Promises to continue Metal Gear support
Konami has confirmed yesterday's reports that it closed Konami LA, the studio responsible for the Metal Gear Online portion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The Los Angeles studio, formerly Kojima Productions LA befor...
Konami's in the news today for more concerning reasons, but remember that the pachinko-maker does regularly make one video game that's not Metal Gear: Pro Evolution Soccer.
Unfortunately, Konami screwed up its late roster upd...
Right after reports of closing Konami LA
Konami seems to have closed its LA studio, formerly Kojima Productions LA before Konami scrubbed the Metal Gear Solid creator's name from as many places as it could. The studio opened in 2012 and most recently was responsible...
It's about sending a message
According to multiple industry sources (including former Dtoid CEO Hamza Aziz!), Konami has closed its Los Angeles studio, formerly known as Kojima Productions Los Angeles.
Duke Nukem creator George Broussard was on...
Behind-the-scenes video translated
Few trailers rival the "Nuclear" video for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. I must've watched it half a dozen times when it debuted last year at E3, and probably doubled that number leading up to the game's release in Se...
On PS4 and Xbox One
It seems like you can't throw a proverbial rock on the Internet without hitting some games site talking about Mother Bases and D-Walkers and kidnapping via weather balloon. That's all Metal Gear Solid V speak and there's...
Ahhhh, so lame
These days, retro-era publishers can get desperate. While they've made their fortunes on the traditional arcade and console market, other revenue streams can seem enticing after others have struck gold in ways they've never s...
Metal Gear myths
Early on in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, you're sent on your way to find and rescue a familiar face, Kazuhira Miller, who is being held prisoner in Afghanistan. You're told he's vital to your quest for revenge, and that he has at most three days left to live.
I should've known that wasn't an understatement. What a tragic cutscene.
Escape From New York director
John Carpenter (Ghosts of Mars; Gorgon, the Space Monster) recently talked to Hollywood Reporter about his successful plagiarism suit against French director Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional) whose recent film Lockou...
Because of course it is
My morning ritual involves waking up, wiping the sleep out of my eyes, coming to the realization that I have survived another night, and busting open the laptop to read all the hot Japanese video game news that happened while...
[Update: Yep, it was the DLC that already was announced. Apparently Microsoft pulled the trigger early on the add-ons.]
Konami just sent over the weirdest press release, presumably to get more people to spend money on Metal G...
He's not dead, just sleeping
Yesterday, The New Yorker ran a piece about Hideo Kojima's last day in-office at Konami, including his good-bye party on October 9, and noting that his non-compete expires in December, at which point he can do whatever he lik...
I wonder if Sony will scoop him up
Konami used to be mon ami but now? More like non ami. Does French use "non" or is that just Italian? I don't know any more French, let alone something that rhymes with Konami. Anyways a recent New Yorker piece has pinned down...
The Phantom Game
Which works better? "The Phantom Game," wherein all of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has a phantom writhing in its codes, a Ghost in the Machine, and also "game" and "pain" are like almost near rhymes; or, the much mor...
Bug or parasite suit feature?
Kojima dedicated a lot of resources to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's jiggly physics, probably because of how many cutscene shots linger on Quiet's rack.
And while Kojima Productions has done better than "women are t...
$179 million day-one dollars
The two movies that made the most opening day money in 2015 (Avengers: Boring Subtitle and Jurassic World, respectively) actually sit at numbers two and three for top-grossing opening day all-time, only beat out by Harry Pott...
Cancellation makes 'no f**king sense'
Oh hey, it's that time again where we get to learn why Silent Hills would have been the perfect best game ever if it had not been cancelled. Hooray for more quotes about this cancelled game.
So, according to Guillermo De...
3,000 GP and an XP boost extension
For once, I didn't button-mash my way through the startup notices in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. There's an apology from Konami over the recent stability issues in the game's multiplayer component, Metal Gear Online...
It's not over yet, Snake
I've spent a considerable amount of time this week with Metal Gear Online, and despite my initial positive impressions, I'm having some big-picture issues.
In short, I'm not sure how long this train is going to be chugging along, especially when you take Konami's recent history into account.
It's not over yet, Snake
Kojima's departure from Konami has left me all sorts of worried for the future of Metal Gear Solid -- a series that I've enjoyed ever since I laid eyes on the first NES game over 20 years ago. For now though his legacy i...
Do it (defecate)
Compared to what Konami is doing with microtransactions surrounding forward operating bases (FOBs) in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, this batch of cosmetic DLC is tame.
These outfits are $0.99 a piece and are currently...
Par for the course
One of the chief problems I have with the PS4 is the way the storefront (and subsequently, the release of most games) works. Not only has the latest patch mucked up the UI for the PS Store to include more clicks to get what y...
Yep, it'll cost real money
Forward Operating Bases in Metal Gear Solid V are centers of operation you can set up around the world. These bases can be acquired using in-game premium currency, but it takes an awful lot of it to do anything. Realistically...
I'd expect problems
Konami plans to launch Metal Gear Online on consoles at 12:00am Pacific on October 6, 2015. You staying up? Know that there will probably be issues, and that it's operating on a "rolling timeline window." In other words, laun...
If you use multiple SEN accounts
Given that no one reads the overbearing startup messages for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, let me point out a worthwhile one.
Konami has identified "cases" of a new progress-killing bug affecting PlayStation 4 users. ...
Fun with mods
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain got a PC release. Thus, the above.
Also that puppy D-Dog swap.
Big Boss Extreme
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is real accommodating. That's not to say there aren't bouts of frustrating mission failures and humiliating chicken hat offers, but all things considered (even without the time-slowing Reflex mode), it is way more forgiving than past Metal Gear and other stealth games.
Almost too easy.
This TTP Hardcore Mod does the following:
He of Uzumaki and Tomie fame
What was that? You're finally ready to let go of what Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro could have brought to Silent Hills? Though you long to see what could have been, you've accepted that all you'll have is P.T., if you'r...
Target Practice (R&D Platform)
I've played enough Side Ops in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that, hell, I might as well go for full completion. That's not advisable, by the way. There's 157 of them. Some are novel. Others sure aren't. Even with the ...
'Not leaving Metal Gear behind'
A Konami representative has rubbished reports that the developer/publisher has ceased making video games for consoles.
Although the company has not officially responded to the speculation, a Konami rep responded to a red...