June 21, 2012
The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for PlayStation Vita brings two of the most highly regarded PS2 titles ever made onto Sony's beautiful new handheld, scoring highly by default owing to the underlying, timeless brilliance of the original games. They were stunning on PS2 and beautiful on the HD consoles - only the overly compromised 3DS version of MGS3 proved disappointing. The games remain compelling on PlayStation Vita, but we have some basic misgivings about the quality of the conversion and the overall value of the package. It's not that this latest iteration of the HD Collection is a poor release as such, it's just not near as good as it could have been - as it should have been - and the complete omission of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is not only mystifying, but undermines the overall value of the release bearing in mind its price point. But first things first - how can you have an HD collection for a platform that doesn't actually have a high-definition screen?