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Metal Gear Online Beta Impressions |

First off this game is not for everyone. You either love it or hate it. Me personally I love it. Big improvement over MGS3 Online. Don’t think this will be your standard FPS, it is not! That’s what makes MGO unique and fun. There is a big learning curve if you’ve never played a metal gear game. But there is a training mode to practice your shooting, CQC(close quarter combat), movement, adjusting the settings to your liking, etc. Which you should do before you jump into a live game, because you’ll get slaughtered quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing.

It still took me some time before I really got used to the controls, and adjusting the settings to my liking. It’s a blast to roll over people in the barrel. But if you roll for to long you will throw up. It works great to hide barrels and boxes. Most of the time people just walk by, but you’ll get people that shoot boxes and barrels just to be sure. The catapult (I call it the man cannon), is so great. You hop on and you can move it to two angles, then just press triangle and off you go flying into the air. I like to rotate the camera in mid air to get a good look at the whole level almost and see if I can spot any enemies while flying. Then you nail the landing on both feet and continue on. You always know when somebody is flying because of the scream they make, lol.

Then there is the magazines with bikini clad ladies. Works the same as usual, but this time you can actually turn the pages and choose which sexy lady you want to “distract” you enemies. I think there is a about 4 pages. The CQC is fun, I finally leveled up my knife skill to lv3 so I can slit throats. So fun to hide around corner and grab a enemy passing by and knock him out or kill him. If you have CQC level 3 you can actually disarm your opponent of his weapons, inject a virus, knock him out, etc. I don’t have this yet, but I’m working on it.

The skill system has 4 slots and 16 skills total. For example you can select a gun type mastery which reduces the recoil and faster reloading or Fast Movement which would be useful for CQC or just getting away from enemy fire. But if you level up a skill to level 2 it will take 2 slots, and level 3 (max) takes 3 slots. Which I wish wasn’t the case. Because if you want to slit throats with a knife. You have to have lv3 knife and lv1 cqc, and that takes up all your slots. Wouldn’t be so bad if you could swap out your skills after you die. But you can’t until the whole round is over.

The SOP system is great addition. Just press triangle near your team mates and you are all linked to the SOP system. Once you die your not connected and you’ll need to connect again. This outlines them with your teams color (red or blue), and it’s still visible threw walls even. You can tell if your teammates are distracted by a magazine, stunned, being killing etc. There is even a skill that allows you to hack into your opponents SOP system and if the guy you hacked into is connected to his team mates you basically know the locations of everybody on there team!

On Monday Konami released another game mode, Sneaking Mission (my favorite), and a map called Midtown Maelstrom. Somebody at random is picked to be Snake, and if there is at least 11 players somebody gets to play as the Metal Gear Mk. II robot. To win Snake must collect 3 dog tags from enemies without dying, which can be very hard sometimes. While this is going on there are two teaming battling it out. For a team to win they have to kill snake up to 5 times (depending on your server settings). If Snake doesn’t collect his 3 dog tags or he doesn’t die five times from a team. Then the team with the most kills win. It’s a blast.

Snake has Octocamo, which takes the color and texture of whatever he’s against if he doesn’t move for a couple seconds. Sometimes he is extremely hard to see, think of it like trying to find predator cloaked during a fire fight. But for the Octocamo to be truly effective you have to keep changing the suit to match your environment. Snake also has another great tool in his arsenal, the Solid Eye vision system. Which allows him to switch between Night Vision and binoculars. Another cool thing is you can even do a hold up with Snake. Just point your gun at a guys back and he’ll say Freeze! πŸ˜€

Playing as the Mk. II robot is a blast too. It’s basically invisible in the shadows, in the sunlight it casts a small shadow. The Mk. II only has one weapon & purpose really, to assist Snake in winning. He can deliver shocks to people to knock them out so snake can collect the dog tags.

Had a epic MGO moment over the weekend! A guy had my team member in a standing choke hold just outside the warehouse doors. I was hidden inside the warehouse with my sniper rifle. I zoomed in on the opponent doing the CQC choke hold and boom head shot. Team member saved. Then he saluted me! πŸ™‚

This game is so fun, I haven’t even been tempted to try out the new CoD4 maps I bought, or anything else really. A easter egg I found, is when your booting up the game and your on the screen with your character. If you rotate the camera for a while, your character with get dizzy and fall down. If you just sit there he hides in a box. Oh Konami what else have you hidden! lol This is exactly why I love the MGS series! I could go on and on about MGO, but I’ll shut up now.

  • Ally

    So is it too late to get into the beta? If not, how would I do so? Go to GameStop to preorder?

    Also I noticed some typos: you wrote your instead of you’re a couple of times. πŸ˜‰

  • You can still get into the MGO Beta using the Beta Key from GameStop by May 5th.

  • chaosatom

    @ally, i have a free key, email me for it a [email protected]

  • Ally

    Thanks Tosh. πŸ™‚

  • Darrin

    To me, this seems very similar to MGS3 online. The graphics are completely upgraded, but everything else seems largely the same.

    I still like this game, but I was more impressed when I saw this game running on PS2 hardware two years ago. It’s gotten better, but this type of game is just so much more common today and expectations are higher.

  • west coast ps3

    Looks like a pretty cool game. I tried to get into the beta a few times but kept getting server errors, and ended up deleting it as it took up 1.5 GB of space. Will definitely rent it when it comes out though, to give the final version a try.

  • Solid_Nat

    I absolutely love this, its the only thing i have been playing since it went live! I haven’t played MG online before but have played all the series and its the game i anticipate the most of any generation. Its never let me down and neither has this BETA!

    As Tosh said it does take some getting used to so if you have been playing COD all day don’t expect to jump onto this and pick it up. It takes time to adjust but when you do its great fun and a real team game. You have to work together if you are going to win the matches. I have had lots of great moments already in the BETA and i cant wait for the full game June 12th.

    Last night i had this epic SVD battle with a guy on the opposing team hid in the tower across the way from me in Gronz Grad. He would get me i would get him, we both constantly moved around and tried to spot the other, in the end over the rounds we both came out about on top of the others we were playing, interestingly in the final round we both decided to ditch the snipers and go at automatic rifle style which led to some great confrontations.

    If anyone here wants to add me to the MGO friends system my character name is Soild_Nat. I am online most nights.

  • My MGO name is -xBerserker- but I have to be online for you to add me …..

    I hope Konami fixes for this for the final game.

  • Trieloth

    Hey TOSH I love this game also and yes its NOT for everyone which is fine by me cuz it keeps the rif raf out. GTA4 has me distracted now but by this weekend I should be playing this again.

  • Chirs

    I have a beta key if anyone wants it. email me at [email protected]