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Metal Gear Solid / Score: 10
Published and Developed by Konami

Metal Gear Solid is the result of a game that has a movie-like atmosphere and feeling, one that will have you following the story very closely. And what good is a game if it doesn't have good graphics, gameplay, an excellent soundtrack, and more? Metal Gear Solid has all of those.

Metal Gear Solid has you playing as Solid Snake, a former member of Fox Hound, which is a special forces group out to launch a nuke unless their demands are met. Members of Fox Hound include Liquid Snake, his army of Genome Soldiers, and others characters such as Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, and Vulcan Raven. The story is really well done and has some plot twists that will absolutely stun you. You can tell that Konami has some pretty damn good storytellers. From the moment you start the game, it feels like a very well-written Hollywood movie.

The game's graphics were top-notch back in 1998 when it released, but obviously they don't look as good now, but for a PlayStation game they look great. You can see your footprints in the snow and if you step in mud you can see the mud dripping off of you rshoes as you walk around. You can also see some reflections and the characters, while they may not have mouths, look great.

The game has some of the best gameplay around. The control is so smooth it will not take you that long to get used to it. It's easy to shoot your gun or open the elevator and will not frustrate you at any point in the game.

Metal Gear Solid has some of the best music in a video game. From the music in the opening scene to the music in the end, the music in this game will amaze you at how good it is. It's pretty clear that Konami has some talented musicians and it shows in this game.

In terms of replay value, the game is short (it'll probably only take you around 5-7 hours to beat it if you know what you are doing), but if you beat the game multiple times you can get extra items such as a bandana which will give you infinite ammo, stealth camoflauge (which is definitely the coolect item in the game), and you can also see Snake dressed in a tuxedo if you beat it twice and start a new game with the same save file.

Metal Gear Solid is not perfect, but then again, nothing is, but it's about as close to perfect as a game can get. Excellent graphics (for a PlayStation game anyway), gameplay that will never frustrate you, a soundtrack that will amaze you, and replay value that should satisfy you, Metal Gear Solid is not only one of the best PlayStation games ever, but it is one of the best games ever, period. If you have a PlayStation and don't have this game, get it immediately.

-- MajorLocke