Review by Cliq

Reviewed: 11/01/99 | Updated: 12/16/02

Although it's the same old Snake, it's a great game package nonetheless.

Metal Gear Solid Integral may not be what you thought it would be. Rather than being a sequel to last year's Metal Gear Solid, it's simply a re-packaged MGS along with a new and unique "VR Missions" disc; which holds great similarity to the "Training" missions in the original Metal Gear Solid.

Contained on this 3rd disc are over 300 training missions, which have a plethora of customizable features. There are 4 main modes; Sneaking, Weapon, Advanced, and Special. Sneaking mode requires you to reach an exit without alerting any enemies (guards, security cameras, motion dectection lasers, etc.). Weapon mode is much different; in which you simply kill your enemy before the enemy kills you. Advanced mode is a mix between the first two modes, just with harder difficulties.

Special mode contains many sub-modes, including "Mystery" mode (where Snake plays detective), "Puzzle" mode (where you use your brain more than your FA-MAS), and the awesome "Ninja" mode. In Ninja mode; rather than the training grounds being all wireframe, they are actual scenarios taken straight out of Metal Gear Solid. You get to play as the ninja (Grey Fox in MGS). You are armed with a katana, and you can jump! And last but not least, the (square) button makes you slit your enemies throat rather than break their neck.

Overall, if you already own the original MGS (Metal Gear Solid), I really would recommend that you wait a couple months for the American "VR Missions" to come out. To the best of my understanding, this is a one-disc package, which is also the 3rd disc in "Integral". But, if you haven't (for some strange reason) played MGS up to this point, now is definitely the time to do so.

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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