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Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation)

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Description

Metal Gear Solid is a sequel to Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. After the tragic confrontation with Big Boss, the hero, special agent Solid Snake, decided to retire and has since then lived in a secluded region in Alaska. But the US government recruits him once again for a dangerous mission. The members of Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit, threaten to use a devastating nuclear weapon if the government doesn't hand them the mortal remains of Big Boss, their former commander. Foxhound is now led by a talented, ambitious young man with the codename Liquid Snake. Knowing that the visual resemblance between this new terrorist mastermind and himself can not be coincidental, Solid Snake agrees to infiltrate the new Foxhound base, destroy the unknown nuclear weapon, and find the truth about his own identity.

The gameplay in Metal Gear Solid follows the prototype established in the two earlier Metal Gear games. Solid Snake has a limited arsenal of weapons and cannot allow himself to pave his way to the goal by killing all the enemies. He has to stay unnoticed, hide, crawl, wait for the right moment, sneak, and use various gadgets that will prevent him from alerting the enemy. Boss battles and some other sequences are played out as action-oriented set pieces, with the player having to figure out the weakness of the enemy in order to succeed.

The game utilizes traditional top-down view, but the graphics in this installment are real 3D. Conversations with Snake's allies and cutscenes are used extensively to advance the plot and gain more insight into it.

Screenshots

Metal Gear Solid PlayStation Alert.. But I have gun.
Metal Gear Solid PlayStation This game requirea great deal of stealth approach.
Metal Gear Solid PlayStation Chasing Ocelot while he's in need of reloading.
Metal Gear Solid PlayStation Right icon holds the list of weapons whereas left one has all the accessories.

Alternate Titles

  • "特攻神諜" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "合金装备" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "MGS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Metal Gear 3" -- Working title
  • "Hejin Zhuangbei" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

A good barometer of what console gamers think serious gaming is. That is: Arcadish, overhyped, childish and with lots of cheese. Zovni (9360) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars
The definitive PSX experience. Anatole (52) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A rare classic. DarkDove (64) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A game, a hero and the save the world plot get a hellava lot better. Jason Lee (11) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
It was more like a movie Robert C (7) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
This game lived up to the hype!! Tarzan Dan (23) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A legend that put the Metal Gear series on the throne! lado (28) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

The Press Says

All Game Guide 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Electric Playground 1998 10 out of 10 100
Retroage Nov 03, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Retrogaming.it Jun 12, 2008 10 out of 10 100
IGN Oct 21, 1998 9.8 out of 10 98
Absolute Playstation Feb, 1999 94 out of 100 94
Game Revolution Oct 01, 1998 A- 91
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 11, 1999 18 out of 20 90
GameSpot Sep 25, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 27, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Zovni's (really old) review for this is great! 48 Zovni (9360)
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Trivia

Action figures

For the US release of Metal Gear Solid, McFarlane Toys was entrusted with the sculpting of an action figure line based on the game by Konami. Consisting of one series, the lineup includes: Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Ninja, Revolver Ocelot, Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven, Liquid Snake and a limited edition Psycho Mantis repaint. This series has been re-released several times (later in double-packs).

Copy protection

It is rather important to keep the box for the PlayStation version of the game, since it features a frequency for the CODEC communicator thay you will need to progress through the game in one of the screenshots.

Emulation

One of three games to be emulated on the short-lived bleemcast! PlayStation emulator for Dreamcast.

References

Members of the development team hid images of themselves throughout the game. These images or 'ghosts' as they are referred to are only visible by taking photographs of certain areas in the game with the camera item.

References to the game

This game is referenced in the Eiffel 65 song, My Console.

Rumors

There were untrue rumors about Greg Eagles, the actor who voiced Grey Fox, being dead. In fact, he was mistaken for Kaneto Shiozawa, the actor who voiced the same character in the Japanese version of the game, dead in 2000.

Voice acting

Due to union regulations, the voice cast (with the exceptions of David Hayter and Doug Stone) used pseudonyms during the recording sessions, and were credited that way. Here's a list with the voice actors names and their respective pseudonyms: Cam Clarke (James Flinders), Debi Mae West (Mae Zadler), Jennifer Hale (Carren Learning), Christopher Randolph (Christopher Fritz), Paul Eiding (Paul Otis), Kim Mai Guest (Kim Nguyen), Greg Eagles (Greg Byrd), Renée Raudman (Renee Collette), Patric Zimmerman (Patric Laine), Peter Lurie (Chuck Farley), Tasia Valenza (Julie Monroe), Allan Lurie (Bert Stewart) and William Bassett (Frederick Bloggs).

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #12 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time" list
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #17 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
    • October 2004 (Issue #200) - #12 on the "Greatest Games of Their Time" list
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #32 Top Game of All Time
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #70 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Ace of Sevens, Big John WV, chirinea, Evil-Jim, Grant McLellan, Indra was here, J. Michael Botorff, PCGamer77 and Zovni

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