Occasionally you have games that come along the make you look twice and go “hmmm this one I will buy next” and then you have those rare phenomenon that only come around once in a blue moon. Games that change your mind about how you play them, and in one such game, Metal Gear Solid, you will be immersed into a world of ‘tactical espionage action’ as the sub-title of the game implies. You are on a secret mission and you must get in, do your thing, and get out as quickly and covertly as you can. This is not as easy as it might sound. There are many obstacles you must overcome to get through the game. Your main obstacles are armed guards, and through out the game you will find yourself having to hide behind walls or crouching behind some boxes (or hiding in one). The game-play should not be disregarded. At first I found the controls to be a little tricky but I soon got used to them and it was like second nature. You get a whole bunch of weapons and items as you progress. Your weapons are of significant importance because you will come across bosses at the end of each section of the game. The AI should not be forgotten either. One of the shining stars of MGS is the AI. For one example you’re at the start of the game and you must reach an elevator in the north end of the cargo room. You are sneaking around nicely until you splash in a puddle of water. At this point you should see a question mark over the guards head and he investigates. Ig he finds you he will radio for back up and they will try to kill you. It is possible to get away but it’s not always a workable option. It is best to stay out of site and out of mind. This is one game you must have in your collection.
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