Seems like everyone loves him and I'm curious. Legit asking, too, maybe I missed something. For me I see nothing cool or special about him. It seemed like the game is trying to force you to like him, just like MGS3 did with the Boss, (yes...I can't stand her, sorry). Maybe his background was revealed in a Codec because I didn't get anything out of the cutscenes. I didn't feel for him or his dog when Raiden kills him.
Raiden pretty much sums Sam up in the beginning of the game. "Now that I got my enhancements he won't be a problem." Sure enough, he wasn't.
Also, not too keen on the idea Sam has barely any enhancements and is just good just because. This means Solid Snake would in fact destroy all the bosses because Sam's a human and he can do it, why can't Snake?
Because Snakes not Sam for one. People keep trying to equalize MGS superhumans with Sam, I don't know why. For gods sakes his first feat is beat Raiden down like fodder. When you find out that he barely had any enhancements after you beat him I thought that was pretty damn awesome.
"Man You Come Straight Out Of A Comic Strip"-Bushido Brown to Huey before they fight
Almost every single character in MGS3 adores the boss. Volgin likes the boss. Ocelot likes the boss. Snake and Zero are fanatical about the boss. She has the cobra unit backing her up.
She's the toughest, badass, most charismatic soldier in the MGS universe. SHE'S THE BOSS.
To speak on her, that's exactly what I mean. Everyone likes her in game, so it's like Hideo is trying to force you to like her. The whole ending was about her. People say they cried, I was just bored. I felt nothing for her.
Sniper Wolf's story, for example, reached me more than the Boss, and Wolf only had like 5 minutes of talk time. I felt like Boss ruined every scene she was in, ruining Ocelot's moment with Sokolov for example.
Not to mention I just wanted Big Boss to kill her in the beginning of the game. Instead, because he didn't want to hurt her, he just let her beat him up the entire game until the end.
Plus the boss fight was disappointing. I thought it was gonna be an all out CQC battle. Instead she has the Patriot. Still, she's so easy you can beat her with CQC only even on Extreme and it only requires you to hold Circle. Pretty lame boss figtht for all that build up if you ask me.
He's refreshing. In a world where cyborgs, Metal Gears, and UGs of all shapes and sizes have become commonplace, it's actually really cool to see a normal guy stand up against them all.
He's also pretty sympathetic, since he's not a part of Armstrong's machinations -- he's not even technically part of Desperado. They way he shows Raiden that all his enemies are people, too, seems manipulative and cruel at first, but in the end, it really just serves to underline how human he is. It shows that he sympathizes with even the common grunts, and that's kind of endearing, when even our hero was willing to toss their lives away without a thought.
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