A Look Back at the Visuals of the Metal Gear Solid Series

The Metal Gear Solid series has always been somewhat ahead of its time in the way of gameplay, story and of course its presentation. Each game has usually been an achievement in the gaming industry in terms of graphics and how it has been presented. It is hard to believe with the release of each Metal Gear Solid game since Metal Gear Solid 1 it has always pushed the envelope in terms of graphics and cinematic presentation. Here is a look at visuals of each of the four main games  in the series compared to other games released in the same year as each game.

Metal Gear Solid (released 1998)


While the graphics of the original Metal Gear Solid show their age they still had a great sense of realism, detail (even if it was sometimes pixelated) and a very cinematic approach that was very rare especially at that point in video games. Here are some games that took different graphical approaches compared to Metal Gear Solid.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (released 2001)


Metal Gear Solid 2 came out one year after the Playstation 2 was released and it really showed off what the PS2 could do in terms of visuals, I didn’t play the game until a few years later and it was still visually impressive. Environments were very detailed and characters and enemies looked so much better over the original Metal Gear Solid polygon faces. It truly set a new bar for graphics especially when that year had so many amazing looking games come out.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater ( released 2004)


Metal Gear Solid 3 was the third game in the main series and it took a very different approach from previous installments. The setting was set in the 1960’s Cold War in the forests of Russia. The grassy forests filled with snakes, crocodiles and swamps was truly a great visual style. Seeing individual blades of tall grass and snakes slithering throughout it was really cool sight. Along with the new style, characters looked better and more detailed compared to the last game, while it was not my favorite Metal Gear game it was certainly the best looking one up to that point. 2004 was one of the best years in gaming with awesome titles Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Halo 2 that looked spectacular and Snake Eater held its own.

Metal gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (released 2008)


Metal Gear Solid 4 came out in 2008 and it was the first true Playstation 3 exclusive Playstation fans were waiting for. This game single-handedly persuaded people to buy a Playstation 3 like myself. The graphics were so insanely good that without a doubt they set the new bar for visuals in video games. Transitions from cutscenes to gameplay was and still is almost indistinguishable. I was blown away by the graphics then and still am as they still stand up to most games today. It really was a big deal especially when Grand Theft Auto 4 and Assassins Creed came out that same year and both had fantastic looking visuals.

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