Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Release date: 2004
Those who were less than impressed with MGS 2's intricate plotlines found welcome reprieve in the more accessible and less opaque Snake Eater. Set in 1964 during the Cold War, the gameplay was tailored to suit its Soviet jungle environment with the addition of its "camouflage index" and realistic injury and health systems that would force gamers to deal with anything from a broken leg to stomach grumblings. In doing so, this stripped away the futuristic crutches of high-tech weaponry that Snake had previously been able to get by on. It's just a man, the woods, and his brute intellect. Call him Rambo Snake.