Metal Gear Solid (Windows)

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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.


Metal Gear Solid Windows Meryl, disguised as a GENOME soldier, helps Snake take on a squad of real GENOME soldiers
Metal Gear Solid Windows Sniper vs. Sniper duel against the explosively sultry Sniper Wolf
Metal Gear Solid Windows Mess with Meryl, and she'll toss your Special Forces butt around like a rag doll
Metal Gear Solid Windows VR Missions: Fanboy joy playing as the Cyborg Ninja

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

IGN Sep 26, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Sep 27, 2000 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2000 86 out of 100 86 Dec 18, 2000 85 out of 100 85
PC Gamer Brasil Dec, 2000 84 out of 100 84 2000 82 out of 100 82 Aug 11, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Gameplanet Nov 08, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ESC Magazine Oct 02, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Entertainmentopia Nov 18, 2001 B 75


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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 (10755) added Metal Gear Solid (Windows) on Oct 15, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (26028) and Matthew Bailey (1143)