GOG brings back Konami‘s three classic Metal Gear games in DRM-free form.
Before Silent Hill 4 made a suprising appearance on the digital platform’s storefront (see the GOG celebrates 12th anniversary with 3 new games and promo sale article), the biggest announcement already came on September 25, 2020: Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance joined the DRM-free movement.
I still remember having played Metal Gear Solid on the PC a long time ago, back when I didn’t own a console. But the stealth action-adventure game was probably the reason (next to Shadow of the Colossus) to buy a PS2 and catch up on both Sony’s output and the Metal Gear series as a whole.
While both Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, especially the latter, can feel a bit too heavy on exposition with their storylines and the typical Japanese exaggerated drama, they’re still highly recommended when it comes to cinematic storytelling and some very tense gameplay with memorable boss fights.
I played Metal Gear as part of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (a title which is unfortunately missing from the GOG collection) and it’s more like a curio, bringing the stealth and shooting action to a top-down perspective. This is no surprise, as the game was released in the 80ies on the MSX and is less accessible with its punishing difficulty due to a lack of hints and less than stellar controls. Still, anyone interested in how this series started, should give it a go.
Metal Gear was originally released in 1987, Metal Gear Solid in 1998, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance in 2002. After many ports and versions, they’re available DRM-free on GOG for the first time and should be picked up by anyone who wants to know where the hype all started.