Saturday, May 17, 2008

Great story, bad gameplay

I started playing Metal Gear Solid 3. The story and the writing is great, the in engine cinemas are fantastic, the voice acting is even better. Its an amazing presentation. The problem is that the gameplay isnt actually good and the controls are horrible.

As long as the enemy doesnt see you the game works ok but once you have been spotted everything breaks down. As an action game its freaking terrible, you move so slow and the controls are so clunky that its much more frustrating then fun. If you want to fire your gun with any kind of precision you have to go in to first person mode and very slowly move your aim until you have it lined up with the enemy. This works ok if you are lying down hidden in the bushes but when you are facing a boss or is in the middle of a shootout its terrible.

Im gonna keep playing because Im interested in the story and the characters, half of the game is cinema sequences anyway. I will just have to fight through the actual gameplay part, which is a very weird thing to say about a video game.