If you’re willing to look past Konami’s past atrocities in regards to Hideo Kojima, starting today you can make use of Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 backwards compatibility, allowing you to play Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater on your Xbox One console for nostalgia.
As Metal Gear Solid is seen as one of the greatest video game franchises to ever exist, it’s about time that Microsoft allowed two of its best games to become available on the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility list. This announcement by Larry Hryb means that three (technically four if you count Ground Zeroes) different main series Metal Gear Solid games are now available on the Xbox One. In addition to having Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 backwards compatibility, Peace Walker and Revengeance are also available.
Metal Gear Solid 2 introduces Raiden as an alternative to Snake, as he’s assigned to infiltrate the “Big Shell” station, designed to clean up a massive oil spill caused by Snake in New York. However, the game also introduces the Patriots, setting up the plot for the next two games. Metal Gear Solid 3 is one of the best-known games, showing the origins of Revolver Ocelot, Big Boss, and more, and is likely the most distinctive, due to the game’s opening theme and its gameplay.
While there are still a few gaps to take care of with the game’s Xbox One listings (something that might never happen due to the original Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 4 both being Playstation exclusive), Konami allowing Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 to be backwards compatible on the Xbox One is still a big step.
If you already own the games, you can play it through the Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 backwards compatibility that’s now available on the Xbox One.