The original metal gear solid was great. This remake is great too. It features completely new graphics, new stealth tactics, but the same story. Still, the story was great so why change it? Well, this game is basically the original metal gear, with MGS2 graphics and MGS2 gameplay
I knew there would be a few problems. The main problem is voice acting. The voice actors are different for Mei Ling, Naomi, Kenneth Baker, and the ninja. They changed the ninja's voice. What is that? The ninja(i know his name just don't wanna spoil it) gave a very good speech at the end of Metal Gear Solid about his life. It was moving. This new ninja's voice is kind of younger, and doesn't have the same effect. Mei Ling has a completely different voice actor. Occasionaly when you open the save menu you will hear the old voice saying "wanna save snake?", but that is it. In terms of Naomi, her new voice actor is okay, but it doesn't have the same british accent going. Kenneth Baker has a new voice actor, but it really doesn't matter. They should of used the original ninja voice...
The controls are also a problem at times. I mean, the original metal gear had some camera problems during certian fights. This one lets you go in first person, but holding the z button gets tiring, especially when you have big hands. On top of that, the gun takes forever to get use to. To put it down, you hit "Y". Okay, but this is simply obnoxious(you will understand what I mean the moment you start to use the gun). If this game goes to PS2 I will probably trade this in for that. Pressure sensitive keys are one million times easier. You will probably accidentaly fire your gun alot, and it will become annoying till you get the hang of it.
As for other changes? Well, take MGS2 and think in terms of that for gameplay. Lockers, holding up badguys, hanging from ledges, dropping down like Arnold, and so on.
The new scenes in the game are spread out, but they are worth it. There are a lot of new "matrix" moves. Snake dodges bullets like crazy. Also, there is probably one of the coolest scenes ever between the ninja and Snake after Revolver Ocelot. You basically get to see the ninja pull out that sword stuff. It rocks. Watch the intro to see some new stuff. Also watch those breifings that you probably didn't care about in the first MGS. They are in 3d instead of 2d. More interesting basically.
The graphics are better than MGS2 in certain places. The gun models are fantastic, and they included the M9(tranquilizer), which is a fun gun.
For 40 dollars, this game is worth it. The same story is there, and the gameplay will get much funner once you learn to use guns properly. Well, it is extremely fun because you get to use Snake so much in better sneaking environments. The tanker was alright, but it was too short. There is also plenty of blood for the action fans(booya) and that is a big plus. Enjoy!