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Metal Gear Solid Master Collection: So Old-School That it Needs a Content Warning

JJ Rankin  |   Aug 21, 1:19 PM   |   6 min read

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Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol.1, the collection of several classic parts of Metal Gear Solid -- the first 3D title in the METAL GEAR series is set to release this October 24 on PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch by Konami. The game promises to bring to new generations the iconic style of Metal Gear games brandishing hyper-stylized and cinematic cutscenes interwoven with sharp gameplay. The compilation includes Metal Gea, Meget Gear 2, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. 


It has been reported that the game makes no alterations to the themes and content of the original games. And According to GamesRadar, the compilation opens with a warning message which informs players that the content is unchanged. As a result, certain scenes may have a different effect than they did up to 25 years ago.



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#KojimaContent Earns New Metal Gear Game A Content Warning


This game contains expressions and themes which may be considered outdated, the disclaimer reportedly reads.


“However, these elements have been included without alteration to preserve the historical context in which the game was made and the creator’s original vision. Player discretion is advised.” The reference to 'the creator’s original vision' refers to Hideo Kojima who developed the techno-thriller stealth games. Kojima- fell out with Konami during the development of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain before forming his own independent studio in 2005, named Kojima Productions.


 Although it's not clear which scenes the warning refers to, fans think it's addressed towards scenes featuring Venom Snake, who's Big Boss’ body double and the game’s actual protagonist. In the first game, Snake shares a sexually-charged exchange with Dr Naomi and is seen flirting with data analyst Mei-Ling. It could also talk about the homophobic digs at Snake's rival Raiden or the usage of smoking as an in-game feature.


The volume also brings to the table a good dose of supplement content. Each game contains both a digital Screenplay Book along with the entire in-game script and a Master Book that guides players through the story and characters. These can be great resources for first-time players since they offer a deep dive. Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 come with a digital graphic novel; this motion comic was originally released on the PSP and on DVD and is quite difficult to buy

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