- Platform: Windows 98 / Me / 2000 / XP
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
Metal Gear Solid makes good use of the GBC's colors. This game is more colorful than a rainbow and the colors are vivid and bright (especially if you play it on a GBA SP). The graphics are also put to good use. It's a reminder of the graphics presented in the first Metal Gear game only you can now move in eight directions as opposed to four and most guards and such look clearer. But you'll definitely notice resemblence.
The game sounds pretty good for an 8 bit game. The music can get annoying at times but it clearly sets up the tone of the game (sneaking).
The game adopts the gameplay from the Playstation version. There is a sneak mode, alert mode and evasion mode. Sneak mode is simply that you just run from point to point without worrying about anything. As with the PSX version you have a radar in the corner of your screen. The radar isn't as detailed but it'll help you stay out of sight. Alert Mode happens if you're discovered by the enemy and so you must run away. Much like in the PSX version there's a countdown in the corner that covers the radar. When you successfully escape the enemy you go into Evasion Mode where you must hide and the enemy will stop chasing you and begin searching for you. Picture evasion mode like a game of hide and seek.
Metal Gear is known for its storytelling and MGS on the GBC is no exception. The game has several plot twist and such but that's just it. The game is full of TONS of twist. The story is great but the way the story is presented to the gamer is not to pleasing. The original playstation version had cinemas to make the storyline more interactive. The GBC has LONG LONG LONG cutscenes of Snake exchaning words with others. This wouldn't be so bad if the cutscenes weren't so long of just two people standing there. The Codec I didn't mind and it showcases more of just how well the graphics of the game are. But even codec conversations get long. If you're really into the story then you probably won't be falling asleep anytime soon.
As far as Extras go this game has a lot of them. Well, there is one HUGE extra. This would be the VR training. Many of the missions come from the PSX game "Metal Gear Solid VR: Missions" and the original MGS game but on the GBC they can be quite challenging. There are over 150 missions but most of them are repeats of earlier missions... only with a twist such as maybe a time limit or you're supposed to eliminate all the guards. Still, the VR missions will keep you busy for a while.
The other extra is after you complete the game once you get a new difficulty level (Very Hard mode). Difficulty levels in this game are NO joke. Unlike the PSX version there are more changes than just guards with wider range of vision. The most noticeable is there are MORE guards than you could possibly imagine on Very Hard mode.
Perhaps what I disliked most about MGS on the GBC was that it didn't have the power to make you love the characters. Many of them are stale without being able to see some emotion. That and some of the supporting characters play no real role in the game they're just there to take up space and carry on long conversations.
Overall though, for the GBC Metal Gear Solid is by far one of the best you could get.
+Fun VR Missions
+LONG LONG LONG Cutscenes
+Supporting characters lack developement and chemistry
In the game, you play as super-agent Solid Snake, who is kidnapped out of retirement to infiltrate a terrorist base in the (fictional) country of Gindra. The terrorists have a huge weapon called Metal Gear that has nuclear capability (Imagine a very fat person with guns for arms, make him a robot, then stretch him out so that he's 80 feet tall, and you've got an idea of what Metal Gear looks like). Snake's mission: to destroyMetal Gear and to rescue any hostages. The story after that is very engaging and interesting, especially when everything hits the fan at the end.
Unlike other action games, which play like a Schwartzenager movie, MGS forces you to keep yourself hidden from the enemy, and also to keep quiet so that the scumbags can't hear you. The level design keeps players on their toes and on the brink of insanity from the suspense of hiding from an aproaching guard, especially on the Hard and Very Hard difficulty levels.
For Game Boy Color, the graphics are superb, but the sound might grind on ears used to the advanced stuff on the GBA. Even so, the last few themes are catchy. The gameplay practically grabs you by the collar and demands that you play. It's that addictive. The fact that there's an unlockable "special" Stage Select mode that allows you to revisit previous stages with a mission other than reaching the goal makes you want to search for other goodies.
As usual, the guards are entertainingly near-sighted (But don't get close to them if they're facing you!) and stupid(Knock 'em out, and they just take a quick look around before going back to their patrol routes), and the bosses are fun to fight. The Metal Gear is a truly hard final boss, though there is an "extra" battle atthe end that is intense, if not hard.
Speaking of intensity: the second boss, Marionette Owl, describes his sister's death in morbid detail, and also uses the dead bodies of two women as puppets. Other just as disturbing cases happen with the bosses, so a parent might not want his/her child playing this unless he/she is twelve or older. Even so, it's a great game--a must-buy for action gamers everywhere.
P.S. Play this with headphones. I can barely hear the sound without them.
There are tons of levels in the game and lots of bosses. There are also training levels to help you get used to the gameplay and all the weapons-the first couple are easy, but some ae very hard and you'll find yourself playing them once you've beaten the game, which is by no means easy. Overall the best gameboy game I have ever played.