Some people whine. It's true, it's true. They make a fuss about GameBoy versions of their favourite console games not looking as good on the handheld. Of course this has to mean it effects the gameplay because what is a game without graphics? (detect a little sarcasm?) Well Metal Gear Solid for the GameBoy is very similar to its 32 bit counterpart. It's almost as if the developers have folded up the game to get it to fit in the handheld.
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Its worked great! The 3/4 view gives you a clear view of everything around you so you can employ sneaky gameplay, which is heavily encouraged as ammo for guns and guns themselves are a rare find in the game. You can sneak up on an enemy and punch them in the head or knock on wall to lure them away from their guard spot. Alternatively you could hide in a cardboard box and sneak past them that way (hmmm... cardboard box, where have I seen that before?!).
Then you get the bad guys. "Boo, hiss." They make the game even more challenging and require you to employ a different tactic each time. In a way they resemble Winback's enemies that where slightly unbelievable yet provided thrilling battles, for instance you get a big goon that sets himself on fire after you beat him because he loves heat (oh and Winback's a N64 game for all those who don't know).
Infiltrate. Infiltrate?!? Yes, that's what you (playing as Solid Snake) need to achieve. You need to infiltrate the heavily guarded fortress named Galude and destroy Metal Gear. Of course that isn't it, what I described is a very bare boned plot. You also get some treason, dramatic moments and special effects worthy of a sci-fi movie. All in all a fantastic story that is very like a movie plot.
It has to be said that the graphics aren't exactly as good as the PlayStation version but that is to be expected and as it is Metal Gear Solid pulls some very good, colourful environments out of the "primitive" handheld. You also get some nice cut scene moments that add to the tension built up by the dramatic story and sneaky gameplay.
Tension also backed up by the great musical score. Each level has its own slow and creepy tune that accompanies you through the level. Its quietness means that when you trip and alarm or fire a gun you'll jump and say "sssshhh, no, I didn't mean it." It's that good!
Metal Gear Solid will keep you going for ages, its stealthy, unrepetitive gameplay gives it a very lengthy lifespan. Then once you do complete the game you can go through all the VR training missions (they're also available at any time in the game). They require you to complete a task like destory all the targets or sneak past all the enemies.
I advise every GameBoy Colour owner to purchase this game. It's dramatic and excellent in terms of gameplay. It also manages to be highly challenging and very replayable. In my opinion it's the best gameboy game of the year.
The Bottom Line: A fantastic game.