Critical Close-up: Metal Gear Solid

You know, I never really talk about MGS1 or the two old MSX games that came before it.  To me, the juicy part of the series (from an analytical point of view) began with MGS2, and I’ve always wanted to do that justice first.  But the folks over at BunnyHop have done a pretty great job with their 2 part video critique:

I found myself shrugging pretty frequently when it nitpicks on retroactive continuity choices or points out the unoriginality of the game.  While everything they say is true, and although the amount of research done is fantastic, I feel like it was put in there to demonstrate how knowledgeable they were, without much of a point.  The final evaluation is positive of course.  I suppose the video is more of an explanation than an argument, and by that standard, it’s really helpful and smart!

Proudly presenting: Metal Gear Cliff Notes PART I

(Warning: Contains language and blood.)

A long, long time ago, SnakeSoup administrator Ravi Singh approached me for collaborating on an epic Metal Gear flash animation revolving around the very first game in the series, which most Metal Gear fans don’t even realize exists.  I agreed. Continue reading

“Sword” video (Metal Gear Rising)

Here, just as Raiden is getting his final cybernetic upgrades, he gets a flashback to when he was a child and Solidus killed a prisoner with a knife.  He tells Raiden that “there is honor in killing with a blade”, and slits the throat.  He tells Raiden that this is his future.

Watch this slutty Metal Gear Rising title screen

Yeah, you like that, don’t you?  You know you want it.  Check out his cyborg abs.

I bet you can’t wait until E3 now, where there’ll be a playable demo.  Platinum Games is going to give you a taste of their gratuitous action that Summer is all about.

“War On Our Shores” secret Rising site teases story, mentions the Tea Party?

There’s a new Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance teaser site up now, called “War On Our Shores”.  It features the voice of a character named Senator Armstrong, who seems bent on incriminating himself over the phone to somebody who wrote a speech for him.

I’ll admit it: everything about this game is guilty pleasure to me, and the writing in this is no different.  The speech does a good job nodding to the story of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and provides some decent social commentary as well.  I wonder whether the “Tea Party” mentioned in the trailer is actually supposed to refer to the current-day libertarian movement?  If so, I have to give them big credit.  Maybe Platinum Games can churn out an enjoyable plot in two months after all?

There’s also this trailer, named “Eye”, which was uploaded May 4th.  It’s got more hints, including backwards-audio which I’m too lazy to decode.  The subject is clearly a little boy, and at the end we see the words “Subject Name / Raiden” and “2/3”, indicating that this is a flashback, and that we will have another of these videos.  Something else I noticed is that according to the login data on the screen, the username is “jtripper@”.  Look up that IP address and it brings you to Valley City, Ohio and a guy who I’m positive has no clue about Metal Gear.  According to the “whois” data it was registered in 1997 by Infonexion Corp..  Hmm, something tells me this isn’t an ARG on par with Portal 2, and I should have stuck with my first instinct, which was to not bother looking deeper.

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