The month of April. It has been tough. It was cold. It was a struggle. It was a test of spirit. I was taken to the brink. But I fought back from the edge of time in my mission. I was sent to Shadow Moses Island, a remote location in Alaska. And things have never been the same since... They have just been getting worse ever since.
War... War has changed. Genetic clones. Foxdie. Nanomachines. Rex. Genome Soldiers. VR Training. Ray. CQC. The Bandana. FOX-HOUND. Les Enfants Terribles. GW. Outer Haven. SOP. PMC. War has
changed. It is the Metal Gear Solid series...
Metal Gear Solid:†The Twin Snakes
In the month of April, I found myself with nothing but time and MGS 1-4 in my possession. One day, I turned on my Nintendo Wii and popped in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. I figured Iíd start a file and play for an hour or two. 11 hours later, yeah, I beat Twin Snakes. Crocodile.
It's hard to be mad at yourself when you promised yourself just a few hours and ended up beating the game. Canít complain because that play through was so sweet and this time Meryl lived! No stupid ride
into the sun filled horizon with Otacon.
Metal Gear Solid 2:†Sons of Liberty
Later that same night, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was calling me. I couldnít help myself. I was hooked. However, this was some uncharted waters in my experience. In MGS: The Twin Snakes, I beat the Playstation version a month prior. So, it was a second playthrough.
Why was I so psyched to dig into MGS2? I wanted to learn about Raiden and the whole canon of Metal Gear Solid. So it was easy for me. Better yet, the game hadnít changed much from MGS1. Basically, furthering the story, new villains, The Big Shell, and new playable character, Raiden. From the two playthroughs of MGS1, I felt confident and very seasoned. Went on Hard, No Radar, Discovery means Game Over, because that is how I roll.
This was a totally different experience from MGS1. The first MGS game established the Tactical Espionage Action genre, the story of Metal Gear and the background of Solid Snake and FOX-HOUND. Now we have MGS2, this one was totally a trip in a half. Seriously, by the end of the game, my head was spinning with the wild final climax of it all.
Naked Raiden. President Johnson going around grabbing crotches. GW glitching out from EEís worm. Fission Mailed. Countless Metal Gear Rays. Jack the Ripper. Solidus Snake a perfect clone of Big Boss. The Patriots. My brain went haywire from all the awesome MGS2 had flooding out in the final bits of the game. What a ride. I loved it all. Crocodile again.
Metal Gear Solid:† Snake Eater 3D
So what did I do later that night? You guessed it, I jumped into Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. I am Naked Snake this time around. Thatís right, I have MGS3 on the 3DS. But, Iíll tell you, that was a mistake (Laugh). The 3DS felt very uncomfortable with a game of this quality until I started playing the 3DS with the docking bay attached at all times. It was easier on my hands. No more cramps! Better yet, get the Circle Pad Pro.
I got the game in March. And I played a bit of it when I first got it. But I thought it best to stop because I knew nothing of the Metal Gear canon. Yes, blame the 3DS for causing me to explore the Metal Gear canon. Making me dig up MGS on Playstation and buying MGS2 on PS2 and MGS4 on PS3.
This one had a different twist on the Metal Gear series. You had to hunt for food to keep your stamina bar up. If you got injured, you had to treat all your wounds, burns, lacerations, broken bones, and gunshots. It forced you to rely on camouflage a lot. Yes, in this game, camouflage, silencers on your weapons, and your tranquilizer gun are more important than ever. But you did have infinite regenerating health depending how full your stamina bar is.
For myself, this one was the most annoying with the constant bringing up the menu for items, injuries, cameo, weapons, or codec. On the 3DS, it took me awhile to learn to actually equip weapons. No one told me I had to hold down the button to choose switch weapons to equip! Or it did and I wasnít paying attention. But after that, it got better, but it still wasnít a cake walk.
Again I was playing on Hard and Discovery means Game Over. 3DS forced me to use the radar which I didnít like. So with all these odds against me and the design of the 3DS did not make my playthrough a pleasant one. My mind was almost conceiving the idea to snap my 3DS in half or tossing it across the room. But, Iíd never think it.
All in all, I still loved this prequel to the Metal Gear series. I kept asking myself, ďif this takes place in 1964, how old is Snake in MGS1? Is Ocelot, Revolver Ocelot?Ē It all made sense in the end.
Major Zero got hilarious near the end. Double-O-Snake. Always had a good laugh to hear how Snake would comment on what I made him eat. They loved to play up EVAís sex appeal. Naked Snake always staring at her chest or bottom. Disguised as a scientist, the glasses killed me. Naked Snake disguised as a scientist equals Ocaton. Then later, Raikov, Raidenís russian counterpart. ďKovĒ at the end of everything makes you russian. Another crotch grab by Colonel Volgin cupping Naked Snake disguised as Raikov. Later, Raikovís locker has a Raiden sneaking suit and a poster of Metal Gear Solid 2. Awesome.
I spent 8 hours one whole day trying to beat Colonel Volgin. Seriously, I am not lying. A lot of learning about Volginís behaviour, what I canít and cannot do, how I was suppose to actually beat him. Took me that long. But after that, I blew through the game. Next day I beat it. Crocodile.
[size=18]Metal Gear Solid 4:†Guns of the Patriots
It was time for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patroits on the PS3. First thing, 8 minute installation, watching Old Snake smoke and all these messages telling me that smoking is bad, donít play while you are tried, take a break every 15 minutes, etc. But let me tell you, it was very refreshing from the stifling experience of MGS3 and the wild ride of MGS2.
In the beginning I was apprehensive. The opening monologue from Old Snake was a downer. I knew he was old in this one, but I didnít want to accept Solid Snake could be vulnerable by something like age or disease. And I really felt the gravity of the world and what it became. It was a bleak one.
I started on Big Boss hard. I was forced to use radar again and no option for Discovery means Game Over. But now I had dual analog sticks and a fine third person shooter on my hands. So naturally, I didnít care about stealth or Alert Mode. I just M4íd my through stages and using all my credits for ammo.
The twist in this one was they wanted to push the stress gauge on us, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But there was also the octocamo suit you had. Like a chameleon, you can take on the texture and color of whatever you touched. And Old Snakeís health goes down so fast, but it regenerates if you just lie down or crouch like in MGS3. I often forgot about this and relied heavily on the items, until I found regenerating was much better.
War had changed. Everyone has nanomachines in them. War is the life blood on the economy market. Everything is controlled and maintained by the Patriots. But you had Old Snake, you had Ocaton, you had Sunny and they all stayed in the Nomad, a carrier aircraft. You knew Raiden would make an appearance. They kept talking about Naomi Hunter.
So you learn Snake was genetically modified to be unable to reproduce and only live for so long. And when the whole gang gets together, you feel better about yourself. You actually liked that this is the first MGS for the good guys to have a base of operations to rest and regroup in between operations. It was great to have Sunny, Raiden, Ocaton, Naomi, and Old Snake within the Nomad. They need each other. They're family.
The bosses were relatively easy in this one. They werenít overly cryptic or very difficult to deliver damage compared to MGS3. Just get them caught off guard and spray bullets at them. My favourite was Crying Wolf. Iíll leave it at that.
Yes, Metal Gear Solid 4 ties everything together. Everything! The highlight being, Metal Gear Rex vs. Metal Gear Ray. Face camo of Metal Gear Solid 1 Solid Snake! You can go around with MGS1ís blocky 90ís polygon head!
All in all, great freaking game. I got Bear this time. They do over do it with the cutscenes in this one. In some instances, its a complete departure from stealth in this game. But Act 4 does make up for everything.
That does it for this blog. I must end it there. I don't want to start repeating myself. If you stuck with me this long, you are awesome.
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