Oh, original Contra, how I love thee. Ever since I played you at my cousin’s house, then begged to have you for Christmas, then my grandparents bought me GOLF instead, and I cried like a little bitch. Anyway…Contra is still one of the greatest games ever made, to this day. I’d put it in my top 5 greatest games of all time without hesitation. It was amazing then and it’s still amazing now. I must have played it hundreds of times by now and I still never get tired of this damn game. It is the ultimate arcade shooter with awesome combat, level design, boss design, and music. It’s also one of those rare games where the home version was actually better than the original arcade version it was based on. The arcade version had better graphics, but was inferior in every other way. The music was nowhere near as good, the controls (especially that weird jumping) were a bit awkward, the levels were much shorter, and some of the best bosses were completely missing. No contest. It’s really kind of a shame that there have been so many damn sequels, yet not one of them has ever been as perfect as the original. Still gonna play em all though!
So this is what I’ve been playing most of the time for the last near-two months. This is probably the most time I’ve ever spent on a single player game. Even in Elder Scrolls games I don’t usually clock in at much more over 100 hours (not including expansions), and I actually had to cut back on how much stuff I was doing because if I’d kept on going back and doing every single optional objective in main missions, like I’d been doing for the first 10 missions or so, I’d probably be going for another few weeks still.
Next…Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Welcome to the FUTURE, where the battlefields are full of soldiers full of networked nanites and ID locked weapons and a bunch of mini-Metal Gear drones that sound like angry cows for some reason, all of which are controlled by the same computer system, because what could possibly go wrong with that?
Next up on the Metal Gear marathon is, of course, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
It’s summer time and you know what that means. Why, it means playing just about every Metal Gear game ever made, naturally! Over the last year I’ve been slowly working towards catching up on the PS3 titles I’ve missed, one of them being Metal Gear Solid 4. Come to think of it, I never got around to playing 3 either, and I definitely never played the “real” original versions of Metal Gear 1 and 2, so hell, why not make a thing of it. Sadly, the PS3 doesn’t even have a standard screenshot feature so I can’t fill most of these with tons of my own fascinating footage. You’ll just have to settle for a few random stock photos. Oh well.