Been playing through Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater of late, could probably have it beaten by breakfast time but I'm not interested in losing sleep over it (more then any thing else).
I left off just after Snake loses his eye and gets chucked in the cell.
I know perfectly well the hardest part of the game is the end lol. Snake gets the living crap beaten out of him when he's captured and loses his eye trying to protect Eva. But that still leaves escaping the cell, destroying the Shagohod and Volgin. Including the run for ya life of them all.
Eva steering the motorbike while Snake deals with the army on their tails. While the character of Eva is arguably a great combination of beauty and ability, being almost skewered to death and bleeding out wouldn't leave any one fit for combat.
Getting through the jungle with her in tow and the "Goon squad" is probably the single hardest part of MGS3, I remember the first time I played through it. I some what regretted that I never had time to pick up the M60, I found the light machine gun one night playing but was never able to get it later (forgot to save!). At least for Round #2 through the game there is The Bosses Patriot :-)
Basically a weapon that makes the Colt Commando look a bit bigger while still clearly being an XM177 (prototype m4) family member. The C-Beta mag also has unlimited ammunitions so it's as good as an M60 loool. Which will be good because the running firefight is one time when it will come in handy.
I've played the Metal Gear Solid games a long time, in fact MGS4 is one of very few reasons I'd ever care to get a PS3. I didn't get into MGS to much until the VR Training missions game was released. I think my completion was like 295-297 missions or some thing like that. I got to be lethally proficient, training harder to fight easier :-). Metal Gear Solid 2 was great fun and I loved the additions. Although I think the plot could have used a little more work (seeing the twists coming).
The only problem with MGS3 is your stuck in the middle of a jungle and I'm used to sneaking in an urban environment. Spent most of the 'classic sneaking through enemies, most of MGS2 mugging guards for dog tags and throwing them overboard xD. But MGS3, ambushing and knifing as necessary. The loss of the high tech sneaking suit and nano technology from MGS/MGS2 is not really a problem, it only made life easier sneaking through guards. And in MGS3 you get the next best thing, all the other high tech gizmos. Motion sensor, AP Sensor set to vibrate, not as good but handy from time to time. Considering MGS3 takes place in the 1960s it would probably have been as space age as the gear from the first Metal Gear Solid, but it still is just dead weight. From binoculars and a MK23 SOCOM to Thermal Goggles and a Knife ;-)
The Jungles just not my bag for sneak past without dropping any but it's a good game. It's also great to see the legendary "Big Boss" in his youth. It's quite a sad story though, I remember after finally completing it the first trip through.
It was nice to know that Snake and Eva got some time alone, without hundreds of soviet infantry on patrol. Especially considering how much the characters were put through, including Big Bosses eye... Kind of sad really but I think it makes it easier to snipe lol. And it ends with the cold hard facts, Evas betrayal, The Bosses real mission, and that the real aim of the ordeal was nothing more then to secure the Philosophers Legacy.
The story of "The Boss" is a sobering one, yet she was loyal to her country to the end. Is it really any wonder that after being granted the title of "Big Boss" for his success during Operation Snake eater that he eventually turns?
It's been a long time but if I recall correctly, when Big Boss betrayed the Solid Snake we've all enjoyed destroying Metal Gears as. He was trying to create a warrior state with sufficient fire power to insure there independence or the destruction of any threats.
I look forward to MGS4 and the rest to come, and I wonder if Solid Snake will share Big Bosses final fate.