Where will Metal Gear go next?
- Posted November 25th, 2011 at 16:25 EDT by PSU Community
- 9 Comments
The Metal Gear Solid series has a conundrum. Metal Gear Solid 4 effectively tied up the series; all the villains are dead and Solid Snake is soon to meet his mongoose. This leaves Raiden as the obvious successor, but he divides fan's opinions like melons in his trailer and seems to have been put on spin-off duty. Assuming that Raiden's place is now in a separate game series, there are many possibilities for MGS5, but here are my favourites: a fresh start or another delve into the past.
For the benefit of anyone who hasn't played MGS4 – spoiler alert - Solid Snake survives and the evil organisation ‘The Patriots’ is erased. (Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that the PlayStation Universe police are after you, so get a copy. NOW!) This means Snake has won and the world is at peace.
In other game series, the door is always open for one more adventure as the main character is locked in a time bubble. Just look at Sonic and Mario; if they aged they would be tucked up in a care home by now, playing Pong. Hideo Kojima took the brave step of not only ageing Snake but, due to our hero being a clone, rapidly ageing him.
Now I hope you all agree, nothing would be worse than dragging Snake out in a wheelchair, to fight against a random new world threat. Metal Gear has had some farfetched moments, (take any of the bosses) but bringing Snake back would be taking the ridiculous to a whole new level. It would be disrespectful to what has been one of gaming's greatest series, and therefore I am not even going to contemplate it.
So here's what would be great: remakes of the MSX2 games. I love the MGS series, but I must admit; I haven't played the original two. I have a valid excuse; I wasn't born. It is possible that most other MGS fans have played them, as they were released in MGS 3: Subsistence, and are included in the HD collection. Be honest though have you? I thought not. For those basking in their devotion to MGS having played the games, I bow to my superiors. But wouldn't you love to re-live the epic tale of how a legend was born, with the power of the PlayStation 3 and give Hideo Kojima another chance to polish it? It gives me the shivers!
Justin Hutchinson of ‘Dualshockers’ disagrees however, commenting, ‘If Kojima wants to do more within the Metal Gear universe, he has only one real option left; a new cast of characters.’ There is definitely scope in a new series, as I will go onto, but we shouldn’t rule out remakes and here’s why: The beauty of remaking the originals is that it would bring the titles to a new generation, in 3D form. Another reason to remake is that it allows Kojima to not leave the series dead in the water. My greatest fear is that Kojima starts a new series of Metal Gear games, then leaves. We would get one great game and then a mess. He has on many occasions hinted that he would like to move on from Metal Gear. That is fine, as he has made many other classic games and I have no doubt he will make many more. But if he can't see through another series, then he should complete the one he has by giving the originals the remakes they deserve!
On the other hand, if Kojima still has the passion; give us a spiritual successor. Developers like Team Ico, Ninja Theory and Nintendo have shown that you don't have to make sequels set in the same storyline, or even in the same universe. There is hot debate between Zelda fans as to the relationships between the games. To my limited knowledge there isn't one. But does that affect the enjoyment of playing them?
The key ingredients that need to be kept are simply; one man, sneaking in somewhere, finding out that everything isn't as it first seemed, having to fight crazy bosses, before a colossal showdown with a massive robot. It could be set anywhere: in space, the past, the future, even a parallel dimension where mushrooms rule the world. I wouldn't care. As long as Kojima was behind it writing and directing, it would be a classic.
However, this may be viewed as 'blasphemy' to a hard-core Snake lover, (I hope for their sake they don't call themselves that) as it would be leaving behind a rich history. As I was reminded by PSU’s very own Timothy ‘BossSnake’ Nunes, the MGS series left a loose thread in regards to the 'Big Boss'. We see that he has created an army without borders, but we haven't seen him create hostility. It would make for an interesting addition to the series, without going over a previous story.
Finally to the conclusion! Metal Gear Solid 5 has a plethora of opportunities to become the greatest PlayStation game to date, whether it is an origins story, a remake, or an entirely new start with another cynical super soldier set on Mars. As long as they don't linger in the twilight of Snake’s last moments; brutally squeezing out the last drops of excitement. We shall all be donning our cardboard boxes and fighting mountain sized mechs!
Article by Tom Burton
- 11:36am EST - November 25th, 2011
A true Big Boss sequel to MGS3 would be my personal pick, but the remakes of MG/MG2 you speak of would be too good to be true! It gives me shivers to think of a Solid Snake VS Big Boss game in 3D graphics...
tom.burton | Razgris
- 12:31pm EST - November 25th, 2011
Agreed Dantess, that fight might well top the final fight between Solid vs Liquid in MGS 4!
- 12:34pm EST - November 25th, 2011
This is what most of my friends and I agree should be done and would absolutely love to see, a modernization of MG1 and 2, while some may argue MGS is basically MG2 just done again its still separate and the climactic fight with grey fox deserves some modernization.
Remaking MG1 and 2 would also allow the games to be altered slightly to fit the now very extended canon, while MG1 fits in no problem, the game had barely over 100 lines of text in its entirety so it could very easily be fleshed out into a full fledged game, and i don't think even the most hard core MG fans (and i consider my self one) would object to changing things in a modern remake of MG1 and 2 because lets face it, they were built on a now very old and limited system.
I think with a proper remake of MG1 and MG2 the series could be layed to rest as everything will have been covered, and if my assumption is correct and that Rising is based on the events between 2 and 4 (the rescue of sunny by raiden) then basically everything will have been wrapped up nicely.
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 2:02pm EST - November 25th, 2011
Could be centred on The Boss in WWII...
- 2:04pm EST - November 25th, 2011
A remake of the originals would be bril. Although I wouldn't mind one where you are someone handpicked by snake (Who would be your CO for a new unit). As long as he not a whiner like Raiden (pos ex special forces, SAS, navey seals ect). I think that could work, if done proppely. And for snakes imminent death at the end of MGS4, they could say the new nanobots in him has slowed down the aging prossess.
Epic_gear | anthouts
- 4:53pm EST - November 25th, 2011
Some of the things that describe the Metal Gear series and especially the last one, are the twists and inversions in the story. What stops a further mutation to the foxdie virus that allows Snakes body to regect it and let him return to his normal age & health??? Or Otacon finding a cure??? I love MGS3: Snake Eater, but the way the story was left in MGS4 just won't do for me. It was the saddess game ending ( along with FFX..... dammit...) Hideo can find a way. Just bring him back, will' ya?
- 6:10pm EST - November 25th, 2011
BLASPHEMY!!!! The only obvious way to go, is to make Snake the new Big Boss, and somehow plot Raiden against him.
1solidsnake | solid1snake67
- 6:36pm EST - November 25th, 2011
MG and MG2 solid snake were great games, i really wanna know what kojima san has up his sleeves for a new MGS game. it's my favorite franchise ever, played the games so many times i know easter eggs and no big surprises of enemies. kojima should only make MGS5 if he wants to,i want it to be like all the other games, for those of you who don't like the cutscenes, he's telling a story while in a game. i could see hollywood making a movie of metal gear but, with close watch of kojima only, but i don't want to see them make it because they will ruin my favorite game.
- 4:02am EST - November 26th, 2011
Wow PSU, way to steal everyone's idea from the last article and turn it into a new article. Meh
At any rate I'm all for revisiting an old story but it isn't enough to just redo an old story if you're going to call it 5. They'd best add something new to it if they're going to do that. And I dont mean like online or some new features. Take the story somewhere else since we pretty much already know how those two games end and all the plot twists and such. It just wouldn't be the same if everything was predictable. That's my only problem with the idea. But Kojima and his team are far from stupid unlike the many people who blindly suggest he simply make MGS5 a remake of 2 games from the 80s. He'll do it right, no doubt.
Over everything though, I'd rather he do a new story entirely, and without snake if possible. I wouldn't be against a story for Raiden's son and Sunny or something. I'm calling that one in the air btw. lol
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