My wife, Vicki, has always found watching the Metal Gear Solid games an interesting affair. She has been a observer since the second game, so when I told her I was going to play something new in the series, she was all about it. She did tell me that she had absolutely no interest in playing the game herself, as she lacked the patience to tactically infiltrate the base and complete the objectives. With that being said, I booted the game up for the first time and we were off to go rescue Paz and Chico.
We read through the recap so that she would have a better understanding of what was going on in the game, then we started playing. As I shot out lights to mask my approach, Vicki told me that it was pretty cool that I could do that to make me a little stealthier. She did ask me why guards didn’t seem to notice lights going out though. She said “If I was a guard patrolling a place and I noticed lights going out, I would absolutely raise an alarm or alert someone. I mean, lights just don’t go out so quickly just because they feel like it.”. We quickly maneuvered past the first base and found Chico’s position. After taking the crippled Chico to the helicopter, we started our next hunt to find Paz.
Finding Paz was looking to be a little more difficult so we followed the audio clues that Chico’s tape had. Vicki was quick to point things out like the flag and the truck, the latter of which we couldn’t use because I disabled the guard. We decided that following the road would be our best bet and came across the entrance to a fortified area in the base. Vicki thought that would be a good place to look. Almost as if on accident, we found the brutally tortured Paz and quickly extracted her as well.
The game ended and my wife looked absolutely puzzled. “That was it?” she asked?
As we watched the closing sequence, she was absolutely wowed at the scene in which they removed the bomb from Paz. During the fight scene at the base, she asked me if I actually thought it was a smart design choice to have an exciting combat sequence not be playable at all? I asked her what she thought first, she said that at this point, anything you can’t play is just cheating you out of more game.
After Paz announced that she had a second bomb inserted in an unmentionable area, my wife was confused. By her thought, if the combat surgeon had been able to dig around and find the original bomb, wouldn’t he have at least felt that something was out of place? She claimed that this was just some cheap way to try to illicit a reaction out of people to try to gain some press and was ultimately really stupid. She said “It’s not offensive, just incredibly stupid”.
At the true end of the game, she asked me if this was some sort of demo or something. I told her it was not, and that it was a prequel to the game coming out next year. Her next question was, “and it costs $29.99″? I confirmed that for her and she had a laugh, telling me that video games are getting stupid if I even remotely think that is an ok price for the game. I did explain that there were extra missions and stuff to do after the main story, she asked me if most games actually try to make you work to get your money’s worth out of it.
She explained that it was truly a bummer because she likes Metal Gear and the very short story was interesting enough for her to want to see more of Snake and company but after seeing the way the story progressed, she was also concerned that “the people that make Metal Gear seem to keep falling into the same tropes over and over again.”. She thinks that the series has been trying to go out of its way to shock the player and that is just dumb.
I asked her about what she liked outside of the plot of the game, to make sure we were on the same page. She told me that the game was visually amazing and they did a good job of making a little map look deceptively large. I also asked her what she didn’t care for, to which she told me that I obviously knew she didn’t care for the shock-plot or the short story. She also commented that Snake sounded different this time around and that he sounded more like Bale’s Batman than the guy she had been used to hearing over the last 12 years.