- Original release year: 1998
- Consoles: PS1, PC (later: Ps3)
There was one moment, one defining moment in time when I, the Sega (and to a less extent, Nintendo) fanboy, who had taken the “strange” route of loving the Saturn and N64 and largely ignoring the original Playstation, took a step back and thought to myself “yep, I need a Playstation”. That moment came upon the release of Hideo Kojima’s legendary Metal Gear Solid (and no, Final Fantasy VII wasn’t “that” game, because I bought the PC port).
I still remember the first time I played Metal Gear Solid. One of my friends had bought it and we just couldn’t stop playing it (other than when we swapped the disc to play a bit of WWF Smackdown). I don’t know if this was necessarily the first stealth game (in actual fact, I know it wasn’t), let’s not forget that the Metal Gear series had already had two previous titles on the MSX2 (as well as a version on the NES), but it certainly revolutionised the genre and started a new fad in video games (if a game post-1998 wasn’t a Stealth title, it sure as hell had a stealth section forced into it – see: Shenmue, Zelda: Wind Waker).
Metal Gear Solid was one of the most ambitious video games of all time and it really shows in the game’s presentation. Everything about the game instantly grabbed my attention, whether it was the VR Missions (man, did I freaking love those) or the main story, with its dark, gritty graphics, awesome story and fantastic voice acting.
Metal Gear Solid was and still is an incredibly smart game. Running around, going all guns blazing just does not cut it in this game. You need to learn your surroundings, keep an eye out for guards and think before you act. The boss battles are also incredible and all require a level of skill and strategy to successfully take them down. The fight against Psycho Mantis is still one of the most revered moments in video game history. Who can forget that moment when Psycho Mantis starts freaking you out, by discussing what video games you have been playing lately (it does this by reading the memory card) or that moment when you realise that by putting the controller in port 2, it stops Mantis from predicting your actions?
Metal Gear Solid is full of memorable, amazing moments and you owe it to yourself to play the game if you haven’t already (who hasn’t though? Seriously).