Why Do People Like Metal Gear Solid?

I’ve written before about my ongoing struggles to comprehend why people like Metal Gear Solid. Inspired by the release of Metal Gear Solid V, I’ve started a critical playthrough of Metal Gear Solid 2. The plan is to sit down with friends who like and/or know the series better than me, play through the game, talk about it, make dumb jokes, occasionally trade off the actual controller, and record and upload it for anyone who’s interested. This is predominately something I’m doing for my own intellectual curiosity, but I think other people might enjoy it as well. If this goes well enough I’ll move on to other games in the series.

The first part is up on YouTube now, where you can watch me fight with the controls, take forever getting into the tanker, and occasionally do my terrible David Hayter impersonation: