Since the Oscars aired a couple of days ago, we here at WTFGamersOnly have considered what it would take for a video game to possibly win an Oscar. There’s no denying the impact video games have had on the entertainment industry. There’s also no denying how compelling a video game’s story and/or characters can be. Video games like Limbo and the Last of Us should stem as obvious contenders for an Oscar for their compelling stories, characters, and intriguing atmosphere. I took a great deal of time considering what throwback game I would deem worthy of an Oscar. While I did come up with a few names, one game stood out above all the rest; Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater follows Big Boss prior to the events of the first MGS, during the Cold War in 1964. Sent into the jungle of Tselinoyarsk, in the USSR, Naked snake (Big Boss) must rescue a Soviet scientist developing advanced nuclear-equipped tanks called “Shagohod”. Upon successfully extracting the scientist, Naked Snake becomes critically injured when he’s attacked by another U.S. defector, “The Boss”. Subsequently, Colonel Volgin, the main antagonist, detonates one of two nuclear weapons on the citizens of Russia, creating a world conflict. In order for the U.S. to clear its name and avoid another possible World War, Naked Snake is dispatched to assassinate the woman that taught him everything he knows. This critically acclaimed story stands as one of the many reasons I thought Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was worthy of an Oscar.
Metal Gear Solid 3 offered some fantastic voice acting for some truly memorable characters as well. Each and every boss fight was unique and just as compelling as the last. Specifically, the sniping battle with The End was truly remarkable in terms of gameplay. This battle was made all the more epic considering you could face off against him, or simply wait him out, as the character would eventually die of old age. It offered an experience other games at the time couldn’t match. These type of boss battles highlight the elements in Metal Gear Solid games that define the stealth genre. It’s those kind of epic moments that deem video games Oscar worthy in many people’s eyes.
Video games have had a hard time convincing the masses that they’re just as powerful in story telling and character development as some films. Games like Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater exemplify what video games can do for the medium. It’s intricate, original story and its emphasis on characters and gameplay innovation make Metal Gear Solid undoubtedly worthy of an Oscar. With video games like this, there’s hope that one day video games can be recognized as the artful masterpieces they can sometimes be.