Game Review - Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation 1

Written by KaiserBoss on April 16, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

DISCLAIMER: If you haven't played this game don't even dare to read this review.
Seriously, go play it.


The time was the late 90s, there was a console war going on, of course.
People bragging about their Crash Bandicoots and some bragging about their Ocarina of Time.
But a certain someone was about to unleash a revolutionary beast, a game that would be remembered for years to come...
And that someone is none other than the great Hideo Kojima.
Metal Gear Solid (PS1) Review:
(I'd rate every section with a ?/5)

Story:
Summary:
You are Solid Snake, a legendary soldier who is about to embark on a mission. That mission is to infiltrate a "Weapons Disposal Facility".

Sounds normal eh?
WELL GET READY FOR SOME PLOT TWISTS!!!1!!1
From Master Miller being Liquid Snake to Naomi Hunter injecting your nano-machines with FoxDie.
Also, there is one little torture sequence that affects the story massively. Plus, making your own choices in video games was fairly new at the time.
But there were plot-holes in this game...
Yes, they have answered our questions on later installments of the series, but, I am only reviewing this game and not the series as a whole, but since there are barely noticeable negatives in this section, it gets a 5/5.

Gameplay:
For a game that is heavily driven on plot, it has really awesome gameplay. Sure, no CQC seems bad but I found avoiding the enemies without them knowing, is much more fun than tactical takedowns or tranquilizer guns.
The AI was pretty smart at the time, and still is, I mean, they can track your footprints, or hear you if you step on a puddle of water, they will also hear you if you knock on an object.

The Boss battles are one of the best, ever... my favorites being Sniper Wolf, Psycho Mantis, Revolver Ocelot and MG-REX, and the bosses aren't as easy as some people thought, either that or developers these days think that their selling their games to 2 year olds.
Speaking of the difficulty, the game is not easy at all, in fact I found myself stuck in lots of occasions, keep in mind I was playing it in Normal Mode.
This section earns its 5/5 because it's perfect and holds up till this very day.
(5/5)

Graphics: this game sure has aged, huh?
The graphics aren't the best of the PS1 Era, and just the visuals of the game alone feel blocked, for a lack of a better word.
You always feel stuck because of the walls surrounding you, it feels so traffic-y.
Don't get me wrong, this game ran smooth, and still does, the design of the characters is great, though!
(4/5)

Sound:
I'll split these into two, the voice acting, and the soundtrack.
Soundtrack:
Awesome, it's just awesome, The Best is Yet to Come is one of the best themes I have ever heard, and every song fit perfectly with the ocassions.

Voice Acting:
Comparing it to the other videogames that had voice acting such as RE or Castlevania: Symphony of The Night, this game has the best of all of them. I feel like it's one of the first few games that had good voice acting, and a one that people can take seriously, (then MGS2 came out and Raiden has managed to avoid drowning!)
The voice acting in this is quite amazing , and the lines are said with actual emotions, not just some lifeless words.
(5/5)

Overall:
MGS1 is one of the best games that I have ever played, and I'm nowhere near from being nostalgic about it, since I have played it a couple of months ago.
Either way, it's an amazing game that I can't seem to not fangasm over.

9/10
Awesome.


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Game Information

Alternative Titles
メタルギアソリッド
Platform
PlayStation 1
Developer(s)
Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
Publisher(s)
Konami
Genre(s)
Action, Adventure, Stealth
NA Release Date
October 21, 1998
JP Release Date
September 3, 1998
EUR Release Date
February 22, 1999
ESRB Rating
M
MVGL User Score
8.9
Composer
Kazuki Muraoka, Hiroyuki Togo, Takanari Ishiyama, Lee Jeon Myung, Maki Kirioka
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