Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. If you have never played this game before, I envy you. You are in for possibly the best gaming experience to date.
  2. One of the greatest games ever made, and if you haven't played it, you're denying yourself nothing but fun.
  3. Combining action and adventure isn't an easy thing to do, but Konami has pulled it off beautfiully with Metal Gear Solid.
  4. 90
    The port is great, the game is fantastic, and despite no multiplayer support, the sheer size of the game (if you include the VR Missions) means that your money will be well spent.
  5. 90
    All in all, despite the less than stellar PC graphics, Metal Gear Solid remains an intense gaming experience with a gripping story and heart-stopping action.
  6. If you enjoyed the PlayStation version, this might be worth picking up simply for the free Metal Gear Solid VR Missions.
  7. 89
    This is the definitive version of Metal Gear Solid and it's only available on the PC. Go tell your console owning buddies and watch 'em cringe.
  8. If you're one of those hardcore "PC Only!" types that don't own a console, you'll definitely want to shell out the 35 smackers for this baby in order to find out just what the hell everyone was talking about two years ago.
  9. One of the best action-movie games on any platform. Some frustrating camera placement and a save-game that takes some getting used to take very little away from the excellent sneak-and-peek gameplay.
  10. Reaching a new high in sound achievement MGS is must own title for anyone that is a fan of stealth type games.
  11. It's one of the best PlayStation games of all time, so if you're not familiar with the original, or even if you're a fan who wants to play the complete Metal Gear Solid in higher resolution, then you should definitely try Metal Gear Solid for the PC.
  12. Still a great game, but just wait until next year for the real show.
  13. With the enhanced visuals, the wealth of gameplay provided by both MGS and VR Missions, and the simple fact that MGS is fantastic title in the first place makes this a pretty smart buy for any PC gamer.
  14. It's also rather obvious that the developers realised towards the end of the game that it was going to be far too short, resorting to the old trick of forcing you to backtrack across large portions of the game world (no less than three times!) to make it seem longer.
  15. The major problems were addressed, the graphics were improved, and additional gameplay modes were added. What more could you ask for?
  16. This is the best console-to-PC conversion I have seen in any game.
  17. For those of you who have already played Metal Gear Solid on the Playstation, you don't need to pick this up, because it's the same thing.
  18. PC gamers who have had no prior exposure to this game will definitely want to take a look, as this is still the same great game it always was.
  19. A chance for PC gamers to experience the best of teh lat generation of console games. [Dec 2000, p.156]
  20. For those unfamiliar with the title, this is a chance to check out one of the better console games ever made, warts and all.
  21. If you're not caught up in the latest deathmatch FPS, and are willing to overlook some graphic glitches, Metal Gear Solid is a challenge worth picking up.
  22. May have been the first game to blaze the "stealthy action" trail, but the irony is that more recent PC offerings (such as "Thief") have since done it better, which leaves this port showing its age.
  23. In the six hours that it takes to finish Metal Gear Solid, there is little more than an hour's interaction.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 18, 2010
    A revolutionary exercise in both gameplay and storytelling. Simply put, one of the best (and most important) games ever made. Very few games have as many memorable and emotionally tense set-pieces as those that are found throughout this game, and the boss battles still hold up as some of the best in video game history, really only arguably surpassed by its own sequels (specifically, MGS3). In short, this is a classic in every sense of the word, and an experience that no one should ever miss out on. (In regards to the specifics of the PC version: The addition of the VR missions is awesome and endlessly fun, but this game merits a gamepad, without a doubt. Go pick up some cheap usb wired controller (used 3rd party 360 wired controllers are a surprisingly good bet), and play this game correctly. Only other gripe about this version is that all the FMV's are not visible; that might just be my computer/copy though.) Full Review »
  2. Mar 1, 2013
    This is where it all started. A game which is half a movie. This game is the basic standard on how modern games have to be done with Incredible and emotional story with amazing action. Any gamer will be amazed by this masterpiece. Unfortunately the game is old so the graphics are pretty bad now. I hope they remake this masterpiece. Full Review »