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I’ve just paid £8 to play Metal Gear Solid 1 for the first time ever, via a second hand PSP


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I even had to dick about with Safari’s settings on my iPhone in order to buy the fucker from the PlayStation online store. The PS store on my PS4 wasn’t even showing MGS1 for PSP when I searched for it. 
 

I feel like I’m dabbling in some ancient dark magic, casting spells in forgotten tongues in order to exhume this thing from the dead.

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My PS4’s store would have you believe that was the case, 1 puzzle game aside. But accessing store.playstation.etc via iPhone allowed me to search it out. Who knows why? I also had to change some Safari app setting or other in order to cart and checkout, which seems to be an issue for anyone who tries to buy stuff from there on their phone. My details have no doubt been ramraided and I’m haemorrhaging tens or hundreds of pounds as I post.

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The PSP’s internet connection conked out when the game was halfway through a half hour install, after completing the 1.5 hour download. Now the audio is fucked and I can’t figure out a way to restart the install without having to delete the whole file and restarting the entire download. I’m gonna be sober, asleep and totally not arsed to even play it by the time it’ll be good to go, which should be about 4am. Belter.

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I might nail a PS Now subscription so I can play the 2 & 3 HD collection once I’m done with 1.

 

I do actually own a copy of MGSV and have done for several years (that’s how I managed to play Ground Zeroes) but I’ve been putting off playing it because I was pretty sure I’d get more out of it had I played the rest of the series, which may or may not be true, I dunno.

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2 minutes ago, Calashnikov said:

I might nail a PS Now subscription so I can play the 2 & 3 HD collection once I’m done with 1.

 

I do actually own a copy of MGSV and have done for several years (that’s how I managed to play Ground Zeroes) but I’ve been putting off playing it because I was pretty sure I’d get more out of it had I played the rest of the series, which may or may not be true, I dunno.

Ground Zeroes/ The Phantom Pain are sequels to a PSP game that's a sequel to another PSP game that's a sequel to MGS3 and slightly related to MGS4, but really you've got two continuities, the Solid Snake Saga (Metal Gear/ MG2/ MGS/ Sons of Liberty/ Guns of the Patriots) and the Big Boss Saga (Snake Eater/ Portable Ops/ Guns of the Patriots/ Peace Walker/ Ground Zeroes/ The Phantom Pain). In today's TED talk I will explain how you will feel ashamed of your words and deeds when you discover the true reason behind

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Just play Metal Gear Solid 1 and ignore all the rest. It's by far the best of the bunch, a stone cold classic, whereas all the others would have withered on the vine if they weren't badged as Metal Gear games. 

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You should definitely play Sons of Liberty because the flapjaw worm a back flip in Hari-Kari space. You should definitely play Snake Eater because it's one of the best action games ever made.

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Metal Gear Solid 3 is so good. So, so good. It starts off so slow and hard and impenetrable then there's a moment where it all clicks and it builds to one of the best finales to any game ever. 

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I can't believe the final run of MGS3 from when you get captured was in a game released in 2004 or whatever. It's astounding. I also don't want to spoil it, but ugh. So good.

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Anyway, I have questions about how our neophyte will handle this game. Full game spoilers

Spoiler

Will he know about the CD case thing?

Can he work out how to beat Cyborg Ninja and Mantis?

Will he manage to survive the torture or are his thumbs not up to the task?

Will he do the Sniper Wolf second battle cheese?

This is like being in the playground in 1999 again.

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1 hour ago, Spacehost said:

I can't believe the final run of MGS3 from when you get captured was in a game released in 2004 or whatever. It's astounding. I also don't want to spoil it, but ugh. So good.

Indeed. I remember doing the whole thing in one sitting, starting one afternoon and just kept going. I was an emotional wreck by the end of it. 

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Was the GameCube version better? I can’t remember the differences. Any way to play it besides on the original console? Just being lazy not setting it up again and it didn’t look great on my TV last time I tried 

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1 minute ago, Kryptonian said:

Was the GameCube version better? I can’t remember the differences. Any way to play it besides on the original console? Just being lazy not setting it up again and it didn’t look great on my TV last time I tried 

People didn't like TTS, but I love it, even though some of the mechanics brought in from 2 do make it easier than the original. I just love the fact it dials the anime up to 11 and then some. 

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13 minutes ago, Kryptonian said:

Was the GameCube version better?

It's a dick-swinging Hollywood remake of the original with some of the systems from the second, a humourless and flat retranslation of the script, cutscenes directed by a humanoid bag of cocaine, and you can hear the voice cast's annoyance at Konami trying to pay them their off-union 1998 salaries to redo all the voices.

 

It's a fun oddity, like the colourised version of Casablanca or that US live action version of Fist of the North Star.

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4 hours ago, Mike said:

Imagine getting to play MGS1 for the first time.  Enjoy every brilliant second. 

 

I haven’t yet played this either aside from the demo of the first game when it was getting released. Always wanted to get it and missed it. Because I’d the nature of me wanting to play them in order stopped me from getting any others, I haven’t touched a single one. 

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