Dishonored (2012)

“Dishonored” wears its influences on its sleeve – “Deus Ex”, “Thief”, “System Shock” – but through its curious and compelling worldbuilding, gameplay, and aesthetic, manages to feel like something new, creative, and fully-formed right out of the gate. [Note: This review contains no spoilers.] The game takes place in the city of Dunwall, a Dickensian “oilpunk”/”whalepunk” industrial London,…

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)

“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is the final entry in Hideo Kojima’s “Metal Gear” series. Oh, one could argue with that statement, citing “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” as the “true” ending, since it was the latest game chronologically and was clearly conceived as the ending of the series (”Metal…

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (2014)

“Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” is a prologue to “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”, and also feels like an epilogue to “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker”. In nature, it’s very similar to the Tanker mission from “Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty” or the Virtuous Mission from “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater”, in being…

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (2013)

“Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” has an interesting history. Originally, “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” was going to be followed up with “Metal Gear Solid: Rising”, a game set between “Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty” and “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots”, with Raiden as the protagonist. Series director Hideo Kojima was not going to…

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010)

“Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker” is an odd entry in the “Metal Gear” series, for a number of reasons. It was originally planned to be titled “Metal Gear Solid 5: Peace Walker”, as series director Hideo Kojima considered it a fully-fledged entry into the “main” series, but the title was later amended. Perhaps the re-titling…

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008)

“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” is yet another masterful entry in this fantastic video game series. Like “Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty”, “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater”, and – to a slightly lesser extent – “Metal Gear Solid”, series director Hideo Kojima pushes the medium of video games in…

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (2006)

Unlike the previous Metal Gear games I’ve played – Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid (and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, to an extent), Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – this game, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, was not directed and…