Metal Gear Solid

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Description

This special version of Metal Gear Solid adds first-person view, a level of difficulty for newcomers, bettered artificial intelligence for some enemies (including bosses) on higher difficulty settings, and, on the third disc Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions.

Screenshots

Metal Gear Solid Windows Hurry now, keep moving
Metal Gear Solid Windows The majority of the game takes place from a top-down perspective, but when you press against a wall the camera zooms into a more dramatic angle
Metal Gear Solid Windows PAL code, not to be confused with Friend code. Although I would consider both tools of human suffering.
Metal Gear Solid Windows The Cyborg Ninja: Snake's biggest fan whose only goal in life is to get beat up by him. In real life, we call this 'stalking'

Alternate Titles

  • "Tactical Espionage Action: Metal Gear Solid" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Metal Gear Solid Integral" -- Japanese PlayStation title

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User Reviews

Like a Hollywood movie: a lot of hype, pretty to look at but nothing inside. Windows woods01 (154)
One of the Greatest games of all time!! Windows Matthew Bailey (1143)

Critic Reviews

Thunderbolt Games Windows Mar 12, 2004 10 out of 10 100
PGNx Media Windows Aug 26, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamer's Pulse Windows Oct 19, 2000 91 out of 100 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpy Windows Sep 27, 2000 89 out of 100 89
G4 TV: The Electric Playground Windows Apr 28, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Oct 04, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Gamesmania.de Windows 2000 82 out of 100 82
ActionTrip Windows Oct 18, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Gamekult Windows Nov 21, 2000 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PC and PS1 versions of Metal Gear Solid appear in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

PC version

The PC version includes an expansion disc originally released for the Playstation as Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions which added over 300 missions set in the VR training environment of the original, the ability to play as the ninja, and a "photo shoot" mode featuring the game's female cast among other goodies.

Also, the PC version was supposed to have new hi-res texture skins for all the models (especially Snake himself), but Konami axed the idea.

Developer Dimiter Stanev:
From the only phone talk we had with Kojima, through a translator we were advised not to use high-res textures, since there was no good eye animation for the cut-scenes - e.g. higher texture fidelity would ruin the effect a blurry one gives, since you can't focus your own eyes on it. With a high-fidelity texture it would've looked as puppets, dolls, etc.

I admit that this by far, is the most important lesson I've learned from anyone in the game industry - sometimes less is more, and wrong is right.
Information also contributed by Kasey Chang

Related Web Sites

  • JUNKER HQ (This fansite is dedicated to the games produced and/or designed by Hideo Kojima and contains all kinds of trivia, artwork, plot summaries, discussion forums and more.)
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Unofficial Site (A fansite that contains information about the whole Metal Gear franchise, including galleries, interviews, downloadable content and discussion boards.)
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