By Prometheus147 2 Comments
Two games both alike in genre, in fair GiantBomb, where we lay our debate. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two games a generation...or so...of gamers choose their side.
I call to the ring two masters of espionage, fighters in the dark, and gun slingers of the modern age! On one side we have Solid Snake...a clone with a deadly purpose; and on the other side a once government man through and through now turned rogue, I give you Sam Fisher...but who would you bet on?
‘Splinter Cell’ (SC) is a game with a strong sense reality at its roots, combining authentic weaponry, believable characters and a, to some degree, realistic storyline... a true Western nugget. In contrast the ‘Metal Gear Solid’ (MGS) franchise is based firmly in a fantasy world with exotic locations, characters with superhuman abilities and technology still yet to be invented...a true Far Eastern gem. I love both games and even though they are part of the same genre they are vastly different in terms of their style, content and execution...and I think that is why both franchises appeal to me. I would be torn and find it impossible to favour one over the other, Sam’s sticky cameras are so fun use as is the human shield and recently implemented execute mechanic; but the environments and especially the characters of the MGS series just go to show what great imagination the Japanese have (which is also apparent in many Anime movies).
MGS is just so unique mainly, I think, because of its cast. I have a proclivity towards stories that use characters with special abilities as it reminds me of ‘The Fist of The North Star’ (the animated Manga film) where each character had their own fighting style which they used to devastating effect and also ‘Ninja Scroll’ where Jubei has to fight the ‘Devils of Kimon’ whom all have individual unique special abilities. I just cannot get enough of stuff like that.
On saying that though it is good to have a break from the fantasy once in a while and the SC series offers that at the same time as offering players a bit of the same old tactical espionage action. Sam Fisher is a great character not just because he kicks ass but also because he is believable and he uses sophisticated ultra cool g adgetry. Taking down bad guys has and I think always will be a dilemma for Sam as he has so many tools at his disposal...he just does not know what to use first, the rubber round, the EMP grenade, sticky camera, shot to the head or maybe he’ll just do it the old fashioned way and use his hands!
I just do not know which franchise to prefer, maybe SC...no, no, no, I meant to say MGS...oh I just cannot make up my mind they are both great series in completely different ways but within the same genre. In both the lead characters are fantastic helping to drive the stories forward and their graphics are both nothing short of phenomenal giving yet extra texture to both franchises...I got to say neither the Fisher catch the Snake nor the Snake bite the Fisher...I call it a tie.