Monday, February 11, 2013

Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid is a game released by Konami in 1998 for the PlayStation, it has a stunning sound-track, an excellent story, and despite its age is still one of the best games you could ever own.
It drops you right into the action, no build-up to anything, it gets its story across and you can pretty much pick it up and go.
The Dualshock is a must for this game, with a d-pad you can't move as precisely as you can with an analog stick.
My only complaint about the control is that you have to hold the Triangle button to stay in first person mode, which is on occasion a minor annoyance.
Even though the game makes constant references to the first two Metal Gear games, (Metal Gear, and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake) It's not in any way required that you play them to understand the story of them game.
The graphics are old, but the game is still playable and enjoyable.
After a few bad experiences with another "PSX great" I was hesitant to buy and play this game, but I'm glad I did. Metal Gear Solid has a complex storyline that draws you in and leaves you wanting more. You play as Solid Snake, an ex mercenary who used to work for Fox-Hound who has been enlisted by his old commander to take on the members of his old unit which have taken over a nuclear-weapons disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island. The plot twists enough to keep you guessing even at the very end, the gameplay is the pinnacle of intense, even for the PlayStation. Be it 240p or 480p Metal Gear Solid is still action-stealth at its finest and if you put aside your HD graphics and motion control for a bit you'll learn to ignore the few flaws this game has and enjoy the experience. The only complaint is one section requires you to press the O button rapidly to survive (See my Let's Play of it for details) and it's nearly impossible without a turbofire controller. I actually had to go out and buy one so I could proceed to the rest of the game, but it's not required that you pass that section, you can choose to skip it, but as I preferred to get the good ending instead of the bad one first time around, so I had to buy a turbo-pad to clear the stage. The only other complaint I have is that there's a section where you have to read the back of the case the game came in to proceed (Referenced as "The back of the CD case" in game) that's a bit confusing, since the person who told you just gave you a CD and the case the CD is in. It's minor and is easily skippable, but first time players will try to examine the ingame CD case, all you have to do is talk to the colonel five times and then go into the codec memory.
All in all the game is enjoyable and deserves the title of classic, I'd go so far as to say that it's a work of art.
I'll give this game a perfect 10.1*, it's definitely a must buy if you've got a PlayStation, PS2, PSP, PS3, PSVita, GameCube, or original Wii. You'll not be disappointed by this masterpiece!