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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A little Snake Bond at times, but a great adaption.

Novelizations are a craps shoot when it comes to Video Games. I had literally threw the Baldur's Gate one across the room because of it's banality and utter deviances from the game's characters. On the other hand, you get deep engrossing novels from the Warhammer 40k an...
Novelizations are a craps shoot when it comes to Video Games. I had literally threw the Baldur's Gate one across the room because of it's banality and utter deviances from the game's characters. On the other hand, you get deep engrossing novels from the Warhammer 40k and Halo universes as well.

When I saw this - and knowing that the series relies on it's characters as much as it's actions, I hesitated when I picked it up, having become a recent fan of the series.

It starts off good, with Raymond Benson gently poking fun at the original MGS' screwball view on Genetics during the prologue while writing a succulent style that gets you hooked in immediately. It also doesn't fall into the traps of other books in this genre by spending an inordinate time describing the equipment that is being used beyond things that Snake himself wouldn't know.

Another good point is that it actually sticks fairly close to the plot, and even hinted at future games via the use of Psycho Mantis (and he provided a wonderful bit of a mindscrew to replace this character's infamous interface screw), it gave me the impression that Benson had either played the game himself, or he saw this more then a "Money Dear Boy" job.

The only flaw I would say in this novel is the Characterization of Solid Snake himself. What dialogs that wasn't in the game already does feel natural, except when it comes to the guards. Raymond Benson had previously written James Bond novels, and it shows here with the quips that Snake tosses out shortly before or after he kills a guard, something I personally cannot see the character doing from his remarks in later games.

If you are a fan of the Game series, I would give this book a strong recommendation, if you are not - it's a good book to read on a rainy day, since it provides enough information that you are not missing much if you haven't played it.

posted by RShini on December 30, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Poor Retelling

Here, my review will help faithful Metal Gear Solid fans decide if Benson's retelling is good enough for them to consider reading. I'll use examples just from chapter two, for space's sake, and keep in mind there are twenty-six chapters. On page 11, Snake begins '...
Here, my review will help faithful Metal Gear Solid fans decide if Benson's retelling is good enough for them to consider reading. I'll use examples just from chapter two, for space's sake, and keep in mind there are twenty-six chapters. On page 11, Snake begins 'relaxation exercises', which he never does during the canonical video games. The book says Snake was captured by the black ops forces 'two days' before the mission, and later says the mission takes place 'less than twelve hours later'. The book insists on bringing up multiple times that Solid Snake had been dreaming of picking blueberries before being awoken by the black ops forces. Snake had ¿heard something¿ about FOXHOUND going rogue - which happened that very day, keep in mind - before Campbell informed him of it, as if such knowledge was available on CNN or something. Naomi seems to have an accent ¿not quite British, but certainly Ivy League¿ because, apparently, one develops an accent after attending an Ivy League school? Anyway, the accent is no longer canon, as Metal Gear Solid 4 makes clear. Snake's hair is mentioned as being black in relation to Liquid¿s being blond. Snake clearly has brown hair, not black. On page 19, some nonsense about there being Genome Combat Veterans, despite them not ever having been involved in real combat, who call themselves Space Seals. Horribly, Snake jokes ¿Why? Do they sit up, clap their flippers, and bark for treats?¿ Meryl is mentioned as being good with computers and electrical circuitry. On page 23, Snake makes a nonsensical joke that because the DARPA chief knows the detonation codes for the nukes on Shadow Moses Island it would be ¿on the front page of the National Enquirer tomorrow.¿ Immediately after saying how this mission was On Sight Procurement as usual, the Colonel issues Snake a SOCOM pistol. Snake meets Mei Ling on board the Discovery, and, bizarrely, thinks that she¿s like ¿a manga character come to life¿. So, MGS fans, is this the novelization you'd like to read?

posted by Anonymous on June 10, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Does Metal Gear belong in a book?

    Yes, I think metal gear would make a great book. Unfortunately this book does not capture the story. The book is almost a complete copy of the video game, almost down to every line. Not to mention that the english used can be hard to understand at times. Do your self a favor and play the game.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    A Poor Retelling

    Here, my review will help faithful Metal Gear Solid fans decide if Benson's retelling is good enough for them to consider reading. I'll use examples just from chapter two, for space's sake, and keep in mind there are twenty-six chapters. On page 11, Snake begins 'relaxation exercises', which he never does during the canonical video games. The book says Snake was captured by the black ops forces 'two days' before the mission, and later says the mission takes place 'less than twelve hours later'. The book insists on bringing up multiple times that Solid Snake had been dreaming of picking blueberries before being awoken by the black ops forces. Snake had ¿heard something¿ about FOXHOUND going rogue - which happened that very day, keep in mind - before Campbell informed him of it, as if such knowledge was available on CNN or something. Naomi seems to have an accent ¿not quite British, but certainly Ivy League¿ because, apparently, one develops an accent after attending an Ivy League school? Anyway, the accent is no longer canon, as Metal Gear Solid 4 makes clear. Snake's hair is mentioned as being black in relation to Liquid¿s being blond. Snake clearly has brown hair, not black. On page 19, some nonsense about there being Genome Combat Veterans, despite them not ever having been involved in real combat, who call themselves Space Seals. Horribly, Snake jokes ¿Why? Do they sit up, clap their flippers, and bark for treats?¿ Meryl is mentioned as being good with computers and electrical circuitry. On page 23, Snake makes a nonsensical joke that because the DARPA chief knows the detonation codes for the nukes on Shadow Moses Island it would be ¿on the front page of the National Enquirer tomorrow.¿ Immediately after saying how this mission was On Sight Procurement as usual, the Colonel issues Snake a SOCOM pistol. Snake meets Mei Ling on board the Discovery, and, bizarrely, thinks that she¿s like ¿a manga character come to life¿. So, MGS fans, is this the novelization you'd like to read?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

    Not good.

    I have beaten the first two games, and I really don't like this book. This is VERY inaccurate to me. Do your self a favor and only read this book if you haven't played the game yet.

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