Holy flipping shnikies! Honestly, here I was, thinking Metal Gear Solid had become overwrought with plot and Kojima just needed to move on to another series, perhaps a spiritual sequel of some sort. But after this trailer, I’m excited for the franchise all over again! I still have trepidations, though. My fear is that this game’s story will not only be inaccessible to franchise outsiders, but to MGS veterans who haven’t gotten around to playing all those handheld side games for the PSP. Big Boss’s plot line has become as convoluted as Solid Snake’s, and at this point I don’t think even the most die hard Metal Gear fan can explain the series’ overarching plot without a flow chart and week of free time, and even then the logic of it all breaks down into a pile of bubbling nonsense.
Now I say this as a huge MGS fan who used to spend hours of his free time speculating on the series’ many conspiracies, but even I’ve become burnt out on the Snake’s incomprehensible back story. So, PLEASE, Kojima! Keep it relatively simple and easily digestible this time! We don’t need another MGS4, as much as I loved how that game wrapped up the Solid Snake plotline.
Also, if Ground Zeroes is truly a prelude to MGS5, let us hope that MGS5 turns out to be the remake/retcon of the original Famicom that I think every Metal Gear fan has been secretly hoping for ever since MGS3 made the leap back in time. Now that’s something I could seriously go fanboy nuts over!