This one's a tough call, and I'm not taking the item you acquire into account here. I did prefer the non-canon one. I felt it fit better, and didn't feel as cliche as the good ending, the 'happy ever after' deal an all as one poster above stated. I liked the good ending don't get me wrong, it's just I felt the other ending suited more.
In my opinion... Bandana > Stealth, if you know your patterns/are any good at infiltration the stealth isnt too useful (outside of fun purposes) The bandana obviously makes extreme BB a walk over due to infinite stun/chaff and bullets, although i get why ppl like stealth better cos you get enough ammo anyway.
I never got Octacons ending until about my 4th run through, luckily i find the torture very easy so i always just chose to save Meryl. The ending still fitted well with the story, and the intense liquid fight and her driving the truck worked well I found, so her ending felt right.
It was strange to hear in Octacons ending, just after you submit to the torture, Naomi (i think) say "Hows Meryl?" and Colonel and Snake go "......" as in how do you think? / what kind of stupid question is that? I loled.
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