Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It's Over.

Comments from Hideo Kojima regarding "Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes".

On Emergent Gaming & Player Choice (from this interview)

Kojima: First of all if you give somebody a mission, and say your mission is to go and rescue this person, already you create some drama there. However if you take that a step further and say give the person the power to decide how they get there, what time they arrive, what kind of path they use to sneak into the base then it creates even more drama and gives them more freedom. So it’s not so much that I’ve been aiming to create an open world game so much as I just want to give players the freedom to do things in a way that feels natural to them...what I want to do is give people the freedom to create their own stories and create something that's very personal to them. That's what I want to accomplish.

On Storytelling In Games (from this source)

Metal Gear Solid 4 had long cutscenes because it needed to close the story and explain everything. For Ground Zeroes, a new method of story telling will be used, and Kojima thinks players will really like it...Kojima said he believes story telling through cinematics has become a bit outdated, and therefore he used a new method of story telling for Ground Zeroes.

On Tone & Seriousness (from this source)

Kojima: Video games as a medium haven't matured very much at all in the last 25 years. It's always about killing aliens and zombies. Not that I don't like those kinds of games... they are fun, but I think games have a long way to go before they can mature. Over the past 25 year I have tried to work with the Metal Gear series to introduce more mature themes, but really it hasn't gotten there yet. Compared to movies and books it still has a long way to go.

On Gameplay Design (from this source)

Kojima: “Up until now Metal Gear has more or less been set on one path. Like you’re set on one rail to get from point A to point B, with a certain amount of freedom between. What I want to do is create a true open world experience. Where the player has all these options available to them and really limitless gameplay. That’s what I’m trying to accomplish with my next project, Ground Zeroes.”


  1. It's not over until
    1) the game delivers what you hope it will, and
    2) everyone loves the game for the gameplay you're hoping it'll deliver.

    Bonus goal is 3) phenomenal sales of "ExpBelieve Was Right" T-shirts.

  2. Games haven#t matured in the .last 25 years? What snes, megadrive, nes or atari games are like Spec Ops over the Line, Persona 4 or Phoenix Wright?

    1. None of those are particularly "mature", no.


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