Christmas Gaming: Merry Gear Solid 2: The Ghosts of Christmas Past (PC)

You can download Merry Gear Solid 2: The Ghosts of Christmas Past here (It’s a German site)

Here’s part two of my favorite Christmas games. The game takes place three years after the events of Part One. This time, however, you’re not Solid Santa but Solid Snake who has to infiltrate an extremist group (The Ghosts of Christmas Past) to avoid them getting hold of the Spirit of Christmas. Here, again, this game is so much fun, with its hilarious ideas (not spoiling anything here), its funny dialogues and a soundtrack that often combines Christmas songs with James Bond like music. Here, again, there are lots of allusions to the original Metal Gear Solid game(s) Unfortunately, the dialogues feel a bit long at times. Also, some riddles you cannot solve without help from your guy at headquarters, e.g. when fighting the ghost of Christmas Present. Anyways, the game which is completely in English is totally worth checking out!



Christmas Gaming: Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa (PC)

You can download Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa here (It’s a German site)

I played this game a while back and it’s one of my favorite Christmas games, so I had to replay it for this years Christmas Gaming Special. After the events of 9/11 it’s not safe for Santa to travel through American airspace, thus, Jolly Old Nick has to deliver all the presents on foot. The goal of this game is to deliver presents to a tree on a house’s upmost floor without being detected by the naughty, naughty children. Plain and simple: the game’s a ton of fun. The soundtrack is Christmassy, the conversations between Solid Santa and Major Tim (probably manning headquarters during the mission) are funny and avoiding the naughty children isn’t exactly a walk in the park. There are also allusions to the original Metal Gear Solid game(s), though those of us (including me) who don’t have a lot or any experience with those might not get them. Still, go check it out if you can. It’s totally worth it. The game’s completely in English.