Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

An updated version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater containing several new features, most notably a third-person camera and an online mode.


This page contains only information relevant to Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. For an in-depth look at the original release, see the Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater page.

Released in Japan a year after the original's North American launch, Subsistence is an expanded release of Metal Gear Solid 3 containing the original game and a number of additional features. It was the first Metal Gear to map camera control to the right analog stick. It also included the series' first online multiplayer component via the release's second disc, Persistence, though it has since been taken off-line. The original release of the game also included ports of the original MSX versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, marking the titles' first release outside of Japan. A number of other bonus features are present as well, including parodies of several cut-scenes found in the game.

Subsistence was later re-released as part of the Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection just prior to the launch of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. However, this version did not include the second and third discs, thus lacking the game's online multiplayer, an extended video of every cutscene from Metal Gear Solid 3, and an E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4.

It was also included in the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. It runs at 1080p at 60fps, and features both Transfarring and trophy support. While it also lacks discs two and three, it does contain Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2.


  • Online multiplayer featuring Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Sneaking mission, Capture Mission and Rescue Mission.
  • Complete Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater game with new user controlled 3D camera.
  • Includes never-before-released games: Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake.
  • Secret Theater Mode.
  • Game connectivity with Metal Gear Acid 2 on PSP.
  • Special bonus disc Existence featuring new re-cut cinematic scenes from MGS3 and the MGS4 trailer shown at Tokyo Game Show 2005 (exclusive to the limited edition.

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