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Kojima: MGS4 Not Revolutionary, Doesn't Match "Original Vision"

As most MGS fans know, Hideo Kojima is a world-renowned perfectionist. He's also immensely ambitious, and we're saying this so you can place the following quotes into the correct perspective. Nothing you read here indicates that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be a mediocre title; it simply proves that Kojima always wants more...and more, and more. And motivation certainly isn't a bad thing.

If you can lay your hands on the latest edition of UK's Edge magazine, you'll find an in-depth interview with the MGS creator, and he spends a great deal of time expressing his disappointment with how MGS4 turned out. Essentially, he wanted to produce something revolutionary, but it seems the team has fallen shy of that, especially in the realm of graphics.

"Game-wise, it's pretty close to the original vision: you sneak into the battlefield and can choose whether to do a stealth game or interfere with the battle more directly. But the graphic, side things like motion-blending and the size of the map, totally was not accomplished to my original vision - to my satisfaction."

At first, Kojima called the PS3 a "dream machine" and the staff was immensely excited; the possibilities appeared endless. But he says they encountered "a lot of restrictions" when they started developing the game and while they wanted to take "ten steps," the final product is more like "one step." Basically, he's saying they didn't make the progress he had anticipated, but he also wanted to clarify that his complaints aren't a direct knock on the PS3's hardware.

"I remember saying three years ago that we wanted to create something revolutionary, but in reality we couldn't really do that because of the CPU. We're using the Cell engine to its limit., actually. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not criticizing the PS3 machine, it's just that we weren't really aware of what the full-spec PS3 offered - we were creating something we couldn't entirely see."

No matter what this guy ends up doing after MGS, you can be sure it's going to be excellent. Why? Because he sets the bar so damn high, that's why. We're confident that MGS4 will be fantastic, and easily one of the best games of the generation...can you imagine if we had gotten Kojima's "original vision?" Isn't that too perfect? Would mortals even be able to survive an encounter with such an amazing piece of software?

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

4/18/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

ThePoetRazel
Friday, April 18, 2008 @ 12:19:24 PM
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It makes me sad to think that a great hero of the gaming industry can't be happy with the brilliant work he does.
I hope one day Mr Kojima will have as such appreciation for his amazing works as the rest of us do.

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Mystearica
Friday, April 18, 2008 @ 2:22:14 PM
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LOL he sounds like a perfectionist oO

Doesn't matter - it's better this way!

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babyjay
Friday, April 18, 2008 @ 3:27:12 PM
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he is a perfectionist can't wait for this game to come out it will be the game of the year.

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Minishmaru
Friday, April 18, 2008 @ 3:51:25 PM
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Fine Mr. Kojima, I'll step up and say what you want to hear..."You could've done a better job!" There!!! now he can be a little bit happier ;-P

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screw_off
Friday, April 18, 2008 @ 9:46:54 PM
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I'd be happier if Konami would get there id.konami.net site up so I can get my online Konami ID to get the Game ID so I can participate in the MGO beta. This sucks!

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Roosveltboy
Saturday, April 19, 2008 @ 9:18:56 AM
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Is the cell engine the engine that the game runs on or the cell processor in the ps3. I Hope its the engine and not the cell proceesor cuz wer screwed if it is the, the ps3 wud be toped out already.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, April 19, 2008 @ 10:47:08 AM

I wouldn't worry about the PS3 being "tapped out" already. I'm pretty sure that's not the case, as much as I respect Kojima...I believe he could find more things to do with the hardware if he had the time.

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creepypete
Sunday, April 20, 2008 @ 9:25:45 PM
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This guy is trying to have it both ways, . . he's dope fiending you all, and your falling for it hook line and sinker. If he says this now, then he covers his butt if it sucks, and if people like it then they will say he is a perfectionist. What he is, is a pretentious geek that needs to be smacked. And you all need to be smacked, so you know when someone's being a little girl. Believe me, if he thought the game wasn't up to snuff, it wouldn't be coming out. . . Maybe he just now played Gears and Bioshock and he peed himself.

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creepypete
Sunday, April 20, 2008 @ 9:34:41 PM
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Or maybe he just saw the review for GTA4 in OPM UK and got all freaked out.

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robertdctrey
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 4:24:56 PM
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The problem is they hadn't figured out how to utilize the SPUs like other game makers now have.

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NetheRealm
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 3:34:46 AM
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damn underpowered ps3 cpu sony needs to upgrade its power

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Jdogtoocool
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 10:00:41 PM
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Good quote towards the end:

"can you imagine if we had gotten Kojima's "original vision?" Isn't that too perfect? Would mortals even be able to survive an encounter with such an amazing piece of software?"

But yea this guy is definitely the biggest perfectionist on the face of the gaming world...I would like to meet him just to see if he was an a hole or just another seriously huge video game enthusiast...

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