Metal Gear Solid 2 was the first game that I played in the serious, and the most impressionable on me as I understood what it took to create such an engaging, exciting story and experience in a game.
Beforehand, apart from Professor Layton (which is one of my favourite series ever) when I was growing up, a story didn’t mean much to me as a child who played video games.
I played games such as The Sims 2, GTA (which had funny dialogue but I didn’t really focus much on it), and Sonic games (don’t even get me started on that, I’ll turn that into another post).
But when I was 17, I found a random demo disk that came from the PlayStation magazine almost a decade ago. I played once before when I was a child, but had no idea what I was doing and barely made 1% progress. H
However, I always had curiosity about it, so I decided to do the demo again when I was 17, I was hooked. I played the demo a couple of times, and I loved the gameplay, the dialogue, the world it is set in and of course… the cool technology.
I decided to buy the full game. Only £2.50 at CEX (could be even less now)
Once I played the game for real, I never looked back. The game was epic.
Yes, I am well aware of the debate that existed around the release of this game when everyone was playing it back in 2001.
Everyone was pissed that Snake wasn’t the main character in the game, you could only play him for like 40 minutes, and the rest was in the eyes of Raiden. A handsome, fit, sassy….yeah I’m a fan of Raiden. Call me weird!
And I’m also aware
However, playing Raiden alone, cannot be the sole reason to chat s*** about this game. Because there are so many aspects about this game, as well as the other titles in the series that make it so special and quite a hilarious experience.
So this review will be different than my usual structure.
I want to talk about what I believe are the best parts of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and why you should play it, if you haven’t, or at least give it a little more love. Yes, don’t worry, I know Metal Gear Solid 3 is fantastic, calm down. But I do have a soft spot for 2.
One of the best aspects that I love about Metal Gear Solid is the storytelling, it almost feels like a movie coming to life. It’s one of the first games where I would say that it should be turned into one! The dialogue in this game, can be quite lengthy, however, there are many aspects of the game where the dialogue makes you laugh. Or some characters have some funny and sassy moments with each other.
The behaviour of enemies
It isn’t this title alone where we can encounter some pretty funny situations and observations of our enemies around us. Sure, we can avoid them at all costs and potentially kill a few of them when they see us. However, it’s even better to just watch their movements and you never know, you can catch them doing weird stuff. The situation in Metal Gear Solid 2, was pretty bizarre, and kind of gross, but it certainly lifted the tension of getting past them.
The variety of tasks
It’s a hard life doing espionage stealth missions, a lot is on the line to get out of the mission alive and unscratched. However, it can be pretty tough worrying about getting caught by the abundance of guards that swarm throughout the area.
Therefore, doing other tasks is something I really didn’t mind doing, it was a nice change of scene. Yes, people may criticise this saying that it should just stay as a stealth game and nothing more, but diffusing bombs was funny. It was in really random places and you had to avoid people at the same time, so stealth is still involved.
The tasks where you take pictures of Metal Gear in the Tanker Chapter though…you had the freedom of taking whatever you wanted with the camera, given by Otacon. Even of inappropriate things, and the best thing about it is that Otacon gives a little critique on your photography
Don’t they look cool together?
Ok, hear me out.
I know it’s disappointing that we couldn’t play Solid Snake for 3/4 of the game.
Yes, he did like to complain a lot, he didn’t like his girlfriend was on the mission, he didn’t want to run around disposing bombs and threw sass at Solid Snake when questioned about his training.
To be fair, he was kind of diva.
However, he certainly has create a new dynamic for the series, and has introduced a different kind of personality when engaging in stealth. Plus, no one can say that the part where he was running around naked was not funny.
Could you imagine Snake in that position?
P.S. He’s kind of hot
This is what happens if you open a certain locker in the Tanker Chapter, which reveals a model in a bikini.
There are quite a few Easter Eggs such as this hidden within the game, many of which are quite inappropriate such as staring at a hostage’s leg, or Raiden staring at a toilet in the ladies’ bathroom (that part was really weird)
It certainly shows what kind of stuff these characters are into.
Cheesy cutscenes (even if they are a bit too long)
Yes. The cutscenes are looooong!
I think I timed one once in Metal Gear Solid 4 and I swear it was 15 minutes. However, I never complain, because I enjoy watching them. Again, it’s like watching a movie. I would certainly say that the cutscenes in Metal Gear Solid 2 were quite cheesy, especially at the end of the game.
There was one cutscene where Fortune was first introduced and even I cringed about it.
But not all of the cutscenes are cheesy, of course, many are exciting, shocking and even reduce me to tears (yes, I cry at games).
So yeah, this is why I liked Metal Gear Solid 2.
What did you think of the game? Let me know in the comments!