What a Ride! ▼
My experience of MGS (as spoiler free as possible)
What a wild ride. When I started this series in late 2017 I never expected it to rocket to the top and be some of my favorite gaming experience. I played through the entire* series of Metal Gear Solid to experience MGS V, and I am so glad that I did.
*I did not play Metal Gear 1 or 2, nor did I finish Metal Gear Solid 4
Metal Gear Solid (Beat 12/31/2017)
I started this up very late in the year of 2017 at a bud's house. I honestly didn't expect to like it much, with the odd camera angles and the aiming. I pretty quickly decided I liked it. The stealth gameplay was refreshing compared to most games I had played and the bosses were all so unique with mechanics that I never had thought of and made it so much more fun. I like how it had things that you had to pay attention extremely. I admit a bud had to help me a few times to figure out where to go.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Son's of Liberty (Beat 4/10/18)
After getting to play as the badass Solid Snake I hopped in this game ready for.... Not Raiden.... However, I played through this and it did improve upon the stealth quite a bit. Overall though I didn't like the struts as much, what with the going back and forth and having to navigate put a damper. Everything also looked the same. Overall the bosses weren't as unique, in my opinion. I didn't care as much for Raiden. That being said, I still really enjoyed the game for everything it had to offer.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
I'm back as Snake! Maybe? This was my favorite entry in the series. The story was probably the strongest here, and the easiest to understand. I liked all the settings I was able to go through. The new camo system, while I joked about it, was a really great addition to the series and I had wondered why it wasn't there in previous titles. The food system got on my nerves in the beginning but actually allowed for more diverse planning and ability to after different obstacles. The bosses were cool, and again had a multitude of ways to combat them.
Metal Gear Solid 4 (Not beaten)
I went in wanting to like this, but I just couldn't. I played 5 hours of it before I decided it wasn't worth it. It wasn't a bad game in any sense of the word but it just didn't feel like a Metal Gear game, at least what I had played thus far. From what I played stealth was essentially a nonfactor. Eventually I would like to play through it, but for now I'm content in putting it down.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (And Ground Zeroes) (Beat 2/14/19)
I played Ground Zeroes at a buds house and immediately loved it. After playing a bit of four it felt like it was back to the roots. The freedom in this game was crazy, it felt like there was a million ways to go about different fights and stealth. It gave so many things to use. You could stealth through the majority of boss fights. The buddy system was a cool addition. The amount of optional content was amazing. The things holding it back was that the settings got old, being in the same two places with nothing really happening in the open world, and the fact that the story wasn't fantastic - and what was a decent story got ruined in Chapter 2. Also, there were very few "Boss" fights in this comparatively, most of them being against the parasite unit.
Overall I would probably rank them 3>5>1>2>4. I would like to finish 4 and play through Metal Gear 1 and 2.
I want to give a shoutout to Deathsnailz. He let me borrow every single game except for Phantom Pain, and put up with me asking for them all the time and keeping them longer than I should. If it wasn't for him, I would have never got to experience this gem of a series. Thank you, Deathsnailz!