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Submitted by pixlbit 797d ago | opinion piece

Wrongful Snake: The Problem With Yet Another Metal Gear Prequel

PixlBit | "The PixlBit staff is quite diverse in their gaming passions, and it’s one of my favorite things about writing here. In addition to being “Mr. Final Fantasy” I probably also hold the title of biggest Metal Gear Solid fanatic. Well, I might tie with Patrick Kijek, but MGS is a series that I’ve followed religiously since playing the Japanese Famitsu demo disc way back in 1998. It follows, then, that I should be beyond excited at the announcement of Metal Gear Solid 5, right? While I’m always happy to hear of another main entry in the series directed by Hideo Kojima, I just can’t muster up much enthusiasm for this one. Even the shininess of new console hardware and the Fox Engine can’t get my blood pumping. Why? Chalk it up prequel fatigue, and a longing for what could have been." (Metal Gear Solid, Metal gear solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PS3, Xbox 360)

ShugaCane  +   797d ago
I get your point. BUT, this is Kojima we're talking about. If he is developing a prequel (again), it's because he's sure it can surprise us (again). I trust him and his decisions. Plus, the MGS lore is so huge there's still room for plenty of other stories.
KingKelloggTheWH  +   797d ago
As much as I love MetalGeat it needs to come to an end before it get's milked.
Zefros  +   797d ago
how can you milk this franchise? the games are top noth and not coming every year like certain games. there aren't many games that is as good as mgs4. Milking means you get another game each year and the differences is minimal, like they have given us a expansion pack.
Nate-Dog  +   797d ago
Well Metal Gear Solid 3 will have been released about 5 times in 10 years when the Legacy Collection comes out (and I'm even ignoring region-specific collections here). I think that might be regarded as milking.
coolbeans  +   797d ago
I've never seen/heard the notion milking can't go hand-in-hand with a quality franchise. It's how over-exorbitant the releases within the franchise become that determines if they're milking it.
sdozzo  +   797d ago
Already Milked Flame Away
Mounce  +   797d ago
It's not milked if Kojima puts his heart into each story. What really happens when Milked becomes MILKED is the fearful perception that the game will lose itself and what it used to strive to be and it will lose most what made it special. Since MGS games generally take a long time to make with each MAJOR game? There's a good time apart from eachother unlike games like COD or Assassin's Creed where, AC is now basically a Hollow game with a parkour world shoved into. AC1 was and will always be the Strongest and glitchiest of the series. MGS Remains strong by many points. Where many fans can love MGS1....many fans can instead like MGS2's craziness, some fans love MGS3's 'love' story, then there's people like me who loved the direct Peacewalker took in gameplay. Ground Zeroes and PP look like it'll be NEW favorites too and not because it's milked, but because the story, characters and everything are still ENGAGING and immersive.
gigoran  +   797d ago
Hey, no problem. If you don't want to know more about the history of the Metal Gear universe then by my guest and not play it. Those of us that are fans of the series will get it, enjoy it, and better understand future releases because of it. You on the other hand, didn't want another prequel.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   797d ago
Spoilers in the thumbnail again.
BiggCMan  +   797d ago
Not really, they even showed a trailer with Snake ready to shoot himself. What happens after is a complete spoiler, but you cannot know based off the thumbnail.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   797d ago
I've never seen that trailer.
An I've completed the game and I know it's not a full on spoiler but it is a little.
When he pointed that gun at himself I was like omg! No Snake!
People who see that thumbnail and haven't or are going to play the game know it's going to happen now and that kinda lessens the impact when you know its coming.
I just think it's a really important scene and one of the most emotional in the series.
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BiggCMan  +   797d ago
Everyone I know that was going to get the game back then, knew there would be a scene with Snake ready to kill himself, it was already known before it released, just not what happened after. Look for the trailer, it shows an older version of the Old Snake model, not the final version. It's an older trailer that's why.
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HarryMasonHerpderp  +   797d ago
Look I know a few people on N4G that still haven't played this game and know nothing about this scene so I'll be telling them to avoid the front page for awhile. It's a crucial scene not only in MGS4 but the whole series and I think it's a spoiler, not that it matters anyway because it won't be getting changed. I just think people should be more considerate when posting these pictures and think about the people who are yet to play the games. The guy could of used so many different pictures.
I saw another one earlier in the week where the thumbnail for a colonial marines article had the end scene from the Prometheus movie in it.
Gerchi-san  +   797d ago
I'm a huge MGS fan since it's Playstation debut, but I have to say I was a "liiiiiiittle" disappointed when they announced yet another Metal Gear Solid.

Now don't get me wrong on this, I can't wait to get my hands on GZs+TPP=MGSV(?). I was just really looking forward to a whole new game from Kojima.

I was totally anticipating Project Ogre since it was/is supposed to have real ogers in it. I was curious how Kojima would tackle something like a fantasy world with his unique way of game-design and storytelling.

Apart from that, I'd really like him to do a female protagonist at some point.

OT: I think MGSV being another prequel is the only way to continue the series without going stale and feeling stretched. I'm looking forward, to see how everything will evolve, especially Big Boss.

Knowing what's gonna happen while not entirely aware of how we get there will surely make it a bittersweet journey worthwhile and tie the "Story of Snakes" together perfectly, to round up the whole Metal Gear Saga in big fashion.

I do also believe that the whole "V-part" of the game will provide enough intriguing twists and turns to satisfy, and keep everyone on the edge of their seats.
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The_Klank  +   797d ago
Out of the five main games there has been 3 protagonists.
Even though there are more games to the story I still don't see how anyone can be tired of Snake. We've only played Solid in two full games.
Now I know Big Boss has he's own spin off games but in the main series this will only be the second time we get to play as him.
Nate-Dog  +   796d ago
Portable Ops and Peace Walker are not spin-off games.
The_Klank  +   796d ago
They are not numbered sequels though are they.
GodsPerfectK7ng  +   797d ago
Thank you kojima For another Great Tactical espionage action game, I love the new MGS game!!! Prequels are epic big boss is back!!!

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