I had prepared my girlfriend before hand, " im sorry but you wont be getting anything out of me for some time, Snake is coming to stay and that means i will have to stop talking to you, looking at you or even eating with you, i hope you understand" Her reply was " so whats new ".. Winner
I settle down, insert the game and proceed .......
Greeted with a older gentleman on screen sprouting a mustash on a war torn face, sporting the latest in this seasons headband attire and smoking a fag.. We continue on with the install... This is broke up into chapters, the first is around the 10 min mark, then a smaller install of 3-5 mins after the completion of said chapter. But the loading times between section is only a few seconds.
Moving on, upon starting the game greeted with the normal difficulty settings..
Liquid - Very Easy
Naked - Easy
Solid - Normal for us awesome UK/EU players
Big Boss - Hard
Rumor has it that another will be unlocked on completion
Game starts, cut scene time, around the 20 min mark,
Basically give a loose impression of what liquid has been upto in the middle east. don't wanna spoil any of the story but its deep and complex as it should be.. and thats right at the start
A few faces we have seen before give you your briefing
The Middle East - Chapter 1
The game start with you on the back of a truck driving through a shit storm of bullets and explosions, Its basically what we were given in April as a trailer..
The first thing that struck me was how it looks, graphically outstanding, but its also got a few neat touches in there as well, As the camera swings along the floor you notice a very faint glare from the lens, small grains of sand are blown onto the camera and the fall away with the breeze, it all adds to the cinematic experience kojima loves.
Truck stops, soldiers get shot at, some die, Snake looks around with his " i have seen all this before " face on, and you then have to proceed to your destination. You have a few tools to aid you on your way, the solid eye been the most noticeable one, runs off batteries when in use, 3 modes, normal mode ( they have done away with the old MGS radar with the guards 45degree view reticle, and its been replaced with a threat indicator, basically some blobs to show where a threat it and the bigger the blob the more of a threat it poses to you) Binocular mode, and night vision. You do have a normal map to view but guards are not shown on it. You also have a close proximity threat indicator in the form of a circle that surrounds snake, depending on the threat and direction the indicator will peek.
Thats all i can be bothered with at the moment, go and play the game..
"its metal gear, snake is old and his pants are tight. Been playing for 40 hours, tis alright, metal gear innit. how do you shoot? AHAA"