Metal Gear Solid

Critic Score User Score
PSP
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4.5
PlayStation
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3.8
PS Vita
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5.0
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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 Solid Snake gets harassed by Liquid Snake's Hind-D attack helicopter
Metal Gear Solid Windows In photo mode Snake gets to snap pictures of his high polycount female co-workers
Metal Gear Solid Windows Nice to see I'm wanted
Metal Gear Solid Windows Meryl expresses her displeasure at being oogled by prepubescent teens and weird 30-something loners

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

Game Vortex Windows Jan 31, 2003 95 out of 100 95
Gamer's Pulse Windows Oct 19, 2000 91 out of 100 91
GameSpy Windows Sep 27, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Power Unlimited Windows Nov, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
4Players.de Windows Dec 18, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Gaming Age Windows Sep 05, 2004 B+ 83
PC Joker Windows Nov, 2000 82 out of 100 82
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Oct 02, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Gameplanet Windows Nov 08, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Windows Mar 07, 2001 79 out of 100 79

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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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