I haven’t done one of these in a while but this week was as good as any to bring back the Retro Replay, mostly because I’ve been snowed in for the past four days thanks to the massive blizzard that hit the East Coast, luckily for me I stocked up on some games to keep me from going stir crazy. One of those games was The Metal Gear Legacy Collection for the PlayStation 3 and it comes with every Metal Gear game up to 4, including the first two Metal Gear games released in the late 80’s.
The game I’m focusing on today is the game that started it all, Metal Gear. For a game that is nearly 30 years old it is a blast. It reminds me very much of a dungeon crawler in the vein of the original Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and since Hideo Kojima is a huge Nintendo and Miyamoto fan I wouldn’t be surprised if the lay out of Zelda inspired this ambitious spy thriller of a game.
The game features a top down 3/4 like Zelda and your tasked with finding keys, locating prisoners and ultimately destroying the Metal Gear. There is a lot of forward and back tracking through out the game as you find key cards and able to access rooms that you could not previously. This game set the stage for many things we’d see in later Metal Gear games. One of my favorite aspects of the game was using Snake’s pack of cigarettes to search out laser trip wires. It’s little touches like that that set this game apart from others of that era, and moments like this that Metal Gear Solid built off of to set itself apart from other games of the PlayStation One era.
This game is a lot of fun if not tedious at times, after finally experiencing this game after so long I can easily say it’s one of my favorite games from the 8-bit era. And luckily for you dear reader it’s not that hard to come by. You can get this with either the Metal Gear Legacy collection on the PS3 or the Metal Gear HD collection on either PS3 or Xbox 360. If you’re a Metal Gear fan this is definitely worth it so pick it up.