I’ve had August off from my themed gaming months of 2015, once I finished The Witcher III: Wild Hunt I’ve had a busy schedule and a trip to Japan, with the only games I’ve squeezed in the meantime being shorter affairs like The Order 1886 and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. Well, September begins another month of themed gaming and blogging, this time the works of Hideo Kojima and specifically the Metal Gear series. Month of Metal Gear *should only* run through the month of September, as opposed to the previous “months” which have dragged and overlapped all over the place! Metal Gear Solid remains one of my favourite videogames of all time, and it’s with great anticipation that I’ve been counting down the months, weeks, days until September 1st.
Tomorrow sees the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which will likely (this time) be the final game in this amazing videogame series; and I couldn’t be more excited!! Of course, I’ll be playing through this and hopefully writing a review before the month is out. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain promises to be quite a different experience compared to previous games in the series, and I’m hoping it’ll live up to my expectations. I’m actually a fan of lengthy cutscenes and heavy doses of postmodernism in my videogames, which is why I’ve loved everything that Hideo Kojima has produced thus far. Can this connecting story, filling in the character development gaps between ‘Naked Snake’ and ‘Big Boss’, be the swansong that the series deserves. Fingers crossed!
I already played through the slightly controversial Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes when it was released, but I might revisit it before diving into its follow-up, just to refresh myself with the state of the story. Much derided as a fancy, and expensive, demo for the true fifth game I actually really enjoyed Metal Gear Solid V:Ground Zeroes and even though it was very different from previous entries it showed the potential of an “open world” Metal Gear. I’ve not done much in terms of playing the side missions, only really finishing the main story and so I might give those a play too. Either way I’ll be posting up a review of this alongside its sibling later in the month!
Finally, I’ll also be posting a bunch of retrospectives concerning previous games in the series that I’ve played through, some of which might be pulled and rewritten from my old blog. These remain some of the very best videogames I’ve ever played, two in particular I consider to be absolute masterpieces of videogame design and are a permanent fixtures in my ‘hall of fame’ (games awarded a 10/10 in review). There are also other articles I would like to write and explore regarding the themes of Metal Gear and regarding Hideo Kojima himself, who I think is an absolute genius. I hope people enjoy reading another themed gaming month on my blog, I certainly enjoy doing these as it helps me to focus and get through games, as well as occasionally tackle my backlog (for the month of October I’m currently planning to tackle the Yakuza games I’ve still got outstanding like Ishin and Zero).