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Friday, January 13, 2006

MGS GaGa....

I've been thinking about MGS 4 and a possible MGS movie a lot lately, and in a strange coincidence, there's actually been more talk lately about the an upcoming MGS film project.

After seeing Versus at the Seattle International Film Festival a few years ago, I noted that Ryuhei Kitamura would be an excellent choice to direct an MGS movie. Hideo Kojima apparently felt the same way, and asked Kitamura to direct the cut-scenes for Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. But there's still no MGS movie, 8 years after the release of Metal Gear Solid (The Best Videogame of All Time). I was surprised today to see that over at Kotaku, they had the same thoughts that I did on Kitamura, and being formal press, they were even able to interview him and ask him about MGS.

In the past I've heard rumors of Tom Cruise being interested in making the MGS film (presumably starring in it and producing). Real MGS fans are hoping that whomever makes the MGS movie has the intelligence to cast the REAL Solid Snake as Solid Snake. Recently talk has surfaced that Uwe Boll is interested in directing the MGS movie. Really this doesn't come as a surprise, as Boll is an admitted avid gamer and videogame fan. Of course, to fans of both MGS and movies in general, the notion of Boll getting the rights to the MGS film does not sit well. Boll's comments from the above link ("... Konami basically paid these people to write it [the script].") just further feed that opinion.

So what happens if Boll directs the MGS movie? First off, I'd have to say that I don't think he will direct it. MGS is something that's really a viable property, and I'm surprised that Hollywood made a Fantastic Four movie before they made a Metal Gear Solid movie. That being said, if Boll was to direct the MGS movie, I'd still probably go and see it. The notion of supporting something that's obviously probably going to be quite low quality doesn't please me, but I've been an MGS fan, and the series has been around, almost as long as I've been playing videogames.

Gotta reprazent!

On to MGS 4 news; Hideoblog's English counterpart now has a translated version of Hideo talking about receiving training for MGS 4. I think that it's just fantastic that these videogame programmers are all getting this into their project. After working on the other games I'm sure that many of these people have a good idea of equipment and some knowledge of tactics (not like they're all Motosada Mori or anything, but still, it's neat), and it's notable that they get this into making their games.

Briefly looking at the Japanese Hideoblog, it looks like Kojima-san is now doing podcasts. There might be some of you out there who find that interesting to listen to. My Japanese (I'm assuming the podcasts are in Japanese) hasn't been good enough for something like that for some time now.

While poking around Wikipedia tonight, I found that there's an outstanding abundance of Metal Gear information there. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the wealth of photos and other info presented for all of the games. If you've missed out on any installments of the franchise (!!!), then you owe it to yourself to check out what they've got going there. Good stuff.

To help prepare yourself for MGS 4, read up on MOUT over at Wikipedia. And you should probably know about CQB (sometimes called CQC), especially if you haven't played through MGS 3: Snake Eater yet. And if you have played through Snake Eater, check out Wiki's coverage of Subsistence to whet your appetite for that. If you haven't played through Snake Eater, go out and do it! It's only $20 now, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better game for $20 for the PS2. Not even up to the 3rd game yet? You can start with MGS if you want, as it contains detailed summaries of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2. Don't have a PlayStation or a PS2? Try out Twin Snakes on your GameCube (linked earlier in article). After you've done that, make sure to complete Sons of Liberty, or Substance. The story might get a little dumb, but the games are still excellent.

After you accomplish all of that, you should be much better prepared for the upcoming arrival of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, for the PS3 (but I wouldn't bet the farm on it being a launch game). If you still need MORE, try out the Metal Gear Ac!d games for the PSP. The second game has comes with the "Solid Eye" peripheral, a 3d add-on, which is also the name of Solid Snake's new eye patch in MGS 4.

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