One of the greatest games ever has to be Metal Gear. It has it
all...great graphics, suspensful music, nifty controls, and lots of
innovation. This was one of the first games by Ultra (the sister
company of Konami). It was released in 1988 and has spawned a NES sequal
and a soon to come PSX game. However, this is as good as the series will
get in my opinion. Even the NES sequel couldn't top this one.
The objective of Metal Gear is to infiltrate an isolated area in
Galesburg, South Africa known as Outer Heaven. It is rumored that here,
a madman has constructed a nuclear nightmare weapon known as the Metal
Gear. As Solid Snake, (AKA Justin Halley) you must secretly infiltrate
the Outer Heaven base, get key cards and equipment that will help you to
get further into the base, and keep in touch with your boss and other
allies via the transceiver. Another objective is to rescue the prisoners
that have been captured. As you progress further in the game and save
more POW's, your rank will increase. This gives you more life and allows
you to hold more of each weapon. Just make sure that you DO NOT shoot
any POW's. If you shoot one, there is no way that you can win.
Dr. Petrovich is one of the main "captives" that you must find. He is
being forced to make the Metal Gear and only he knows how to destroy it.
Now doing all this is easier said than done. There are soldiers that
you must bypass and tons of pitfalls, lazer cameras, red lazers,
scorpions, and many more deadly traps that you will encounter. Make sure
that you SEARCH EVERYWHERE. Most items are difficult to find. There are
several buildings in Outer Heaven. Most of them have several floors and
lots of area to explore. That is one of the factors that makes this game
so good. One more thing is that you must be careful not to listen to
everyone. Several people will call you on your transceiver. Some people
are good but others must not be trusted. You'll learn who's not to be
trusted as you progress. Another thing is that there are several bosses
that you'll fight in Metal Gear. Learn which weapons work against them.
The graphics in Metal Gear and excellent. They have that Konami "feel"
that gives the game a cool atmosphere. There's plenty of detail, color,
and animation to satisfy any video game player. The graphics aren't like
in a game like Ninja Gaiden 2 or Mega Man 3 but are still EXCELLENT for
a 1988 release.
Musicwise, I REALLY like what Ultra/Konami did in Metal Gear. They
added a lot of variety in the music. Some tracks are just plain cool and
others are very suspenseful. There are only 2 main themes that you will
be hearing (well, 3 if you count the "being spotted" theme) ;) but the
last stage has several! The drums and percussion are what you'd expect
from a Konami game. The music is very well done.
As far as the challenge goes, there's plenty of it in Metal Gear. There
are TONS of items that you must find, mazes in the jungle in which you
must use the correct route to get further, and absolutely loads of death
traps awaiting you around the complex. You'll want to make a map of the
game because it is BIG with lots of exploring. Metal Gear is in the top
3 toughest Konami/Ultra games out there in my opinion. Just becaue it's
difficult doesn't mean it's a bad game though. Quite to the contrary.
The most important factor in Metal Gear in that it's a lot of fun.
There's just something so cool about infiltrating a secret and isolated
complex in South Africa. The game has lots of suspense, TONS of items,
and a great big area to explore. Just obtaining some of the items is a
lot of fun. One item (cardboard) allows you to hide and still move
around!! Talk about unique! I can't emphasize enough how great the
storyline is. It gets as think as chopsticks by the end. You'll be
surprised by the events that occur. To summerize, this is a GREAT NES
game that I feel never got the credit it deserves. Lastly, for those of
you who can't get enough of this great game, try to find the Worlds of
Power book based on Metal Gear. It is great and is a MUST read for any
Metal Gear fan.