As Ice Cube once said, it was a damn good day. Especially for those of us who are somewhat massive Metal Gear Solid fans. In honor of the 25 years MGS has been entertaining fans, Konami announced that coming this June, Metal Gear Solid Legacy will be the collection that MGS fans’ wet dreams are made of. It will contain every single mainline title from the MGS franchise. And no, Ac!d and Ac!d 2 do not count! And Portable Ops isn’t represented either. Which is a shame because I heard that it was good. So here is the complete list of the games that will be infiltrating your PS3 this summer.
Metal Gear Solid 1: This continues to be my favorite of the series, even 15 years after its release. The impact it had on me as how I view games from a narrative perspective was very significant. It was possibly one of the most detailed games of the PS1 console era. Now one would guess that this is a port of the original PS1 game, and not the Gamecube redo released years ago.
Metal Gear Solid 2: HD Version: I remember waiting 7 hours with bated breath to download the Japanese trailer for this game and I drooled over the then mind-blowing graphics. The Raiden bait and switch was awesome to witness, and even more funny was the overall reaction that followed the game’s release. Wonder if this will have that skateboarding mini game…
Metal Gear Solid 3: HD Version: Taking the series to the outdoors was a masterstroke and was very fun taking a very meticulous approach to your movement. The sub menu happy portion of the game was indeed a pain in the ass, but it certainly had one of the more entertaining stories with the craziest characters to this day. On top of the game itself, it will also come with the MSX versions of Metal Gear 1 and 2.!
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD: This is the only one I have not played yet, so I cannot comment on whether or not it is a worthy addition to the MGS name.
Metal Gear Solid:VR Missions: Originally a separate game that game that employed VR fun, such as shooting 100 foot tall soldiers with a Stinger launcher for example, this has been incredibly difficult to find and it is a smart idea on Konami’s part to include this.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Certainly the most ambitious of the MGS games, 4 was a watershed moment for the series. Almost everything had been modified to create a MGS that shared modern game design, as well as become a better stealth game overall. Questions arise if it had been too much in love with its cinematics (90 minute cut scenes anyone?) but in the end, it was a stellar game, one that finalized answers that had been burning for years, even if the ending lacked the kind of finality that would have cemented its place in the pantheon of great works.
So there ya go, are you excited?!?! I sure as hell am, and it will be great to hear Hayter’s voice again as the gravelly voiced soldier, who repeats the last thing everyone says to him in the form of a question. It is coming this June, if you are new to the series, it will be a great investment for you!