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Metal Gear (DOS)

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Written by  :  OlSkool_Gamer (99)
Written on  :  Jan 05, 2004
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Amazing title from Konami, tons of items, weapons & tons of fun killing action!

The Good

I got this game for my birthday after it was released and was locked in my room for a long time playing this game. It took me a little bit to get in to it but once I finally found a gun, I was hooked. The game if fairly large and very difficult to rush through.

It was one of the first games I can remember where the enemies actually had eyes. You had to hide and make sure you didn't blow your cover while you snuck around popping people off with silenced pistols. It was also the first game I ever knew of that gave you cigarettes too :) Even though they were worthless in the first game, later in the series they become handy.

There are lots of military weapons and items to aid you through your quest to destroy Metal Gear. Some pretty cool and original items such as a cardboard box! Yes, a cardboard box that you can hide under for some quick camo. Some weapons include some machine guns, remote control missile launchers and more...

Another cool little idea Konami threw in was a rank system. You advance in rank which increases your health capacity making you stronger.

The Bad

The loading time between switching from the game to the inventory screen was rather long. Not long as in minutes but all through this game, there is an annoying sequence you must perform at every locked door. Keycard by trial and error. There were a total of 8 keycards used to unlock doors and there was no indication as to what card was for what door. Therefore you had to go back and forth from inventory to game, from inventory to game until you got the right card. It was just annoying. And with a long loading time, it became a pain in the neck.

The sub machine gun in the game is just ridiculous. It is great because of its rapid fire but it automatically shoots in a "wave" pattern no matter what which wastes a lot of ammo.

The password system was nice because it wasn't a very long password but the font they used was like a military stencil. They should have just used a normal font. Sometimes It was difficult to distinguish between some characters.

The Bottom Line

Action packed, weapon packed, item packed military espionage fun from Konami/Ultra. Definitely worth a play and will always be considered a classic from the NES era.