With the release of Konami's Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater the series was put back on track after the surprisingly disappointing second game. With this edition, there were no surprises as to the protagonist of the story and fans were able to experience playing as Solid Snake through assuming the role of his father, Big Boss who looks and sounds identical (even voiced by Snake's original voice actor, David Haytor).
The storyline in MGS3 is arguably the best of the series as well. Instead of the overblown conspiracy theories of the second game, Hideo Kojima decided to keep the fantastic out of global writing and back into outrageous villain/boss design as in the PlaystationOne original.
This provides another one of the best aspects of the game. The enemies and boss fights are beautifully done and much more fun than the previous edition in the series. Also, Konami attempts to bring the never-ending final battle back to the series (hearkening to the fight with Liquid Snake) with Colonel Volgen's refusal to die after being killed numberous times.
Overall, the length of the main story and the intricate nature of the story and gameplay make Metal Gear Solid 3 a solid purchase for any Playstation 2 owners and a replay of the title only makes the PS3-bound, MGS4 even more impossible to wait for.