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AquasUser: Aquas
Title: The Urge to Write ~ Metal Gear series retrospection
Posted: January 01, 2014 (04:35 AM)
So I'm coming now to bring my thoughts together on what I felt about the original Metal Gear games on the MSX. I'll touch up a bit on my history with the series, then get into what stuck out to me in these games. The things that are interesting! 'Dese are Kojima joints, after all! So enough with the sentimental bullshit and let's get to killing dudes.

METAL GEAR

"Ice skating?" "WE ARE ULTRA BOX." "I am Runner Man." "UH OH! THE TRUCK HAVE STARTED TO MOVE!" "Don't get greedy, Snake!" "Nyaaaa!!"

When I was a kid I played Metal Gear on the NES. The cartridge and box artwork will always bring the nostalgia of being a kid back to me. Like any half decent NES games would leave an impression on a kid in it's era, I think. Metal Gear was always "that badass game where you punch dogs in the ass" and "get all the badass weaponry like a fucking G.I. Joe." Metal Gear was always "that game with the hidden death pits" inspiring nightmare fuel but then eased by the catchiness of the death jingle. It was also a game with lines many of us know and love, such as "UH OH!! THE TRUCK HAVE STARTED TO MOVE!!" and "I FEEL ASLEEP!". Even a child could recognize grammar that poor. And as the years went by gamer's all around recognized these lines as being classic 'engrish'. In other words, a "SHIT ASS TRANSLATION!" But I for one have held these quotes to be icons of an early time in gaming. And even as icons of my childhood. I feel like everyone who played Metal Gear as a child must share these feelings.

When Metal Gear Solid was released in America I was in 7th or 8th grade. Beside the hype of the PlayStation, MGS was a premier title. It was a game with a proportion unmatched. The story and dialogue was gripping, it was compelling! When Meryl was shot by Sniper Wolf, we all felt our hearts skip a beat, we didn't expect it! Her screams were visceral and real. Metal Gear Solid was full of unique moments in which we were tied to Snake and his adventure, who he met, the bosses and allies. Psycho Mantis is the best boss in video gaming history. The bosses bustled around their own gritty cores: they were characters with a sordid history of their own. And their deaths were ended and somehow justified by the special ops hero, Solid Snake, the "living legend" war hero. Metal Gear Solid was a tangible universe that reverberated deeply in our fantasy.

The sleek white design of the jewel case cover art even gave a slick impression. Even for the American release, I think the cover art took the Japanese approach with minimalist design. To me the impression was, "There is something special in here."

The nugget moments of Metal Gear Solid left a strong impression to me and it became one of my favorite games. I loved showing it to my friends. It was exciting. Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 both were great, but the feeling of the first is unmatched.

Roughly 10 years after the release of MGS, I decided to find an MSX emulator and try the original MSX titles. I had only heard they were good, yet, hardly a single gamer would praise them specifically over the NES title. Not a big surprise considering the MSX was only a European and Japanese computer. And only untill the ports in MGS:3 Subsistance, I believe, and in the MGS HD collection could we play the MSX games.

The intro is different from the NES version. In the MSX, Snake swims underwater to infiltrate the base, similar to the into to MGS. And you begin immediately in a base unlike the NES, where you are deployed via parachute outside of a facility you eventually reach. Beyond this the game ends up being played quite similarly to the NES version. The Gas Mask is the first key item you need. The other main difference is the music. And this quality would be a main reason to play the game as the MSX2's audio hardware has a real bass to it. The bosses and level design was changed around a bit, but I was surprised to find that many sections were quite similar to the NES version. There's an area with airborne jet soldiers who chase you around like bees. But I don't want to explain all the differences in this post, I'd rather talk about what was interesting or funny. Like a stationed helicopter who is easily defeated by stepping into a safe spot and lobbing grenades. The cardboard box is present and actually works to avoid enemy detection! And unlike MG NES, you battle Metal Gear in the MSX version. But he's defeated by detonating plastic explosives in a specific order on Metal Gear's feet. Quite odd, and specifically annoying as the last direction was forgotten by the NPC who tells you. Pretty epic.

All in all, MG MSX is a solid game and notably improved with different situations compared to the NES game. However, I think I've exhausted my lust to write now so I'll leave this entry at this.
Hopefully I can write something about Metal Gear 2 MSX as it was more interesting than the first game. And a completely new experience unlike MG1 compared to MG NES. I am hoping to get back to writing game reviews for Honest Gamers as well so I hope this will be the catalyst to bring me back. Well, cheers HG.
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pickhutUser: pickhut
Title: Fuuuu, Halloween Game Review Troubles
Posted: October 26, 2012 (05:53 PM)
So I have one "horror"-themed game left to review that I'll be submitting the last day of October, but I keep running into problems. The game I originally intended to do was Majora's Mask, since, you know, the theme of the moon crashing and the various masks worn. But I didn't want to rush through the game for the sake of a review, so I went for something else.

That's when I decided on PS1's Reloaded, sequel to Loaded. I did this purely on the notion of the crazy character designs and ultra violence, plus I wanted to review the sequel. However, I ran into two problems, the first being that the game really sucks, and that's an amazing accomplishment considering the first game wasn't hot in the first place. The second issue came as I made it halfway through Reloaded: my PlayStation controller's d-pad crapped out. Keep in mind, this game was published before Sony released the analog controller.

So now I'm in this situation of having to search for a last minute replacement, and I have one particular game in mind... but I won't name it. If that somehow goes to crap, too, I guess it's off to Xbox Live Arcade games. Hopefully there's a suitable one I can find.
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JoeTheDestroyerUser: JoeTheDestroyer
Title: Re: October Reviews: The Proposed List
Posted: October 20, 2012 (05:53 AM)
Thanks!
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pickhutUser: pickhut
Title: (offensive post) I really hate the Internet sometimes...
Posted: October 15, 2012 (10:53 AM)
"Telling a rape joke harms no one, there's no victim."

Someone actually said this. My head is numb.
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honestgamerUser: honestgamer
Title: Re: October Reviews: The Proposed List
Posted: October 14, 2012 (01:10 PM)
Wow, it looks like you're making pretty good progress on that list! Congrats on setting a fun goal like that for yourself and sticking to it!
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JoeTheDestroyerUser: JoeTheDestroyer
Title: October Reviews: The Proposed List
Posted: October 01, 2012 (03:15 PM)
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japanamanUser: japanaman
Title: Top 10 Games That I've Spent The Most Hours Playing
Posted: September 14, 2012 (12:36 PM)
1. Street Fighter II Series
2. Mortal Kombat II
3. The King of Fighters '99
4. The King of Fighters: Dream Match 1999
5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
6. Super Mario Bros. 3
7. Final Fantasy VII
8. Suikoden II
9. The Legend of Dragoon
10. Threads of Fate
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japanamanUser: japanaman
Title: For Earth Defense Force 3 (or is that 4?)
Posted: September 14, 2012 (12:32 PM)
Whenever the next Earth Defense Force game is released, I hope there is more focus on the whole multiplayer experience. For example, give us new modes which let players compete in split screen or online. For example:

Time Attack: Kill as many bugs as you can before time runs out. The player with the most kills wins.

Survival: The last surviving EDF member wins.

Most Kills: Whoever reaches the set Kill Count first, wins.

City Builder: Build your own city, set your ant hills, etc. program them with enemy number, program weapon drops, etc. You should then be able to share your custom cities online. There would have to be a restriction on number of foes, however. For example, 1 mother ship, 2 dino-monsters, 200 ants, 100 fire ants, 25 spiders, etc.
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japanamanUser: japanaman
Title: Lego RoboCop: Movies 1-3
Posted: September 14, 2012 (12:27 PM)
A few years ago on GameSpot.com, I suggested that Lego should make a Lord of the Rings game and I'm glad to hear they are currently developing one. Now, I need another Lego game to be wishful for and that is Lego RoboCop Trilogy.

Imagine Murphy getting blasted to pieces in a comical yet still adult manner. Then imagine people putting him back together using various Lego parts.

Emil could get run over by a car and his Lego pieces could go flying everywhere in Part 1. In Part 2, we could see RoboCop lift a hinge off of Cain's back and smash a Lego brain on the street. In RoboCop 3, we could see RoboCop wear a jetpack accessory.

I'd even love to see real RoboCop Lego sets including Murphy, Lewis, and his car, RoboCop with two engineers and the charging chair, RoboCop Vs ED-209 set, and RoboCop Vs RoboCain set. I also would like to see a Model Team RoboCop figure, a Technic RoboCop figure, and a programmable RoboCop.
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JoeTheDestroyerUser: JoeTheDestroyer
Title: Tentative Halloween review schedule
Posted: September 11, 2012 (01:07 AM)
Once again, I'm planning on hitting up some horror games this Halloween. I've rounded up some titles that I -might- cover both here and at Realm of Gaming this year. I hope this year will not turn out like the last one where I was ill for most of October and unable to do many reviews, except a whole crap ton in the last week.

For HG, I'm mostly doing retro reviews. For RoG, I'll be doing a mix of retro and anything semi-curren the side could use. Anyway, I hope to hit:

HG:
BloodRayne (GCN)
Clock Tower (PSX)
Dr. Chaos (NES)
Frankenstein: The Monster Returns (NES)
Frankenstein's Monster (Atari 2600)
Ghost Manor (Atari 2600)
Haunted House (Atari 2600)
Soul (Xbox 360)
Sweet Home (NES)
Zombie Nation (NES)
Zombie Shooter 2 (PC)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)

RoG:
Alan Wake (PC)
Cthulhu Saves the World (Xbox 360)
Darkness, The (PS3)
Doom (PC)
Escape from Bug Island (Wii)
Ghouls 'N Ghosts (GEN)
Home (PC)
Hydrophobia (PC)
Larva Mortus (PC)
Shadowgate (NES)
Slender (PC)
Super Castlevania IV (SNES)

I'll probably start writing these reviews tomorrow, and playing/replaying some of the games that need to be played. Because of this, my reviews this month might slow to a trickle. I still plan to hit Mega Man 2 on this site and Planet Crashers on RoG at the very least, though I would like to have Batman Returns done as well.

Scrapped projects:
Werewolf: The Last Warrior (NES)- I really don't feel like playing through this game right now.
Nation Red (PC)- I had no idea it was chiefly a multiplayer game. It's not really what I'm looking for for this project.
Ghost Slayer (Wii)- Another game I don't feel like playing right now. Maybe next year.
DecapAttack (Genesis)- Trying to trim the retro fat for my RoG submissions. I also feel this review would be more at home here at HG, with something newer (possibly indie) for RoG.
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yamishuryouUser: yamishuryou
Title: New CSS colours
Posted: August 22, 2012 (03:51 PM)
after having that lime-green monstrosity up for years I went for a Halloween look (Halloween icing I guess if you count the blue when you hover over a link)
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pickhutUser: pickhut
Title: Man, time flies by....
Posted: August 21, 2012 (12:35 AM)
"Interestingly, writing this review gave me the craving to review Sonic the Hedgehog 2." - Me

I had this quote in the back of my head for a while, and I always thought it was something I wrote at the end of 2011... I checked, and I actually wrote it in 2010. Wow.

Oh, guess what game I'm reviewing next. >_>
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japanamanUser: japanaman
Title: Video Games I Beat During My First Playthrough
Posted: August 06, 2012 (10:22 PM)
1. Soul Calibur (Arcade)
2. Soul Calbur II (Arcade)
3. Last Blade 2 (Dreamcast)
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japanamanUser: japanaman
Title: Top 10 Video Games I Beat The Most Times
Posted: August 06, 2012 (10:20 PM)
1. Street Fighter II
2. Street Fighter Alpha 3
3. Street Fighter Alpha 2
4. Tekken 3
5. Tekken
6. King of Fighters '99
7. King of Fightes Dream Match 1999
8. Dead or Alive 2: Ultimate
9. Dead or Alive (PlayStation)
10. Marvel Vs Capcom 2 (Xbox)
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Review #300!
Posted: August 02, 2012 (10:58 AM)


Represent!

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zippdementiaUser: zippdementia
Title: Re: Will's Reaction to Playing Amnesia
Posted: July 31, 2012 (12:44 PM)
Ha ha ha! Absolutely. I still haven't finished it.
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honestgamerUser: honestgamer
Title: Re: Sci-fi MMORPG is eating my time
Posted: July 18, 2012 (12:39 AM)
I don't trust myself to try a never-ending MMORPG. There are too many great games with a definite ending that I still need to play first.
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zippdementiaUser: zippdementia
Title: This amount of fandom impresses me
Posted: July 06, 2012 (12:11 AM)


For anyone who doesn't get it, watch the opening to Tales of the Abyss:

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japanamanUser: japanaman
Title: My Top Ten Favorite Snowboarding Games
Posted: July 02, 2012 (06:21 AM)
1. Amped 3
2. SSX 3
3. SSX Tricky
4. SSX (PS3/360)
5. Amped 2
6. Dark Summit
7. Amped
8. SBK
9. Cool Boarders 2
10. Cool Boarders 3
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