June 13, 2024

1998’s Steel Gear Strong is extensively out there through the not too long ago launched Grasp Assortment containing it and a variety of different important Steel Gear titles. Whereas this assortment isn’t one of the best ways to discover these video games, given its missing options and technical points, the strengths of those basic titles usually outweighs the discomforts of a lackluster launch.

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And should you’re new to MGS1 or haven’t performed in a few years, you would possibly discover stepping again in time to the primary Steel Gear recreation to bear the Strong title a bit tough. With outdated and clunky controls by right this moment’s requirements, it’s simple to get tripped up, particularly in a recreation that calls for strict stealth and tough shootouts to outlive.

However MGS1 is a really learnable recreation regardless of its older mechanics, with many strategies that may prevent time and preserve you alive whereas making the sport extra enjoyable in the long run.

Runnin’ and gunnin’

In 1998’s MGS1, you press the left-most face button (sq. on PlayStation, X on Xbox, Y on Swap) to goal your weapon. In the event you attempt to transfer your analog stick, all you’ll do is direct Snake which solution to goal.

However lest you suppose that in 1998 we couldn’t goal and run on the identical time! By holding the weapon and crouch button collectively, you’ll be able to run and gun. That is actually useful for sustaining mobility throughout boss fights, and in the course of the well-known stairway struggle scene later within the recreation.

Gif: Konami / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

To run and gun, begin by holding the weapon button down first, then relaxation the opposite a part of your thumb on the crouch button slightly below it.

Talking of aiming precisely…

MGS2 dramatically simplified aiming by permitting the participant to make use of first-person view whereas taking pictures. That didn’t exist in MGS1. Fortunately, Snake has an auto-aim that triggers when a risk is inside a sure vary and he’s aiming with the Socom.

You may keep away from firing the Socom by unequipping the weapon

Once you goal with the weapon button whereas utilizing the Socom pistol, releasing it can trigger Snake to fireside the gun. Not solely is that this a waste of ammo while you don’t intend to shoot somebody, it can provide your place away should you haven’t found the suppressor but. Excellent news: You may unequip the Socom by unequipping it with R1 on PlayStation, RB on Xbox, and R on Swap.

The difficult half, after all, is that Snake sometimes locks onto an enemy moments earlier than they’re inside vary to identify you. To get round this, observe the radar within the higher proper nook to identify an enemy you’ll be able to’t see on the display screen but. Then, goal your weapon and look ahead to Snake to lock on to the goal earlier than firing.

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Steel Gear Strong VR Missions, the 1999 spin-off included within the Grasp Assortment, supplies nice observe for this.

You may tactically reload by unequipping and re-equipping your weapons

Tactical reloading, which is while you reload earlier than you’ve totally emptied {a magazine} of bullets, is normal observe in nearly all shooters. However since MGS doesn’t have a “reload button,” you may not suppose it’s doable.

Until you’re right down to your final journal, you’ll be able to tactically reload your weapon by shortly double-tapping R1 on PlayStation, RB on Xbox, and R on Swap.

This additionally works in MGS2 and 3, however you’ll want to use R2, RT, or ZR, on PS5, Xbox, and Swap, respectively.

Preserve Rations outfitted to keep away from loss of life routinely

Whereas usually you’ll pull up Rations within the menu and eat them with the motion button to heal, you can even depart them outfitted to heal. Whereas Rations are outfitted, in case your well being reaches zero, the following out there Ration will routinely be used to stop you from dying.

That is very helpful throughout boss fights the place you is likely to be too busy shifting round and attempting to goal, which might make babysitting your well being a bit difficult.

You don’t should crawl to mute your footsteps

Early within the recreation, you’ll encounter particular flooring that make your footsteps louder. “Grasp Miller” will name you as much as inform you a few method he calls “Stalking,” which apparently mutes your footsteps on these particular flooring. Nevertheless, Snake will state that he can’t do it. However right here’s a neat trick: You kinda sorta nonetheless can.

Prime: slowly tapping the d-pad. Backside: crawling.
Gif: Konami / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

Whereas MGS1 doesn’t have every other strolling speeds apart from operating, crawling, and shifting whereas pressed in opposition to a wall, you’ll be able to kind of pretend “Stalking” by tapping the d-pad in gradual pulses. On the primary press, Snake will transfer ahead; however take your thumb off the d-pad and he’ll cease. Repeat this sample, and also you’ll transfer silently over loud flooring.

It’s not solely sooner than crawling, but it surely additionally lets you freely goal and fireplace your weapon ought to you’ll want to. You can even move over loud flooring by urgent your self in opposition to a wall and shifting.

You may’t pet the canine, however you may get them to pee on you (it’s value it!)

Round half-way by MGS, you’ll encounter some wolves who’re all too desirous to fuck your shit up should you’re not round Meryl (or haven’t gotten a novel merchandise from a later boss struggle). However should you get them to pee on you as a substitute, you’re secure.

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Getting them to pee on you is a bit awkward. You’ll have to be navigating the realm with Meryl after which, uh, you’ll have to hit her. Naturally, she’ll get mad and can direct the wolves to assault you. Merely equip a cardboard field earlier than they get to you, and they’re going to pee on you as a substitute. Now, anytime you’re carrying that field, the canine gained’t assault you.

You may quick journey through cardboard field!

A cute inside recreation mechanic helps you to simply transfer between three totally different areas on Shadow Moses Island. To do that, you’ll have to equip a cardboard field in a truck. We cowl how this works and the place to search out the bins in our devoted information on MGS1’s quick journey system.

You may connect C4 to a guard’s again

Gif: Konami / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

This one’s overkill for positive, but it surely’s rattling enjoyable. Sneak up behind a guard when you have C4 outfitted and hit the weapon button. In the event you’re shut sufficient, Snake will connect a C4 cost on the guard. You may detonate this cost everytime you need, because the guard is strolling round. It’s a good suggestion to take action whereas they’re close to different guards so you’ll be able to take a number of forces out without delay.

You may’t strangle an opponent should you’re additionally shifting

In the event you’re attempting to place your enemy in a chokehold however preserve knocking them over as a substitute, it’s since you haven’t stopped shifting. Earlier than you hit the weapon button whereas unarmed, remember to cease shifting solely. In the event you’re operating as much as an enemy, the timing shall be difficult, but it surely’s completely a learnable mechanic.

You can even knock guards out for a (principally) non-lethal run

When you will have an enemy in a chokehold, you’ll be able to quickly faucet the weapon button to interrupt their neck. You’ll get a decrease ranking on the finish of the sport should you kill too many guards, although. So, as a substitute of killing a guard, you’ll be able to knock them out by tapping the weapon button each time they begin squirming whereas in a chokehold. Do that sufficient occasions they usually’ll drop with stars over their head.

You must take that as your invitation to get out of the realm, nevertheless, as unconscious guards get up quite shortly in MGS1.

You may’t get a 100-percent no-kill run in MGS1 as a consequence of sure scripted sequences, however training strategies like this may assist out your rating on the finish of the sport.

You may peek out from corners

Any time you’re in first-person view, you’ll be able to press L1/R1 on PlayStation, LB/RB on Xbox, or L/R on Swap to lean back and forth. That is a simple solution to peer round a nook with out exposing your self as simply.

Use the Codec regularly

Screenshot: Konami / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

There’s a ton of stuff packed into the Codec calls— every little thing from weapon trivia, historical past classes, philosophy, and even background info on particular bosses should you name throughout a struggle. You may also be taught a number of helpful gameplay ideas as properly.

You may cheese the Ninja boss struggle with Chaff Grenades

Grey Fox positive as heck desires you to harm him, however should you’re struggling to maintain up along with his calls for for melee fight, you can attempt chucking chaff grenades to gum up his cybernetic swimsuit. Until you will have the bandana (which grants infinite ammo and might be unlocked on the finish of the sport), you’ll be restricted as to what number of chaff grenades you’ll be able to carry in the course of the struggle.

If a specific section of the Ninja battle is supplying you with a tough time, you need to positively save the chaff grenades for these difficult components.

Don’t miss out on sure objects!

Many objects are given to you in MGS1. Others, nevertheless, are simply missed. Listed here are some objects you’ll positively need to snag in case you weren’t conscious:

  • Thermal Goggles (reveals characters carrying stealth camo, claymore mines, and motion-sensing lasers): Discovered within the open room within the Tank Hangar OR in Nuclear Warhead Storage Constructing B2 behind a Stage 6 Key door.
  • Gasoline Masks (slows down how a lot O2 you lose in areas with fuel): Present in Nuclear Warhead Storage Constructing B2 behind a Stage 3 Key door.
  • Physique Armor (reduces how a lot harm you’re taking): Present in Nuclear Warhead Storage Constructing B2 behind a Stage 6 Key door OR within the first ground of the Blast Furnace.
  • Digicam (takes photos): Discovered within the Tank Hangar B2 South Armory behind a Stage 2 Key door.

Submit-game codenames defined

On the finish of the sport, you’ll be given a codename. Your title relies on quite a lot of elements together with what number of enemies you killed, what number of Rations you used, your full play time, what number of occasions you have been noticed, and the problem stage.

There are numerous doable outcomes. This FAQ put collectively by GameFAQs consumer Reala lays out the doable leads to a helpful chart.

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