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Retro Gaming: A Look At Metal Gear Solid (PSX)


What comes to mind when you think of 90’s video gaming? More specifically the 32-bit era of video gaming in the mid to late 90’s? One gem stands out as a diamond in a field of diamonds (there were heaps of truly epic games on the 32-bit platform) but one stands above the rest. That game is ‘Metal Gear Solid’ released by Konami for the Sony Playstation in 1998. It is a single player stealth action game with a top down camera style.

You play the role of an elite soldier ‘Solid Snake’ who must infiltrate a nuclear weapons disposal base called ‘Shadow Moses’ in the cold Alaska wilderness. The game takes place somewhere between Febuary 21st and 27th 2005, 6 years after the events of Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (released on the NES – not to be confused with Metal Gear Solid 2 on the PS2).

A genetically enhanced, renegade special forces unit, FOXHOUND, leads an armed uprising on a remote island in Alaska’s Fox Archipelago. This island, codenamed “Shadow Moses”, is the site of a nuclear weapons disposal facility. The forces that seized this island, led by a mercenary known as Liquid Snake, have acquired the nuclear-capable mecha, Metal Gear REX, and are threatening the U.S government with a nuclear reprisal if they do not receive the remains of the “legendary mercenary” Big Boss within 24 hours. – Source: wikipedia.com

Back when the game released almost 15 years ago it scored many 90%-100% review ratings and it is easy to see why. To give you an idea of the story and game itself, check out one of the best intro’s to a video game ever:

The game still holds up very well by today’s standards, sure the graphics do seem a little dated but the storytelling and gameplay is 2nd to none. The sounds of the codec ringing in your ear, or the clicking through your inventory with the left and right shoulder buttons is hard to forget. If you’ve played through the newer Metal Gear Solid releases you’ll be used to being able to aim your weapons using a first-person view style that is sorely missing from the original on the PSX but apart from that its hard to fault this game. The boss battles you have are challenging, the sound effects and music are simply amazing (some of the best music composed for a game – thanks Harry Greggson Williams!) and the connection you build with the characters in the game leave you wanting more well after the final metal gear Rex battle at the end of the game.

One of the highlights of this game for me was the battle and connections you build with the ‘Sniper Wolf’ character. She is an elite Russian sniper who has a deep connection with her surroundings and her wolves. When you hear the howling of wolves in the distance, you know you’re close.

If you are a fan of action games or gaming in general you really need to pick up a copy and play this game.

PlayStation Network Back Up And Running–Claim Your Free Games!


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Anyone have a PlayStation 3 and plays online via its PlayStation Network (PSN)? Listen up! As you will no doubt know by now Sony has had a hell of a time over the last month with numerous security breaches (one leading to the network’s spectacular downfall last month) which has caused massive inconvenience to its millions of customers worldwide.

Because of this inconvenience, Sony want to say sorry by giving away 2 free games and 30 days free subscription to its PlayStation ‘Plus’ service.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/06/03/welcome-back/

To quote the blog directly, “Today, we’re excited to launch the Welcome Back program to thank you for your loyalty”.

If you’re a PS3 owner, you have a choice of 2 out of 5 games:

  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury

If you are a PSP owner and play on the PSN, your choice of games are:

  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation

While all of these games have been available for quite a long time (at least a few years) at least Sony are trying to win back votes and giving away free stuff (everyone loves free stuff). I’d pick LittleBigPlanet and inFAMOUS on the PS3. If I had a PSP, I’d go with LittleBigPlanet and Killzone Liberation. Even though the games are older, for free choices they aren’t too bad.

I’m on XBOX 360 so lucky for me XBOX Live has been up and running fine Smile but for all your PS3 owners out there, get back on your network and download your free games while this “Welcome Back” program is running!