April 16, 2015

That's A Wrap: Metal Gear Solid

warning: may contain spoilers 

I've been itching to replay this for some time now, so I finally cracked it open and accidentally beat it again instead playing whatever I promised I was playing. Whoops. Anyway, Metal Gear Solid is the first PS1 installment of the "Tactical Espionage Action" Metal Gear series, and remains among the best and most popular of the franchise. Chronologically, MGS takes place after Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, which was originally released exclusively in Japan for the MSX2. It can now be found in some form or another on PS2, PS3,  PSVita, Xbox 360 and Wii VC. MGS is a 3D upgrade from its predecessor, in that it's no longer a top-down only game.

I certainly can't recall exactly what I felt the first time playing MGS, but I doubt my opinion has swayed much. The game begins with a very militant and impressive set up, graphically and story-wise, teaching you a number of terms you may have never heard before and establishing strong character development and political interest. It succeeds in making you want to play more. Right now.

April 09, 2015

The Elite Four: All-time Favorite Consoles

My old pals The Cartridge Bros. recently revamped their 'Not So Deep Thoughts' series into a weekly occurrence, and last week's video about the bros' top three all-time favorite systems was particularly interesting for me because I've never actually thought about it before… I just kind of love different things about every system. But I'd be lying if I said certain consoles hadn't gained more brownie points than others over the years, so this week's blog is my response the Cartridge Bros., ATSG style. Here are my Top 5 All-time Favorite Consoles.