Preview: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Warning: The top section of this article will read very much like a column. You have been warned. Also all non-native MGS gamers or interested people should read this.
I think I’m starting to see why all PS3 consoles except the 60GB are not backward compatible. It is so that developers can profit on HD remasters. Also the video above always reminds me why I love this series.
However I own a 60GB PS3 and I must say that when playing on an HD monitor or even an HDTV, PS2 games are sometimes unplayable graphically, due to some extreme stretching, or you have to use a smaller portion of the screen leaving you with a sea of darkness encompassing the majority of your oh-so-expensive and high quality screen. You might as well connect your PS3 to an old cardboard box type TV.
Strangely I played the original Metal Gear Solid on my 60GB and it looked fine (0bviously it was for the PS1 so graphics were PS1-ish, but still there was no stretch and this was on a 42″ screen.)
Now In my humble personal opinion I think these HD remakes are necessary, because I tried playing the all time classic Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, but I just couldn’t, I really just couldn’t…
Also those who own PS3 consoles that lack backward compatibility would benefit from these HD remakes.
Forgive me I haven’t posted for a while due to a severe case of laziness and writer’s block and I just realised how much I miss this work. Now to the topic at hand.
Before E3 on the 2nd of June, 2011, Kojima Productions announced the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which would feature:
Yes that means that Peace Walker will be on console with dual analogue support.
Here is a video of Peace Walker gameplay on the PS3:
You may have noticed the original MGS is missing. This is because Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima said that he will not just merely remaster the game in HD, because he would want to take more time with it and because it is very old. This is what he had to say:
“Obviously, we wanted to include it and make it a complete collection. However, as you know, Metal Gear Solid 1 was for the PSone. It has a very, very low polygon count,” says Kojima Productions’ creative producer.
“While at the time the game was something new and refreshing, just bringing it as is into HD probably wouldn’t have that much meaning to us. We’re doing two and three with a certain work flow where the goal is to take that game, preserve it and introduce it to a new generation. We can’t really take that approach with Metal Gear Solid 1 because it’s very dated at this point.”
“If we were going to do Metal Gear Solid 1 we’d want to take more time with it. Not just up-res the textures, not just make things look pretty and polished, but go back and tweak some of the gameplay, tweak the story to update things and do it properly. Not just a re-master but a re-imagining almost.
“We do want to do that sometime down the road but it will take more time. It’s not something we’re looking at doing right now.”
Personally I think he should just leave MGS 1 alone. It, as he said, is a classic that should be preserved as is for future generations. Try playing it even now with shitty graphics and all and MGS 1 still delivers. It really does.
For all of those wondering why the MGS remake Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes isn’t going to be included? Well lets just say Nintendo owns the licenses.
The HD remastering will be done by Bluepoint Games, which is the same company that brought us the God of War Collection. Since then they have become quite a renowned studio in terms of HD conversions.
On July 15th 2011, on Twitter, Kojima said:
“Re-recording for “MGS HD (MGS3)” in progress today, and the voice actors from MGS are here from the morning”
There might be some new voice work, but as of now it is only confirmed for the Japanese version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake eater. News on new voice work for the Western versions has not surfaced yet.
The Metal Gear Solid HD collection will be out in November 2011. If you enjoyed the Metal Gear Series on older consoles then this will definitely be worth it.
Here is the official overview:
Accept the mission and play three great chapters in the Metal Gear franchise with the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. Included are Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. All three games are rendered in high-definition for the first time!
MGS 2: Players take the role of a one-man army determined to stop a deadly high-tech weapon from falling into the hands of a highly elite resistance group known as Dead Cell. Players must utilize their skills in stealth, weaponry, and counter-terrorism to fight off the competing powers. Progress through a twisting storyline and eventually face the gigantic war machine, Metal Gear Ray.
MGS 3: In the struggle to achieve world peace and world dominance in the Cold War period, rivalling governments are secretly developing weapons technology that could threaten the future existence of life. Destined to be the first, a race ensues to become the ultimate nation. A special elite tactical soldier is summoned to penetrate deep in the heart of enemy territory and obtain Intel about “Metal Gear”, a prototype weapon with nuclear capabilities. This is your mission and you must infiltrate alone. As “Naked Snake,” you must outsmart enemies with camouflage, close-quarters combat, stalking, interrogating, climbing, hunting and treating injuries in this critical chapter of the Metal Gear saga.
MGS Peace Walker: The era is the 1970s. Big Boss has stations his “Soldiers without Borders” in Columbia, South America, where he was approached by a visitor from Costa Rica, “a Nation without a Military.) In the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a mysterious armed force seemed to be engaging in suspicious activities. Players take control of the famed Naked Snake at a critical junction in modern history. Advanced co-operative techniques allows multiple players to sneak into the fray and accomplish this mission together.
Destructoid has a great comparison gallery and where you can compare the PS2 and PSP screens with what they look like on PS3. For Xbox 360, just imagine they will be similar for sanity’s sake. Jump to the gallery right here. I really can’t wait to play Peace Walker on PS3 and feel nostalgic whilst playing MGS2 and MGS3. I wish Kojima would do a next gen remake of the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.