Former vice president of Konami Digital Entertainment and creator of the Metal Gear series (among many other titles), Hideo Kojima‘s contract with Konami has officially expired. Sad news as this may be, it’s by no means the end for Kojima. Sony Playstation has since announced that they will be working with Kojima’s independent company: Kojima Productions. The video game designer/screenwriter/director/producer actually founded Kojima Productions back in 2005 as a subsidary of Konami, but following a company restructure at Konami it became temporarily defunct. Kojima Productions will now be restored by Kojima as an independent studio, and the game franchise he’s developing with Playstation will be the “new” studio’s first title. (more…)
Metal Gear Solid is a long standing video game franchise spanning 20 years and multiple platforms. It’s success is largely due to it’s memorable characters, and it’s rinse-wash-repeat game play. Each iteration is a carbon copy of it’s previous installment; just a different story, and new outlandish/absurd characters. You play as Solid Snake, an elite solider sent on a mission of eliminating all Metal Gear (WMDs) variants. You sneak around (sometimes in box), dispense guards, take out comicbook-esque villains with challenging powers/abilities (most unique part of the game) and eventually fight the big boss (your clone, brother/twin, ex-room mate, or some silly twist of fate). Sounds simplistic when you lay it out like that, but it’s a tried and true formula. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, maybe not. Konami is changing shit up…
Konami unveiled a six minute trailer for their upcoming game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Promising “tactical espionage redefined,” the game boasts an open world take on the franchise, real-time weather, persistent day/night cycle, a ton of vehicles, and “unparalleled strategic freedom.”
Well that sounds fresh, doesn’t it? I’ve always enjoyed Metal Gear, despite it essentially being the same game over and over again. I never thought it was stagnant enough to warrant any radical changes, but I welcome them. It’s a new Metal Gear for a new generation (literally). Check out the 6 minute preview below, and tell us what you think:
As for the game’s storyline, what we know so far is that it involves rescuing the character Kaz Miller, who originally appeared in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
Video Game Round-Up: Trailers for Duke Nukem Forever, Captain America Super Solider , Darksiders II, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Konami’s HD Collection, Kojima News, and New Star Trek Game Announced
E3, the biggest video game Expo in the world, is a week away and yet there is already a shit ton of news and trailers hitting the net. Since we don’t want to bog down our main news feed with a bunch a announcements, we’ve compiled all of today’s gamer bits into one compilation.
After 14 damn years, Duke Nukem Forever is set for a June 14th release. In preparation for the long ass wait, 2K Games and Gearbox Software have released a trailer that has a bit of everything, including some T & A. If the trailer here doesn’t get you pumped to play as the bad ass Duke, then you might be able to get your hands on the demo. Word is going around that members of the First Access Club are getting redeemable demo codes e-mailed to them.
Next batch of news is that Konami just held their pre-E3 press conference. It seems that the company has gone on quite the HD Collection craze as they just announced three of them. First up is a Silent Hill Collection that will contain HD remake of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. The next two collections are games from the genius, yes I’m calling him a genius, Hideo Kojima. The Zone of Enders HD Collection will feature Zone of Enders and Zone of Enders: The 2nd Runner. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be a collection of Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. All three collection will be available for both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Speaking of Kojima, the man will not be at E3 and neither will be the game Metal Gear Rising. He will, however, be holding lectures on video game design this fall at University of Southern California. Who wouldn’t want to get a lecture from the man who once dumped a girl for erasing his Pokemon save file.
MORE TRAILERS AND NEWS AFTER THE JUMP
Insert exclamation point over your head as it seems like the Playstation 3 will be getting another HD collection. The Official Playstation Magazine UK is reporting that PS3 gamers will be getting their hands on Snake yet again as we will be seeing a HD collection of the first three Metal Gear Solid games. With Metal Gear Solid: Rising still not set with an exact release date (more likely to be released next year), it would be a smart move to release the collection this year.
The Metal Gear Solid games are great but they do get some criticism as being more of a “movie” or “nothing more than a collection of cutscenes with some gameplay.” Either way, it’s a great way for gamers that own a PS3 that aren’t PS2 backwards compatible as they will be able to play something they may have missed the first time. And hey, I know some of you would like to relive that Raiden cartwheel moment in HD.
When Konami brought the Silent Hill games to us folks, we all got a different taste of the survivor horror genre…and also having us change a new pair of underwear as the game did its job to scare the hell out of us. Last year, Konami did a fantastic remake of the first game and released it as Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. They made the game play all about the psyche of the gamer and they took away the ability to fight so it’s all about surviving.
In this video, we see two best friends, as the title suggests, playing the game and their commentary is hilarious as we have the one asshole friend and the one passive friend. They do a series of videos like this but this one is one of their best as I had a good laugh at the end. Check the video out as it might be a good way to start your Monday morning and also check out the game if you ever get the chance.
The Metal Gear series, some people love it and some people hate it, but you gotta say, Metal Gear Solid 4 did have a nice end to the Solid series and hey, you have to love it when there’s a white monkey. Announced at last E3, Konami’s Metal Gear Arcade is getting some exposure and some talks around it. Based on the Metal Gear Online game, players can once again play as Snake and probably other characters but in a 3D environment. Not only are the goggles 3D, but also tracks your movement so that it gives you the feel that you are the character. To check out a quick video of Metal Gear Arcade after the break. (more…)
September of 1995 was when we in the US got Sony’s first entrant to the video game console world. The Playstation brought us many great games and memories that still last to this day. It also brought us that 3D can work in games if done right. It also brought us polygons, and the polygons that are going to be talked about are polygon boobs. After 15 years, this list will have some of the memorable boobs from the great PS1 era along with the game those boobs are from. Now, lets take a step towards memory lane… (more…)
If you’re familiar with the town of Silent Hill then you know that it is a sad old resort town that harbors the most evil and disturbing gaming that anyone has ever, or will ever play. When it was announced that Silent Hill would hit the Wii my first thought was, “oh shit, I hope they don’t fuck it up.” When I say that I am a fan of the game, that would be a gross understatement. I go way back with this series, and all in all they have never let me down. Now that Shattered Memories is out, the question you are probably asking is, does it deliver the goods? The answer to that question isn’t quite clear cut as you would hope it to be.