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6) MGS2’s plot - Who’s the Boss?

MGS2 is renowned for evolving combat way before Halo, yet condemned for its post-modern cyberpunk digital information control storyline. Summing up the plot is like trying to calculate long division in your head; it’s frustrating and you’re better off not trying. Deviating from MGS1’s layered “Nuclear war is bad” fable, MGS2 piled on the “Huh?”

The end of the game goes a little something like this (spoiler warning): Solidus Snake - leader of terrorist group Dead Cell, former President of the US and genetic brother to both our hero Solid Snake and the deceased, evil Liquid Snake - is betrayed by MGS1’s famed torturer Revolver Ocelot, an agent for the Patriots - a super-secret organization hell-bent on manipulating digital information through the internet.

Ocelot reveals to Raiden - MGS2’s lead protagonist - that the events of MGS2 were designed as a training exercise to mirror Solid Snake’s mission from MGS1, thus proving the Patriots can successfully manipulate not only Raiden as a puppet but any information as they please. If this wasn’t painfully convoluted already, the spirit of Liquid Snake possesses Ocelot’s body (fans of the series will remember that Ocelot had his arm severed by the Ninja in MGS1, and had since replaced it with Liquid’s since his death).

 

We haven’t reached the part about Artificial Intelligence shouting at you for twenty minutes, but the overall point is that trusting the US government is bad… or something. If you care to wade through the perplexing story, you will find a layered and intriguing chain of events that, perhaps, was just a tad too forward thinking. In response, MGS3’s simplified prequel proved that gamers crave something easily digestible. We know MGS4 continues where MGS2 left off and will “end” the series proper - maybe, but are gamers ready to digest the continuation of confusion?

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  • crumbdunky - July 14, 2009 9:53 a.m.

    Good read GR. MGS REALLY riles up the haters(or as I call them "those idiors with no style, patience or intellect")but despite that every game has been great-with 1,3 and 4 exceptional. Koj proved last time out with SE that he could do the back to basics thing just as well as the full fat exposition fuelled narratives of MGS1 and 2. With MGS4 he's returned, understandably for a game with so many loose ends to tie up, to the ctscene as a major game componenent-but it's even better than ever! Reliving the MGS history is always good but, fresh from another Guns... playthrough, all I can say is how crap the gaming world would've been without Koj's unique vision. MGS4is, whatever your idiot friends may moan at you, the best game of it's generation(so far at least)and as the culmination of near 20years of one mans work stands testament to his belief that games can be used for more than simple fragging. On so many levels the MGS games have worked and innovated while never being a less than enthralling series. I'm still in awe of MGS4 atm and have serious doubts over the wisdom of the upcoming Rising it a more action orientated approach but what'ss gone so far is peerless. PW looks excellent on PSP, mind. SC my big , hairy 4rse!
  • musashi1596 - July 13, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    I can't understand the incessant moaning about cut scenes either, especially seeing as they are skippable.
  • joebob286 - July 10, 2009 7:06 p.m.

    6 months after the first comment, and somehow i'm still second.! Great article by the way
  • Cwf2008 - December 14, 2008 6:35 a.m.

    First!
  • someonetgsn - July 14, 2009 1:39 a.m.

    Technically joebob is first b/c he was the first to make an actual comment. b/c saying just "first!" doesnt mean anything otherwise. Anyway, the coolest cutscenes are the ones that are skippable and pausable i love those. sweet artical by the way.
  • AnonymouZ - July 13, 2009 6:56 p.m.

    I don't know why everyone hates on the cutscenes. I be loving them. And... you're right, i did notice the lack of them on MGS3, but they said "fuck it, it's our game" on MGS4 uh>? xD glad they went that way. In any case, this be a good read. ;)

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