Review by DandyQuackShot
"Metal Gear Shines With its Original Owner"
The Metal Gear series has been a long standing series that has since become a Playstation exclusive series. However, few may know that Metal Gear made its debut on the NES and even had a novel that went along with the original Nintendo game. Playstation then came out with this title along with many many later titles, but Nintendo once again does this series a lot of justice by staying true to the Playstation title, but giving this game a much better graphic and story update.
Unfortunately, Nintendo traded in excellent graphics and games for a more family friendly and retrospective system that only produced Wii Sports. The Gamecube was still a great system and the whole remaking of Playstation games made it much more meaningful then. Metal Gear Solid for Playstation would remind you more of the original NES game play, but for the Gamecube it is completely redone from the ground up. The graphics are obviously the greatest standout of this game and intricate cutscene videos drive the plot forward. I had the opportunity to play the original version of Twin Snakes on the Playstation and it is only told through subtitles while in the Gamecube version you have voiceovers to go along with those subtitles.
The story of Metal Gear Solid is very complex and while I am not really sold on the far out aspects of this game it does have a great plot to keep you guessing and fighting hard to get the best ending. The plot will have you placed in many crazy situations including surviving being tortured, breaking out of a holding cell, and fighting former friends.
Game play is amazing. The third person view allows you to sneak around and check around corners as well as go into hiding when the time calls for it. You get a mix of everything with Metal Gear Solid from alert levels of the enemy soldiers to really crazy features like having to switch controller ports to beat a particular boss. The challenge is very complex but just as equally as rewarding. Metal Gear Solid has a very intimate feel to it with constant dialogue throughout your mission and by reaching depths of pathos during these conversations over your codec radio. If this game lacked the intimate feel it would never be as successful or believable as the series is today.
There is great replay value to Metal Gear Solid as there are alternate endings to the game that you will want to replay to get. The game lasts a good while and running through it again will only be repetitive in getting through all of the the dialogue again.
Final Recommendation 9/10
Did Nintendo lose a great series? Of course. But before they totally lost Metal Gear they got one heck of a great remake of the Playstation version. Like the remade Resident Evil games, you get an excellent game with so much more added in. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes is an excellent buy for the Gamecube.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 01/26/09
Game Release: Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (US, 03/09/04)
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