Let’s Compare! Metal Gear Solid HD Collection And PlayStation 2 Originals

By Ishaan . June 9, 2011 . 10:28am


Last week, Konami announced a Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which will include Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.


By using using Kojima Productions’ new “Transfarring” concept, you’ll be able to transfer saves between the PlayStation 3 and PSP versions of Peace Walker. Want to see screenshots of the HD Collection? No problem, you can check screens of MGS2 and MGS3 out below, complete with comparisons to the PlayStation 2 versions.


Konami also released a video of Peace Walker HD, which you can watch above.


Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – PS2 (left) and HD (right)



Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – PS2 (left) and HD (right)


  • malek86

    Looks like typical upscaling. Even the vast majority of the textures has stayed the same. But at least they went for Hor+.

  • I wasn’t planning on getting the HD collection, but I think Peace Walker sold me on it. Great dual analogy goodness. Makes me wish they included Portable Ops as well.

    Graphics definitely don’t do it for me though.

  • eilegz

    looks upscaled with less jaggies and more smooth but looks almost the same for me

  • anbu

    I really like that infinite (long) bandana design in MGS2.  I wish it was incorporated in all mgs games.  I like the long flowing style.  It makes him look cooler.  Can’t play wait to play this one again.

    Hoping the filter graphics they use on PW for the psp is gone.

  • Guest

    Are my eyes going bad?

  • hush404

    Is it just me or… are HD remakes looking less and less impressive? I know they’re just upscaling and applying anti-aliasing for the most part… but damn… I would assume some work would be done. *Shrugs, I guess that would piss off the purists, eh?

    • malek86

      You know, all these upscaling “efforts” are actually making the OOT and Halo remakes look like they are worth their $40 asking price.

      (except they probably still aren’t)

      • It’s embargoed so I can’t talk about it much, but I will say Ocarina looks much better when viewed on an actual 3DS. The textures look very nice, and the 3D effect in Kokiri Forest looks really good. I was actually pretty unimpressed by it before, but seeing it on the system makes quite a difference. After that, I downloaded the Star Fox 64 trailer off the eShop as well, and that looks loads better, too.

        • hush404

          I would assume a game running on a system it was meant for on the smaller resolution and in the proper (3D) format would look better than screenshots. Doesn’t matter though, I don’t plan on getting a 3DS any time soon.

    • Hetare Kaiser

      It’s not “upscaling” (as in rendering it at the PSP’s resolution and then blowing it up to HD resolution), it is actually being rendered at HD resolution. Problem is, the higher resolution makes the edges much sharper and the surfaces clearer and, due to the low-polyness of the 3D models and the lack bumpmapping and other effects, make the whole world look like it’s made out of cardboard.

      Games that try to look realistic tend to suffer more from this than more stylistic games, because reality has never-ending detail.

      • hush404

        Yep, I get that they’re not merely doing an upscale of the original game, rather it’s being rendered by the PS3, but still… it’s obvious that that’s pretty much all they’re doing. You mention the smaller resolution doesn’t have bumpmapping and lacks polygons to really show off on a decent system… but I would assume some of that kind of work would/could be done in a game they’re calling a “HD remake”. Rather than touching things up to look great on the new systems, they’re going with the less work route.

        • Remaster =/= Remake. That’s where you’re getting confused. It’s not a remake of the originals – it’s literally just a touch up.

          Think of it in terms of movies and music – you see a remastered movie – it’s still the same film, it just looks better. Maybe better color, or better sound.

          Remastered songs sound better ( usually ) than their original counterparts. But they’re still the same song – nothing’s different other than the clarity of the sound, and maybe audio levels of different instruments.

          A remake, on the other hand, entails rebuilding the game from the ground up to take advantage of the hardware.

          The games in these collections are literally the original games, just in HD, with a little anti-aliasing ( And added Trophy/Achievement support ).

          • hush404

            Ahh k. It sure doesn’t help that companies don’t seem to specify which they’re doing and still use the ol “HD version” moniker for what ever they’re doing. IE – SF2’s “HD Remix” doesnt exactly imply that it’s a remake… yet there was much more done with it than say… this title we’re looking at.

            I like that they’ve called the PSP game series on PS3 the “Remastered series” as it’s very straight and clear as to what they are.

            Lastly, they still COULD put the extra work into to update some of the assets and make it that much nicer of a project. It seems to me that if a game is older than PS2 it gets the HD remake treatment, simply because they couldn’t up the res of a game older than that and get away with charging a good $40 for it. Funny that it’s acceptable with the PS2 era. That said, I actually love the idea of playing old favs from the previous generation on my new systems.

  • IB2004

    Well it’ll be cool to play it again without 60 percent of my screen being blank

  • WonderSteve

    War has changed again! Now with more pixels!

  • joesz

    Raiden couldn’t look more manlier. whether in HD or SD.

  • The remakes will look good visually, no doubt. What I’m wondering, and hoping for, is for Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater to incorporate the updated sneak mechanics. (I haven’t played Peace Walker, but I’m fairly certain that having two analog sticks would be better than one like the PSP did.) Despite its shortcomings, Guns of the Patriots had a really awesome stealth system, even when discounting the OctoCamo. A shame that the game didn’t use it as much as it could have, and should have.

    So… Yeah. Update the stealth system, Konami!

    • I think you might be on to something here!

  • BelmontHeir

    I haven’t played MGS2 since it first came out. I was massively disappointed back then but, now that I know what to expect, I’m looking forward to revisiting it in HD.

  • HistorysGreatestMonster

    Metal Gear Solid 3 is the best of the series, so even if it’s not a huge improvement, graphic-wise, I’ll take any excuse to play it again.

  • mikedo2007

    it doesn’t look any different when I look at the picture comparison.

  • acortes31

    I hope that MGS3 Snake Eater has it’s online version. I bought Subsistence hoping to play online but by the time that I had internet in my house the server had been shut down and i never got a chance to play as Reiko from Rumble Roses or any of the other characters.

  • PrinceHeir

    amazing :D

    now i can play this with people online!!!

    Ashley Wood Art in widescreen HD :P

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