Kojima On MGS4: "1 Out Of 10"
Now that's an attention-grabbing headline, isn't it? Obviously, it's something we need to clarify, and a point that is being misinterpreted throughout the Internet today.
A couple months ago, Australian game site GamePlayer issued an article detailing their play-through of an early build of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and an impromptu meeting with Hideo Kojima. The article claims that, through an interpreter, Kojima said he tried to make MGS4 a "10" but sadly, he only "ended up with a 1." However, before you start reading too much into this, please bear in mind that he is not slamming the game or the PlayStation 3 hardware; he's merely saying it's a "1" based on his insanely high expectations for this project. Kojima is always like that. He wants to produce something incredible, and he doesn't like to fall short. There is also the possibility that he was talking more specifically about the PS3, saying it's only a "1" of what the system could - potentially - do.
But either way, don't go jumping to conclusions about Kojima's quote. The man strives to top everything in the industry at all times, and he'll be the first to admit that he probably never hits his uber-lofty goals. But even when he falls short, the games aren't that shy of genius, so we ain't worried.
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
4/2/2008 Ben Dutka