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Why Metal Gear Solid Deserves a Remake

Thanks to an incredibly cryptic tweet by Bluepoint Games, the company behind a number of HD remakes and remasters like Shadow of the Colossus, the conversation has started about remakes of a few games that the developer could possibly be working on. One of the highest priority names to be thrown around is Metal Gear Solid, with the first entry in the series looking like the favored option for the new remake.

With Konami moving away from video games in the last few years and the mastermind behind Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima, having left the company that still owns the rights to the hit series, there is little hope for a new Metal Gear game coming in the future. However, if a remake gets enough attention and proves to earn Konami and Bluepoint enough to warrant more titles and remakes, there may be more of the series coming to the PS5 in the future.

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The Metal Gear series has left a lasting impression on gaming in the past, setting the pace for the stealth genre since 1987. Fast forwarding through to Metal Gear Solid, the first in the series that released for its indefinite home on PlayStation, the game took cutscenes to a whole new level, with later games in the series eventually holding the record for longest cutscene in a video game. This lends to Metal Gear Solid's heavy emphasis on story and cinematic presentation that has become a through line for the entire series, as well as the rest of Hideo Kojima's body of work.

This leaning towards cinematics and powerful stories makes Metal Gear Solid a prime candidate for a remake, bringing the graphics and gameplay up to the level of modern games and even some of the more recent games in the series like Phantom Pain. While many players who enjoyed the classic game when it first arrived will hold that it remains a masterpiece, the dated presentation might turn new players from really getting the most out of the series from the very beginning. However, similar to how Bluepoint brought Shadow of the Colossus to the current generation of consoles and the new generation of gamers, there is clearly a benefit to doing the same with Metal Gear Solid.

However, as Bluepoint has hinted at before, one of the company's current projects might be for the next console generation, and specifically the PS5. This might mean that Metal Gear Solid's remake could be coming to the PS5 next year. If this is true, a Metal Gear Solid remake could make for an enticing launch title for the system's 2020 release.

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Having a remake as a launch title feels like a strange concept for the beginning of the next generation of consoles, but in the case of Metal Gear Solid, a brand new attempt at the game might be one of the best ways to show the growth of the system since the original released. Showing an HD re-imagining of the classic Solid Snake vs Liquid Snake side by side with the original graphics could show the vast improvements that have been made for the graphical capabilities since the first PlayStation. The current fad of remakes, from Crash Bandicoot to Medievil, has already shown how PS4 has improved the quality of graphics, so utilizing the power of a PS5 to do the same can set the course for the next generation in a similar way.

Similar to those previously mentioned remakes, as well as Bluepoint's other projects, the impact that the Metal Gear series has had on the industry is nearly impossible to fully measure. The concept of a game that avoids combat and instead tasks to player to infiltrate without being caught in the first place was new when the first Metal Gear games released. Since then, games like Sly Cooper, Splinter Cell, and Hitman have all followed suit by including multiple ways to dispatch enemies, offering different options for hiding, such as disguises, hip high cover, and of course boxes.

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After Metal Gear Survive, the Metal Gear series has certainly seen better days, especially when it comes to the critical acclaim that the series has so often earned over the years. A return to form via a remake could bring Konami some much needed faith from players whose disappointment in Metal Gear Survive's release comes from their love of the original game's quality. With the HD remake as nothing more than a rumor at the moment, players can still enjoy Bluepoint's HD remasters of the first three Metal Gear Solid games until more information is released.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is available now for PS3, PS Vita, and Xbox 360

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