Secret agents have always some kind of appeal to them. Whether it’s being the hero, wooing the love interest, or playing with cool as hell gadgets, no one can say that they didn’t wish to be a secret agent sometime in their life. Probably the most famous secret agent would be James Bond, the womanizing badass with a bajillion cool inventions he uses to save the world countless times. But that’s for the film industry; what about video games? Well it’d be hard to argue about anyone else than Solid Snake and Naked Snake (later called Big Boss) from the Metal Gear Solid games.
Track Name: Snake Eater
Game: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (224)
System: Playstation 2
Composer: Norihiko Hibino (sung by Cynthia Harrell)
Aiming for a Jame Bond-esque vibe, Snake Eater is one of the most popular music tracks from the series. Heard during the opening sequence and the memorable ladder sequence, Snake Eater has made appearances in several other games, such as Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, a piano version in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and an instrumental version in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
I love the vocal work by Cynthia Harrell, as it makes for a dramatic, even romantic piece of music, which encapsulates the feel of its inspirational material. Thrown on to a stealth game of legendary proportions, and you get a killer package. MGS3: Snake Eater is one of the best games I’ve played, and if you haven’t experienced it, I strongly recommend picking it up.