Newsflash! The much-hyped Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1 is giving fans a mixed bag of emotions. Touted as the next big thing from the house of Konami, this stealth action compilation holds a bit of a snag for PC enthusiasts: a big, fat ‘no’ to mouse and keyboard controls. It’s like a pub without beer or a full English breakfast minus the bacon!
Konami first spilled the beans about the collection last month during Sony’s PlayStation Showcase shindig, revealing the inclusion of the original trilogy and a remastered Metal Gear Solid 3. Now, as more deets tumble out about the forthcoming collection, the PC version seems a little light on key features.
Following the grand revelation in May, Konami wowed fans during the June Nintendo Direct with a surprise twist: a launch on the Switch with added bells and whistles. During the broadcast, Konami pulled another rabbit out of the hat, revealing the collection would also include the original MSX and NES titles from the 80s and early 90s. As if that weren’t enough, they also tossed in digital artbooks and graphic novels from the franchise. Yet, there’s one glaring omission in the PC version of Metal Gear Solid Master Collection.
Missing in Action: Key Controls for Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1 PC Version
The official Steam listing for the games has exposed a significant wrinkle in the PC versions. Despite early listings hinting at controller-only support which many hoped was a mere slip-up, the games have now officially shunned keyboard-and-mouse controls. These remastered PS2 originals have therefore left fans scratching their heads and questioning the quality of the new versions.
The Metal Gear Solid compilation, while igniting anticipation among franchise devotees, has also sparked critique. Notably, the collection leaves out Metal Gear Solid 4 and MGS: The Twin Snakes, two less-accessible games yet to grace modern platforms.
The fresh unveiling of the Metal Gear Solid compilation and the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake follows a rather dry spell for the franchise. Since Hideo Kojima’s exit in 2015, Konami has only birthed one new game, Metal Gear Survive, in 2018. But, sadly, it failed to, well, survive, mostly due to its generic theming and deviation from traditional gameplay. Now, fans are pinning hopes on the upcoming collection and remake to restore the franchise to its former glory.
Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1 is set to hit the shelves on October 24th for Windows PC, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S. So, mark your calendars, but PC gamers, perhaps keep your mouse and keyboard expectations in check!
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