Metal Gear Solid (PS1) Review

First of all a big thank you to Martin for sending us this game, Martin never gave us his last name when he sent us the game, but if your reading this Martin and you want to email me your last name to zeroslayer911@gmail.com I will be more than happy to edit the blog and put your last name in this review.

Now with all the thank you’s out of the way lets talk about Metal Gear Solid

Game Case
Game Case

I had never played Metal Gear Solid until a few months back, yeah ok you can shoot me.

This is because from what I saw in game magazines and snippets of game footage I thought Metal Gear Solid was just your average shooter. But oh boy was I wrong because Metal Gear Solid is one of the most well directed video games I have ever played. Everything about the game is so well made and pieced together its like that sweater your nan knits you every Christmas.

Your probably wondering what the game is about well I am going to describe the plot to the best of my abilities,
you take the role of Solid Snake fans of the original metal gear games know who I am talking about

Solid Snake

Solid Snake is a stealth agent on a mission to stop a nuclear weapon (Metal Gear) from destroying the earth, upon being briefed on the situation by Colonel Roy Campbell a former friend of Snake and retired fox hound member, he sends Snake into the enemy base to find and rescue The DARPA (The Defence Advanced Research Project Agency) Chief and the Armstech President, After finding the Darpa Chief in a jail cell, Snake questions if he gave Fox Hound the Password or not, The chief explains that Fox Hound Member Psycho Mantis has the ability to read minds and got the password from the chief by reading his mind. The Darpa Chief then appears to die from a heart attack, the same happens to the Arms Tech President after snake rescues him after Snake defeats another Fox Hound member called Revolver Ocelot with the help of a mysterious ninja. Before he dies the President explains to Snake that it is not heart attack that he is suffering from but that it is the effects of something called Foxdie. After discovering the truth behind these mysterious deaths and learning that the President also gave Fox Hound his password Snake calls Colonel Campbell and explains the situation. Snake is then told to call the Chiefs Niece Meryl, getting her codec is one of the ways the game breaks the fourth wall by making the player check the back of CD case to get her codec code. Snakes mission now is to defeat all of the remaining members of Fox Hound and to find a way to stop the nuclear weapon from striking the earth.

Metal_Gear_Solid_ back of CD Case

That’s a brief explanation of the plot, if talked about the whole plot I would giving away too many spoilers and also I would be writing for decades as the plot is very in depth. The plot gets really good towards the end of the game when in delves into Snakes past and the reason for his existence.

Another great aspect to this game is the music, Metal Gear Solid has a beautifully well orchestrated sound track, the music that plays when the Konami logo is Presented, is an extract from a previous game called police Nauts the track is called End of the Dark. Police Nauts is a previous game from metal gear creator Hideo Kojima. Like I said the music in Metal Gear Solid is amazing and it really suits the game and its atmosphere very well

This is an example of some music from Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid Opening Theme

Speaking of Audio the voice acting in Metal Gear Solid is amazing, the English dub of the original Japanese Voice acting is so well done that it honestly makes the game feel like an intense action movie. The voice acting can be heard countless times in the game but it is mostly through codec calls, the codec is what Solid Snake uses to contact his comrades for advice.

The codec calls are also what adds alot of really funny comedy to the game for example later on in the game when you follow Meryl into the ladies bathroom if you get into the bathroom before Meryl and call Mei Ling she calls you pervert and wont allow you to save your game for the rest of the mission.

By far my favourite part of the game is the boss fights, they are very creative and really make the player have to think to figure out the best methods of taking the bosses out. Here are a few of my personal favourites.

Revolver Ocelot

Revolver Ocelot

A well known boss in the MGS franchise, he’s a crack shot with his revolver and a hell of a lot of fun to fight

Sniper Wolf

Sniper wolf

A killer with a love of animals, I love this boss because out of all of the bosses after killing her and hearing her life story, I truly understood why she is killer and what drove her to be the way she is

Vulcan Raven (Second Encounter)

Vulcan Raven

Not so fond of his first encounter but the second time you fight him, he is really challenging but also really fun, also this boss fight is a really good opportunity to use the missile launcher my second favourite weapon in the game, my first being Snakes bare hands

Favourite boss in the game (Psycho Mantis)

Phycho Mantis

This guy is awesome he is so much fun to fight, the game breaks the fourth wall twice in this boss fight, once when Psycho Mantis reads your memory card and talks about previous Konami titles you’ve played and the second time I wont ruin for you as it is needed in order to beat Psycho Mantis but I promise you wont be disappointed.

Final Verdict

Metal Gear Solid is one of the best games I have ever played and currently my favourite PS1 game of all time. It never gets boring I have personally beaten the game a few times now and every time the plot is still very interesting and really makes me want to help Snake save the world. My only minor complaint is that if you skipped all of the cut scenes and codec calls the game is only two to three hours long, but unless your a speed runner you probably wont skip any cut scenes so this wont be much of a problem. I rate Metal Gear Solid a Solid 10/10. A fantastic game which really shows the ability video games have on the media and just how good video games can be, all hail Kojima.

On a final note the game has two endings, during the torture scene if you resist the torture you will get the Good Ending and if you submit you will get the not so good ending but a Comical ending with a reference to 2001 a space odyssey. THIS GAME IS SO AWESOME!!! Highly Recommend it.

Hope you enjoyed this review, if you respect my opinion I will respect yours

By Padawan

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Rugrats Studio Tour (PS1) Review

Back in my youth I had a slight obsession with the Rugrats I used to own all of the videos and I had posters all over my room, I also remember owning quite a few Rugrats video games which as a kid they were amazing but when I come back to most of them as an Adult I seem to find issues which I never noticed before, on the bright side a few of them still remain to be pretty fun and one of those fun games is Rugrats Studio Tour for the Playstation 1.

Story

Tommy, Dil, Chuckie, Phil, lil, Angelica and Susie are all going on a movie studio tour but while they are there the Rugrats get up to their usual antics and they wander off by themselves, In the process of them leaving the grown-ups they lose Dil and he gets locked behind a door and the security guard loses the keys it doesn’t help that Dil took them off of him before he got locked in. The Rugrats want to get Dil back so they go around the movie studio to find keys that will fit in the door so that they can save Baby Dil.

Game play

So the babies venture off on their adventure through the movie studio to save Dil luckily while you a controlling the characters the controls are not too bad their not perfect though I do personally find them be a little bit loose but let that put you off playing this game. While playing through the game you will have to play as each of the characters which each have their owned themed world.

Phil and Lil- Diapers of thunder

Diapers of thunder is a race car themed world all of the levels consist of kart races this is one of my favorite worlds because its sort of like a crappy version of Mario Kart  instead of mushrooms, turtle shells and banana peels get ready to use baby bottles, eat cookies and throw diapers.

Angelica- Captain Cookies

Pirate Themed world

Treasure hunt scenes- Collect a specific amount of Reptar bars or you may have to open a big chest, don’t forget to avoid the evil Crab and the evil Clown Dolls

Treasure collecting scenes- Play as Angelica, Tommy, Chuckie and Tommy in these areas and collect as much treasure as you can before the timer runs out

Pirate Golf Scene-To win you must pot under par or on par you can also win keys by collecting a certain number of Reptar bars you play as all of the Rugrats in this area

Footrace scene- This the same as the Phil and Lil levels only difference is Angelica is on foot to get the key come first place.

Tag scene- Simply a game of tag, tag all of the babies to win a key

Susie- Lazy Saddles

Western Themed World

Gold Mine Scenes- To win keys the player must collect Reptar bars or collect all of the gold in the Level, There is a time limit in each area you can play as Tommy, Susie and Chucky

Round up Scenes- The player must round up all of the animals within a time limit to win keys in this area you can play as Susie, Angelica, Chuckie and Spike (Tommy’s Pet dog)

Western Golf Scenes- Same as the Pirate version just western themed either score par or below/ collect a certain number of Reptar bars to win keys

Milk Squirting Scenes- Get ready aim and fire milk at moving targets to win keys, I find the game hard to control when doing this as the controls feel all stiff for some reason.

Chuckie- outside Space (Pretty creative name right there)

A space themed world

Loonie Lander Scenes- What the hell is a loonie lander? That’s what my first thoughts were when I heard the name of this scene out turns out it some sort of alien hover craft damn I was hoping for something more awesome. Drive around and collect all of the aliens to win keys in this area you play as Chuckie, Tommy, Lil and Angelica

Zero Gees Scenes- Aliens have taken over your spacecraft. Escape to win a Key or by collecting Reptar Bars. Play as Chuckie, Phil and Susie

Lazy Beam Scenes Beam Scenes to win a key you must shoot lasers at targets this is similar to the milk squirting games

Tommy- Once you collect enough keys you can enter the final place where you will have to finish 2 games before you can find Dil.

Shirley Lock Holmes- There are two parts to this level in Part 1 you must play as angelica and find 4 keys which you can use to open the big door and in Part 2 you must climb a huge bookcase to find Dil too bad he enters another scene

Okey Dokey Jones- Play as Tommy and Follow the paths to find Dil

Reptar Scene- Reptar is a big green Dinosaur and for some reason he is pretty pissed at the Babies because he wants to eat them I guess its revenge for eating all the Reptar bars. Drive the Reptar Wagon and escape his evil clutches

 

Graphics

For a Ps1 game I have got to admit I am impressed, the graphics could have been improved when comparing to games such as Metal Gear but come on its Rugrats there is not exactly such a hype for Rugrats games and trust me compared to a lot of other Rugrats games the graphics are at least nice enough to not make you want to throw up so yeah well done game.

Music

Now the music I’m not so impressed with, ok I will admit the music is not terrible I just find it to be a little bit basic compared to other PS1 games, I understand that there may not have been a big budget for the making of this game and I guess since there was no computer software back then to electronically make the music it’s not too bad it just could be better in my opinion.

Final Verdict

I never thought I would say this about a Rugrats game but this one is worth buying, the controls may feel a little stiff and loose in some parts and the music isn’t brilliant but the overall game play is fun and that’s one of the most important factors to a video game so if you have a PS1 I recommend giving this game ago especially if you have kids. I am going to rate Rugrats Studio Tour a 7/10 because it may not be perfect but it sure is pretty damn good

I hope you enjoyed this review of Rugrats Studio Tour this is my opinion of the game if you respect my opinion I will respect yours.

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This review was written by Dan