Continuing my personal trip down memory lane into the history of Metal Gear, I have returned to the game that started it all. Metal Gear Solid on the PlayStation 1 in 1998. The first time Metal Gear was in full glorious 3D, although technically the third game in the series. So let us venture backwards into the world of Metal Gear Solid…
The game follows Solid Snake as he infiltrates Shadow Moses Island to defeat the evil FOXHOUND group, the stunning voice cast and astonishing soundtrack make this a journey that feels special and unique to the player. You feel like you are Snake and it’s you trying to bring down the bipedal tank Metal Gear, the cinematic cutscenes help add to the realism of the game.
The stealth gameplay is really well thought out and the AI of guards was well ahead of its time, the game becomes particularly intense during a number of sneaking sequences. Metal Gear is known for it’s grueling boss fights and this was no exception with classic fights against Sniper Wolf, Liquid Snake and Revolver Ocelot. Yet one of the most memorable fights is the one against the iconic Psycho Mantis, full of fourth wall breaks and character development this was a boss fight that still remains awesome today.
Story wise the game does a great job of helping to lay the groundwork for the massive and confusing timeline of the series and it seems Kojima knew how he had planned for his epic saga to progress right from the start. Every twist and turn in the story is shocking and dramatic, I found myself on the edge of my seat more than once when I first played through this game.
Metal Gear Solid is a perfect way for people to be introduced to the franchise as it sets the standard for (most) of the rest of the games, the graphics still hold up almost two decades later and the gameplay is still as thrilling as it was back then. Sadly this game has yet to get a HD remake but you can pick it up on either PS1 or on GameCube as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.
Overall this is one of the best Metal Gear games and is well worth a play, it sets the stage for the rest of the saga perfectly. I will be continuing my adventure through the history of Metal Gear on my next Flashback Feature with Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Until then, keep it G33k.