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No spoilers. No spoiler tags. No wink-wink coy spoilers (scoylers).
Games not under spoiler rule: Metal Gear (MSX), Snatcher, Metal Gear 2 (MSX2), Policenauts (just for references to)
Games under no-spoiler rule: Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, Ghost Babel, every game released after MGS1
Metal Gear Solid is the action-adventure stealth game that popularized the genre. Released for the PlayStation in 1998, Metal Gear Solid mixed cinematic presentation and unique gameplay to become a best-seller and fan favorite. The game was directed, produced and co-written by Hideo Kojima and serves as a sequel to the MSX2 versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. The title “Solid” has several meanings - the game’s protagonist is Solid Snake, but it also alludes to the “solid” 3D graphics.
Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions is a separate game released one year later. VR Missions has no plot, but serves as 300+ mini-missions to train the player on the game’s mechanics. In Japan, these VR missions were included in a re-release of MGS1 titled Metal Gear Solid: Integral.
A few years ago, Instant Grat created a thread on SomethingAwful for experimental LPs. My submission was “Metal Gear Solid Let’s Plays itself”, where the game’s codec call conversations played out over gameplay. Now the award-winning concept is a full-fledged LP!
There will be “Non-Codec” and “Codec” versions of each update. The Non-Codec versions don’t have optional codec calls, where the Codec versions will have every single codec call. Because of the glut of information in the Codec versions, I recommend those only to people familiar with the game, or after watching the Non-Codec version.
Like the codec calls, the videos for VR missions appear when contextually relevant to the main game. All versions of each update contain links to the same VR missions (you won’t miss any by skipping non-codec videos). Some people don’t care about these, so I made them supplemental material.
This is a spoiler-free LP. Joining me on the LP is Blindcat. He is a poor soul who never played Metal Gear, so I’m acting as his seeing-eye dog through the franchise. Any Metal Gear games released before this one are fair game (Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2) as they are heavily referenced in MGS1.