Metal Gear Solid

aka: Metal Gear Solid Integral, Tactical Espionage Action: Metal Gear Solid
Moby ID: 3635
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This 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.

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  • メタルギアソリッド インテグラル - Japanese PlayStation spelling

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Average score: 84% (based on 42 ratings)

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Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 137 ratings with 5 reviews)

One of the Greatest games of all time!!

The Good
With amazing gameplay, memorable cutscenes, excellent characters this is one of the best games ever.

The Bad
Slightly short

The Bottom Line
Ever wanted to be in a movie. Well here is your chance. In Metal Gear Slid you play Solid Snake on a mission to investigate a grup of terrorists who plan to launch a nuclear bomb. As you play through the game the amazing gameplay is broken up by amazing cut scenes with the best voice acting ever seen in a game. You will be shocked as Vulcan Raven rides out in a tank and you will be touched by Sniper Wolf's memorable dying speech. You will fall in love with this game. As well as that there are 100s of VR missions that test your skills to the limit.

Windows · by Matthew Bailey (1257) · 2007

Kojima's Triumph!

The Good
The story's so good and layered it leaves many multi-million Hollywood blockbusters to shame. You play as Solid Snake, the world's greatest super soldier who's like gaming's James Bond and Captain America rolled into one: he's suffered PTSD and this mission at Alaska's Fox Archipelago may finally bring some closure to Snake's perpetual guilt over his haunted past.

The story's topped off by some truly wonderful stealth action-adventure gameplay that inspired Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed, and when you get spotted by the genome soldiers, the iconic alarm sound (that's since become an internet meme) sets off and it always shocks you even if it's done deliberately. Get out of there or else you're screwed.

Metal Gear Solid showed that you can have Nintendo-level quality of games not on Nintendo systems at all and still make an experience to remember. From Raven's boss-fight in the tank out in the snow, Psycho Mantis and Grey Fox challenging the player's persistence, and of course Liquid Snake himself ready to kick some ass in Metal Gear itself.

The Bad
Though the game's graphics are dated by today's comparisons, it's still a technical marvel. With that said, it can be cumbersome trying to sneak around when enemies suddenly see you out of nowhere. Though the detection system in Metal Gear Solid was, and still is, groundbreaking, sometimes a simple slip-up as timing incorrectly would leave you vulnerable.

The Bottom Line
It's the game that changed video games forever: it's James Bond mixed with Mission Impossible, Godzilla and Neon Genesis Evangelion (or Mobile Suit Gundam and Robotech).

It's incredible. It's as quintessential as a movie you've been waiting to see for years.

PlayStation · by John H. (52) · 2019

For the time unique game but becomes more and more frustrating while you play it

The Good
The game has a full story that feels as a movie at times (I think this is pretty unique for that time. The stealth is nice and challenging. For those that played the first two Metal Gears (like me) it's an exciting next step, the new game is different but also still the same.

The Bad
The games story is a chaos. no clear line. The dialog's are about love on the battlefield and the death scenes that are just far too exaggerated becomes silly after a while. Basically you are going from one place to another in stealth, gather some stuff you need for the bass fight and try to defeat a boss 20 times until you do. Very frustrating near the end of the game The game is just not balanced very good, feels like a pain.

The Bottom Line
Nice and cool progression of Metal Gear 1 and 2 games, Focused on stealth, boss fights and movie like story. Becomes frustrating and silly as you progress through the game.

PlayStation 3 · by Leon Tiggelman (23) · 2020

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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

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  • 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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Game added by Matthew Bailey.

PSP, PS Vita, PlayStation 3 added by Fred VT. Windows added by Kartanym.

Additional contributors: Zovni, malkia, Crawly, —-, yenruoj_tsegnol_eht (!!ihsoy), FatherJack.

Game added April 3, 2001. Last modified February 24, 2024.