METAL GEAR SOLID 2Reviewed By: Scott MacDowall
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Before the first second of gameplay begins a long introductory movie welcomes you to Metal Gear?s incredibly complex storyline. This is a pattern repeated throughout the entire game, with plot segments interrupting the play on a frequent basis. It is no overstatement to say that at least 40% of the game consists of critical movie clips and lengthy conversations. Should you have the patience to watch them all, a fine tale of plot twists and intrigue awaits, though it may seem overly confusing for some. Thankfully the story is too vague to be offensive, leaving the player to make their own mind up on its conclusions.
When the time comes to finally start playing, “Metal Gear Solid 2” reveals that peculiar gameplay style that made it so famous. Unlike other action titles, the emphasis here is definitely on sneaking as opposed to all-out violence. Almost every enemy has a blind spot careful players can use to their advantage. The intelligence of the computer foes is highly impressive, especially on harder difficulty settings. The guards move exactly as you?d expect a well-trained military group would, consequently creating many exciting moments as you desperately try to avoid detection. Anybody who?s played the previous game will feel immediately at home here, with a minimum of innovation allowing old veterans to settle in quickly. Newcomers are in for a slightly tougher time, despite the game constantly offering hints on what button to press next.
To its visible credit the game features some of the most impressive graphics yet seen on PlayStation 2. The attention to detail is staggering in certain areas, with many objects reacting when touched. Overall it?s the flawless presentation that stands out above all - the lovingly crafted quality in every room is firm evidence of the hard work creators Konami must?ve crammed into this game. Unsurprisingly the graphical refinement has been harnessed to create very realistic violence. Regardless of how much the player is encouraged to creep through undetected, certain moments leave no option but to shoot your way out. Due to Metal Gear Solid?s fondness for absolute realism, the resulting mini-massacres range from barely tolerable to the pointlessly sick.
For its many good points, including the wonderful soundtrack from a Hollywood composer and ingenious gameplay sections, there is disheartening worldliness to counteract it. Though free of bad language, “Metal Gear Solid 2” is not free of questionable sexual morality. Posters of near naked women adorn the occasional level, and sure enough the lead female character doesn?t wear any more than a swimsuit. To fit in with the futuristic feel there?s a lack of occult imagery, aside from a supposedly bisexual vampire. These moments are spread evenly throughout the game?s roughly 12 hour lifespan, so although they don?t seem overwhelming can sin be any more acceptable in moderation?
To conclude then, “Metal Gear Solid 2” is another superb, expertly made, game, limited by occasionally unacceptable ethics. Perhaps in a token goodwill gesture it is just possible to complete the bulk of the game by only stunning enemies with a tranquilizer gun, a fact that may make the content more satisfactory to people. If you find the inherent violence acceptable, be prepared for a consistently exciting and rewarding game; even with overly long move clips interrupting play. Otherwise its back to hoping that Sony?s next PlayStation 2 masterpiece is more accommodating of God?s Laws…
Year of Release—2001
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