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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater



Complex, violent, and for adults -- like C-SPAN.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In addition to sterotypes of women and Russians, the main character of MSG3 is often criticized by allies and enemies alike for blindly following orders, not having guiding principles in his life, and resorting only to violence to solve problems. These imperfections--coupled with the fact that he is still positioned as the hero of the game--send a complicated message to younger and more impressionable players.


The game features torture. Otherwise, not too graphic. Blood is shed during battles, but players have the option of avoiding combat by using camouflage and stealth.


Some suggestive interactions with underwear-clad female agents.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Snake always carries a cigar, although it has a medicinal use (removing leeches) and is described as dangerous and habit forming. That doesn't prevent the game from showing him smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game features torture and battles, though it's not as graphic as some others. The game -- which layers a fictional story over the real events of the early Cold War era of the 1960s -- sticks close to its time period by incorporating stereotypical treatment of women and Russians. The images of nuclear destruction will most likely resonate more intensely with parents than with children. The "hero" always carries a cigar and is shown smoking, and he's often criticized by allies and enemies alike for blindly following orders, not having guiding principles in his life, and resorting only to violence to solve problems.

What's it about?

METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER is the latest entry in the long running and popular Metal Gear series. The year is 1964, and players control a CIA agent code-named Naked Snake, sent into the Soviet hinterlands to extract a famous scientist being forced to work on a super weapon that could change the balance of the Cold War. Snake is double-crossed and his mission fails; the scientist is spirited away by the menacing and seemingly supernatural Colonel Volgin, and a small nuclear device is detonated on Soviet soil along the way. Facing internal political pressure to respond to what looks like a hostile act by the U.S., Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev tells President Lyndon Johnson that the U.S. has one week to quietly remove his opposition and restore order within the Soviet empire -- or face a nuclear war.

Is it any good?


Wrapping amazing graphics, countless gadgets, top-quality voice acting, and hours of cut scenes around a complicated, history-based scenario, MSG3 looks as good as any Hollywood summer blockbuster. Too bad it is so weighted with realistic detail that it's almost a chore to play. Many younger players may simply give up after a couple hours of wrestling with the controls.

There are a handful of scary and complex themes that should send up a red flag for parents, including nuclear war, betrayal of friends and country, and a dark, imperfect protagonist who excels at violence. But all of these issues are addressed with respect and often restraint. There's a lot to be said for game's tone and approach toward subjects the video game industry often gratuitously exploits. But parents may find this a moot point: It's unlikely any child of an impressionable age will have the patience or interest to play this game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about post-World War II Soviet-U.S. relations and cultural climate that era created. Why is this period such a popular setting for books, movies, and games? Families can also discuss whether Snake can really be seen as a hero. What are his flaws? What messages do those flaws send to players?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 17, 2004
ESRB rating:M

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byPirate fan February 14, 2010

Awesome game with some iffy parts

I have played and mastered this game. It is easy except for non gamers on the bosses. Itis very informational on the cold war and isnt as bad as the normal shooter game is. There is some bad parts (which can be skipped by pressing x) but i say 12+ unless your child is intellegent, and emotionly strong. PS the very end of the game is a bit sad.
Adult Written byG-Albaxter April 9, 2008

Not as bad as one would think..

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is not a game for anyone under the age of 11-12. Some of the parents who have been told about this game may be thinking that this game is terrible for kids of all ages. It's not. The rating is M, but don't let it fool you, this game is actually pretty clean. The only sexual content that I've seen is scantily clad women, (but, they are everywhere, there isn't a game that a pre-teen would enjoy without them) and there is a scene where a man loses his eye, but it isn't as brutal as it sounds, and the shooting does result in blood but is avoidable with camouflage, which is encouraged in the game, and at one point, the people killed by a player come back as ghosts, sending a message that killing will result in consequences. There is no drinking but the main character carries around a cigar which you can have him do, but yet again, smoking will result in losing health, trying to project that smoking is bad. The 'bad words' as one would call them are nothing unless you're uptight enough to think that 'Hell' or 'Damn' is a swear, as if you're kids don't say things like that and worse at school. The game-play and graphics are pretty good and there isn't very much game-play if you take out the cut-scenes. Lastly, this game is quite educational. I found myself learning things about the Cuban Missile Crisis and other things of that era I was never taught in schools. This game is definitely NOT a bad influence on kids, because kids today aren't stupid, and they aren't very impressionable through television and video-games and all else, if your child asks for this, it is NOT reckless, bad parenting, or shameful to buy a game such as this. (It's a good game too!) Happy buying! ;-)
Teen, 14 years old Written bySovaso June 14, 2013

A Snake and a Cobra Aren't Always the Same Thing

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is amazing. But it does have some suggustive content. Throughout the game you play as Jack A.K.A Snake on a mission into the Soviet Russia to fight the Cobra Unit (read on to find out more) and clear America's name. Snake follows orders and direction, and is sometimes criticized for it. The violence in the game is in HOW you play this game.Throughout the game, Snake acquires Shotguns, Machine Guns, Assault Rifles, and Pistols. You can use Camoflauge and and stealth tactics to sneak past enemies. There is a quick torture scene. Skip it as it is grusome and gross. Snake Loses an eye. You can go through Operation Snake Eater AND the virtuous mission with only killing a single person. I can say this because I have done it on hard difficulty. *SPOILERS* At the end of the game, you MUST Deliever a point-blank shot to the Bosses Heart *SPOLIERS END*. You must fight the pack of almost super human Soldiers called Cobra Unit in the game. The Cobra Unit Consists of The Pain, The Fear, The Fury, The Sorrow, and The End. The Pain is a soldier who controls hornets and has a tommy gun. The Fear is a spider like enemy who can turn invisible. The Fear's Battle can be scary for younger children. The Fury is a guy in a Cosmonaut suit who has a flame-thrower. The Sorrow is probably the scariest of the bunch. In his battle, you flow down a river in the middle of nowhere looking at all the people you killed in the past. The less you kill, the easier the battle. The End has the most fun and the most intense battle in the the game aside from the Boss. You walk through Sokkreveno, "The Holy Woods", fighting the best Sniper the world has ever seen. It's Intense. Not only is it possible but you are REWARDED for killing the Cobras with a Tranquilizer gun. The Sexual Content is just dumb and unneeded. The Whole point of the female character is to put pressure on Snake. EVA wears a jumpsuit that is half-zipped with nothing but her brassiere underneath. Later in the game EVA is seen in her underwear. However, all these scenes can be skipped by pressing X (Playstation 2) or Start (N3DS). Skip the Scenes when you enter the room in Rassevet for the second time, when you get to the shed at the top of the mountain after The End's battle, and when you go behind the waterfall after the torture. The words D*mn, H*ll, B*st*rd, *ss, B*tch and one Sh*t is heard in a radio call. Snake smokes a cigar in the game and it can be used in gameplay. However it is labeled as highly addictive and dagerous to your health. One briefly met character is drinking out of a silver container. He seems to be intoxicted. Overall this game is amazing and the best stealth game ever. The content suits 14 years plus. It is a great game. I give it a 9.5/10
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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