Metal Gear Solid
My all time favourite videogame!
Developer and publisher: Konami
Time Spent:12 hours
Number of players:1
Release date: 1998
Six years after Zanzibar incident, Solid Snake, the legendary solider who stopped Big Boss twice in Outer Heaven and Zanzibar land was called out of retirement in Alaska. His director, Roy Campbell and doctor Naomi Hunter, a lead doctor in Fox Hound's medical staff were sent to Alaska to inform Snake of his next mission.
Snake's mission was set in Shadow Moses, a remote island located somewhere near Alaska. Snake was told that a group if terrorists were holidng the DARPA cheif hostage in a nuclear weapon disposal facility. The terrorists were planning to launch a nuclear strike if the government doesn't give in to their demands. The terrorists demanded that the U.S. government gives them the remains of Big Boss.
On his way to save the DARPA cheif, Snake looked down the hole he came across while crawling and saw a woman practising. The DARPA cheif told Snake about metal gear rex and the key to deactivate metal gear. Right after he told him about the PAL key, he died of a heart attack. Snake made his way to the room where the terrorists took president of arms-tech Kenneth Baker and met Revolver Ocelot, one of the Foxhound's members who was skilled in the art of shooting. A fight took place between Snake and Ocelot but it was interrupted by the appearance of a man wearing a ninja suit. Snake asked Baker about metal gear rex and the way to stop it but Baker gave him a disc instead and told him to talk to Otacon, metal gear's head engineer. Baker died of a heart attack too.
While Snake was on his way to meet up with Otacon, he fought Vulcan Raven in the snowfeild. Before snake met Raven, he had recieved a warning about plnated claymores via codec from a man who called himself Deepthroat. Snake destroyed the tank Raven was using to kill him and went inside the building looking for Otacon. Otacon hid in the closet when Snake and the man in a ninja suit fought. When the man in a ninja suit was defeated he disappeared again. Snake and Otacon talked. He knew that metal gear was first designed as a weapon to detect and destroy nuclear warheads but corrupted heads in the gov. changed the plan and made it into a weapon of mass destruction. Otacon told Snake about Meryl. He told him that she had one of the three PAL keys which are needed to deactivate metal gear. Snake went to look for Meryl. Meryl gave Snake a PAL key and showed him the way to the building where metal gear was kept. Before they proceeded, Snake fought Pyscho Mantis, a member of Foxhound who had the ability to read people's minds. After Psycho Mantis was defeated, Snake and Meryl went through the door Mantis opened. By the time Meryl crossed the mine feild, she got shot by a sniper who was watching from the other side of the building. Snake fought Sniper Wolf, one of Foxhound's members who was a skillful sniper.
When she was defeated, Snake took few steps forward and found out that Meryl was taken by the terrorists. Snake was caught by the guards at the end of the building and was taken to the torture room. Ocelot tortured Snake and kept him in a room with the body of the real DARPA cheif who was killed three days before snake came. Snake contacted the colonel, Naomi and Otacon and found a way to get out of the cell. He also knew that the man who talked to him as the DARPA cheif hours ago was Foxhound's master of disguise, Decoy octupus.
After Snake got out of the cell, Liquid Snake who was flying his helicopter fought Solid Snake on top of the building. Snake was able to destroy his plane and went downstairs. Snake continued his way but was interrupted by Sniper Wolf again. Snake was able to take her down and carried on to stop metal gear. Snake fought Vulcan Raven for the second time and entered the chamber where metal gear was. Snake learned the trick behind the PAL key. He used the key to deactivate metal gear but instead of deactivating it, metal gear was activated. He also learned that Liquid was using him all the time he was in Shadow Moses to help him activate metal gear and that he disguised himself as Master Miller, a friend Snake knew from Zanzibar land. After explaining the reason why Foxhound wanted the remains of Big Boss, Liquid jumped inside metal gear and started attacking Snake. Halfway the battle, the man in a ninja suit from before jumped and tried to help snake destroying metal gear but Liquid cut his feet crushed his body using metal gear's foot.
Snake found out that the man in the ninja suit was his partner in Outer Heaven, Grey Fox. He was also providing support through the entire mission by codec and called himself Deepthroat. Snake was able to destroy metal gear and knocked off Liquid in a hand to hand fight but that didn't stop him from following Snake and Meryl down the road. When Snake's veichle was turned upside down and Liquid was close to killing him, he died of FoxDie. Before Snake fought Liquid on top of metal gear, he recieved a phonecall from the US secretary of defense telling him that they will nuke the base to rid of the evidence of operation Shadow Moses. Naomi who who was assisitng snake through the entire mission, bursted out that she injected Snake as a way to avenge for the murder of her brother, Grey Fox and when she heard the truth she felt guilty. Ocelot, who escaped Shadow Moses island before everyone took the disc Baker Gave to snake and gave it to US ex president and a terrorist group leader Solidus Snake.
Snake was able to escape the island with the help of his friend Otacon and Meryl.
Solid Snake thought that he was on a mission to rescue the DARPA cheif but later he discovered that the weapon both the DARPA cheif the president of armstech were funding fell in the wrong hands. Snake's mission was changed from saving the DARPA cheif who died of a heart attack which is caused by the virus FoxDie, to destroying metal gear. Donald Anderson and Kenneth Baker were part of the government and inorder for the gov. to not be exposed and take the responsibility of Shadow Moses, they ordered that every person who's involved in the opeation should be injected with the virus so that they get rid of the evidence. When the gov. heard that there were survivors including Snake, they gave orders to nuke the base.
Liquid wanted the remains of Big Boss to cure the imperfection and disease in him and the Genome army which he was commanding. The Genome soldiers were infected with the Gulf War syndrome, a disease which causes them to age fast and die.
Grey Fox's purpose of showing up on the island was to tell Snake about the truth of this operation. Naomi Hunter, the doctor who works for Foxhound thought that Snake was the one who killed her brother in Zanzibar. She injected Snake with Foxdie without hesitation but when she found out that he wasn't the one who killed her brother and that Grey Fox, who was in Shadow Moses is Frank Jaeger, she delayed the effect of Foxdie which is why Snake didn't die at the end of the game.
celot killed the darpa chief during his torture, before he could get the info on how to activate metal gear with PAL. Decoy octopus impersonated the darpa chief and tried to find out if snake knows how to activate metal gear. He dies as a result of Fox Die .
So their last recourse was to allow snake to reach metal gear and allow him to activate metal gear. off course snake and otacon believed metal gear was already active, so they simply assumed that they had to deactivate it with the PAL card.
So why did foxhound try to kill snake, when they needed him to activate metal gear? It had to look like foxhound was actually trying to prevent snake from deactivating metal gear. otherwise it would be really fishy if snake just walked though shadow moses without taking on foxhound and deactivate metal gear.
And Liquid believed that no one in foxhound could kill Snake. After all, he is a clone of big boss, the greatest soldier to ever live. I think only Liquid and Ocelot knew that Snake was a clone of big boss. No one else in foxhound knew this.
Solid Snake: A special agent who works for Foxhound, a governmental group which fights terrorism. Solid Snake was able to take down Big Boss, the legendary soldier whom Snake was cloned after and became a legendary soldier afterwards. Snake was born in year 1972 as a part of the les enfant terrible project which aimed to create the clones of the ultimate soldier back in the 60s. Snake was one of the 3 survivors of 8 clones.
Roy Campbell: Snake's mission director and friend who was giving him orders since the days of Zanzibar, and was called out from retirement to assiast snake and save his neice who got in the middle. Campbell reveals that he's Meryl's real father and that he had a relationship with her mom behind his brother's back.
Naomi Hunter: A doctor who joined the ranks of Foxhound only to avenge for the murder of her brother but she developed feelings for Snake which makes her help him later.
Revolver Ocelot: A high ranked and experienced Russian soldier who's known as Liquid snake's right hand man and a member of Foxhound who's skillful with guns.
Liquid Snake: The second survivor in the les enfant terrible project and Snake's twin brother. He holds a grudge against Snake because he thinks that he recieved Big Boss' inferior genes when he has the dominant genes. He's the feild commander of Foxhound and genome soldiers.
Grey Fox: Snake's ally in Outer Heaven, enemy in Zanzibar and an old friend in Shadow Moses. He disguises himself in a ninja suit
Meryl Silverburgh: Snake's love interest and the colonel's neice. She was forced to join the terrorists in Shadow Moses but refused to do their dirty work and ended up in a jail. In the ending, Campbell reveals that Meryl is his biological daughter but she doesn't know. Meryl decided to join the military and become a soldier to follow her father's footseps.
Hal Emmerich/Otacon: Metal gear's head engineer and designer who's a weapon designer and a fan of anime and manga. His family's involvment in the weapon industry was the reason he became a weapon designer as well as his wish to make a weapons such as the ones in cartoons.
Mei ling: An originally Chinese and American born inventor who invented the codec and the radar.
Master Miller:A former member of Foxhound whom Snake knew during Zanizbar operation. He helps Snake in Shadow Moses but appears to be dead days before Snake came to the island.
Nastasha Romaneko: A Russian nuclear scientist who helps Snake by giving him info on weapons.
Vulcan Raven:A native Foxhound member and a former employee in Outer Heaven who weilds a big canon.
Psycho Mantis:A member of Foxhound who's a psychic and specialised in reading minds.
Sniper Wolf: A Kurdish member of Foxhound who's an expert sniper and always works alone.
Decoy Octupus:Foxhound's member who's a master in disguise. He disguises himself as the DARPA cheif to get info from Snake after Ocelot had killed the real DARPA cheif by accident.
Donald Anderson:Office cheif of DARPA who was taken as a hostage. Ocelot tortured him to death so that he spils the info on metal gear.
Kenneth Baker:President of armstech who funded the metal gear rex project along with the DARPA cheif.
Jim Houseman: Secretary of defense who gives the order to nuke Shadow Moses island to rid of the evidence of the incident.
The gameplay of metal gear solid stays true to the previous metal gear games as you still have to infiltrate chambers without being seen or the alarm will go on.
The game has many additions over the previous games other than it being a 3D version of the previous games.
Addition to stealth techniques: Improved A.I. with guards who can use clues to detect you such as footprints, stomps, sound of noise, beaten up guards,blood stains, cough. You can still avoid drawing guards' attention by staying out of their sight. If Snake catches cold, that will cause him to cough so a medicine is handy for situations like these. You can use the cardbox as a way to transport between buildings and hide from guards. You can use the cardbox to avoid getting bitten by wolves by simply getting it urinated by a wolf. You can flatter your back against a wall, crawl and hide using many objects, use grenades to block the cameras view and stealth camoflauge which is a suit that makes you invisible to the eyes.
HUD:MGS features improved radar where you can see your main objective, your position and enemies's feild on the land. You can also see the state of the alarm on the radar to know the right time to move. The game also has improved codec screen with artwork of the character, improved camera angles which enables view from first person perspective for some weapons, improved health bar and health bar for underwater sections and oxygen level and improved inventory system.
Combat:CQB which allows snake to perform quick combat moves to knock off guards, more weapons including stinger, nikita missles and a variety of guns. The game allows you to play it differently everytime you use an item or a weapon which changes the experience overall. In addition to the new features the game has, MGS has you do manythings in one game. Aside from staying away from the guards, there are chase sequences on a veichle and feet, innovative and original boss battles which are considered to be some of the best in the history of videogames such as Psycho Mantis' battle, vulcan raven and metal gear rex, breaking the jail by using many tricks, firing remote control missiles, surviving in a room filled with gas, surviving in torture sessions which could trigger either the canon ending or the other ending. The game also features a training mode which is known as VR where you can work on your stealth abilities. Every single quest the game has is essential and smartly designed to insure that you keep playing it. No a moment will come where you feel dull or frustrated in metal fear solid. The Sound system in metal gear solid was a great addition over previous games because of the voice acting. The voice acting in metal gear solid is the best in the series in my opinion because the voice actors did their best in this game. The acting wasn't phony nor over the top. All VAs did a great job in delivering the right sentiments and their voices matched characters' backgrounds and personalities. The cinematics were directed just as scenes in movies. Metal Gear Solid should be played by every gamer! If you have any question about the game, leave it in the comment section and I'll be happy to answer.