No matter how you look at it, Hideo Kojima is one of the best video game designers out there. He’s best known for Metal Gear Solid, a video game series involving spies and espionage which has brought the Japanese designer fame and fortune.
Kojima released the last Metal Gear Solid in 2015 after parting ways with Konami (in not so friendly ways actually), and is now hard at work on Death Stranding, another game which could turn people’s heads around when it hits the PS4 and PC in the next couple of years.
Regarding Metal Gear Solid though, it’s likely many Xbox One owners have been upset by the fact that the earlier games in the series have not been released for Microsoft’s current-gen console yet, with many people crying out loud for a remaster of past Metal Gear Solid titles, something that looks unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Thankfully, though, Microsoft recently announced that Metal Gear Solid HD Edition has been added to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility list. This is a compilation including both 2001’s Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and 2004’s Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, meaning owners of Microsoft’s console now have the possibility of playing two of the best action, adventure and stealth games with a spy protagonist released in the last decade.
The highlight here undoubtedly is Metal Gear Solid 3, a game which serves as a prequel to the earlier two and is considered by many to be one of the best games of all time. This traded the urban settings of the previous settings for the jungles of Russia, but was a cracking game all the same according to most.
There’s also Metal Gear Solid 2, a highly-anticipated game back in 2001, which did rub some people the wrong way when it hit the PlayStation 2 back then for replacing series’ stalwart Solid Snake with another character for most of the game. Metal Gear Solid 2 is still a much-loved entry in the series, though, and definitely well worth playing through to the end.
Those Xbox One owners who own a digital edition of Metal Gear Solid HD Edition just need to head over to the console’s game library and initiate a download, while those who have a physical copy of the game just need to pop the disc in the drive and let it install before playing.
And it’s definitely a good thing that Microsoft keeps adding to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility list, a list which now sports hundreds of games (see some of the best here) letting Xbox One gamers enjoy golden oldies from the past, so here’s hoping new games keep gracing the list in what remains of the year.