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Pros: Grappling Story-Line Filled with Irony and suspense, Variety of Equipment, Graphics, Solid Game-play,
Cons: A Bit Short
I got this game from a friend for $7.00. Having only heard good things about this game I decided to buy it, no questions asked. It was recently when I started playing the game. Now that I've beaten the game I was glad I spend that money wisely.
A nuclear weapons disposal facility is attacked and captured by Next Generation Special Forces led by members of FOX-HOUND. The terrorists have secured hundreds of nuclear warheads and are demanding that the U.S government turn over the remains of Big Boss. They say that if their demands aren't met within 24 hours they'll launch a nuclear strike. This game starts off with you (Solid Snake) having to save 2 hostages, DARPA Chief Donald Anderson and the President of ArmsTech, Kenneth Baker. That's not all, you also have to eliminate a terrorist threat by preventing a nuclear launch.
Metal Gear Solid is a stealth/action game. In this game you should remain hidden as much as you can. If it so happened that you were spotted, the alarms will go off until you hide. During the game you will encounter soldiers, tanks, helicopters, and a Mech known as "Metal Gear". On the top-right hand corner of the screen there is a radar (not available in the HARD and EXTREME difficulty settings) which lets you know if anyone is around and you can tell which way they are looking because you can see where there field of vision is. You also need to avoid cameras. The game is usually in an aerial view, you can also look around corners if you need. You will also encounter a good amount of bosses. For most of these bosses you will have to find a way to hit them. Some you can only hit from behind, and others you will have to go into hand-to-hand combat. If you need help you can also contact some one by codec. Codec is phone type thing that you can contact people with, usually to get information on puzzles or to know what is happening. On the top left-hand corner you have a health bar. The bar is something you should keep an eye out for.
Let's start off with with the triangle button. This is used to go in First Person View Mode so you can see in front of you. The X button is used to duck down and then crawl. Circle button is mainly for hand-to-hand combat and when you back up against a wall you can tap it to get a guards attention. The square button is very important because this is used to fire your weapon and choke people out. The R1 and R2 are for your weapons. With R2 you can scroll through all your weapons and if you want to quickly equip a weapon during battle or something you can press R1. L1 and L2 are similar, but they are used for items, such as rations and gas masks. You also have 4 directional buttons which are used to run around and adjust view while in first person view mode.During the game you are going to need to use the codec to get past certain parts, and to open it up, press "select" button. If you ever need to take a break you can pause the game by simply pressing "start" (NOTE: you can adjust controls to your liking).
Weapons and Items:
On your quest to destroy Metal Gear you will run across some weapons. You will see weapons from SOCOM pistols to stinger missiles. Soldiers can be easily taken out by pistols and machine guns. When you fight certain bosses you might have to use explosives, like C4's, grenades, and remote controlled missiles. In some occasions you will have to use a sniper to attack enemy soldiers from a great distance.
Some items are very useful during game-play. Some items let you see what you can't with your naked eyes like thermal and light-vision goggles, and mine detectors. Some doors won't open unless you have a key-card. There are also pills that you can take to have a steady arm while you are sniping. When you loose life you can restore it by eating rations.
The graphics are in cut-scenes are great. Even though they are a bit out-dated, at the time they were probably the greatest. The only complaint is that you can't see the whites of there eyes and the mouths don't move when they speak. When the camera shifts really fast you can see fuzzy stuff when it shifts. The graphics during game-play are solid. If you walk on snow your foot prints will remain so you will have to watch your step.
The music always went along with the mood of the game. If you are in a boss fight the music would be fast pace and if you were watching a dramatic cut scene then the music would fit that mood. I sometimes find myself humming along with the various different tunes
Sound and Voice:
In MGS the sound was incredible. If you took a step you would hear it as soon as you took it, and no later. The gun shots are very good and so are explosion noises. The soldiers say things if they see or hear something. Some lines they would say are "huh.. what was that noise" and "who's footprints are these." Even when you run on puddles you hear splashes which could even alert guards, if careless.
The ONLY problem I had with the game was, it was too short, but I guess if it was really long you probably wouldn't really play through it a lot of times.
Memory Card 1-15 blocks (only need one)
Analog Controller Compatible
Developed By: Konami