Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2 Platinum) Reader Review
Metal Gear Solid. One of my favourite games. I used to play it with friends and we tried to work out various ways to beat the bosses together. That's one of the many great things of Metal Gear Solid the boss fights along with the unrivalled quality of the story. So when Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons Of Liberty was released on PS2 in 2001 I didn't get it. At the time I was still playing PSOne and by the time I'd got a PS2 I didn't even know it was available and I was more intersrted in WWF Smackdown Just Bring It which is why I got the console in the first place. Anyway when Snake Eater arrived last year I snapped it up. I enjoyed the game but have to say I was slightly dissapointed as the abscence of the radar made the game feel in the enemies favour also I don't suppose I enjoyed going back in time either. So this year I decided to go down to my local games shop and get Metal Gear Solid 2 and this time I was not dissapointed.
Sons Of Liberty is set a few years after the original game with you Snake (with your buddy Otacon via the Codec) having to infiltrate a tanker that is rumored to be housing the new Metal Gear. As soon as the game starts you get warm feelings that this is something special just like the original. Unlike Snake Eater in MGS2 you have the soliton radar which is nothing short of a lifeline. It shows where your enemies are and their cone of vision. If they see you the radar will shutdown and you'll have to scramble desparately to find a hiding place before they shoot you up. This is even more difficult at the start of the game with Snake being only equipped with an M9 tranquiliser gun so you have to be extra careful. The game is split into a second section where you play as a new character called Raiden. Many gamers didn't take kindly to this and wanted to play Snake all the way through which is fair enough. The game continues on the Big Shell with you trying to locate and rescue President Johnson. I thought it added to the story and didn't mind playing Raiden as Snake was never completely exiled from the story anyway. The graphics are fine if unspectacular. You can see rain and blood splash up against the screen which is cool but the environments are pretty bland in general.
Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons Of Liberty is one of those fine games that is the best of the best. MGS2 is the best game on PS2 in it's six year lifecycle and picky gamers can say it was released on X-Box but it's still easily one of the finest games this gen. With the intense story, engaging action, many secrets to uncover, awesome boss fights and even the cringeworthy Snaaake... Snaaake!!! when you die are all moments that you will not forget. This is just as good if not better than the original. My review cannot do this game justice you have to play this game for yourself to understand. It's a masterpeice and a game that like the original will be remebered for years to come. Hideo Kojima truly is a genius.
10 / 10