Metal Gear Solid vs Splinter Cell

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Posted by ivo_ree (121 posts) 2 years, 4 months ago

Poll: Metal Gear Solid vs Splinter Cell (87 votes)

Metal Gear Solid 55%
Splinter Cell 44%

Which game do you think is better in terms of gameplay, story, characters, graphics, history throughout its years and off course STEALTH?

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#1 Posted by foxhound_fox (95256 posts) -

Apples and oranges.

Metal Gear focuses on providing a story and tense espionage gameplay (not necessarily stealth). Splinter Cell focuses on providing decently strong stealth gameplay (in the early iterations) and more action-oriented gameplay in the later iterations.

Personally, I'm a Metal Gear fan as the overall game package is concerned. If I want amazing stealth, I'll play Thief: TDP, The Metal Age and Mark of the Ninja.

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#2 Edited by Solid_Link22 (5694 posts) -

I like both but I enjoy MGS overall more.

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#3 Posted by Jacanuk (7785 posts) -

Not really two games that can be compared

Yes they both use stealth but they use them in very different ways, where MGS is mainly focused on telling a story that has stealth as a option, Splinter cell is a stealth game focused on stealth and telling a story 2nd.

But both are great franchises except MGS 2 and Splinter Cell Blacklist.

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#4 Edited by BboyStatix (640 posts) -

I prefer Splinter Cell because it has a greater focus on stealth. In MGS most of the time you have to knock out enemies or tranq them. They wake up after a few minutes too so you can't consider yourself a pure ghost in mgs. MGS is fun indeed but in a different way. You need to really plan a lot and mark your enemies from a distance. Very tactical gameplay. And you have to make use of ai behaviour to achieve your goals. Such as grabbing a guard and telling him to call reinforcements so that a certain area will be clear of hostiles.

Splinter cell on the other hand, is purely about getting from point A to point B like a pure ghost. It gives you an infinite number of options and tons of gadgets to do so. Those who say splinter cell is getting less stealthy and more action oriented are only half right. Because playing Splinter Cell Blacklist on Perfectionist difficulty is almost impossible to get through guns blazing. You need play like a ninja and the ai is good. Mastering the ghost playstyle is very challenging. You basically need to get through without knocking out any guard, leaving them all undisturbed. Every scenario is like a puzzle that you need to solve. Oh and did I mention dogs? Those things can make your ninja playthrough really really hard.

So, from a stealth perspective Splinter Cell wins. But in terms of story and overall fun and tactical gameplay, I have to give it to MGS.

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#5 Posted by Ballroompirate (25407 posts) -

Love both but if I'd had to pick one, MGS cause Big Boss is a badass

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#6 Posted by watchdogsrules (531 posts) -

even though i voted metal gear solid, splinter cell actually has a multiplayer mode, metal gear solid, once you finish the game, your're bored because there is no Multiplayer mode but i picked MGS because it looks like it has better gameplay.

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#7 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (11906 posts) -

Splinter Cell Blacklist because you usually have a choice in how to approach a situation, and almost all those choices are fun. You can be a total ghost, go guns blazing, or a combination of the 2. And the gadgets are fun to use as well.

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#8 Posted by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid.

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#9 Posted by amari24 (1899 posts) -

MGS.

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#10 Posted by foxhound_fox (95256 posts) -

@BboyStatix said:

They wake up after a few minutes too so you can't consider yourself a pure ghost in mgs.

This is false. Ghost runs are possible in every game to date. In fact, they are essential to getting the best overall ratings.

And you can kill everyone in the MGS games. Tranq guns are just a non-lethal option that helps improve rating.

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#11 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -

Gameplay is all that matters.

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#12 Posted by Archangel3371 (19761 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid gets my vote, I absolutely love those games.

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#13 Posted by udUbdaWgz1 (633 posts) -

gameplay first and, thus, splinter cell ez.

the only mgs game i've played is the xbox mgs2 substance crossover and couldn't stand the gameplay.

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#14 Posted by Zelda187 (1047 posts) -

Metal Gear, hands down.

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#15 Posted by udUbdaWgz1 (633 posts) -

lol, whenever i put in mgs:substance i think-

that's how NOT to do stealth gameplay. every time, lol.

let me be the first to label mgs lovers as the reason why idiot games like tlou are touted as being good, lol.

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#16 Posted by Nanomage (2371 posts) -

Splinter Cell is clearly the best stealth franchise gameplay wise,at least up until Chaos Theory(tho the latest one is also good).
The best stealth experience by far is still Thief: The Dark project and especially Thief 2: The Metal Age,pretty much the gold standard for the genre.

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#17 Posted by cooolio (579 posts) -

@udubdawgz1: Your last sentence is so offensive

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#18 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (20403 posts) -

I like Splinter Cell better, but as someone else said: apples and oranges

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#19 Posted by ivo_ree (121 posts) -

@speedfreak48t5p said:

Splinter Cell Blacklist because you usually have a choice in how to approach a situation, and almost all those choices are fun. You can be a total ghost, go guns blazing, or a combination of the 2. And the gadgets are fun to use as well.

Ya,, that's why I've always loved the Splinter Cell series.

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#21 Posted by uninspiredcup (20222 posts) -

If you like actual gameplay mechanics Splinter Cell is leagues better.

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#22 Posted by HipHopBeats (2850 posts) -

MGS for the twisted lore and badass characters like The Boss and Ocelot.

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#23 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (11906 posts) -

@udubdawgz1 said:

lol, whenever i put in mgs:substance i think-

that's how NOT to do stealth gameplay. every time, lol.

let me be the first to label mgs lovers as the reason why idiot games like tlou are touted as being good, lol.

Wow, what a horrible opinion. lol

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#24 Posted by cejay0813 (884 posts) -

Splinter Cell by considerable margin. Don't get me wrong, Kojima has a niche for detail which shows in the presentation of his games and the stories, but as far as pure gameplay, MGS doesn't really compare to SC. I've played all the MGS games and while fun, gameplay is not really the focus and it shows.

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#25 Edited by SolidTy (49826 posts) -

Metal Gear Solid.

Bye.

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#26 Edited by blamix99 (2685 posts) -

both are really great, but i'm gonna pick MGS cause it's a little tiny bit better :)

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#27 Posted by vicky_john1 (230 posts) -

My vote for splinter cells .. I like stealth games.

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#28 Edited by udUbdaWgz1 (633 posts) -

@speedfreak48t5p: the horrid gameplay dictates my opinions. no sorry's here. mgs isn't a stealth game: it's nintento love.

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#29 Edited by AdrianWerner (28437 posts) -

Gameplay - Splinter Cell. The earlier ones were pure stealth and did it better than MGS and the new ones turned more freeform, but especially in Blacklist I've found this to be interesting evolution and the end result is honestly one of the most fun action games on the marker

Story though - MGS wins

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#30 Posted by Macutchi (5134 posts) -

sc 1-3 > any mgs game

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#31 Posted by BabyPulpFiction (178 posts) -

MGS.

Story line, its like watching a movie.

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#32 Edited by psx2514 (425 posts) -

What are we comparing here? Are we comparing the first MGS game with the first SC game, or are we comparing the series in general?

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#33 Edited by bussinrounds (2690 posts) -

Chaos Theory > all other games from both series

Metal Gear got way retarded with all that world conspiracy bullshit and 40 min cutscenes.

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#34 Posted by PimpHand_Gamer (1689 posts) -

I liked what SC originally brought but they ruined the franchise. Not sure about the latest one blacklist as i've never played it. I think the first 3 SC's were probably the best. MGS 2 and 4 were great and I'm confident 5 will be the pinnacle. Each are very different though

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#35 Edited by Cloud_imperium (14080 posts) -

Both franchises have become worse . Until MGS 3 and Splinter Cell : Double Agent , both franchises were great . However , when it came to gameplay , Splinter Cell always surpassed MGS because of pure stealth .

As far story goes , MGS always had great ideas but poorly executed . While in the case of early Splinter Cell games , it always felt like reading a novel , written by a professional writer , who knew what was going on in the real world .

That's irrelevant now , since SC have become just another generic game with action movie kind of plot .

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#36 Posted by CTR360 (8023 posts) -

MGS SERIES

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#37 Posted by 1shotnokill (6 posts) -

Although mgs has a better story,it was executed poorly with cutscenes too long.splinter cell on the other hand has a more realistic story while delivering on stealth.I mean,seriously,who is gonna destroy the world in a giant robot

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#38 Posted by ACP_45 (2448 posts) -

This is really close..

Splinter Cell does some things better and focuses on different mechanics and same for MSG.

I don't like comparing them.

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#39 Posted by Archangel3371 (19761 posts) -

Please don't bump old threads.

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#40 Posted by Jacanuk (7785 posts) -

Wow what a freaking old thread.

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#41 Edited by GMAK2442 (755 posts) -

I did not try MSG yet but from the video I've seen it look a better game. I think I prefer open world and anyway it's a more recent game so better I guess.

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#42 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (20403 posts) -

Necromancy is punished by beheading in this kingdom.