I think I'm too into current videogames and the high quality graphics to really get into such an old game. I did however read summaries of the plot just so I could undertand the overall MG saga better. Having played only MGS3 it was weird and kind of sad to learn that Naked Snake turned out to be a bad guy...
I've played them, I really enjoyed them, but then I grew up with these types of graphics so they don't bother me at all. --- PSN: Pure_Mind_Games http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUdSpn-upL8 (episode in one piece http://screwattack.com/videos/Lets-Play-Final-Fantasy-VIII-Episode-03)
I've played them and I am happy i did. first time i played i was completely lost. it gave me a headache and i stopped playing it for a while. but then i accquired a map from the web and it helped alot and i had alot of fun.
i too hope to see a remake, even though after playing through the first two games MGS feels like a remake & a Sequel rolled into one game. lol
First time I played them, the fan-translated versions, before MGS3 Subsistence was released, I was lost as balls and needed a guide for the game. Now all I need help with is the codec numbers when they change as part of the story but the game expects you to look at the case/use the manual to decipher the code rather than just tell you. Something I hope is fixed somehow in the HD collection. Sure I could just go online, but there's something about breaking the 4th wall and grabbing my handy game case to progress in the game. Hell, I still go to grab my copy of MGS1 to find Meryl's Codec number despite remembering that it's 140.15