Controlling various versions of spy and special operations soldier Snake, the Metal Gear games drop you behind enemy lines for a variety of perilous missions. Whether you're in the metallic hallways of Metal Gear Solid 2 or the humid jungle of Metal Gear Solid 3, armed guards are everywhere. Direct confrontation is unwise, so sneaking from location to location is essential. Sentries investigate sounds, shadows or movement, so you have to be creative to prevent discovery.
While you can use lockers and even a trusty cardboard box to fool your foes in Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 ramps up the tension even more by dropping you in the great outdoors. Use face paint and camouflage gear to blend into the environment, although try not to disturb the wildlife - unless you need Snake to hunt and eat the occasional animal to keep his strength up.
Not to say you'll be sneaking around everywhere. Both Metal Gear titles have spectacular action sequences to turn up the heat when you least expect it. Battles, especially during the inventive boss fights, are electrifying. And while your skills will be challenged, you'll always come back for one more attempt.
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection comes into its own on PS Vita by using the portable system's unique control methods. Use the touchscreen to select your weapons and items, look around corners and even mend broken bones in Snake Eater. And if you own the game on PlayStation 3, use Cross-Save to transfer your trophies and game progress to your PS3 and vice versa via PlayStation Network or a local Wi-Fi connection to continue where you left off.
Packed with extras, including the original Metal Gear game which was released on the MSX2 system in 1987, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection delivers three classic titles in one unbeatable package. And thanks to the portability of PS Vita, you can grab a sneaky game whenever and wherever you want.