A devoted Metal Gear fan struggles to resist Konami’s incessant seductions.
Konami Japan have announced a new Metal Gear collection called, conveniently, Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection. It includes all the Metal Gear games to date (sans the spin-offs, so forget about Rising, Ac!d and even Portable Ops), from the series’ humble origins in the 8-bit era, to Peace Walker, the latest release. The collection comes in a nice, fancy box with trademark illustrations by Yoji Shinkawa, and while Konami haven’t confirmed if it’s coming to Europe, it will at least make it to NTSC territories (that’s North and South America, boys and girls). In other words, it’s essential import material, thanks to the region-free nature of the PS3.
This all sounds all fine and dandy, but I find the timing particularly annoying. If you’re like me when it comes to anything related to the adventures of Solid Snake and Big Boss, you probably already have the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which came out in February 2012. This includes MGS2, MGS3 and Peace Walker, and since the version of MGS3 included is the one dubbed ‘Subsistence’, the two Metal Gear games for the 8-bit MSX console are also there. For fans of Hideo Kojima’s oeuvre, it only made sense to own this collection, plus the original Metal Gear Solid (available on PSN for less than a tenner) and MGS4. Perfect way for connoisseurs to have all the games in the series, right? Well, Konami begs to differ.
The Legacy Collection makes your life easier by including everything in a single, convenient, pretty package. But what happens if you already have all those games? The temptation to give Konami your money, to own one more piece of Metal Gear memorabilia, to increase your already worrisomely large collection, is too great. Trust me, I should know. As someone who bought the HD Collection as soon as it came out and replayed all of its games several times (yes, even the MSX ones – I’m old enough to feel comfortable playing with dated graphics), the announcement of the Legacy Collection comes like a stab to the heart. You already have my money, Konami. And yet here we are again – a new collection, a new tantalising way to get my money, my time, my very essence. All this, just to celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary? I don’t think I want to fall for that yet again.
As I said, the problem is the timing. This is the sort of product aimed primarily at already-established fans of the franchise who own it all (exhibit A: me). So what’s the point in releasing the Legacy Collection, then? I can’t help but think it’s nothing but a shameless money grab. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V are in the works; surely they need the extra resources. By capitalising on the impulsive collectors’ mania (a magpie syndrome of sorts), Konami will be able to sell the same product all over again, wrapped up in a stylish black box, all sleek and shiny.
If they’d just added some sort of extra, some further incentive to justify the expense, then I wouldn’t find reason to complain. But wait, what’s that? It also includes the two motion comic adaptations of MGS and MGS2 by Ashley Wood? And a 100-page book called, grandiosely, The Legacy Book? Okay, Konami, you win. Here, that’s my wallet, have a go. Just turn the lights off when you leave the room.
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