I've never really played Metal Gear Solid.
Well, that's not entirely true. I've played half of the first one. I've done that three times. I've played some of the opening of MGS2. I've watched someone play a bit of 3, and been confused by the Ape Escape monkeys everywhere. I've played the first level and a half of MGS4, but stopped. Because I hadn't played the first three.
I own all of them, I own the systems to play them on, and for some reason I've just never got around to getting anywhere near to beating any of them. Mercifully, I've managed to keep pretty spoiler-free, although the major spoilers are pretty well known at this point. I know that (spoilers for all games)
Solid Snake and Liquid Snake are brothers, either clones or test-tube babies of some description. I know that there's some weirdness involving not being Snake in MGS2, but actually being Raiden, but then it turns out that you're not. Or something. And I know that you kill Big Boss in the final act of MGS3. I suspect that Snake dies in MGS4.
If I've got any of those wrong, please don't disillusion me. I still plan on finishing these games and I want to find out what happens from the games themselves. Starting next Monday, I'm going to pick up MGS1 for PS1 out of my collection, and I'm going to play it. I might play it for the whole day, or I might play it until I get bored. I might play it on days other than Monday after that if I like it enough. But every Monday, I will ensure that I will play at least some Metal Gear Solid. Once I beat it, I'll move on to the next game. I'll watch the cutscenes, and I'll try my hardest to understand Sons of Liberty even though it's apparently impossible. All those millions of people who love the franchise can't possibly be wrong, right? I want to finally see what they love so much.
Now, I can't be the only one who's never done this. If you feel like you've missed out, you've got the weekend to find a copy of Metal Gear Solid. It shouldn't be hard - it's been out on PS1, and is therefore playable on every kind of PlayStation. It's also on the PlayStation Store on PS3. It was re-released on GameCube, and therefore is playable on both that and the Wii. And it's been out on PC, too, although Christ knows how some of the 'puzzles' in it are going to be done on PC. I recommend finding a physical complete copy, if you can, because otherwise you might stumble early on in the game.
Of course, I'd like anyone here to mark their spoilers
. Aside from the obvious 'I've never played this and would not like it spoiled' factor, if there are people who are going to play along, it's not the nicest of things to spoil it for them, either. I don't give a shit if it's been out for over eleven years, that doesn't give you the right to blurt out that Solid Snake is a ghost all over the thread. If you're posting anything about what happens in the game, give appropriate context about what it is. "Stuck in MGS1 after the first boss,
" is acceptable. "I just got past the part where I gave Vamp a blow-job and now I can't figure out what menu option to use to reduce my
stat" is not.
So. Find a copy of MGS1, Twin Snakes, or Integral if you can. Or hell, even if you've played them before, take the opportunity to play them through again if you like. I'll be posting my impressions and experiences here every Monday night or Tuesday morning, and would love to see what you guys think. And hey, if this goes well, maybe there'll be Final Fantasy Fridays. Or Deus Ex Duesdays. Or something.