Going back to Snake Eater; it plays better than its predecessor, Sons of Liberty. For starters, Snake Eater, has a more updated control scheme with the use of both analog sticks. However, there is still not the ability to choose the button layout. The gameplay does stay unchanged, which is not a bad thing. The graphics look beautiful, and the textures are really amazing.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker was next on my list. It was originally released on the PSP.
Peace Walker is a very different change of pace. Not only does the game have a complete graphic overhaul, but the gameplay is reworked with a better control scheme since the PSP does not have as many buttons and does not have two analog sticks. The inclusion of choosing a control scheme is finally present here. That really helps the gameplay, plus there is a style set up that is very similar to the most recent Metal Gear Solid 4.
The HD upgrade is great for the series. Fans of the classic games will appreciate this experience no matter which console they choose to play it on. Going even further with the extra space and the increasing knowledge of compression, the sounds here are beautifully realized. In fact, the orchestrated soundtracks are one of the best things about this collection. These games have some of the best soundtracks to have ever appeared in videogames. Beyond that, the sound effects and voice overs are memorable and will stay with you even when the game is finished.
What would have made this collection perfect would have been the Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes (itself an update to the first MGS). The game was originally released on the Nintendo Console. If it was offered either on a disc or through the uses of a downloadable, that would have made this collection complete. However, it is understandable seeing that it was a Nintendo Gamecube exclusive and there could have been a rights issue.
Each of the Metal Gear games included here like they once did. Having played them on the PS2, I knew where I was going and how to defeat most of the bosses as well as how to get past some of the parts of the game that gave me difficulty in the past.