Metal Gear Madness

The release of Metal Gear Solid 4 may not have done much for PlayStation 3 console sales, but has for some reason sent the value of older Metal Gear Solids sky-rocketing.

Going by the current prices on Amazon Marketplace and eBay, the GameCube-exclusive Twin Snakes has been exchanging hands for in excess of £50, the PSone original for over £25 and the Substance version of Metal Gear Solid 2 for upwards of £45. eBay auctions for Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence have also been ending for around £60, while Metal Gear Solid Digital Graphic Novel on PSP has been selling for £30. Even Metal Gear Solid 2 – which can be found for £1.99 in Gamestation – has jumped up to £8 on Amazon Marketplace.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • I’ve never heard the expression ‘exchanging hands’ before Matt, except for Google telling me about a band called Knives Exchanging Hands.

  • I’ve heard it plenty before. Maybe it’s a southern thing… unless Matt’s not southern, in which case it’s more likely to be a mystery.

    Anyway, I’m wishing my PS1 games weren’t all copies right now.

  • Yes Matt’s from the south coast. He does say a lot of rubbish :D

    The first 12 pages on Google for ‘exchanging hands’ are purely referencing a band called Knives Exchanging Hands, so it’s definitely not in common written usage – the normal term is changing hands.

    But… why do you think having bought a PSone game (rather than a copy) in 1998 for £40 and then selling it in 2008 for £25 would be a good investment?! You’d need to sell it for at least £65 just to break even taking inflation into account!

  • Because until recently MGS on PSone could be picked up dirt cheap. And maybe I did just mean ‘changing hands’

    Who knows!

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