 3 a good place to start the Metal Gear series?

#1 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3150 posts) -

I see that it is the earliest point in the timeline so would that be a good place to start it? I have 2 and 3.

#2 Posted by Ghostiet (5274 posts) -

The timeline doesn't really matter that much, though 3 gives you more impact if you know the story of previous games. I'd say if you go chronologically, you might be pissed of at the gameplay of older games.

Start with 1.

#3 Edited by Yummylee (21643 posts) -

Not as much as you'd think. It's a game that has little relation to the two before it, at least on the surface, but opens you for a few winks and nods that you'll invariably miss without knowing the happenings of the original two. 
 
You should start with the ''story release'' order, beginning with Twin Snakes on the Gamecube most preferably, then switching to Substance on whichever.

#4 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3150 posts) -

Is Twin Snakes preferable over the original?

#5 Posted by Yummylee (21643 posts) -
@birdflu777 said:
" Is Twin Snakes preferable over the original? "
It's much easier to play in this day and age, since it literally retains all of the gameplay mechanics from MGS2. The original can be a bit of a headache, as you'd expect for being not only an old stealth game, but a PS1 stealth game from 1998.
#6 Posted by FlyingRat (1446 posts) -

Definetly not, man. Just go through in the order they came out. And since story is really why you play Metal Gear, i'd even recommened playing the first one somehow.

#7 Posted by RobDaFunk (336 posts) -
#8 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3150 posts) -
#9 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

I wouldn't recommend Twin Snakes, personally.  It is slightly more modern in the gameplay and graphics department, but they really butchered a lot of the dialogue - they went to the effort of brining back most of the original voices actors, but it really sounds like most of them are just phoning it in..  Some of the epic or dramatic lines are ruined.  It was also released in the wake of the Spider-man movies and in several of the cut-scenes they seem to have given Snake over the top acrobatic abilities, which look completely ridiculous.  There's one scene where he literally clings to the wall, directly mimicking one of the scenes from the first Spider-man movie.  Considering he has no acrobatic abilities in later games, it's very jarring.
 
Unless you really struggle with going back and playing a somewhat dated PSOne game, I'd definitely recommend the original over Twin Snakes

#10 Posted by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -
@birdflu777 said:
" Is Twin Snakes preferable over the original? "
It's much easier to play.
#11 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

I don't know if your the sort of person who enjoys retro games, but MGS1 might be to far gone for you to enjoy, so I'd reccomend The Twin Snakes first, then MGS2, then MGS3, then MGS4. If you are an old school gamer for real then you should check out Metal Gear aswell
#12 Edited by Yummylee (21643 posts) -
@WinterSnowblind said:

" I wouldn't recommend Twin Snakes, personally.  It is slightly more modern in the gameplay and graphics department, but they really butchered a lot of the dialogue - they went to the effort of brining back most of the original voices actors, but it really sounds like most of them are just phoning it in..  Some of the epic or dramatic lines are ruined.  It was also released in the wake of the Spider-man movies and in several of the cut-scenes they seem to have given Snake over the top acrobatic abilities, which look completely ridiculous.  There's one scene where he literally clings to the wall, directly mimicking one of the scenes from the first Spider-man movie.  Considering he has no acrobatic abilities in later games, it's very jarring. Unless you really struggle with going back and playing a somewhat dated PSOne game, I'd definitely recommend the original over Twin Snakes "

Y'know, I completely agree with all this. I only recommended twin snakes over the original because of the gameplay improvements. Twin Snakes is an empty shell compared to the original, but at least it's actually playable. 
 
Not that I find PS1 games unplayable, but I just found MGS to age considerably quicker than most, with its strict stealth mechanics. So often do I remember going to strangle someone (also lol at the weird croaks the guards make when they're being strangled) for them to also somehow spot me EDIT: when I grabbed them, putting the game into high alert instantly.
#13 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3150 posts) -

I do love older games.

#14 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -

MGS 3 is my favorite in the series (and it's a prequel) so yes

#15 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -
@luce said:
" MGS 3 is my favorite in the series (and it's a prequel) so yes "
I support this post.
#16 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

I say start with the first one. This is all based on gameplay. Besides, when it comes to developers making a prequel as the 3rd entry into the series, that's when you know that the 1st or 2nd MGS game won't spoil anything significant for you.

#17 Posted by FavoritoBandito (171 posts) -
I started with 3 and had no problems with it.   Just make sure you get the subsistence copy for maximum enjoyment.
#18 Posted by evanbrau (1162 posts) -

If I had the benefit of having this decision to make I'd play MGS 3 first then MGS and then stop because I just did not enjoy a moment of two and four.

#19 Edited by NTM (7379 posts) -

You should play the original MGS. It's still an amazing game and you'll feel terrific going through it. I think you should go with that rather than Twin Snakes. Twin Snakes may be the worst MGS game. I think anyone who says Twin Snakes is better probably didn't play the original first or just didn't play it at all.

#20 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5827 posts) -

Just start with the original MGS1.
 
I played it for the first time last year. I had not trouble with it.

#21 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5261 posts) -

No.  Start with 1 and work your way through the numbers.

#22 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1289 posts) -

I'd say start with 1 and go through like that

#23 Posted by zameer (606 posts) -

There are a lot of winks and nods to previous games in the series that'll be lost on you if you start with 3. Just yeah, go with MGS and work your way up from there.

#24 Posted by Trebz (487 posts) -
@FancySoapsMan said:
" Just start with the original MGS1.  I played it for the first time last year. I had not trouble with it. "
Replace "last year" with "two years ago" and that's me. MGS3 is a prequel, yeah, but it's more of a question-answering prequel than a story-establishing prequel. I haven't played Twin Snakes but MGS1 is $10 on PSN and it's still perfectly playable (surprisingly, it's a pretty fun portable game if you have a PSP to install it on).
#25 Posted by Xanth93 (485 posts) -

MGS1 is still a ton of fun to play. I don't care how dated the gameplay is. Play them in order of release date (1, 2, 3, and 4). I'm not sure where any of the PSP games would fall, but I really enjoyed playing through all the MGS games in order.

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