Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 HD Are Xbox Backwards Compatible

Xbox Live Director of Programming Larry Hyrb announced on Twitter that Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 HD have now been added to Xbox One backward compatibility.

Originally released on PlayStation 2 during 2001 and 2004 respectively, the “Tactical Espionage Action” titles received large critical and commercial success, being regarded as worthy successors to the original Metal Gear Solid.

Metal Gear Solid 2 acts as a direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid, with Solid Snake pursuing a tanker transporting a deadly Metal Gear weapon. However, Solid Snake’s mission is obstructed by former FOXHOUND member Ocelot and is assumed missing shortly after the encounter at the bottom of the Hudson River, along with the tanker.

Two years later a conspiracy begins to unfold as an oil spill cleanup facility is taken over by a terrorist group, with the leader of the group claiming to be lost protagonist Solid Snake. Following the events, new FOXHOUND recruit Raiden is sent on a mission by the government to rescue the US president who has been kidnapped at the same facility.

Metal Gear Solid 3 goes to the past to tell its story, with players following the origin tale of recurring villain Big Boss. In 1964, 31 before the events of the original Metal Gear Solid, Big Boss (then known as Naked Snake) is sent into Soviet territory to aid scientist Sokolov in defecting to Western territory. In a turn of events, Naked Snake’s mentor defects to the Soviet Union, effectively ending the mission and forcing him to make a life-changing decision.

Big Boss is then sent down a rabbit hole of moral questions and decisions that take a toll on him both physically and mentally, as he attempts to take the life of his former mentor into his own hands.

Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 HD are available to purchase and download for Xbox backward compatibility now. Which title are you looking forward to playing the most? Let us know down below.

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Francis Kenna

Francis is a gaming enthusiast from the North West of England. Since a young age, he's had a strong passion for the medium, and first grew an interest in video game journalism through reading Playstation and Nintendo magazines. He's a supporter and fan of the Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo brands and is willing to give any type of game a try.

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