The franchise is still relevant, but without Kojima’s leadership, Konami has decided to revisit past entries to revitalize the series, with Metal Gear Solid Master Collection kicking things off.
This bundle of iconic games will be available starting tomorrow, with the review embargo being lifted recently. The reception is mostly positive so far, but critics appear to be disappointed by the lack of meaningful upgrades.
Why it matters: Many of these older Metal Gear Solid games were stuck in the past. Therefore, this collection marks the first time these titles will be available on modern platforms like the PS4 and PS5.
At the time of writing, Metal Gear Solid Master Collection has a rating of 78/100 on Metacritic. A few of the review scores can be seen below.
- Gamingbolt: 9/10
- Push Square: 8/10
- Gamespot: 8/10
- Stevivor: 5/10
- Press Start: 7.5/10
While this score is not a bad one by any means, it may appear low for a collection of games with such a revered legacy.
One major criticism of the collection comes from the minimal improvements. While Konami has kept most of the best parts of Metal Gear Solid intact, it has also carried over quirks like the low 720p resolution, upscaling it to 1080p.
The harshest critics have called the collection a cash grab, citing the lack of new voiceovers and dated mechanics that have not been adjusted to match modern games at all.
Nonetheless, there is still much to like about the collection because it includes some of the finest stealth-action games of all time. All three Metal Gear Solid games are still great, and reviewers have noted that this collection conveniently bundles them for modern platforms.
While certain platforms already had access to older Metal Gear Solid releases, the Master Collection ensures these titles are just one purchase away for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC users.
The new boost to 60FPS is also a great addition.
We believe this franchise has always been phenomenal, and this collection presents the perfect opportunity for newcomers. With Konami gearing up for Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake, newcomers can experience the roots of the series before Konami’s modern rendition.
The publisher has also teased another collection for the future, possibly bringing Metal Gear Solid 4 and other games to modern platforms. Following the mostly positive reception, such a collection appears even more likely than before.
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