This was the first Metal Gear Solid game I played and I have to say this is still by far my favorite. I've never been good at stealthy games. In fact, I am downright terrible. This game helped me break that habit of being bad at them by making me think differently.
Sure, I played on EZ and did use the EZ Gun when I got mad at the situation but I still got some challenge out of it. There were times when I did not use the EZ Gun and tried my hardest. Those are my favorite moments in the game. I like the fact that this game is very forgiving to new players like me.
The story is a major factor in my enjoyment of this as well. Every aspect and detail of the story was put in a way that it just makes sense as a whole. Sure parts can be pretty crazy but it feels no worse than a James Bond film. In fact, that is one of the things that really stands out. If this had been a James Bond game, it would have worked. The espionage, the opening, and the characters all point to a typical Bond film. I can't help but think that some of the things in this game are little nods to that.
I have to say, for my dislike of the genre because I am so bad at it. I'm very glad I gave this game a chance. I had lots of fun with it and feel that it helped push me into a new genre and new series gently. Sure I'm not the best at this game and if I was asked to play it again I would but I had the fun I had with it because it was so new and different. It helped me grow as a gamer and that is a key part of my enjoyment of a game.