Metal Gear Solid has always been a franchise I've looked at as an outsider. I remember hearing great things about Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and trying it out back on the PlayStation 2. But at the time, I wasn't interested in stealth gaming. I played through the first tanker level but stopped playing there (which no knowledge of who Snake was, the transition to Raiden after that prologue had no significance to me). All I really remember about it was not liking how the controls felt and finding it too slow-paced.
After than introduction to the series, I never really felt the need to come back to it. My sister even got me one of the HD re-release collections on PlayStation 3. And, during a lull in my gaming calendar, I tried Metal Gear Solid 2 again. And again, stopped after the tanker section. The game just wasn't what I was interested in playing. Eventually, the series' story seems insurmountably dense to get through so I just figured it would forever be a hole in my gaming catalog.
But then the gameplay and reviews for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain just looked too damn tempting. And while I absolutely understand that reviews calling the story lacking hit Metal Gear fans hard, that was exactly what I needed to hear to give the series another shot.
And 64 hours in and 25 missions down and I'm so very glad I did.Read More