Metal Gear Solid story is 'ham-fisted,' says David Jaffe
- Posted March 17th, 2009 at 12:33 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 45 Comments
Eat, Sleep, Play co-founder David Jaffe has listed Konami’s venerable Metal Gear Solid franchise as one of his favourite series of all time, though couldn’t resist poking criticism at it's storyline, branding the narrative as ‘ham fisted.’
“Metal Gear's one of my favourite series of all time, but if you really just strip the gameplay and the graphics out of Metal Gear and you just look at it as a story, it's a really ham-fisted, kind of cheesy story,” said Jaffe, during an interview with LAGTV.
He went on to observe that videogames industry tends to be heavily influenced by Hollywood films, adding, “It works great for Metal Gear, it makes Metal Gear a AAA game, but a lot of what ends up happening is we're so influenced by Hollywood in our industry that we end up making games that are so influenced by movies that when you acquire the rights to a video game and you say, 'What's the meat on the bones of this thing to turn into a film?' there really isn't a lot, because all we've done is make a game... our gameplay is really fresh and innovative, but look at Gears of War 2, one of my favourite games of the year, it's such a rip-off of Aliens, and those kinds of Michael Bay films, that it's not funny, from a thematic standpoint.”
Despite this, Jaffe admitted there are a few exceptions – games that possess a strong narrative may in turn lead to a successful movie adaptation, though went on to state it’s unfair to assume a good film will come from games, as “we don't have the stories to begin with.”
In terms of a film adaptation of God of War, Jaffe said he would personally like to see the project directed by Paul Verhoeven, who has previously worked on the likes of Total Recall and Robocop.
- 8:34am EDT - March 17th, 2009
- 8:35am EDT - March 17th, 2009
get laid, nerd!
- 8:38am EDT - March 17th, 2009
VainPop1317 is that really all you're going to say?
Metal Gear's story is way to confusing to put into a movie. It just wouldn't all fit. My vote is for no movie. Just keep the games coming.
- 8:39am EDT - March 17th, 2009
4th, to spite you
4th better, BLu fighter! obv
- 8:43am EDT - March 17th, 2009
5th!!! haha I am the greatest poster ever!
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- 8:46am EDT - March 17th, 2009
actually maybe it could be possible but they will have to make five movies in the same order the games came out. 1-4 is the best way instead of 1,2,4and 3 or any other order.
- 8:48am EDT - March 17th, 2009
Metal Gear can really be well made for doing a decent hollywood movie. but it needs to be more focuced on main characters than some secondary ones also.
Its very hard to produce a decent film based on a game.
I know its true that this movies based on games turn to be very disapointing.
I just whant that this movies get done right and not some made up crap like Final Fantasy Spirits Within or Resident Evil movie Triology...
- 8:49am EDT - March 17th, 2009
I think a movie would be good but very hard to pull off.
It'd need to be dumbed down enough to appeal to a wider audience but without losing too much of the game's storyline.
The difficulty is deciding which bits of the story are the most important bits to squeeze into 2 hours. Wouldnt be an easy task.
Oh and then cast Ice Cube to play Snake
- 9:02am EDT - March 17th, 2009
I rather see gears of war movies over metal gear solid. even though I'm a PS fanboy.
- 9:05am EDT - March 17th, 2009
And God of War's story is any better? I dont care for any characters in the game besides Kratos, and even than only because he's a badass
- 9:07am EDT - March 17th, 2009
Jaffe STFU and come out with a game for us already
- 9:11am EDT - March 17th, 2009
@ 1 why even post if thats all your going to say.... you people who put that are fing retarded and usualy add nothign of worth to the topic please dont waist our time or yours.
While there are some parts of the MGS story that make me think hmmm.... I liked it and didnt think it was as bad as Jaffe makes it out to be. As far as a movie, I've yet to see a movie based off a video game that has worked or made the fans happy. With an epic title such as Metal Gear, I doubt they would be able to pull it off without pissing the fans off.
- 9:17am EDT - March 17th, 2009
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Anyways Metal Gear Serious is better than most movie series I ever seen. Jaffe needs to lay off that "stuff"
- 9:24am EDT - March 17th, 2009
every single person other than Kojima can, and WILL ruin MGS if they make a movie.
anyway, this comment form appearing on random, making me refresh the page 20 times to be able to use it is becoming a problem :( hope you can get it fixed! i'm on firefox 3
- 9:30am EDT - March 17th, 2009
I love MGS too, but he's absolutely right!
4 is also my least favorite
- 9:34am EDT - March 17th, 2009
I disagree. Its complex and intricate. Everything fits into place. MGS is the kind of writing you'd be made to analyse in school for symbolism etc. A movie adaption should be CGI like Advent Children as live action would fail fail fail and it won't have to be an easy watch for new people to the series and include all plot points but still get enough attention from the fans to make it worthwhile. Just like FF7 Advent Children.
- 9:36am EDT - March 17th, 2009
...because we all know how well Movies based on video games turn out 0_0
Get back in your cave and make God of War 3 the best game ever.
Also: Games >>>> Movies
- 9:49am EDT - March 17th, 2009
Jaffe is such a fanboy lol. First he convinces people that he loves Gears of War 2, then he takes a pot-shot at it lol.
- 10:05am EDT - March 17th, 2009
Well, EVERYONE can't like it (because what does EVERYONE like, anyway?), but he's crazy. The ONLY thing abou the MGS story I didn't buy was the Ocelot-as-liquid thing. That was stupid.
- 10:07am EDT - March 17th, 2009
The things is that the movie industry is slowing down and they want anything they can get their hands to make some profit. See all the comic book movies that are appearing or the remakes of all cartoons. And now videogames they still dont get it, transitions are really hard to make. The story works fine in the video games. Tho this things have been going for quite a while. He should and the other producers come up with original ideas instead of being lazy and try to grab anything already made.
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