By ArbitraryWater 16 Comments
It's been a while, but I am back once again to tell you kids about old games that I have decided to play. This time however, I'm going to talk about a game that is actually popular and not totally niche like all the other post-goldeneye stuff I have looked at. That's right. MGS2, which I got as part of the MGS Essentials collection that a friend gave me for Christmas. This is the one I finished first, which means that I will probably do MGS 1 and 3 later on down the line.
But anyways, I probably should start out by admitting that my first real taste of Metal Gear was The Twin Snakes, which probably makes me a heathen in the eyes of the MGS fanbase for some reason. I liked it. But yeah, MGS2 came out in 2001, and the updated version that I have came out in 2002. It adds a bunch of stuff that doesn't matter, like VR missions and some sort of weird skateboarding minigame that plays like a watered down version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
First, the gameplay. MGS 2 is very much an old stealth game, in that you have to sneak around dudes and if you get discovered you will probably die. However, most enemies can be easily dispatched with a tranq shot to the head, which removed a lot of the challenge of actually sneaking around. It's clunky and extremely game-y with the way it's presented. The game that the stealth is built around however, suffers from some of the cardinal sins of video games, namely excessive backtracking, escort sequences, and timed missions. None of the particular instances in this game are extremely offensive or long (although I could do without the hand holding that makes you go 5 times slower), but they are annoying. But then again, nobody enjoys Metal Gear for the way it plays. I sure as hell don't, which is why I will probably never touch any of the VR missions. In summation: Gameplay = Bad.
In conclusion, I enjoyed Metal Gear Solid 2 a lot more than I thought I would at first, mainly because of the obnoxious stealth gameplay. However, the story is great because of how balls to the wall crazy and willing to fuck with you it is, almost to the point that feel like it would make a better anime than a game. But thankfully it isn't because, as we all know: Anime is for jerks. And with that, I'm off.
Next Up: Either MGS 1 or 3. Maybe I will just do both in one post.