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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Metal Gear Solid 5?

This should also be quick, since I've already touched on the MGS series. The news is this. Hideo Kojima, in a recent interview about his future plans, noted that his next big product would be either something completely new or Metal Gear Solid 5. No, Hideo. No.

The thing of it is, Metal Gear Solid 4 wrapped up every loose end I could think of, killing off key characters, destroying the series' reason for existence and all but ending the entire saga. Not to mention the ten deus ex machina that there was no way you could no about. And that doesn't even begin to excuse the casual and completely bogus explanations for a full 75% of the games' coolest abilities. I cannot think of a single thing Snake could possibly do that fits neatly, or even disgustingly, into the current cannon. Time travel wouldn't even work, I don't think. But let's move on to speculation.

We know that we can't make Snake a rookie again. The Metal Gear games did that. The Solid games eventually elaborated on his past and set a future for him. The only things I could think of that Snake might do are to fill in the blank spaces between games (and sections of games). What did he do between MGS1 and MGS2, since there is a lot that goes on that Snake touches on but never elaborates. In MGS2, a lot of things go unexplained between acts, and between MGS2 and MGS4 (MGS3 covers another Snake) the whole scene changes, Solid Snake included. That period, after he and Raiden part ways and before the events of Guns of the Patriots would probably be really interesting. If Kojima took MGS: Rising and made a sister game following Snake around, I can see that working. Hell, I'd probably play it.

Still, beyond that, there isn't much for Snake to do, except smoke and die.

Sad, isn't it?

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