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Metal Gear Solid 2 Review up at IGN.com (Insiders only) (1 Viewer)

Romier S

Senior HTF Member
Sep 2, 1999
IGN has posted their review of Metal Gear Solid 2 for insiders access. I have posted some excerpts from the review for your general reading. (Mods if this is a problem please let me know)
A good point about Spoilers:
I'm only going to say one thing about the game's story
in the factual sense, and that is this: everything you know
is wrong. Beyond that, you should experience it all for
yourself, which means that you should NOT read the game
manual. Amazing, that Konami could keep a granite poker
face for 18 months and then give ever ything away in the
manual. Bureaucracy is a silly thing.
Some info on the character AI:
In the original MGS, you could survive an alert, and perhaps even a firefight. In MGS2, once that klaxon goes off, your life ticks away with every second. The guards are tougher, smarter, and more numerous, meaning your choices are few: run, hide, or die.
Some Graphics and music info:
The graphics engine renders huge, realistic
worlds, meticulously crafted and shaded in with brilliant
effects -- just wait. The excellent score is intense or calm
as the situation demands, and the action rivals anything
Hollywood's imagination could produce.
Some of the bad:
MGS2 sits atop the gaming mountain as far as the quality of its writing and acting, but there are still several sequences that should be shown, not told. Minutes of conversation could be replaced by a thirty-second cutscene that would drive the point home with far, far more power.
The plot has problems towards the end, although some
descend from the need to set up a sequel -- yes, MGS2 will
definitely be followed up in the future.
And in Conclusion:
This isn't perfection, but it's certainly
brilliance, and it's satisfying to know that there's more of
it coming soon.
All in all they gave the game a 9.7 which is great. I'm glad they didn't fall to the hype and noted some of the flaws to the game. All in all...I JUST CANT WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 14th!!!!
[Edited last by Romier S on November 10, 2001 at 12:17 AM]

Scott W.

Second Unit
May 20, 1999
Romier. I believe the release date is the 13th, not 14th. :) Your review sounds very similar to that of EGM and Official PS mag. Thanks for the review.

Romier S

Senior HTF Member
Sep 2, 1999
I talked to a few friends in EB and they said the game will ship on the 13th but they wont have it in until the 14th. I say EB cause I already paid for the entire game there.

Jeff Kleist

Senior HTF Member
Dec 4, 1999
What I want to know is whether they mention or show the title screen. I want to see that biiiiigggg "Otacon &copy Otakorp Inc. All Rights Reserved" on there

for those not in on it:

Morgan Jolley

Senior HTF Member
Oct 16, 2000
The official release is the 13th. That means that Konami authorizes sales then, but people can sell it later. EB, Circuit City, and some other places will sell games a day or two after release.
I'm sad though. If there is another game, it won't be directed by Kojima. He did say that he would help produce, so I hope he's on the staff somewhere.

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