Metal Gear Solid (Windows)

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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 Our hero in his pre-mullet phase
Metal Gear Solid Windows A big Star Wars fan, the Ninja has mastered the art of deflecting bullets with his sword
Metal Gear Solid Windows These bad guys have obviously seen Dr. Strangelove one too many times
Metal Gear Solid Windows PAL code, not to be confused with Friend code. Although I would consider both tools of human suffering.

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. woods01 (154) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
One of the Greatest games of all time!! Matthew Bailey (1143) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Jan 31, 2003 95 out of 100 95
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2000 87 out of 100 87
Power Unlimited Nov, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 02, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Oct 02, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 02, 2000 8 out of 10 80
ESC Magazine Oct 02, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 79 out of 100 79
Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 60 out of 100 60

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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.)
Kartanym (10765) added Metal Gear Solid (Windows) on Oct 15, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (26017) and Matthew Bailey (1143)