Thank you, IndieGames.com, for noticing Merry Gear Solid 2: The Ghosts of Christmas Past. Merry Gear Solid 2 is the sequel to indie developer (I'm on an indie kick today, apparently) Arthur Lee's Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa, which he describes as a "top down stealth action game that plays like a simplified version of Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid series."
Lee's spins on the Metal Gear formula seem to merge the modern sensibilities of the recent Metal Gear games with the original look and feel from the series' origins. I wonder what Kojima would think about the game blending.
"I’ve now completely outlined the plot, and I’ve begun work on the script," said Lee on his blog. "Fans of the Metal Gear Solid series won’t be disappointed, as I’ve made every effort to make the story and dialogue as convoluted and incomprehensible as possible."
Merry Gear Solid 2 is scheduled to arrive sometime in December, but you can play the original now. You can also follow the game's progress at Lee's website, superfundungeonrun.