It’s the 30th August 2015 and I’m sitting here listening to the official soundtrack of the legendary game Metal Gear Solid on my phone. I’m doing this because in two days my pre-ordered copy of Metal Gear Solid V – The Phantom Pain will be in my PS4 and i’ll be riding across the desert as Big Boss.
As you can probably tell, I’m very excited. I first played Metal Gear Solid when I was around eight years old on my PlayStation one. Even as a child, who didn’t understand most of what was going on story-wise, I still remember thinking the game was amazing. Since then I have been dedicated to the Metal Gear Solid series and would probably consider it my favourite game series of all time.
With that being said, here are five reasons why I can’t wait to play the fifth instalment in the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
1. The Story
The Metal Gear Solid story is an epic one spanning over a fifty year period. Granted, it can be confusing at times, especially for players who are new to the series. But the amount of detail is impressive to say the least and adds to the charm of each game. One small story detail in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake eater could come back into play fifty (game) years later in Metal Gear Solid 4. Also, the fact that the whole series has been released in non-chronological order means that each game acts as a piece of the overall puzzle, with MGS V being the final piece.
2. The Characters
The Metal Gear Solid series wouldn’t be the same without its iconic and often bizarre characters. Hideo Kojima has great skill when it comes to creating characters who are on the surface cliqued and unrealistic but at the same time portraying them with a sense of truth and depth. Each character featured in series has an individually developed arc which may only last for couple of minutes before they are killed in battle or alternatively expand over the course of the whole series (such as in the case of Revolver Ocelot).
3. The Innovation
Unlike a vast majority of other modern gaming franchises, the Metal Gear Solid series refuses to play it safe. With each new game being as innovate as the last. Hideo Kojima isn’t afraid to pull the carpet out from under the player and present them with a whole new set of game mechanics and challenges, while still being able to hold on to the essential Metal Gear feeling.
The series has been turned on its head once again in The Phantom Pain with an open world, giving the player the freedom to tackle the expansive game in the way he/she chooses.
4. The Atmosphere
If nothing else, playing through a Metal Gear Solid game is one hell of an experience. I think that an important part of this is the atmosphere that each game manages to create. MGS is known for its heavily cinematic style which gives it the freedom to create these particularly memorable moments. Whether the moment is dark, sad or thrilling, they never seem to fail to grip the player.
The overall story world is also kept consistent but individually presented. With details such as the individual soundtrack and menu display adding greatly to create the tone of each game.
5. The Surprises
Every Metal Game Solid game to date has had a sprinkle of surprises mixed in. These are the ‘Holy Shit’ moments which have in the past caused me to pause the game in order to try and get my head around exactly what was happening (MGS2 I see you over there). These awesome, surprising, moments can come in the form of story twists, game play mechanics, or more often than not, a mix of both.