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A little Snake Bond at times, but a great adaption.
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, 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
A Poor Retelling
posted by Anonymous on June 10, 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2008
Hits and Misses
Well, to be honest, the beginning would have turned me off if I wasn't an avid fan of the game. My biggest complaint was that Snake was portrayed as a cliche- toting, bad joke telling Englishman in the beginning, using expressions used by English authors. The problem with this was that he is, for one thing, American, and that his personality was nothing like it was told. The actions were ruined by the way they were told by the narration, which was in a way that was almost like making gold shine too much, and trying too hard at it. I did like, however, that a lot of the dialogue was taken almost word for word from the game. However, more details as to character reactions would have been greatly appreciated.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2009
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