I’ve had a PS3 for less than a week now.
The only game I own at the moment, is Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
So far it’s pretty much all I could’ve hoped for in a next-gen, excuse me; “current-gen” Metal Gear.
Hell, for once the controls are actually, y’know; manageable…
Having played all of the “Solid” series pretty much to death, every element of the story feels like a wink from Hideo Kojima to his fans.
The scale and execution of the game’s story and cutscenes are far larger and Hollywood-ized than previous entries in the series, such that the whole thing feels a little cheesy and melodramatic, thusly making it somewhat hard to take seriously.
Huh, guess that’s actually a bad thing.
Hadn’t realized until I wrote out the words.
In either case, I’ve just reached Act 5 of Metal Gear Solid 4, and so far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The fan-service is just enough to be “cute” rather than forced and annoying, but I’m really hoping that everything comes together at the end for a dignified and appropriate ending.
It’s the least they could give us after the awesome-ness that was Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
Anyway, that’s enough about the single-player mode of Metal Gear Solid 4, let’s get to the real reason I’m making this post tonight, namely the Metal Gear Online aspect of the game.
I have to admit, upon purchasing the game, I had no idea that Metal Gear Solid 4 had any sort of online component.
How that MASSIVE bit of information managed to skirt my periphery, I honestly don’t know; but regardless, I’m glad the folks over at Konami included it.
I’m not an online gamer.
Hell, these days it’s kind of hard to call me anything more than a “nostalgic, yet casual” gamer.
Other than a fair amount of Team Fortress Classic and Counter-Strike way back in middle school, I really haven’t invested much time in online gaming.
And no, I’ve never played an MMO game before either.
Despite this, being as my PS3 is my new “toy” at the moment, I figured I would play around online for a bit to see if it was any good.
Well, other than the fact that it took me an hour or 2 to register, create my character, log-in, and then find a server to connect to, I can honestly say, it’s very good.
For me anyway.
The whole game plays out using the same control scheme as in the single-player mode, ensuring that everyone that could beat the story mode, can at least be competitive in the multiplayer mode.
For whatever reason, I feel that the third-person gameplay monumentally improves the experience when compared to a first-person shooter.
I like being able to see my character on-screen, and I also enjoy the fact that the camera system has been tweaked in such a way that it remains advantageous to the player, while at the same time doing little to prevent ambushes from behind.
In short, the camera shows as much as you are accustomed to from the single-player game, while at the same time doesn’t allow you to see your backside or flanks.
Speaking of flanking, I love how much of the game is based around getting the drop on your opponents.
Because of the camera system, ambushes are not only easy to pull-off, they also occur at a much higher rate than you’d expect from an online shooter.
I remember back in the day when I’d try to get the drop on people in Counter-Strike, only end up being shot to shit on account of my opponent’s faster and more accurate mouse handling skills.
Either that or I wouldn’t be able to hit someone because they were bunny-hopping all over the place…
*Ahem!* Anyway, though it comes as a great surprise to me, I’m really enjoying Metal Gear Online.
I love that they implemented the CQC mechanics into the gameplay.
I love that they incorporated Solid Snake as a third-party participant in some of the online matches.
And I love that after all these years I’ve finally found a multiplayer game I actually enjoy!
Anyway, sorry about the somewhat flat post, I’m busy with trying to fix my computer and play around on my PS3 at the same time…