Gaming Anniversaries September 3- Metal Gear Solid

Released September 3, 1998- Metal Gear Solid

metal Gear Solid invaded the Japanese market on this day in 98′- For the Sony PlayStation

Metal Gear Solid, a renowned PlayStation game first made its debut on this day in 98.

The Japanese market got the game first of course, just like a lot of other games from back then. Lucky buggers got the first look at one of PlayStations most beloved titles.

MGS is an absolute must play for the system. Or in any of it’s re-released variants of course.

Players will take on the role of Snake, a retired veteran from army unit FoxHound. He’s now in Alaska, trying to take control of his PTSD from past battles. Called into action by the Colonel once more to stop the terrorists from activating a nuke. They’re asking for 1 billion dollars within 24 hours, or they will launch. Unfortunately for Snake, that wasn’t their main goal. As the operation was simply a ruse to get the launch keys and activate a bipedal walking tank. Capable of launching an ICBM anywhere on earth. This tank was known as Metal Gear.

Moreover, no one seems to know anything about the terrorists, it is then revealed that the whole time, it was actually Snakes brother, Liquid, at the helm of all this. Together with his band of genetically engineered super soldiers, it seems the fate of the world is in Snakes hands.

Gameplay and Reception

The gameplay is tense and fun. Players will control Snake through a base known as Shadow Moses. Along the way, trying to actually avoid combat. To that end, you’re going in with no help. Only your transceiver to take calls from headquarters and to communicate information. No weapons, only what you can find and nothing with you besides a pack of cigarettes you smuggled in in your stomach. much to the chagrin of Dr. Naomi Hunter. However, the cigs may be useful somehow.

Snake will battle highly powered enemies, have his mind warped, be tortured and solve numerous puzzles to put an end to liquids plan.

Metal gear Solid ultimately enjoyed some immense success in the market. Shipping over 6 million copies worldwide. The game was the most rented game of the next year. IGN said of the game “Metal Gear Solid is closer to perfection than any other game in PlayStation’s library” and received overall scores of 9’s and 10’s across the board. Making it one of the most highly ranked games ever made. Moreover, the game received an Excellence Award for Interactive Art at the 1998 Japan Media Arts Festival. 

If you haven’t played it yet, you are doing yourself a serious disservice. The graphics and gameplay still hold up fantastically today. Then, when you’re done with it, you can get chronologically confused and play the rest of them! As they were released in no particular order.  Still, play it darn it!


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Living in St.John's Newfoundland, Dave has been a gamer all of his life. Starting with the NES and working both backwards and forwards, he intends to play the new along with the old!