Metal Gear Solid (Boss Fight Books, Volume 9)

Metal Gear Solid (Boss Fight Books, Volume 9)

Ashly Burch, Anthony Burch

Language: English

Pages: 95

ISBN: B012JJILNC

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Before they co-created the hit web series Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, Ashly and Anthony Burch were just a brother and sister who shared a weird obsession with Solid Snake and his 3D debut, Metal Gear Solid. And why wouldn't they? Hideo Kojima's 1998 game featured groundbreaking stealth mechanics, a gruff and hunky leading man, a brilliantly claustrophobic setting, tons of cinematic cutscenes, shocking fourth wall breaks, and terrifying bosses.

The only problem: The Burches grew up but their all-time favorite video game didn't. After nearly two decades, Metal Gear Solid's once-innovative stealth mechanics seem outdated, the cutscenes have lost some of their action movie punch, and the game's treatment of women is often out of touch. Witness a celebration/takedown of this landmark game with the combination of insight and hilarity that Ashly and Anthony have made their careers on.

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character looking directly into the camera lens after La Jetée.33 34 ANTHONY A lot of Metal Gear fans refer to these35 sorts of moments as Easter eggs. While that classifier might be accurate for other, more self-serious games, it simply doesn’t apply to Metal Gear Solid. Easter eggs exist outside the normal tone and logic of the game—they’re a special, hidden secret. When you enter the Statue of Liberty in Grand Theft Auto IV and see a massive, beating heart lashed with chains, that’s an

Wolf was a kind person or not. Before her death, Otacon frequently refers to how nice Wolf was to him and her puppies—that she was a professional above all else, but that she still had a heart. Was she putting on an act? Did Otacon have Stockholm Syndrome mixed with puppy love? Or was she really all those things he said? ASH However, the unfortunate thing about Wolf is how she’s characterized leading up to and immediately following her moment of reflection and remorse. A highly

pre-authored protagonist at other times. But Metal Gear Solid is extremely interested in highlighting that disconnect instead of attempting to hide it, as other games do.18 At the game’s climax, Snake’s old nemesis Gray Fox sacrifices himself so Snake will have a shot at destroying Metal Gear REX, an enormous nuclear weapon shaped like a mech that roars like a dinosaur.19 Exposing himself to the Metal Gear’s attacks, Fox lets himself get cornered so that REX will focus on him. “Now,” he

pre-authored protagonist at other times. But Metal Gear Solid is extremely interested in highlighting that disconnect instead of attempting to hide it, as other games do.18 At the game’s climax, Snake’s old nemesis Gray Fox sacrifices himself so Snake will have a shot at destroying Metal Gear REX, an enormous nuclear weapon shaped like a mech that roars like a dinosaur.19 Exposing himself to the Metal Gear’s attacks, Fox lets himself get cornered so that REX will focus on him. “Now,” he

around, Snake’s role as the hero of the franchise has been almost completely undermined. ASH Given this evolution of Snake’s character over the course of the franchise, perhaps Kojima realized after the release of MGS1 that it wasn’t the best move to have a generation of impressionable young boys play a dude who 75% of the time amounts to a misogynist dick. Or maybe he realized that a more nuanced protagonist is more interesting than just adding another gruff macho-man to the roster

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