The classic Konami stealth games may finally be playable again for PC players
Though we may be stuck with the next (and possibly last, given Ubisoft’s seeming lack of interest in approach the IP with any sort of reverence) Splinter Cell game being a VR-exclusive, that doesn’t mean the competition doesn’t have alternative ideas.
The Metal Gear series has been a strong alternative to Splinter Cell; in this case, we’re not going to see a real “new” Metal Gear Solid featuring the box-hiding Snake, but potentially a re-release on PC. Rock Paper Shotgun has some insights into it, but I’ll summarize here.
Basically, Taiwanese equivalent of ESRB ratings have been filed for PC-versions Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance among others. While that’s not necessarily an indicator of a PC re-release, it is a strong indicator that something is coming down the pipeline.
The original Metal Gear was never on PC, just FYI, so non-console gamers may finally get a taste.
I personally never got into the Metal Gear series until much later; I played the first one a bit as a rental as a kid, and had only watched my college buddies play the MGS games (being too invested in all sorts of other shenanigans and games to even ask to give it a whirl on their consoles). Still, while waiting for Ghost Recon Breakpoint to come out, I had finally picked up Metal Gear Solid V, and realized just how good the stealth gameplay was, although the story is a bit too otherworldly for me, and I was on the fence about the campiness of it (I mean really, the whole walking around with a box and hiding in it is a bit absurd, but it does play well to the overall intentional absurdity of the story). Still, I put a solid number of hours sneaking around and capturing enemies for my base, listening for the iconic stinger of being detected while I crawled through enemy territory (that stinger is as relevant to MGS fans as the “Bweeee” sound of Sam’s NVGs in Splinter Cell).
If you’re a Splinter Cell fan and need something to help ease the pain, definitely give MGS V a try for now, and we’ll keep our eyes open to see if we’ll get either a straight re-release for PC on the earlier titles, or even perhaps a remaster (here’s hoping for a strong remaster for those of us who crave strong visuals).