Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is a compilation of remastered ports of Metal Gear video games released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 and PlayStation Vita in 2012. The compilation contains Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater on all three platforms, plus Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on the home console versions (outside Japan), with the individual games all, branded as HD Edition. Bluepoint Games handled the conversions of Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 (with Armature Studio assisting on the PS Vita and the NVIDIA Shield TV versions), while Genki worked on Peace Walker.
The core play mechanics and story for all games remain unchanged with the HD Editions. For the remastering, all three games underwent a graphics overhaul to allow them to support modern 720p resolution and 60 frames per second on home consoles, and qHD resolution on PS Vita. The PS3 and PS Vita versions have Trophy support, while the Xbox 360 versions include Achievements.
The controls for each game have been modified to suit the different configurations of each platform. Since the Xbox 360 and PS Vita versions lack the pressure-sensitive buttons featured on the PS2 controllers, the ability to aim and lower a firearm without firing it in Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 are assigned to a specific button instead of in those versions (either, by pressing the left stick on the Xbox 360 controller or by pressing the d-pad down on the PS Vita). The PS Vita versions in particular make use of the touch screen and touchpad for various functions such as item/weapon selection, zooming in or out with the binoculars, or peeking out of walls during corner view. The console versions of Peace Walker feature dual analog controls, allowing players to control the camera or their aim with the right stick.
Most of the additional features and content that were present in the Substance and Subsistence editions of the games have been ported to the HD Editions as well. These include the VR/Alternative Missions, Snake Tales, and Casting Theater modes for Metal Gear Solid 2, plus the third-person camera view and Demo Theater for Metal Gear Solid 3. The original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake as they appeared in the Subsistence edition are also included, accessible from the main menu in Metal Gear Solid 3.
The PS3 and Vita versions of Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 have a “Transferring” feature, which allows users to transfer their save file between both platforms via a Wi-Fi connection or through cloud storage, allowing continuous play of the same save file on a different platform. The PS3 version of Peace Walker has similar connectivity with the PSP version of the game, allowing the transferring of saved files through a USB connection.
|Released||November 8, 2011|