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Matel Gear II (合金裝備II) is an unlicensed video game for the Game Boy Color developed and published by Sintax. The game was likely released some time in 2003 based on the ID printed on the boxes for the Chinese releases (200313519). Matel Gear II rips off the popular Metal Gear video game series, though this game's beat-'em-up style of gameplay greatly differs from the stealth that the Metal Gear game series typically offered. This game was released in both Chinese and English, with the former being released in both Taiwan and mainland China, and the latter only known to have been released in parts of Asia.

Story[]

Colonel

Screenshot of the Colonel explaining the mission briefing (from the Chinese version).

The game's story is loosely based on the plot of the first Metal Gear Solid game. When a new game is started, the game begins with a communication between Colonel Campbell and Mei Ling explaining the mission briefing of the game. The colonel reports to Mei Ling that the "hi-tech weapon of FRI" was stolen by terrorists and that it must be taken back. Mei Ling then reports back that candidates for carrying out the mission of retrieving back the weapon were found and tells the colonel to choose one. These candidates are the playable characters the player will play as in-game.

From the English version:

Colonel: "Hi-tech weapon of FRI was stolen!"

Colonel: "We confirm that the terrorist did it!"

Colonel: "And we must find it back!"

Mei Long: (to Colonel) "Yes sir!"

Mei Ling: "These're the candidates!"

Mei Ling: "Please make a decision!"

Overview[]

There are a total of four different playable characters to choose from in the game: Solid Snake (索利德·斯内克), who is named "S.Solid" in the English version, Gray Fox (法蘭克·灰狐), named "F.Fox" in the English version, Meryl Silverburgh, named "Miliya" in the English version, and Master Miller, who is named "Black Valcano" in the English version, which is a misspelled translation of his name in the Chinese version, 黑火山 ("Black Volcano"). Every character has their advantages and disadvantages just as they all have their strengths and weaknesses during gameplay. For example, there is Gray Fox's ability to attack at quick speeds, or Miller's high strength in combat.

After selecting any of the four characters, the player is given a choice to listen to the next screen of communication that says: "Want to receive information?" If 'Yes' is chosen, the Colonel will explaining the objectives to the player's chosen character. If 'No' is chosen, the player will be taken to an overworld map.

Overworld[]

World Map

A screenshot of the world map after the codec conversation.

After talking with the Colonel, the player will be taken to an overworld map with their character of choice. From here, there are two areas to enter and a guard that seems to be keeping his post regardless of action. The player can interact with the guard by going next to him and pressing B, which will bring up a dialogue box. On a new game, this reads (translated from the Chinese version): "I am sorry! If you don't find the map, you cannot go ahead!" The two areas in the first level are as follows: one from the top left corner of the screen and another at the bottom right corner of the screen. The area at the bottom right shows a heliport logo, while the other area appears to be an underground facility. When the player enters an area, they are greeted by Mei Ling with the text box reading a question that says (translated): "Are you sure you want to record the game?" Selecting yes will write the player's current game data over one of the two save files allowed. Selecting no will take the player to their chosen area.

Gameplay[]

Level 1

Screenshot of the heliport level.

Despite the Metal Gear series mainly (or at the time of the game's release, exclusively) being comprised of stealth action games, Matel Gear II is a beat em' up game. The game also features an RPG element where you can gain enough experience points to level up your selected character. The process can take a very long time and makes little difference in conclusion. While the game is paused, it will show more statistics than what is shown on the main game screen. These include the name of the character, their lives, level, experience, and combat stats such as strength and agility. While fighting enemies, the player can perform 3 button input combos such as B, B, B, Down, Down, B, Down, Up, B, and Down, Right, B. This applies for all characters, but differ in animations. The game does have other levels and attributes, however. In total, this game can take up to about 4 hours to complete.

Gallery[]

Main article: Matel Gear II/gallery

Trivia[]

  • The game can take up to 4 hours to finish due to the levels being extremely long for the sake of leveling up purposes. One stage can take up a good 10 minutes.
  • Gray Fox ("Black Valcano")'s sprites can actually scale too large for the other models in the game. All of his movement animations are way too fast for the game and can collide with off screen enemies and can come off as a huge target for enemies to hit.
  • Meryl wields a dagger in the game, implying that she might be a professional in sword fighting.
  • Snake is the slowest in the game, while Gray Fox is the fastest. On a related note, Meryl is the weakest character, while Master Miller is the strongest.
  • The game can crash if it is repeatedly paused and resumed during gameplay. This bug is present in both the Chinese and English versions.
  • The font used in the Chinese version of this game is from ETen Chinese System (倚天中文系統). This font is also used in many old Taiwanese video games (notably DOS games) and other Sintax games.
  • Col. Campbell, Mei Ling, Solid Snake, and Master Kazuhira Miller's profiles were taken from their CODEC profiles, though Miller's was poorly edited to include some facial hair.
    • Contrast this with Meryl and Gray Fox's profiles, which seem to be taken from official art.
  • In a shocking turn of events, most of the heights and weights listed in the character profiles are contradictory to the characters' canon physical details.
    • More specifically, Snake's height is correct, but his canon weight is 75kg as opposed to the 72kg this game shows us. Meryl is canonically 175cm with an unspecified weight, while she's 168cm in this bootleg. Miller is canonically 183cm and 85kg, while this game changes these details to be 187cm and 92kg. Gray Fox's height is correct, but this game foolishly claims that his weight is 70kg as opposed to the canon's 85kg. The ages are also incorrect (Snake being listed as 36 rather than 33, Meryl being listed as 23 rather than 18, Miller being listed as 42 as opposed to him being in his late 50s). It is unclear if these changes in the characters details are intentional or not.

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