Should We Regret The Loss Of MGS As A PlayStation Exclusive?
You're starting to hear it from die-hard PlayStation fans now that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is earning crazy high scores:
"Man, I wish MGS was still exclusive to PlayStation."
Many will attack this notion, simply calling it obviously selfish or fanboy-ish or whatever. Logically speaking, doesn't it make more sense to bring groundbreaking games to as many consumers as humanly possible? Don't we all benefit from multiplatform titles? Doesn't a game like MGSV help the entire gaming industry as opposed to just one platform?
But there are others who just see the loss of a PlayStation icon. These people probably grew up with MGS on the original PlayStation console, and watched as the franchise remained a very big reason to own a Sony game machine. At that time, there were other massive third-party IPs that were exclusive to PlayStation (Final Fantasy comes readily to mind), which is a big reason why Sony dominated with the PS2. 2001 was a memorable year due at least in part to PS2 exclusives like Final Fantasy X, Grand Theft Auto III, Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec and of course, the incomparable Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
Some of these titles would eventually grace other platforms, like Xbox and PC, but there's no doubt that MGS was known as a cornerstone of the PlayStation brand. It continued that way through MGS4 and then, the time came when third-party exclusivity just didn't make much sense from a financial standpoint. And so, MGSV is a multiplatform game. There's not much evidence right now that proves the game runs better on PS4 as opposed to Xbox One, but nobody will be surprised if the PS4 version greatly outstrips the Xbox One iteration at retail. It's also interesting to note that MGS creator Hideo Kojima has never really been a fan of the Xbox brand, a fact he hasn't hidden over the years.
I suppose the only question really worth asking is: "Would MGSV have been even better if the developers only had to work with PS4?" We'll never know but either way, it seems we got a big-time winner, so maybe we should just revel in that fact.
8/25/2015 9:46:53 PM Ben Dutka