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Earlier this week, we shared news of the original Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance being re-released on PC. Surprisingly, they’re already here, and not only that, they’re available on everyone’s favorite DRM-free retailer – GOG.com. Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra, a collection of five classics (i.e., Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Contra, and Super C) has also been released.

“After restoring classics like Blade Runner and Diablo, we bring you some of the best KONAMI classics in versions that are fully playable on modern computers, wrote GOG. “Join Solid Snake, Simon Belmont, and other heroes on the quest to save mankind, while having many hours of fun in the process!”

Unfortunately, these re-releases appear to be largely identical to the original PC ports from over a decade ago. That means they contain the same bugs, which might require patching.

“Basically what they are selling, for what I see, is a poorly functioning emulated version,” reads one review for Metal Gear Solid. “Settings menus are glitchy and unresponsive, controls are assigned by default seemingly at random, no widescreen support. Thanks, Konami, you do continue to remain the worst. Not refunding only to make it a lesson for myself. Avoid this version like a plague. Better get fan rework of an old PC port.”

“Buyer beware! This is the original PC port of MGS2 from 2003,” reads another. “This means that many controllers are not supported and the ones that are supported don’t allow the triggers to function. The PC controls are awful and all the issues from nearly 20 years ago are still present.”

But those of you who aren’t aware that emulators exist may want to give these a shot. Metal Gear and Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra are only $5.99, while Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance are $9.99.

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  1. The focus is on the MGS releases, but you should also avoid these Castlevania and Contra versions. The Konami Collection series is more expensive, but these versions are pretty accurate and work great on PC. Otherwise, just emulate the originals.
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