I should begin this blog with a disclaimer – I have played all of the Metal Gear Solid games, and sooner or later I know I will play 4. With that out of the way, I want to say that the hype for MGS4 can get puzzling at best.
Now I’m not saying that the game deserves no hype. Anything MGS is guaranteed to get people talking, and for good reason. It just seems weird. Unless I wasn’t paying attention, it felt like MGS3 had the least amount of hype and talk before its release, and yet it for my money its the best game in the series. Now with MGS4 we get a new trailer ever few months, and from just this we’ve got floods of comments where people are already claiming it to be the best game of this generation. I guess all Kojima had to do was revert back to MGS2’s “goofy but absolutely serious” universe instead of MGS3’s “goofy and it damn well knows it” style.
But there’s more than that. The newest trailer details some of the new bosses in the game. People are looking at them like the craziest shit in the world. Indeed, they are crazy, but not in a good way. Even for Kojima, this is some ridiculous stuff.
Let’s ignore the fact that they’re all women, which makes some strange sense in a Kojima way. Considering how much homo-eroticism was present in past games, a complete 360 rounds out the package, or something. But anyway, we’ve got a wolf-thing with a comically large butt that runs around screaming “rage!!”. We’ve got a tentacle beast, which was already done before by Solidus, which was already done before by Doctor Octopus. There’s a psychic boss that doesn’t seem to do much but float, and one with giant wings. Creativity? I’m still looking for it.
Then there’s the biggest fact – nothing interesting happens in the video. The flying chick swoops over twice and fires some missiles. I’ve seen more action in a GI Joe commercial. The psychic seems to make one kill (with psychic puppet strings – see Devil May Cry), and otherwise the camera just zooms in on her doing absolutely nothing. The tentacle lady swipes at a few blokes by an alley, and the wolf acts…well, like a giant wolf should, tearing the shit out of things. So that’s 3 out of 4 that are completely boring.
This video clip does not indicate that MGS4 is going to suck, though it isn’t a good sign either. It also does not show me that it is going to rule. In fact it shows us absolutely nothing, not until we know and see more by actually playing the game. I see nothing wrong with this. But how it manages to get so many gamers hot and bothered is baffling. Is this all you need to show to get people pumped? A bunch of comic book monsters not doing cool things? Remind me about that when I try to make a game one day.
If you buy a Playstation 3 just for this, please give Videolamer your money instead. No game is worth $600 for, and that’s worth a lot of Saturn games