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"Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty" (Client: Konami / Agency: INTAC / Circa: 2000-2001) | by wintersmithen
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"Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty" (Client: Konami / Agency: INTAC / Circa: 2000-2001)

Sample: The Tanker Chapter


Pretty much all of MGS2:SOL's screenplay translation and localization was my handiwork, save for the screen navigation commands that had to be farmed out due to time constraints. The writing had to be cut down due to screen space concerns and Konami insisted on editing the product extensively; however, from what I understand, much of the errata corrections I performed on the original screenplay did survive.


Though the MGS series was lauded for its 'strong storyline', the fact of the matter is that the plot is cobbled together from forgettable Hollywood blockbusters, Frederick Forsyth and Tom Clancy novels, and mass-production after-school anime programs from the 80s. The predictable is enthusiastically embraced, and painfully geeky sexism skips hand-in-hand with military-industrial name-dropping. Given that, I chose to devote my energies to mood-building and fact-checking. When a story has a plethora of cliches ('the-government-made-me-a-killer-then-abandoned-me' comes painfully to the mind) AND takes itself seriously, all one can do is lay on a good coat of noir and make it stick. That, and eliminate glaring factual inaccuracies.


As of 2002 Konami press release, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty has sold more than 5 million units worldwide -- a record. It has won the E3 2000 Best of Show, Best Visuals and Best Adventure Game, 2001 E3 Best of Show and Best Action Adventure Game, CESA (Computer Entertainment Software Association) Game Awards 2000-2001 Excellence Award and a truckload of game magazine awards.


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Taken on December 3, 2009