Metal Gear Solid has, and always will be one of my favorite video game series. I have played through all of the console-released titles numerous times. And while many (whether jokingly or seriously) criticize the game for its quirkiness, “convoluted story” or “overly-long” cutscenes, these are actually a few of the reasons why I love it, and why I continue to enjoy series creator Hideo Kojima’s work immensely.
I cannot honestly say there is another series quite like Metal Gear Solid. The games are epic in scale and hugely cinematic, and the long bits of story and comedic breaks in the game help you get a few moments of respite during what is mostly a very intense stealth-action experience.
So it should be no surprise that September 1st is a day I have been waiting to come for a very long time: It saw the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, now Hideo Kojima’s final game with Konami, for a reason still yet to be disclosed to the public.
A couple of days ago, Konami released a video showing a farewell from Kojima as he visits members of the video game industry and many of the people who were involved in the creation of the games, as they talk about how the stories and impact that Kojima has created through his games has had an effect on them. The video takes an emotional turn towards the end when Kojima starts talking about having done it all “for the fans,” and even takes some time to visit the family of a late fan of the Metal Gear Solid series.
Rest assured that I’ve been working on making MGSV the best it can possibly be, balancing and tweaking until the very end. Players will not be disappointed. I am sorry it took so long… But I feel we’ve created something very special and I hope everyone will enjoy it. Thank you all.
Since release, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Hideo Kojima has always gone out of his way to make his games as good as he can possibly make them, so it is easy to believe that fans of the series (and his work in general) new and old, will love his last “masterpiece” in the series he created almost 30 years ago.
Throughout those last few decades, Hideo Kojima and his games have had a huge impact on not only the gamers who play them, but the entire industry as well. Although he will no longer be working with Konami, there is no doubt that whatever projects Hideo Kojima moves on to do will get the same love and care put into them that he puts into all of his projects. And I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Thank you, Kojima-san.