Metal Gear Solid collection has content warning – probably for sexism & smoking

Previews for the Metal Gear Solid re-releases reveal new details, including its authenticity and a newly announced PS4 version.

Sometimes when older media is updated for re-release to a modern audience it will quietly edit or remove content that hasn’t aged well.

That will not be the case with the Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection, with Konami promising that they haven’t changed anything – even those elements that might seem problematic nowadays.

However, this also means that Konami has added a new content warning to the collection, concerning the series’ ‘outdated’ aspects.

Similar to warnings in front of old cartoons, that contain racist content, the warnings appear ahead of every game included in the collection.

‘This game contains expressions and themes which may be considered outdated,’ it reads, according to GamesRadar.

‘However, these elements have been included without alteration to preserve the historical context in which the game was made and the creator’s original vision. Player discretion is advised.’

It doesn’t specify exactly which elements are being referred to, but if we were to take a guess it may be due to the portrayal of certain female characters.

The first game has a scene where Snake can spy on Meryl in her underwear and the third game, Snake Eater, has a section where you can zoom in on Eva’s breasts.

Similar elements were purposefully removed from the Resident Evil 4 remake, although that was a full remake and not a simple remaster like Metal Gear.

It may also have something to do with the original MSX2 games, and others, featuring smoking to make some sections easier, although if it’s just that it seems a bit of an extreme warning, given the collection already has an 18 age rating.

Regardless, long time fans can’t complain about anything being cut from the games. In fact, the PlayStation Blog promises that the collection is so authentic that, on the PlayStation 5 version at least, the circle button is used to confirm while the cross button is used to cancel – despite that controller set-up having been reversed this generation.

The downside is that the first Metal Gear Solid offers no widescreen support and is being emulated at its original 4:3 presentation.

The blog also mentions that there’ll be a menu option that swaps your controller from port one to port two, a very obvious reference to Metal Gear Solid’s famous Psycho Mantis boss fight.

Presumably, this option will be available in the other versions of the game too, but Konami is refusing to explain further at the moment, in order to keep it a surprise.

Although initially only announced for the Switch and current gen formats a PlayStation 4 version is also now on the cards, but doesn’t yet have a release date.

Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 launches for Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on October 24.

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