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Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions
Graphics: 9
Gameplay: 9.4
Sound: 8.2
Control: 9.1
Replay Value: 9.1
Rating: 9.1

  Some may call this an expansion, others call it a whole new game. I think of it as a whole new game, filled with excellent tactical puzzles and some addictive action. Solid Snake makes his return to the Playstation in an all new game entitled Metal Gear Solid VR Missions. The Japanese version featured both the original title and VR Missions, but the US version is packaged by separately. Anyways, most of you gamers out there have the original title.

   Basically nothing has changed in the graphics department. The game looks like it still utilizes the same graphics engine used in the previous Metal Gear, and that is not a bad thing at all. VR Missions has very smooth looking graphics and excellently detailed characters. If you have played the previous Metal Gear you know what I'm talking about. The reason I didn't give VR Missions a perfect score for graphics was because the game features the same background in every stage. In which some cases can get bit tedious.

   This is where the game shines, the gameplay zone. I have spent hours, literally hours playing this game. For some reason I couldn't stop. It was either the addictive gameplay or the non stop great action. VR Missions doesn't only have training stages it also features stages where there is espionage involved. Like you have to creep behind the soldiers and shoot them in the back or kill all the troopers and head of the goal. VR Missions as you know features a little over 300 training missions filled with action, tactical strategy, fighting and puzzles. The game has numerous amount modes, Special mode, Weapon mode, Time Attack, Practice, Sneaking Mode, and Advanced Mode. For some reason sneaking around and nocking out an enemy is a very addictive thing to do. And thats what VR Missions is, addictive!

   There really isn't much to say about the sound except that each mode only features one tune which is played in every single mission, and that can get pretty damn annoying. But the game does have pretty clear speech. Not more to say on the sound besides that Konami should have added variety in the tunes area.

   The control is the exact same thing as the original Metal Gear Solid. X is to crawl, Square is to throw or choke, O is to fight, and Triangle is first person view. The control scheme is fairly easy and I'm more than sure that anybody can get used to it. And if you had or have the original Metal Gear than you know the basics of the control.

   As for the replay value I'll say this, "VR Missions is definitely a bang for the buck." It's 300 missions deserve every minute of your life, or at least till you beat the game. This is one title that you should not pass on especially if you are either a Metal Gear fanatic or a puzzle game junky. Make sure you pick up Metal Gear Solid VR Missions.


11/4/1999   SolidSnake