What's It About? Story details are currently nonexistent, but we do know that much of MGS3's action takes place in the jungle, which is a significant departure from the metallic/ industrial environments of MGS1 and 2. The noninteractive E3 demo suggested that the narrative takes place before the events depicted in the prior games
so we can only assume that the lead hero this time is Big Boss, not Snake. That's a guess on our part, but a promotional sheet distributed by Konami at E3 added fuel to this rumor. Scattered lowercase letters on the sheet spelled out the name "Big Boss."
Why's It Cool? It's MGS, Rambo-style. Using bushes and trees as camouflage, you're thrown into what can only be described as a predator/prey dynamic. Stalking enemies and slaying them one by one is guaranteed to bring out the hunter in you. Which is good, because this time around, you also have to chase down your meals. In the demo, we saw the game's hero chowing on raw fish and snake (hence the title), and we know he can also steal food from enemy barracks. Just be careful not to eat too much of one thing; depending on your dietary choices, the hero will start to develop likes and dislikes, which will in turn affect gameplay.
Should We Worry? Hideo Kojima stated that he originally intended for this one to come out on PS3, but the timing wasn't right for a platform jump. Will this compromise his initial vision for the game?
Bottom Line This is definitely one of the biggest titles of 2004, and the visuals Konami presented go beyond what we saw in the already spectacular MGS2. Kojima's involvement as the game's director/producer guarantees that this one will be worth a look.