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  • Mohammad AlHuraiz 12:02 am on July 16, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: 50 Shades of Gray, Duke Nukem, , Metal Gear Solid 2, , Pinball Arcade, , , VR Missions   

    For a month I’ve been contemplating whether or not I should get the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and I caved just a few hours ago and bought it. The port is a lot better than what I expected, I still haven’t tried out MGS 3 (which is the one I was worried about the most, that game required pressure controls that the PS2 and PS3, which was the main reason why I didn’t bother with the 3DS port), so there’s still a part of me that’s worried. Good thing is that the collection comes with the VR missions of the enhanced version of MGS 2 alongside a remade version of the first VR mission (which I’m not sure if it was on the enhanced version of MGS2). The VR Missions really needed to be on a portable one way or another, and I’m glad it did. If you already own the PS3 version of the collection, you can “transfar” your progress wirelessly to carry on wherever, which is a nice feature too.

    I also downloaded Pinball Arcade, being a bit of a pinball nerd. Having virtual, old pinball machines of my childhood memories tucked in a handheld is something I quite like. I also like the fact that if you get the Vita version you get the PS3 version for free, it also works vice versa and the leaderboards are cross platform. It has a small feature which I thought was nice of them to have was that if you hold the Vita verticall, you can play with vertical screen set up (2 bottom corners of the front touch screen work as the controls for the flippers), it is very uncomfortable to hold the Vita in that placement, but I’m still glad that its there.

    That’s enough of my Vita shenanigans, before I try to go back to bed I’ll leave you with a reading of 50 Shades of Gray by the voice of Duke Nukem:

    P.S. I also heard there are rumors going around about a 3DS Solatorobo sequel, my prayers have been answered!

  • bowlisimo 6:27 pm on December 22, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige Yeah, I keep asking myself, “Would I like this better if it were a straight-up, super serious all the time affair?” and increasingly, the answer is becoming “No”, or at least, “Not as much”.

    I can totally appreciate those fridge pics now, life is good.

    @redswir1 I’m starting to see that with MGS3. Although, in MGS2 the fact that you were doing the same things again was part of the point and very deliberate, which is why I brought it up.

  • bowlisimo 5:10 pm on December 22, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige A little of both? I mean I didn’t stand up and clap at the end of MGS2, nor did I throw a controller or snap the disk in half. I think I was more stunned by the direction he took it, how far he went with it, and the implications thereof, than anything else. SO MUCH HAPPENS.

    From the top, I thought the Tanker mission went by exactly like I expected after playing MGS1, maybe with some more weird humor in it. There’s a new metal gear in town that gets jacked, and oh, Liquid lives in Ocelot’s new hand. Makes sense (no it doesn’t). Awesome all around, though. I vaguely recall seeing some of these cinematics back in the college dorm days when I wasn’t playing Counterstrike, and remembering being blown away by them, “Holy shit, games are movies now.”

    Then I got to the Big Shell mission and I’m a different guy. Fine, no big deal, his voice actor isn’t the greatest, but whatever, that switch is infamous, and hey, there’s Snake pretending to be Kurt Russell, there’s robo ninja, and there’s the Colonel too. This is still Metal Gear, but now with a vampire instead of a mind reader. Wait, Raiden’s girlfriend Rose is on the mission? What.

    As the events on Big Shell played out, I couldn’t help but get that nagging feeling that things are similar. Did Kojima *really* just go back to the same well for this one? This is sort of like the first game in a different place, isn’t it? Well, whatever, get your nose to the grindstone, Raiden, you’re here to stop “terrorists”. Need-to-know only. Freeze some bombs. Solidus is the big bad, he’s another Les Enfants Terribles Big Boss clone.

    Then things start to gradually get more and more complex as I’m told, almost every time I meet someone, that I have no clue, that what that other guy said is only half true, and that THIS is really what’s going on. Oh, so Big Shell is a cover for Arsenal Gear, filled with metal gears, used by a shadow group to control the internet. Got it. But, the game is still fun (while intermittently getting frustrated by the aiming controls), and the great cinematic style and character moments are undeniable (Emma Emmerich), so I’m along for the ride.

    *Deep breath* [I’m not going to proof read this] As if all that wasn’t enough, after the best heartfelt handshake in a videogame ever, the entire thing gets flipped on its head, I run around naked holding my junk, while the Colonel goes insane, talks real fast, tells me to turn off the console, and displays videos of Japanese women where my radar used to be. I get a sword, and fight alongside Snake who then stays behind, and then Solidus tells me the whole thing was his ploy to find out the names of the members of The Patriots, because they run everything, and he wants to free the people like founding fathers of the USA. Then I fight like 80 metal gears on foot and then Ocelot tells me, no, the ENTIRE thing was a recreation of Shadow Moses to create another Solid Snake. Then he pilots metal gear Ray, craziness ensues, Arsenal crashes into New York City and stops at the Federal Building where Washington’s Statue is, on the very day he became the first President. Then I get a call from The Colonel and Rose, except it’s not the Colonel and Rose, they’re actually (this is where I get hazy) a consciousness born out of the White house? That’s been controlling everything for hundreds of years, and that the internet is a big dumping ground for useless information that shouldn’t get passed on, and that humanity needs someone to control this information, and that the entire Big Shell incident was orchestrated and planned by them, including everyone who was involved in it, to be a big real-life recreation of the Shadow Moses incident to see if they can control human thought and behavior, and that Raiden was hand picked, and that the entirety of MGS1 the videogame that you experienced was just *you* playing as Raiden playing big V.R. sim of the ACTUAL Shadow Moses Incident being groomed to for the REAL human experiment that was The Big Shell. THEN, to prove you have no free will, you are ordered to, and then kill Solidus, an older creation of theirs “a monster”. Solidus dies reaching for freedom and I actually feel like an asshole and really bad for him, because he actually had good intentions (just went about it in an amoral way). THEN you meet Snake in the middle of the street, who says he’s got a lead on the Patriots, points out Raiden’s dog tags that have YOUR NAME ON IT and he tells you to forget all that and be who you want to be, and then tells you to teach your kids stuff you think is important, all to video clips of people doing stuff in New York. THE END. Holy shit.

    You said it, man, it really is one of the “purest examples of auteur-to-audience delivery in the gaming landscape”. It’s like Kojima sticks his head through the looking glass and starts talking to you *the player* directly, and, SURPRISE, he’s been doing it the entire time. If that doesn’t fry your brain… it certainly does put Bioshock in a new light for me.

    I’ve skimmed some very heady, intellectual breakdowns of the last act of MGS2, dealing with memes, and digital natural selection and what not, and I can’t really speak to any of that. Is Kojima a genius, I don’t know. Was it executed as well as it could have been? Was it just too many ideas crammed into too little time? I don’t know, but I do know, that it took testicles the size of the moon, and god damn it, I agree with you, it’s a helluva thing.

  • bowlisimo 7:44 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink
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    @rocgaude Aww jeaaaah. Watch out.

    @impynickers After sleeping on MGS2’s ending (as much as I could understand anyway), I’m currently wavering on whether or not to call that game effing genius or just a hot mess of ideas and undue levels of complexity, but it’s damn bold either way. Good stuff.

    (Best moment? Snake + Otacon handshake)

    Anyway, “The Kojima Funtime Show”, continues. What’s next? 1964? Fine. Perfect. Here we go poop camo.

  • bowlisimo 5:32 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink
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    Jesus H. Christ, Kojima. You blew it all up, you brilliant asshole, and then you told me to teach my kids poetry?! Amazing. Fuck…I don’t…I need to sit down.

  • bowlisimo 4:40 pm on December 8, 2011 Permalink
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    *Downloading* I think I could’ve done better on this, but that’s what I get for hastily sifting through playlists hours before catching a plane. I guess there’s something to be said for choosing from the hip, and yeah, no Blade Runner.

    @impynickers Hah, I thought about Akira as well. Probably Kaneda’s theme.

    In other news, having a lot of fun with MGS2. Just fought a harrier on foot (in true video game fashion) while Snake and Otacon tossed me supplies. Sure, why not? Also nice to see the badder-asser Snake from Escape from New York referenced.

    After all the Western hoo-raaah military shit I’ve been playing lately, the Japanese melodramatic flair and cinematic style is actually a breathe of fresh air. You’re not going to find a cutscene in Battlefield 3 or Crysis 2 where a lady holding a particle cannon stands alone on a metal walkway to some sad saxophone while bullets redirect all around her. Very anime, kind of reminds me of Cowboy Bebop.

    @beige I’m on the fence right now about Raiden. I think it’s the voice acting that’s bugging me, does he have to sound slightly whiny all the time? I think you can still be “the kid” and not sound like you just got sucked into a video game from your mom’s basement. (Edit: That’s a little harsh, but you get my point)

  • bowlisimo 2:23 am on December 6, 2011 Permalink
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    @feenwager Rayman looks very French, and by that I mean beautiful, creative and stylistically off-beat. Something about its Ren & Stimpy weirdness isn’t working for me, at least from videos, but I’ve never been a Rayman fan anyway, so who cares what I think.

    I’m with you though, 2D games like that are still great fun, and all the more appealing now that we’ve more or less dicked around with 3D ever since we had the technology.

    @beige I don’t really have any expectations other than blonde, katana, and eventually I’m assuming the Gray Fox robo-ninja treatment. I doubt I’ll hate him. Like I said when I started this, I’m giving Kojima a lot of slack. He’s not even close to running out yet. It’s not so hard with all of this hindsight. Maybe I would have been mad in 2001 if I were invested in the series.

    @redswir1 Understandable.

  • bowlisimo 5:02 pm on December 5, 2011 Permalink
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    @redswir1 Wow, still posting on 1up? I know you said the blog community there was vivacious, but I’m surprised it survived this long. Hell, I’m surprised 1up is still a site people go to at all, but that’s just me. You must be pretty active on Shacknews too, it seems like Garnett drops your name at least once a month on Weekend.

    @anyone Ran around the tanker a bit in MGS2 HD for the first time. Already I can tell it’s a more indulgent game than the last. Here I am, snapping necks like in MGS, but now apparently I can catch a cold if I stay out in the rain too long, and will get a trophy if I “kiss” a Japanese locker pinup. There’s a fine, fine line we’re walking between the absurd and the serious, but so far it has never tipped over completely into absurdly serious nor seriously absurd territory.

    Anyway, Snakes a boss. I’m trying to enjoy playing him before he gets swapped out for that blonde guy.

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