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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

All Geared Up!

My Metal Gear addiction shows no signs of slowing down. After making numerous calls to game shops last week, I was finally able to score an original two disc version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence for $24. Why did I want the two disc version so badly? This is the only way I'm able to play the original 1987 MSX Metal Gear and it's 1990 MSX sequel Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, on a console system. Of course Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all by itself is still all kinds of awesome and the 3D camera rocks, but the addition of those two classics games just makes the old-school gamer in me drool. Also, I more or less had to get this version because for some lame reason, Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 are not included in the Metal Gear Solid Essential Collection of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.

Including just MGS3 and MGS3: Subsistence, I've lost track of how many times I've played through the game. I managed to beat the game with no alerts (I rest the game every time I got spotted) and was rewarded with stealth camouflage, which makes an already epic game even more fun. I never knew how much fun it was to knife people until I did it countless times when to enemy soldiers who couldn't see me. Unfortunately, the first disc of MGS3: Subsistence locked up during the cut scene where Snake meets EVA for the first time and I couldn't return the game without giving back the second disc, which holds the MSX MG titles. Thankfully the place I got the game at was selling the MGS Essential Collection games separately so a single copy of MGS3: Subsistence only set me back $10, so I picked that up along with Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance for $8.

When I went to get MGS3: Sub, I didn't plan on walking out with Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, a remake of the PlayStaiton Metal Gear Solid for the GameCube. It's basically MGS with MGS2 gameplay. That means first person shooting (YES!), hanging from ledges and what could possibly be my favorite gun in the MG series, the tranquilizer (Pretty sure it's called the M-9 here) I played the game a bit and it feels a bit odd playing a MG game on the GameCube controller, but man, it looks sooooooo smooth and feels that much more tighter than the PlayStation game, though I'm sure many fans still prefer the PS version over the remake. As a huge MG fan, Twin Snakes was tough to pass up. Besides it was only $24 and it was the store's last copy.