All right, I finshed the game, my thoughts. First off the gameplay sections were classic MG, and I loved the new first person shooting mode, it adds a whole dimension to the sneaking game. One of my favorite tactics was to tranqulize all the guards in the area and then execute them one by one by shooting them in the head. I also liked how it was more difficult to escape after being discovered, definitely more incentive to stay covert. As for playing Raiden, at first I was like, "What were they thinking?!" but as the game wore on I got used to it. Still, something about controlling a sissy bishonen doesn't sit quite right, and I thought it would have been nice to split the narrative at times and control Snake even for a little bit in the plant chapter. Now the story...I have to say that it's left me a bit unsatisfied. MGS had a great story, even with all the misinformation and plot twists the story just worked. I'm not feeling this this MGS2. First of all the whole Patriots thing just goes a little too far IMO. I mean, government coverups and hidden agendas are fine but I think the whole idea of of a sinister Big Brother-like group doesn't seem to fit well with the game. Still, we don't really know what's up with them, especially with the final exchange between Snake and Otacon. And Solidus, I don't know, he seemed kinda sorry, he's supposed to built up to be the third Snake and a kickass character, but in the end he's just a pawn and got beaten by sissy boy. Some of the messages in the end also really seemed to be pulled out of the air, and don't really seem substantiated by the game as well. The plot twists towards the end also got too numerous and far-fetched. And some scenes didn't work at all, like the President trying to grab Raiden's balls, what was that?! And Otacon having a relationship with Emma's mother, was that really necessary? But I did like all the little references to MGS, like Emma wetting herself like Otacon and Snake pointing to his headband "Infinite ammo." Halfway through I was thinking "This is game of the year" but then the story faltered towards the end. Disregarding the gameplay enhancements in this sequel, I'd have to say I enjoyed MGS more. In the end though, it's still a great game and I would still wholeheartedly recommend it and am eagerly looking forward to the inevitable sequel.