Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection review

An incredible collection for the handful of fans that don’t already own everything included.
An incredible collection for the handful of fans that don’t already own everything included.
An incredible collection for the handful of fans that don’t already own everything included.

Highs

  • Eight incredible games for a reasonable price
  • Includes last year’s HD remakes of MSG2 and MSG3
  • The book is cool

Lows

  • There is nothing new that isn’t already out
  • It is a collection that includes a collection released last year
  • Only offered to fans that already have access to everything included

DT Editors' Rating

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Metal Gear franchise – which, oddly, was technically in 2012 – Konami has released another Metal Gear collection. For fans that love the series but haven’t played the games in years, this is the definitive collection and worth the replays – assuming, of course, you didn’t already buy the definitive collection last year on Vita. Or the definitive collection that came out in 2011 for PS3 or Xbox 360. But this time you get a book! To be fair though, it really is a lovely book.

The new Legacy Collection includes eight Metal Gear games (including spin-offs like the VR Missions), two digital graphic novels, and a booklet that includes images of promotional artwork from the various games over the last quarter century. In that sense, this is arguably one of the best video game collection ever released. The Metal Gear titles are among the most well received and influential games in video game history, so the Legacy Collection is filled with quality content all gamers should play. It’s all stuff that’s been previously released though, which makes it a question of value.

mgs4_screenshot_d1230_04

HD re-releases and collections are big business, especially on the PS3. In the last few years we’ve seen multiple God of War Collections, the Jak & Daxter Collection, the Journey Collector’s Edition, the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, and many more. The Xbox 360 has collections as well, but the PS3 is loaded with them, and most are console exclusives. It’s a low risk/high return proposition for developers, and the collections generally offer something new to fans – maybe HD graphics or a re-release of a game that debuted on a different platform. The problem then with the Metal Gear Legacy Collection is that it is really just a re-release of a previously released Metal Gear collection.

The games included in the Legacy Collection are: Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear 4: Guns of the Patriots, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions are both accessible through the PlayStation Network via a downloadable code included in the box. All of that together retails for $49.99.

MGS1(2)

There is no questioning the quality of the games. Essays have been written hailing the greatness of the series, awards have been given out, and all gamers are recommended to try them out. The only thing new in this set, however, is the code for the original Metal Gear Solid (and the VR Missions), and MGS4, which – like this offering – is still a PS3 exclusive. The other games are just repackaged re-releases of last year’s HD Collection. So who is this geared for?

If you are a hardcore fan, you may already own the HD Collection, and if you are a hardcore fan on the PS3, you’ve probably already played MGS4. The code for MGS is nice, but it is not an HD remake, rather the same downloadable game anyone can purchase off PSN for $10. In that sense, yes, this is a good value when you compare it to the cost of the individual releases, but for a fan it is more of a replacement to last year’s Collection – which was released on the actual 25th Anniversary, by the way – than something new to buy.

The real missed opportunity is keeping this as a PS3 exclusive. Sure, the PlayStation has been the home of Metal Gear for years now, ever since Metal Gear Solid appeared as a PSone exclusive in 1998, but the release of MGS4 on the Xbox 360 would have been significant (and wildly profitable for Konami). Instead, this collection is just a more convenient way to buy things most Metal Gear fans on the PS3 probably already own. If you are going to release an anniversary compilation, especially a year after the anniversary you are celebrating, you should offer something new. The oft-discussed HD remake of the original Metal Gear Solid alone would have been enough to warrant the cost of yet another collection, but this one is aimed at the wrong audience. 

Conclusion

The Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection is an amazing collection of some of the best video games ever released, and it is a must own for fans of the series on the PlayStation 3. Seriously, if you are a fan and don’t own some or all of this collection already, go buy it and count yourself lucky that we live in an age where wonders like this are possible. If you are among this set’s target audience though, the hardcore MGS fans, odds are there’s nothing new here for you to buy. 

Highs

  • Eight incredible games for a reasonable price
  • Includes last year’s HD remakes of MGS2 and MGS3
  • The book is cool

Lows

  • There is nothing new that isn’t already out
  • It is a collection that includes a collection released last year
  • Only offered to fans that already have access to everything included

(This collection was reviewed on the PlayStation 3 using a copy provided by the publisher)

Product Review

How does the sleek MateBook X Pro hold up to the modern day competition?

Huawei impressed us with the MateBook X, a solid competitor to the 12-inch MacBook that beat Apple at its own game. Now, Huawei is taking a shot at premium 14-inchers with the MateBook X Pro, but it’s not without oddities – like a…
Outdoors

Best holiday gifts for the outdoor junkie on your list

Have an outdoorsy person on your list and not sure what they need? We've hand-picked our favorite outdoor gear with an eye towards the unique and useful. From high-powered headlamps to heated socks, we've found something for everyone on…
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in every genre for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Gaming

Hey, Sony! If you make a PS2 Classic, it needs these games

158 million PS2 consoles were sold worldwide during its lifecycle, making it the most successful video game console of all time. It was hard, but we narrowed down the PS2's vast library of games. Here are the best PS2 games of all time.
Gaming

Fancy ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ PlayStation 4 Pro launches alongside game in January

A limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Kingdom Hearts III will launch alongside the game in January. The system included has a special design on the side, as does the controller.
Gaming

Want to share your Xbox One games? Here's how to do it

Sharing games on modern consoles is possible, but it takes a few steps. Here's how to start sharing games on your Xbox One console, so friends and family can easily access your library.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ removes the Infinity Blade weapon after player backlash

Following player backlash over the Infinity Blade weapon's inclusion in Fortnite's battle royale mode, Epic Games decided to remove the weapon from the game completely. It was not limited to a special mode.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Want every suit in 'Marvel's Spider-Man' for PS4? Here's how to get them all

Marvel's Spider-Man features a whopping 33 different suits for Peter Parker to wear as he swings across New York City knocking out baddies. Here are all the suits and how to unlock them.
Gaming

Everything about 'Red Dead Online', including its new microtransaction store

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.
Computing

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Gaming

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.
Gaming

Find the perfect weapon in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' multiplayer with our guide

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has several different guns to choose from in its multiplayer mode, and they're split across multiple classes. Here's a guide to all of them and when you should use them.