Since Konami released Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain , the saga created by Hideo Kojima has been orphaned. Developer Konami has the rights to new titles in the franchise, and there have always been rumors about new releases without the direction of the original creative. However, Konami has not been developing video games for consoles in a while, opting instead for pachinko machines, mobile games and other businesses. Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Suikoden are just a few of the sagas that many video game lovers hope to see return. And now rumors are loud of a remake of the adventures of Solid Snake. How true is it?
An authoritative voice
David Hayter , the voice actor who played Snake in almost every installment (except for Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain), gave his opinion. According to him, rumors recently reached him that the possibility of a remake of the original PlayStation Metal Gear Solid is circulating in the industry. Not among journalists and video game fans, but among people responsible for those kinds of decisions. Then, the possibility would gain a little more force, although he maintained that they are anyway rumors.
A movie comeback
While we look forward to seeing Konami returning to video game development with its biggest franchises, and Metal Gear Solid in particular, the movie world takes over. Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is already working on the film adaptation of the action hero and the actor who will play Solid Snake: Oscar Isaac has been chosen.
A journey through the history of Solid Snake
In this section we are going to analyze only the main and canonical titles, those that make up the history of Solid Snake, Big Boss and Liquid Snake. We leave out projects that are not within the continuity: Snake’s Revenge, Ghost Babel, Acid 1 and 2 and Revengeance.
The Metal Gear franchise started on the Japanese MSX2 personal computers in 1987. It later had a sequel in 1990 (not counting the NES version, which is a project in which Kojima did not participate and that motivated his return to the saga after having seen the disaster that): Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. Then came the title that would make the franchise rise to fame: Metal Gear Solid for PSX (1998). From now on, the games that detail the present and past of Big Boss and Solid Snake were real sales bombs on PlayStation consoles and later on Xbox and PC.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater were PS2 hits. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots demonstrated the potential of PS3. On portable consoles, Portable Ops and Peace Walker were able to brilliantly adapt the mechanics and gameplay, and had a highly appreciated comic book narrative. Finally, Metal Gear V: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain would arrive to close the cycle of Big Boss, being that chronologically the most advanced delivery is Metal Gear 4: Guns of the Patriots.
What is Metal Gear about?
T he Metal Gear saga revolves around a special agent named Solid Snake and his missions to stop different terrorist groups that seek to generate chaos, war and destruction. In turn, we will learn more about his origins and what it means to be a soldier, obey orders and fight for ideals. The story will also star in some installments Big Boss, Solid’s boss, mentor, enemy and father. Some of the installments starring Big Boss are among the best of the saga, because they explore warlike and personal conflicts in a very intense way, at the same time that they account for an excellent graphic and playable section.
One of the great non-human protagonists of the franchise is the robot that gives its name to video games: Metal Gear. Originally a bipedal tank capable of launching a nuclear missile from any terrain. Later there will be other versions, evolutions and prototypes that will force our protagonist to face each other in incredible adrenaline-charged battles.
If we add to that elements of science fiction, cybernetic ninjas and moral dilemmas that make each protagonist and final boss a plot delight, we are facing a saga that can provide us with hours of reflection and fun.
The Nintendo Game Cube remake
While many fans are hoping that Metal Gear will return in remake form, either of the two original MSX2 titles that never made it off said PCs, others would be content with a remake of PS1’s Metal Gear Solid. However, this title already had a remake for Nintendo Game Cube that according to Kojima was “what he really wanted to do with MGS.”
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for the Nintendo Game Cube is an excellent remake with playable mods and some improved dialogue and cutscenes, with better camera angles and an even more cinematic treatment. Ideal for fans.