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E3 2011's Most Anticipated: Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater

CVG E3 2011 Awards: Vote for the games that most excite you!

The games on show at E3 2011are some of the best in living memory. So you really owe it to yourself to vote in CVG's inaugural E3 2011 Awards... in the Most Anticipated Title category.

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Shortly before the show, we'll work out which of these 60 special E3 game previews have enjoyed the most page views, Facebook 'Likes', ReTweets and poll votes (see below) and crown our first victor of the Los Angeles event. Show your favourites the love!

Game: Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater
Publisher: Konami
Likelihood of E3 2011 showing: Certain

While it's sure to play a key part in Nintendo's upcoming E3 showing, we don't need 90 minutes of Reggie's executive babble to sell us on Hideo Kojima's superlative stealther.

Last year's demo remains one of the best arguments for 3D visuals, blending dense jungle with Snake's pin-sharp stubble to staggering effect. Thankfully, looks don't come at the expense of scope - we're led to believe MGS3D is a one for one remake. A PS2's worth of jungle on a 3DS cart? Believe it. The 3D fits in wonderfully.

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Metal Gear Solid is a game of distances. The distance between Snake's hands and a guard's neck. Between their boot and his prone body. Between their eyes and his current hidey hole. Evading guards was a heart fluttering affair in plain-Jane 2D; a tangible sense of 3D proximity can only amplify the nerves.

Did Nintendo take palm sweat into account when smothering the 3DS in smooth resin? Guess we'll find out... Croc-a-doodle-doo We're also intrigued to see how Kojima embraces the schlockier side of 3D.

With a taste for the melodramatic and a keen eye for a gimmick (who can forget Psycho Mantis 'reading' our minds by scanning the GameCube memory card?), he'd fit right in with the cheesy showmen who championed 3D film in the '50s.

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Easy to imagine the demo eliciting shrieks from an audience as crocodile snouts loom from the screen and hornets hover within eye-stinging range. Over the years, Metal Gear has carved a niche for itself, occupying the curious middle ground between grim reality and shameless goofiness.

Snake Eater alone manages to combine brooding Cold War politics with a man made of bees. Precisely why we love it, and why it sits atop our 3DS most-wanted list. Here, we celebrate the good, the bad and the weird of Snake Eater, and consider how 3DS will bring them to life.

[Words: NGamer]

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