Video Game Music of the Week - 57

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PlayStation 2)


Escape From The Fortress, Main Theme, Snake Eater

Harry Gregson-Williams
Norihiko Hibino
Shuichi Kobori
Nobuko Toda
Rika Muranaka

Metal Gear Solid series has always been known for its emphasis on telling a compelling and powerful story. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is no exception, delivering a very satisfying story that yet again sets itself apart from the other narratives in the series. Set in the Cold War-era Soviet Union, MGS 3 features music that both compliments the exciting story, as well as the new and familiar protagonist, Naked Snake, also known as Big Boss.

Escape From The Fortress
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is a very driven game at its core. Escape From The Fortress is one of the many tracks in the soundtrack that enhance the game through the implementation of cleverly designed music.

Metal Gear Solid 3 Theme
This lengthy track is considered to be the main theme to Metal Gear Solid 3, but to a degree, it shares that honour with the next song also. This track switches gears as it progresses, dividing the song into four easily identifiable sections and the tension filled essence pops its head throughout the entire song during certain moments. The song has a similar vibe to the gameplay itself. Moving from a certain quietness, to a sense of being rushed, then back again. Finally ending with an inspirational characteristic that compliments the games story and legacy.

Snake Eater
You cannot listen to the opening cinematic of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater without making comparisons to it and the many classic James Bond openings. Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid series is highly influenced by movies created in the English speaking Western area of the world. Even if the track may feel like a homage to a certain type of movie or theme, it actually does it just as brilliantly as the medium which the inspiration comes from. For this reason, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is a true testament to Kojima's ability to replicate his vision.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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