Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

As a remake of an acclaimed classic, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes has a lot going for it. Its tight level design, particularly prevalent in the mission’s first two acts, generates challenging stealth scenarios. Meanwhile, the tools and techniques available to the protagonist work towards not only enhancing these espionage sections, but also paving the way for engaging exploration. To top it all off, the quest gains dramatic contours via enhanced graphics, marvelous voice acting, a deep plot, a grand soundtrack, and lengthy cutscenes. It is a trusty recipe that would go on to be expanded and tweaked as the saga progressed. But, ultimately, the point that is driven home by this GameCube gem, which is very faithful to the original, is that the tridimensional framework of the series was both mature and confident from the start. And even if some small changes made here were not universally appreciated by fans, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes is excellent; perhaps to the point that a few might see it as the definitive version of a game that defined a genre.

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Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is, quite simply, a masterwork of the survival horror genre. It is a game as gripping as it is repelling, making players feel like moving forward even though they sometimes may not want to. And it achieves that fantastic duality through very original means, whether it is via a tightly connected plot that unfolds during two millennia, takes place in four distinct locations, and includes a dozen playable characters, each with their own struggles; or in a gameplay format that although featuring many of the staples usually seen in games of the kind, succeeds in feeling refreshing thanks to a chapter-based structure, a deep magic system, and stellar sanity effects that have the in-game protagonists as well as players going through heart-pounding hallucinations that make them question the very fabric of reality. And like that, even though it was developed far away from the halls of the company, Eternal Darkness presents a unique Nintendo touch that, in its case, is employed for the evil and disturbing rather than for the cute and whimsical.

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