Review by NeonOctopus
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake is the second game in the popular Metal Gear series. It emphasizes on stealth and wit to help you complete your mission rather than brute force.
The graphics are amazing. The portraits of your allies (and enemies) in the codec screen are very detailed and realistic. The sprites are of good quality and sharp. Even the titular Metal Gear is very well structured and aesthetically pleasing. The sunset scene is one of the best uses of 2-D graphics I have ever seen. Even small details are implemented (ie: when Snake has his cigarettes equipped, his character portrait on the codec screen will have a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. The only criticism I have is that the boss enemies should have had more unique sprites, rather than reworked generic enemy sprites.
Possibly one of the best aspects of this game. The music is absolutely amazing. This is immediately apparent when you sit through the intro. The entire game is lively because of how perfect the music is. The sound effects are par; the gun shots and explosions sound generic. Sound also functions as a gameplay element; it works against you most of the game though. Stepping on a noisy floor or banging on a wall will alert enemies to your position.
Stealth is a major point of the Metal Gear series. Your protagonist is weak and will not be able to survive using brute force. The game revolves around using stealth tactics to avoid your enemies. The enemy AI is good; they are designed to overwhelm you if you are spotted and will actively search for you if you escape their sight. However, sometimes they check weird places that leave you an overly convenient opportunity to escape and other times they don't even see you if you're standing at a certain spot in their field of view (fortunately, this rarely happens). You start out with no equipment and must find weapons and gadgets as they come along. Lots of the gadgets are some things you wouldn't expect (ie: using an owl to trick a guard into thinking it's nighttime, using gas grenades to find the direction of the wind, etc.). Boss battles are pretty fun and give a unique challenge for each of them. The game has A LOT of backtracking unfortunately and sometimes this can get really boring. But there is always excitement in plenty of parts of the game.
Replay Value: 7/10
Unfortunately, there is nothing to do after beating Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake and no extra modes to play. However, the game is really good and you'll definitely want to play it again just to experience it again.
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake is an amazing game. It is a definite improvement over the first Metal Gear. You'll definitely have a blast whenever you play it.
Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Product Release: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (JP, 07/20/90)
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