A few days ago, both Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 made it to the Xbox One’s ever-growing backwards compatibility list. As always, this being something I consider to be fine news, and as someone who is personally a huge fan of Metal Gear Solid 3, seeing this just gives me another reason to go back and play one of my favorite games of all time. The backwards compatibility of these two games, however, won’t be the focal point coming from me today, as I instead wanted to talk about another game in the Metal Gear Solid series that has become more of a curiosity. The game in mention today being none other than the long forgotten child of the series: Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.
Metal Gear Solid: the Twin Snakes, released way back in 2004, was a remake of Metal Gear Solid on the PlayStation 1 that had been developed by Silicon Knights for the Nintendo GameCube. While I can’t say it was a perfect remake by any means, as I felt things like the redone soundtrack along with some of the overall ambience in general were nowhere near as good as the original PlayStation version, the updated visuals, along with the improved Metal Gear Solid 2-esque gameplay mechanics, most notably the ability to aim via a first person view, seemed like they would have worked well enough to warrant an HD remaster. I mean, for reference: Metal Gear Solid 2 came out 3 years prior to Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, and was included in the 2011 HD collection. So why not have Twin Snakes?
As someone who has played and enjoyed both versions of Metal Gear Solid, this is something I have found baffling for many years. I consider both the original and the Twin Snakes version be classic at this point, and we’ve never even had anything remotely close to an enhanced version come out for either iteration. It is at the very least, however, still is possible to access the original PlayStation version of Metal Gear Solid 1, be it on the PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita (If you’ve purchased the PS3 version), but as for Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, it’s almost as though the game has been lost to the ages. It’s a little sad to think that unless you’re curious enough to buy a GameCube and a copy of the Twin Snakes, there’s no other way to access the game. It’s definitely a game worth playing at least once, but going that far to play any game is pretty excessive.
I’ll end things here by saying that Metal Gear Solid was a fantastic game. There was something truly special about it, especially being one of the few games that I can personally say I have played several times in my life. Twin Snakes on the other hand was something that I only had the chance to play once. It was a game that I would have loved to see included on the Metal Gear Solid HD collection, and one I would have been more than happy to replay. At this point, I feel even a stand alone rerelease of the game would be fine. We’ve seen other companies like Capcom do wonders remastering and updating their Resident Evil remake to a more modernized standard over the years, so why can’t we see Konami do the same with Metal Gear Solid: the Twin Snakes? I guess for now only time will tell, but I’ll still leave up the hopes that we eventually come to see this game get a second chance. It certainly deserves it.