Official Review (MGS2: A Complete Breakdown)

PART I – PART II – PART III – PART IV – PART V – PART VI – PART VII

Part VII Review

Bottom Line: A legend in its own mind.

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Part VI (MGS2: A Complete Breakdown)

PART IPART IIPART IIIPART IVPART V PART VI – PART VII

Part VI Substance & The Document

Now that we’ve analyzed the main game, Part VI examines The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, where we find even more fascinating evidence of Kojima’s hidden goals.

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Site update | MGS2: A Complete Breakdown part 6 and MGS4: Sold Out

Readers, I know you’re waiting for the next installments of MGS4: Sold Out and MGS2: A Complete Breakdown.  I’m working on part 6 of A Complete Breakdown again, and progress is good.  It’s a bit of an odd piece, but we’ll all struggle through it I’m sure.

I also want to go back and finish my MGS4 analysis — don’t think I’ve forgotten.  With Metal Gear Solid V on the way, and the HD Collection released not long ago,  it feels like a good time to put some more of my crazy theories out there.

If you have any contributions of your own (a lot of you said you’d like to in the Site Survey!) you can now come directly to me by emailing metagearsolid [at] gmail.com.  Comics, articles, videos, audio recordings — send them my way, if you want to get them put on the site.  A few notes, however:

  • Stuff that’s ready to be published will naturally be published faster
  • You should have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish.  I’ll give notes if I have any suggestions, and try to help the process
  • Don’t be afraid to do something different than what I usually do.  You can examine aspects of the series that I’m completely neglecting, or even talk about areas of culture that I don’t, as long as they’re relevant somehow to the general themes of this place.

Sit tight, and if you haven’t read the first 5 epic parts of my MGS2 analysis, what are you waiting for?

Part 5 progress / MGS5 logo confirmed fake

Not long ago at the San Diego Comic Con, rumors about MGS5 were stirred up by some images that appeared to be leaked, which connecting the “Ogre Project” with the next Metal Gear game.  The whole thing was dubious from the start, but Kojima has confirmed that they are fake, apologizing to those who were looking forward to it.  The tweet was posted on July 16, leaving no doubts that it was fake.

In other news, Part 5 of MGS2: A Complete Breakdown is still being worked on, but all the fun and activity of Summer is admittedly soaking up my free time, so it’s not moving as quickly as the other ones have.  I know many of you are looking forward to it, and so am I.  As I said on my own Twitter, this feature was originally designed to be a video, so I’ve had to rewrite a lot of it to fit a written format.  Look forward to it in August.

Part IV (MGS2: A Complete Breakdown)

PART IPART IIPART IIIPART IV PART VPART VI – PART VII 

The VR Theory

In order to encourage, challenge and even trick players into thinking about the deeper meaning of his games, Kojima designed the whole plot to collapse on itself.  Would players still miss the point?  (Of course they would.)

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Part III (MGS2: A Complete Breakdown)

PART IPART IIPART III PART IVPART VPART VI – PART VII

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Part three is a careful study of Metal Gear’s creator, Hideo Kojima.  More specifically, it’s a study of his motivations for betraying player expectations with Metal Gear Solid 2.  As confusing as it may seem, there is a logical explanation for it all.  (Here’s Part 1 and Part 2)

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Part II (MGS2: A Complete Breakdown)

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So, the game was controversial because it pulled the rug out from under players’ feet, and because it denied them the trademark experience they were expecting; but what about the game’s actual story?  In part two we analyze the plot in order to find out whether its as convoluted as its critics have said.

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Update: MGS2 Review, Part 1 Complete!

The first part of my epic “MGS2 Review” is now 100% complete and ready for presentation.  It will be several pages long, and contain a whole bunch of important material that’s never been discussed on the site before.  I’m excited to be able to present this new analysis in the coming weeks, as I’m sure fans of the series will really appreciate it when they see it.

How many parts will there be?  Oh, looks like there should be SEVEN, not including the introduction or conclusion.  It will be biggest feature on the site when it’s complete!

I plan on releasing each part when I’m close to finishing the next, so here’s hoping part two doesn’t take too long!  And since I’ve decided on the final title for it, I guess I can tease the main banner for it…

Well that’s it for now, I guess I should get back to work!