Metal Gear Solid follows Solid Snake as he infiltrates an Alaskan military base where terrorists have taken over. On this same base, the military has not only hidden nuclear warheads, but a mysterious new Metal Gear, a giant bi-pedal mech capable of launching said nuclear warheads anywhere around the globe. The story is well paced and full of intrigue, per Metal Gear Solid style. This is the story that sets the basis for the rest, so it shouldn't be a surprise to hear that it lives up to the series name sake. The characters are all unique and I even felt a twinge of anger when one of the characters is not given a detailed fleshing out like the rest (it's one of the enemies that Snake never fights. That's not a spoiler but when you play you'll know).
|Over 15 years later and the Enemies are still Smarter than some Modern Games.|
The enemy A.I. is fantastic, pulling no punches what so ever. I made the mistake of thinking 'old technology, old game play standards' and found myself getting caught far easier than I expected. The learning curve isn't difficult, but believe, this game is a challenging stealth game. Combat is handled with CQC hand to hand, which includes a few swift punches followed by a kick, choke hold which can be held to either make the opponent pass out or even kill them, and weapon CQC. Though it is effective, the easier and more efficient way of handling enemies would be weaponry, and though the arsenal looks limited compared to the newer iterations of the series, each weapon 'class' is represented well with strong choices. From a handgun to an automatic rifle to a rocket launcher to a sniper rifle, Snake can fit a lot into his tiny stealth suite, and each weapon is necessary for both story progression and for combat. And all of them are necessary to get past the games great boss fights.
|The Epic Final Battle. Bring lots of Rations.|
And as if the game couldn't get any better, there are multiple endings (variable on whether or not you succumb to the torture or not) and each ending wields a new item to help speed up the next play through, which is amazing.
Though some can't look back at the games of yesteryear and play them like I can, I strongly urge anyone whom has enjoyed the Metal Gear Solid series, whom enjoys stealth games, or whom is looking for a great game with Solid game play (pun intended...) to pick it up. $10 off the Playstation Network is well worth this piece of gaming history.
10 out of 10
the Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Gear_Solid
the GameFaqs: http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps/197909-metal-gear-solid/faqs
the IGN Review: http://psx.ign.com/articles/150/150569p1.html