METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater – Master Collection Version – How to Set Up Controls (Keyboard + Mouse)

I found a way to make MGS3 enjoyable to play with keyboard and mouse and wanted to just share with you.

The game is a masterpiece and I want other people to enjoy it as well. It took me hours to get here, but I´m happy with my results.

How to Make MGS3 Enjoyable

I’ve tinkered for hours getting finding a comfortable way to play the game on keyboard and mouse.

I found no guides to help me, so I’ll tell you how I´ve done it. It´s alright for me, but you can simply swap controls till you feel comfortable with it.

I use a software called keyboard splitter:

Which emulates an Xbox 360 controller.

You will have to set these yourself, but I will list you all the keybindings.

The keybinds take a little time to get used to and its a bit of a compromise, which favors better gameplay settings, but has some unconventional menu controls on the other hand.

After you set and activated your control scheme in keyboard splitter you´ll have to run it with the “Block keyboard” option enabled.

You can also quick toggle this mode with pressing CTRL five times.

I will list the controls and explain how to use it first and list the bindings afterwards.

I hope you can finally enjoy MGS3 as much as me.

Menu Controls

  • W and S for Up and Down
  • Space for Enter
  • F for going Back

Ingame Controls

I have a mouse that has two extra buttons I can use with my thumb. You may have to find your own keybinding, if you don´t have spare mouse buttons. You can set mouse buttons, when hover your mouse over the little mouse symbol in the bottom right of the little input window, when setting up a certain key).

Mouse for looking around, no need to set anything. Your mouse works along the emulated controller. I had to set my mouse sensitivity to almost 10x my normal DPI.

  • WSAD for Movement
  • Spacebar for Crouch/Lay/Stand
  • IJKL for Quiet Movement (I found no better soultion for this)
  • Q for Item Menu
  • E for Weapon Menu
  • Tab for Radio
  • ESC for Menu (Backpack, Camo, etc)


  • Right Mouse Click for getting your gun into Aim Mode without firing
  • Left Mouse Click to Shoot
  • Extra Mouse Button for Ego Perspective (required for ADS)
  • SHIFT for ADS
  • F for Melee and CQC Combat. While holding an enemy in CQC hold right mouse click for Interrogation, R for Killing and F repeatedly for Choking
  • R for Actions (climb, open things, pull yourself up when hanging on a ledge)
  • V for the zoomed out view (I wouldn´t use it, though, but I think it could be useful in some scenarios)

Key Bindings for Keyboard Splitter

  • Button Start – Escape
  • Button Back – Tab
  • Left Thumb – MouseRightButton
  • Right Thumb – V
  • Left Bumper (LB) – LeftShift
  • Right Bumper (RB) – MouseExtraButton
  • Button Guide – None
  • Button A – Space
  • Button B – F
  • Button X – MouseLeftButton
  • Button Y – R
  • Left Trigger (LT) – Q
  • Right Trigger (RT) – E
  • Axis X Min – A
  • Axis X Max – D
  • Axis Y Min – S
  • Axis Y Max -W
  • Axis Rx Min – None
  • Axis Rx Max – None
  • Axis Ry Min – None
  • Axis Ry Max – None
  • D-pad Up – I (Capital i)
  • D-pad Down – K
  • D-pad Left – J
  • D-pad Right – L
Volodymyr Azimoff
About Volodymyr Azimoff 13558 Articles
I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

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