Out 5- MGS2 - A Playstation divided
stone me for loving games too much, you zealots. I'm here to inject
all with the Smack of Truth, and the forever-growing vein in my
forehead will be my first target. I need that overwhelming feeling
of sudden realisation coupled the urge to kill all hypocrites so
bad, it might just put me off this little piece I call 'Rant Against
Pompous Wankers'. Or maybe not.
it doesn't matter whether a game is good or bad nowadays, so long
as it can appeal to one of two groups, hardcore gamers or casuals.
And the logic is that if one group chooses to adopt a game as one
of it's reference points in conversation, the other must reject
it completely. Of course, this means that a great many people miss
out on a great many games. Do they want to better themselves? Apparently
not according to recent events.
Since inception this game has been heralded as a defining moment
for it's host console, if not for gaming. The effort with which
this message has been pushed is nothing short of staggering. Every
trade show, every magazine, every opportunity has been taken to
promote this title, to the point where it's become boring. Even
so you have to respect Konami's ability to whet consumers appetites.
And then the game gets released. Oh dear.
early reports indicate there is less meat in the game than there
is in a vegetarians stomach and suddenly, all the image manipulation
in the world won't help Konami conquer certain parts of the market.
Unfortunately, the game has slipped from the path of the normal
and gone into the recesses under the shadows, that place where common
sense has been rejected in favour of ridiculous pomposity. In short,
it has entered... The Aloof-Shite Zone.
hell, what is wrong with some people? Here we have a perfectly fine,
incredibly polished action game, and yet you feel the need to tear
it to shreds. Why? How can you tell me that the game is anything
less than a bloody good effort? It's better than the majority of
PS2 content, yet the amount of criticism it has received is beyond
belief. Christ, the amount of rubbish I've heard in the past few
saw someone play it\saw screenshots\never seen it ever. It's shit.'
I suggest you play it. Oh, and shut up.
'Got it on import, completed it, and its shit'.
Then why did you feel compelled to complete it? Did Raiden leap
out of the box and hold a Socom to your head? Now that I'd like
'I played the demo, and I didn't like it.'
Fair enough, but don't you think it's a wee bit short sighted to
judge the game entirely on the demo material? Give it a rental at
'The story is absolutely appauling. What was Kojima thinking?'
Please. Can you offer anything comparable that doesn't include dragons
of any description\grossly disproportioned, sci-fi inspired angst-driven
tossers\Agent Denton? It's happy to be commercially driven, man.
It is not the latest Ang Lee flick; don't treat it as such. Tell
me, do you moan that T2 takes itself too seriously? Or that Aliens
has Swiss cheese-like plot holes? You boring shit. Bet you think
that Arnie has yet to fully express the emotional conflict he experiences
as he rips another terrorists head off. It does what it's supposed
to do (move the game from set-piece to set-piece), you shouldn't
expect any more.
'Played it. It's shit.'
You have no sense of perspective. It isn't even close to being as
bad as some of you make out, so why do it? Anyone with any semblance
of a mind can work out for themselves what the game is: good.
It's tiresome to see this harsh backlash against what is ostensibly
a good game, mainly because it's for all the wrong reasons. There's
a difference between anti-dirge and anti-commercialism, and you
lot have landed up on the wrong side of the fence. They haven't
mowed the lawn in weeks either. Is your criticism levelled at the
game in hand, or the regard that casuals (and the moneymen) have
for the series? True, it isn't the meatiest gaming experience in
the world, but it sure is better than Daikatana, and it's getting
twice the flack.
That's not to say that the other side get off lightly too. It's
almost as tiresome to hear fanboys proclaiming 'MGS2 is better than
sex!' Surely you mean 'self-love', fool? At least they're half right.
MGS2 isn't very good, it's just good. Why is there this need to
make the game out to be a messiah or a pariah? It's completely beyond
me. I'm a fence-sitter in that respect, and I'm proud to be one.
We're all just perched up here laughing our arses off at you lot
scrabbling around in the shit.
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