If all you like to do is shoot people in a virtual environment and go for \"head shots,\" you may want to choose another game series.\n\nDisc 1 is Metal Gear Solid 4. Disc 2 is MGS3, Peace Walker, and MGS2. A code is provided for downloading the PS1 originals, Metal Gear Solid 1 and MGS VR Missions.\n\nI misunderstood when I had previously read there would be Metal Gear 1 and 2 versions available with this collection would be the NES versions. As it turns out, MG1 and MG2 are the MSX2 (JP PC) versions included in the Metal Gear Solid 3 menu.\n\nI've yet to fully browse the bonus content. Supposedly there are two videos\/motion comics.
If you're looking for the essential Metal Gear Solid experience, you won't be getting it here. This game is definitely a spin-off. It takes place in the same universe, after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, but does not feature any of the signature characters outside of Raiden (and a small appearance for one other MSG4 character).\n\nThat being said, the story itself is classic Metal Gear through and through. Talk of cyborgs, PMCs, child soldiers, and Metal Gears? Check, check, check, and yes, check. Of course, while the story still feels like a Metal Gear game, it definitely has a darker than anything in the series prior to this.\n\nAs for the gameplay itself... It's a action game through and through. While you do have the option to attempt (some) of your objectives stealthily, or avoid combat, the game does lean in favor of going crazy with your sword... Which is a good thing, since combat is tons of fun - the ability to slow down time and slice your opponents into hundreds of pieces never gets old.\n\nSeeing as the combat is different from traditional Metal Gear games - it plays more like a hack 'n' slash akin to Bayonetta - gamers unfamiliar with the genre should probably play through on \"easy\" the first time around, as you're not able to change the level of difficulty in-game, and even on normal certain enemies and bosses can provide quite a challenge if you don't know exactly what you're doing.\n\nThe exclusive soundtrack that comes with the game is a nice bonus, especially if you're a fan of rock. I only wish the soundtrack came with the vocal versions of the songs that play during boss fights, as they are definitely a highlight of the game. All in all, this may just be my favorite Metal Gear soundtrack ever.\n\nAlso, remember to use your Codec frequently, because questions such as \"Why did Raiden become a cyborg again?\" are only answered during these optional calls, and aren't answered anywhere else.\n\nTo sum things up, this is a incredibly, beautiful game, that is a must have for any Metal Gear fan interested in finding out what happens to Raiden, or what happens next in the series.