GAmesRadar recounts the seminal action-stealth series:
"For an outsider, it's hard to see what's so damn special about any 3rd person action-stealth game these days. We get a Splinter Cell almost annually and Vampire Rain ain't exactly lighting the world on fire. So, why do gamers like us constantly heap massive amounts of praise for writer/producer/director Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid series? Somehow, his successful formula of flawed characters, anime-inspired giant robots and whacked-out villains with more emotional baggage than your ex-girlfriend yields an endearing mix of battlefield drama and quirky comedy."