I still remember the day back in 1998 when I first played the PS1 demo for Metal Gear Solid. I had never heard or played the original games on msx2. But playing the demo of MGS gave me a new thrill of gaming. you gotta imagine a 12 year old kid trying to understand the game for the first time and enjoying the challenge of not being spotted by enemies in their territory (which can be a hard time). So I immidetely got the full game and began playing it non stop. And I loved every second of it. To date no other game besides Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has given me such a thrill in gaming. And there are alot of factors that go into that. First being the characters. Solid Snake is the greatest hero to come out of a game since maybe Mario. The way he talks and acts are special in every scene. Second, Snake's allies and his enemies all have unique story lines. At first sometimes it was hard to understand everything that was going on in the games universe, but after several replays of the game you can always learn something new. And its special to start putting the pieces of the puzzle together (this applies to all the MGS games). It's amazing how much I can understand the story so well now, looking back at it, I never knew how much one game would change my life forever. The games become a part of you, and you embrace the messages that Hideo Kojima has offered over the years. His games are truly pieces of art and that to me, that is one of the best things about this series.
Here is my ranking of the games:
1) Metal Gear Solid (PS1) No matter how bad people think the graphics are this game will go down in history as one of the best games ever made.
2) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) An amazing journey set in the cold war, as you play as Naked Snake who will eventually become Big Boss after defeating his mentor and teacher, The Boss. This mans journey is quite interesting.
3) Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3) It hard to put this game in 3rd place because it is such a fine game. The adventures of Old Snake and Otacon are special because you see these two guys battling time and time again to try to leave this world a better place for future generations.
4) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty (PS2) Not a bad game at all, but I now know why Kojima had us play as Raiden. And it was kinda cool to perceive Solid Snake in other characters mind.
So now I am curious, who else has played the games, loved the fantasy, or just loves sneaking around in enemy territory?