Konami’s recently announced Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol.1 is a greatest-hits collection of "the original titles and the beginning of the Metal Gear Solid series".
However, it seems that the first three Metal Gear Solid games are not the only inclusions here as a big question mark on Konami's website teases far more than what’s announced. What's that about?
At its core, this collection is a re-release of the original Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, released for Xbox 360 back in 2011. It contains Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. All versions are indeed the same HD remasters from 2011.
But wait, there's more. While the Konami website did not reveal any more information, the Playstation Store made it clear: the collection will include the both of the early Kojima classics: Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid II: Solid Snake.
These two retro titles will be part of the collection, represented by their NES ports. While these are definitely classic games that everyone should play, they are hardly the best versions available.
The two Metal Gear titles were originally released on MSX, with these NES conversions not being exactly faithful (or grammatically correct). In fact, creator Hideo Kojima has remarked that the low-quality ports have "soiled his reputation".
But hey, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, right? While this mystery has been solved, it is also worth noting that Konami has mentioned the three Metal Gear Solid titles will receive "edits". This is probably in reference to these games containing footage that cannot be used anymore, presumably for copyright reasons.
Interestingly, each game will also be available in their respective “regional versions” as alternate downloads. Hopefully, we can be expect the collection to include extras, such as art galleries or extra music tracks. While there does not seem to be nothing particularly new, we are sure that fans of the series cannot wait to buy these classic games... again.
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