Review by Shadow Spork
"A must for those who keeps getting slaughtered by the enemies."
This game has expanded of what the Metal Gear series has to offer. This game is an expansion of the original VR Training Mode in Metal Gear Solid. It helps you infiltrate, be stealthy, eliminate enemies when you have to, and tests not only physically, but mentally as well.
It's basically going into training by scrolling and selecting a mission. There are 4 different modes providing many missions in different levels. Those modes are Sneaking Mode, Weapon Mode, Advanced Mode, and Special Mode. Sneaking mode is the basic training from the VR Training mode of MGS, but with added 5 levels each training mode. Weapon Mode is target shooting with different weapons such as the SOCOM, FA-MAS, C4, Stinger, Nikita, PSG-1, and Grenade. Advanced Mode is the same thing like Weapon Mode, but shooting VR Soldiers. Special mode is whole different story (no, not literally). In this mode, there are different missions on different approaches. Like Variety, Mystery, NG Selection, Puzzle etc. Even Ninja mode, when you play as the Ninja. Advanced and Special mode won't open up until you complete levels of missions that is shown by the percentage in the main menus. If you complete all, you'll reach 100%. And if you reach first place in some modes in Time-Attack, you'll unlock a special that you'll have to find out what it is if you haven't played this game yet.
The sounds of this game is okay. Though it does need some more work. But overall, it was realistic enough to get the player into it when he's about to get spotted by the enemy. The Music in each mode is great, and right for those modes. Though, the music does sound familiar if you played the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake on the MSX. I like it. The briefing in the beginning of each mission has no voice over though. It would have been a plus if they added in how to use a Codec...
The graphics in this game is really good. Scrolling/moving backgrounds, and cube/grid-wire styled stages are cool in this game. Though, some people didn't like it, since the atmosphere around looks too boring, and un-appealing to them. I personally think it suits it.
The controls are the same from MGS. You have the directional buttons to move, triangle to look first person view, O to perform an action/punch kick combo, X to crawl/crouch, square to use your weapon/choke hold, L2/R2 to scroll through Items/weapons respectively, L1/R1 to quick equip. In the game, you'll have to use these controls (obviously) in may different ways to get through. Though, it gets troublesome at first when you are controlling weapons like Stingers, Nikita missles, and the PSG-1 Sniper Rifle. After a while, you'll get used to it.
What story? It's basically straight forward in going into a certain modes and playing over 300 missions, that's all.
Replay Value: 7/10
At first, it is exciting to play. After awhile, it tends to die on you, and gets a little boring. But if your a diehard MGS fan, you may play it the second time around once you beat it, or just stick with the currently saved game. But the photo shoot didn't die much, since it is a session to take pictures of the women of the real game...
Overall Score: 9/10
This is a very good game, the gameplay, aesthetics, and graphics were at the expectation level the sounds needed a little work, and its replay value, but overall, it's great.
Playing this game requires patience, guts, and sometimes the ability to get through the game. If you need help from MGS, this is the complete version of VR Training. Renting the game may be a problem, if you want to beat it so bad. I suggest buying it if you want to beat the whole thing.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 08/04/02, Updated 01/24/05
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