In any list of profound titles from our medium’s past, Metal Gear Solid is likely a collective favorite. Gracing the PS1 with a fresh and exciting introspective narrative and compelling gameplay, this is a title that shows an unprecedented amount of love and detail from its creator. It’s also a title I missed back in the day, and thought would make an important work to look at in a modern context. Does it still have something to say to us in our modern world? Is it still playable?
These questions and more raced through my mind when the Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection arrived in my arms. Here was a series that many love, and it’s conceivably possible that nostalgia and then current-gen wow factor influence a lot of fans’ opinions on this one. After all, that does account for something when looking back at games from way back when that we remember fondly. Sometimes what we love just isn’t that great anymore, and that’s fine, because our medium constantly grows, evolves, and changes.
Now that’s partially what I expected. What I found was that this felt like one of the least old-feeling old games I’ve ever played. Well, am still playing. Didn’t finish it in time, so the only thing to do is to make this one a multi-week breakdown of why Metal Gear Solid is so great, even to the completely uninitiated.
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