Excerpt: Few developers are as synonymous with greatness as Hideo Kojima. The once outcast developer who was a flop at Konami before making the first Metal Gear game, rose to unprecedented heights once he redefined the action genre by making a game you actually snuck around in rather than blaze through. He achieved further greatness with his 1998 release of Metal Gear Solid, the Playstation release that was heralded as one of the greatest games ever released.
Pros: + Kojima makes some of the best games around. Period.
Excerpt: You sneak up a dark metal floored hallway. Your footsteps echo slightly as you move through out the hallway. You pause, listening to your breath, heartbeat, and a patrolling guard\'s foot falls. You crouch down, moving swiftly, and peer around a corner. The guard is there, barely visible in the fog of darkness. You move behind him, then grab him by the neck. In one quick moment, the guard tries to wrestle free of your grip.
Excerpt: People compare games and movies. Whether this is fair or not is moot by this point. People do it, and it doesn't look like they're going to stop. The gaming public has decided to view games as an authorative medium in the tradition of cinema. The notion that a designer can be the star of a game has been embraced by gamers, and this is no more evident than with Hideo Kojima, the driving force behind Konamis PlayStation 2 show-stopper, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty .
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Second Opinion
1 January 2005
Excerpt: I often wonder when games will be reviewed on TV the way movies are featured on various evening news segments or television magazines such as Access Hollywood. If they were, Kojima's latest would yield mixed feelings. My sentiments about Metal Gear Solid 2 ( MGS2 ) are similar to those when I anticipated some kind of Sixth Sense auteurism in Unbreakable , only to get something completely different.
Excerpt: To say Metal Gear 2 is highly anticipated by just about every PlayStation 2 owner would be a massive understatement. Never have I seen one game mentioned with such awe and respect in both the hardcore and casual gaming sects. So is it everything that it was hoped to be? Of course it is, although there are still a few snags that keep it from being the omnipotent game gamers claim it to be. Before you start flaming me, hear me out - okay? The visual package is phenomenal.
Excerpt: Own a PS2, and chances are you’ll have a copy of Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty as a highlight of your game library. Universally considered by most gamers to be a masterpiece, Konami’s action game set new standards, ones that have yet to be reached or surpassed. With fans of the venerable series eagerly awaiting the next chapter of Snake’s adventures, Hideo Kojima and his team have worked on providing two early holiday presents to gamers everywhere.
Conclusion: Let’s face it, no human is perfect. Consequently, no game made by a human is perfect. So when MGS was released on the Playstation with all of it’s spectacular points it still received criticism. It’s undeniable that we all loved the stealthy espionage, the coldly appropriate surroundings and the great attention to detail that producer Hideo Kojima put into the game.
Excerpt: The return of Solid Snake? Say it isn’t so! One of the most intriguing games of the Playstation era has now come to the Playstation 2. Full of conspiracy and plot twists, Metal Gear Solid was the continuation of a long running series as a new, more storyline driven action adventure game. Metal Gear Solid 2 continues on this style and brings a whole new meaning to conspiracy theory. MGS2 is basically broken down into two separate episodes.
Excerpt: Naturally, an immediate concern that's lingered in the minds of gamers, notably in fans of the series, revolves around the latest installment's execution and production values. Quite understandable, since Metal Gear Solid was acknowledged for its excellence by taking the original 8-bit formula and raising it to a new level; complemented by an epic storyline, memorable characters, 3D cinematic sequences, and intuitive gameplay mechanics. Does Metal Gear Solid 2 deliver?