The War Epilogue: Shagohad

The War Epilogue is a series focussing on the Metal Gear Solid Series, from 1, through to 4, in release date order. I’ll analyze where the series used to be, all the way up to where it went, and the themes that lay behind the games. Metal Gear Solid, much like it’s creator, is a larger than life series with layers of complexities that flood the veins of gaming culture, even to this day. With the controversial final entry The Phantom Pain firmly lodged in my mind, I will journal my experiences with these groundbreaking, genre-defining titles having never played a single one. I am currently approaching the thick jungle canopy known as Snake Eater, and i’m pretty damn excited.

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The War Epilogue: Too Much Social Media

The War Epilogue is a series focussing on the Metal Gear Solid Series, from 1, through to 4, in release date order. I’ll analyze where the series used to be, all the way up to where it went, and the themes that lay behind the games. Metal Gear Solid, much like it’s creator, is a larger than life series with layers of complexities that flood the veins of gaming culture, even to this day. With the controversial final entry The Phantom Pain firmly lodged in my mind, I will journal my experiences with these groundbreaking, genre-defining titles having never played a single one. Having finished Sons of Liberty, I have far too much to talk about, especially with that ending.

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Immersive Simulators: Our Greatest Gaming Asset is Cruelly Undervalued

This suit I’m wearing is an awkward fit.

After peeling the suit jacket off the cold body of an FBI agent, I gingerley squeeze myself into it knowing full well it’s a size too small. In the next room is a notorious south American crime lord and he lives in luxurious americana; the leaves here are greener, the sun shines brighter, and the local jogger slowly struts by with a genuine smile. Dogs potter outside and roll in the grass and bark at the garbage men doing their usual rounds. The birds outside chirrup and tweet, a delicate morning song to end someone’s life to.

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The War Epilogue: Big Trouble in Big Shell

The War Epilogue is a series focussing on the Metal Gear Solid Series, from 1, through to 4, in release date order. I’ll analyze where the series used to be, all the way up to where it went, and the themes that lay behind the games. Metal Gear Solid, much like it’s creator, is a larger than life series with layers of complexities that flood the veins of gaming culture, even to this day. With the controversial final entry The Phantom Pain firmly lodged in my mind, I will journal my experiences with these groundbreaking, genre-defining titles having never played a single one. I’m currently playing through the second entry in the series and perhaps the best example of postmodernism in gaming, Sons of Liberty.

 

The second entry to the iconic stealth franchise brings a vast sweeping range of new features in a familiar setting. The most immediate change is that the game is split into two episodes: tanker and plant. We’ll get on to plant later, but for now the tanker acts as a prologue of sorts and a bridge between Metal Gear Solid and Sons of Liberty. A perfect, demonstrative slice of game play, an early sign of what’s to come. Continue reading “The War Epilogue: Big Trouble in Big Shell”