Advent Gaming Calendar 2019 Day 21: Metal Gear Solid 3 – Snake Eater

Credit to IGN Walkthoughs’ YouTube Channel

The names Snake. Naked Snake. I had to ask myself if I wanted to go with this opening or the one from Metal Gear Solid 2. MGS2’s opening feels classic with the theme song of the series playing in the background, but how could that beat that band, those visuals, or that singer!? Snake Eater hits it right out of the gate with that big opening that is a homage to classic Bond movies. It gets the player into the mindset of you are playing a spy, there will be a lot of stealth involved, and things are going to get sexy. This opening leaves such a good impression to anyone who hears it that my wife wanted to talk about it as someone who just heard it for the first time. I will turn things over to her now.

Okay. There are three things about this opening that I love, just from the standpoint of the song and opening, not even relating to the game.

1: The homage to classic 60s and 70s Bond movies is beautiful. I grew up watching those movies with my dad (Diamonds are Forever is still my favorite) and just the composition of the song and they way it’s sung is spot on with that style.

2: The singer is AMAZING! As someone who has a vocal music degree, the singer, Cynthia Harell, (who also sang the ending song “I Am the Wind” for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) kills it. The soft opening lines to the powerful chorus and the intense bridge is exactly what this song needed.

3: The song itself. When he sit back and actually listen to the lyrics, it is just an emotional and powerful song.

“I give my life, Not for honor, but for you. In my time, there’ll be no one else. Crime, it’s the way, I fly to you! I’m still in a dream, Snake Eater”

Those are the lines from the chorus. If that isn’t emotional by itself, wait until you hear the context from the game. Carlton showed me the ending cutscenes (very very long ending cutscenes) and the way the final shots of the game go along with those exact lyrics is just amazing.

I have never played this game, probably won’t, but I will say I love this opening because of everything about it. And when you add in the context of the game, it just gets ten times better.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled nerdy gamer boy. I’m off to try and find a shiny Eevee. (They are my favorite.)

Thank you Kat! And thank you everyone for tunning in!

Tune in tomorrow for Day 22!


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