If MGSV Fully Embraces Mature Grit, I Might Be Disappointed
Just bear with me here.
I know Metal Gear Solid has always embraced more complex and mature storylines. And I have no problem with the franchise taking the next step. Go ahead and put a premium on the action and the drama; that's fine with me.
But after watching that great E3 trailer last week, I started thinking...
Thing is, every MGS game always had this unidentifiable vibe. It's difficult to explain because it's not exactly tongue-in-cheek (as I said, the games embrace intricate, mature plots), and it's certainly not outright silliness. But it's almost as if the games never took themselves too seriously, even when they were striving to be nothing but serious. Does that make any sense at all?
I just always got this sense of almost whimsical irreverence when I played a MGS game. Perhaps it was due to the very colorful characters who bordered on superheroes, or maybe it was due to the myriad of gags and jokes one could find if one looked hard enough. I always pictured Hideo Kojima and his team creating this productions with a wry little smile, as if, beneath the admittedly violent and dramatic exterior, there was a semblance of fun. It could be a remnant of a time in the industry when things were more...I dunno, cheerful, I guess. Maybe that's what comes through and I'm just not recognizing it.
At any rate, I confess that if Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain lacks this certain quality, I'm going to be at least mildly disappointed. And I have the distinct feeling that core fans of the series might feel the same way.
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
6/19/2014 10:45:33 PM Ben Dutka