Metal Gear Solid (1998)

Video Game  -  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  21 October 1998 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Solid Snake (voice)
Banjô Ginga ...
Liquid Snake (voice)
Kyôko Terase ...
Hiromi Tsuru ...
Naomi Hunter (voice)
Hideyuki Tanaka ...
Takeshi Aono ...
Roy Campbell (voice)
Houko Kuwashima ...
Mei Ling (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Gray Fox (voice)
Eiko Yamada ...
Kôji Totani ...
Revolver Ocelot (voice)
Yukitoshi Hori ...
Vulcan Raven (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe ...
Psycho Mantis (voice)
Naoko Nakamura ...
Sniper Wolf / Computer (voice)
Masaharu Satô ...
Donald Anderson (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ...
Kenneth Baker (voice)


A crack government anti-terrorist squad takes over an obscure Alaskan nuclear disposal facility with the aid of an army of genetically-modified 'genome soldiers'. They have threatened to launch a nuclear missile if the US government does not hand over the preserved body of 'Big Boss', the greatest soldier that ever lived. The only person who can successfully infiltrate the facility, rescue the two hostages and thwart the terrorists' plans is the legendary Solid Snake - you. Written by Richard 'Solid' Magrath

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You can manipulate the colors of the Title Screen by moving the direction arrows and fooling around with the analog sticks See more »


Liquid's monologue on genetic engineering is scientifically comprehensible, however the technical terminology is misused. For example, when discussing phenotypes, it would be correct to discuss dominant and recessive traits, rather than dominant and recessive genes as Liquid does. "Analogue cloning" and "digital cloning" are not real scientific terms, however this is excusable given the game's science-fictional setting. See more »


[to Snake, about him and Liquid]
Jim Houseman: You two are an embarrassment from the 1970's... our country's dirty little secret. You can't be allowed to live.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits (for both endings) there is a short conversation between Ocelot and the President of the United States. In the Meryl ending, we find out that he's Solidus Snake, the third clone of Big Boss. See more »


References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »


The Best Is Yet to Come
Written & Produced by Rika Muranaka
Additional choral arrangement by David Downes
Words translated by Blathnaid Ni Chufaigh
Recorded at Beech Park Studio, Ireland
Engineered by Philip Begley
Lead vocal: Aoife Ni Fhearraigh (appears courtesy of Gae-Linn Records)
Iarlaith Carter, Stephen Mailey, Eimear Noone, Meav Nt Mhaolchatha, John Mc Namara, Cathal Clinch,
Rachel Talbot, Sinead Fay, Sylvia O'Brieniarlaith Carter, Ewan Cowley
Deelan Masterson (low pipe, bouzouki), James Blennerhassett (double bass), John Fitzpatrick (fiddle),
Noel Bridgeman (percussion), Rika Muranaka (keyboards)
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Remarkable beyond comprehension for its time.
4 March 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"Unbelievable", that's what I first thought when I got it in 1999. It stood fast as one of the best games with up to date graphics, voice actors and excellent gameplay. In my estimation, this was the first game to spawn the stealth-action genre, with an abundance of weapons(most of which weren't needed), a lot of secrets to be found(alternate endings, "ghosts", the two ending items for the new game) and gameplay with lots of features. You'll be going from barren lands covered in snow to a fast underground base, from a tank hangar to a nuclear warhead dismantling facility and from two communication towers to an underground furnace and storage facility. With all sorts of things to do, which normally wouldn't be seen in games, like crawling through air ducts, knocking on walls for distraction, using various items to your advantage and more. It has a very deep story which I won't go in-depth into because I'll leave that for the people who want to play theirselves.

Performance: The graphics are a bit choppy for nowadays' standards but were great with the new PSX/PS1 which came out around that time. For the first time we saw detailed emotions, since the 3D genre began developing itself quickly. We've heard great voice actors(Cam Clarke did a great job on Liquid) and above all, you totally focus on the characters itself; thus giving the game more depth. You trail along with the storyline and try to comprehend all the things which are happening in the game, which could just as well happen any day now in our world.

Overall, an excellent game worthy of a 10/10. With superb graphics, sound, gameplay, story, depth and above all a completely new genre re-introduced in 3D, what more do you want?

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