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Retro Review: Metal Gear (MSX2)

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Title: Metal Gear
System: MSX2
Release: July 7, 1987
Developer: Konami
Publishers: Konami

Today I will review a little game called Metal Gear. Designed by Hideo Kojima, who is today, one of the bigger icons in the gaming industry. Metal Gear was acually not Kojima’s work in the beginning. But he took over the project early in it’s development, and finished it. thats a little history behind the game. But let’s start the review.

Story:
The game takes place in 1995 (it was a game taking place in the future, since metal gear came out in 1987), in a state in South Africa called Outer Heaven. You play as Solid Snake. A rookie member of a special forces group called FOXHOUND. Your mission is to Rescue one of the top agents of FOXHOUND, Gray Fox, and destroy a weapon of mass destruction, Metal Gear.

For being a late 80’s game, the story is really deep. You can have a conversation with people thru codec, and you will be called sometimes when you make progress in the game. There is even some plot twists that is really surprising. Great story in this game.

Gameplay:
If you have plated any of the other Metal Gear games, you will know what this is about. Metal Gear is a Stealth game. That means that you are not supposed to run right in front of an enemy and shoot. you have to take a different path and sneak past them. Occasionally you have to sneak up to an enemy’s back and kill him to get past.

Now you might think that you won’t have any use of the weapons you pick up. But there are boss fights in this game, and they are all really fun and exciting. Some minor issues is the elevators. They are really weird. but you will understand when you play. It’s hard to explain. Also, it’s confusing sometimes because you don’t know where to go. you maybe need some special cardkey, or you might have to blow up a wall. These are just minor issues and won’t really destroy the game.

Sound:
The music in Metal Gear is great. Theme of Tara will be stuck in your head, since that is the song you will hear most. Maybe you will hear Red Alert a lot to, if your really bad at this game ūüôā It’s also an awesome song by the way. the other songs in the game is also good. they are all rememberable.

Graphics:
The game looks ok. I guess. The thing is that it does not look any different from any other games around that time. it does not stand out. But it isn’t awful. it’s good, it’s just not so special.

Verdict:

Metal Gear has both great story, gameplay, and music. Really fun game. not one of the best Metal Gear-games I have played. But it is high up on the list.

Pros

  • Great Plot!
  • Great Gameplay!
  • Great Music!

Cons

  • Confusing elevators.
  • Hard to find where to go next.

Score

Story: 9.0/10
Gameplay: 8.0/10
Sound: 8.0/10
Graphics: 7.5/10

Overall: 8.5/10

Categories: Retro Reviews

Keiji Inafune is back, and he is working on a exclusive PS3 RPG!

May 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Last year Keiji Inafune, also known as the father of Mega Man, left Capcom, and we have not heard of him since, untill now. Inafune has stated that he is working on a game. An exclusive PS3 title, And it’s an RPG. He and two game development studios (Intercept and Comcept) are working on the game. More will be revealed at E3

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My thought about the Wii 2/Stream/Project caf√©/feel and all the rumors

I’m a little late to the party. But I will now go¬†thru the most interesting¬†rumors, and whats have been confirmed by Nintendo themselves.

confirmations

 

I will first talk about what Nintendo has confirmed. Nintendo has confirmed that they are working on a new console, and that they will reveal it on E3 this year. there is also talk that it will be playable at E3, and not just that you will see someone play it on the press conference. But that everyone will have a chance to try it.

This is really exciting. Not only do we get to see new 3DS games, but we will also see the new console on the same conference, and probably some games for it.

Specifications, and hardware

 

Now let’s talk about the¬†specs. I won’t go into details, since¬†we don’t know so much about it. But it’s suppose to be significantly stronger than the Xbox 360, and Playstation 3, and it’s suppose to be the next-generation of games. It’s release date is set in 2012 so it really early for a console who just been announced. Microsoft and Sony is focusing on releasing their new consoles 2014. so they are not ready to release a new console any time soon.

This is a mockup on how a game for the system could look like.

 

If they are trying to appeal to the “Hardcore” audience, and is releasing¬†it as a next-gen console. Then¬†it’s kind of obvious that it will be more powerful than the current-gen consoles. But Nintendo will have a head start, just like the 360 had this generation. But it could as well become like the Dreamcast, and die in a couple of years. I have no idea what will become of the new Nintendo console. But as long as they get good third-party support, and announce lots of good games for it, I think that it will do well.

Game developers that could be working with the system

 

It is also rumored that Rockstar¬†Games is working on a title for the system. Many think that it’s a Grand Theft¬†Auto V. But¬†that’s¬†still just speculations. also, I could be that Retro Studios is working on a game to.¬†it’s sounds more likely that Retro Studios is working on a game than Rockstar. Since Retro Studios is a studio owned by Nintendo.

¬†if Rockstar¬†is working on the next GTA¬†for Wii’s¬†successor, then it must be something special about the new system that we don’t know yet.

This years E3 is going to be exciting, and that’s just Nintendo’s part. It will be really exciting to see what¬†Microsoft and Sony have¬†up¬†their sleaved¬†for this years E3.

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