Review by Video Gamer Z

"An excellent addition to any Metal Gear fan's collection."

This is the second game in the Metal Gear series, released in 1990 on the hard to find MSX computer. Although this game was sadly only released in Japan, it's about as hard to find as a working MSX. This game improves on the previous “Metal Gear” in virtually every possible way. It is also an excellent game for a fan of Metal Gear to play as it details some information and tie ins that would have been missed in Metal Gear Solid.

Gameplay - 9/10
The controls in this game are great. They're nice and straightforward and real smooth. The high difficulty certainly didn't change much between this game and the previous one. Same as before, you'll quickly adapt and fall in love with the game.

Story - 10/10
The story in this game is very engrossing and actually makes sense unlike some of the games back then. This story is definitely on par with that of Metal Gear Solid. It was excellent for the time period and still is.

Graphics - 9/10
The graphics are even better than Metal Gear's. They're nowhere near anything you'd see in today's gaming market but they were quite good compared to most stuff in 1990. They were definitely good for the system and what there was to work with.

Sound - 9/10
The music and sound effects in this game are remarkable. It's got the kind of music that gets stuck in your head and won't go away, not saying that that's a bad thing though. Also, if you can track it down, there's an official CD with really good remixes of the music in this game and the music in Metal Gear.

Replayability - 7/10
Just like the last one, this game is really long. Unless you want to see how well you know the game or go over the story again then there isn't much reason to play through it again. Certainly not the type of game most people would play over and over and over.

Final Recommendation
If you're looking for a challenge or are a fan of the Metal Gear games then this is the game for you. This game will help tie up a few things that weren't completely explained in Metal Gear Solid. If you can find this game, I highly recommend it if you like action/stealth with a good story mixed in.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 06/22/04

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