During the recent Nintendo Direct, Metal Gear Solid Master Collection: Volume 1 was announced for the Switch. The collection includes a host of games, including the first three in the “Solid” series, along with the classic 8-bit titles. Volume 2 is rumored to contain Metal Gear Solid 4 and both parts of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zero and Phantom Pain.
According to a Twitter user, who goes by the name of Nitroid, there are some placeholders for Metal Gear Solid 4, Peace Walker and Metal Gear Solid 5 on the existing site.
IGN is also reporting that these games are coming to Volume 2, along with “Peace Walker.” If this announcement does come to fruition, it will be the first time since the PlayStation 3 that Metal Gear Solid 4 has been available.
I played the first four games in chronological order from the plot.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
- Metal Gear Solid / Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes
- Metal Gear Solid 2
- Metal Gear Solid 4
Metal Gear Solid 3 is chronologically the first game in the series (at least upon its release). Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 are in the correct order. Out of the two options for the first Metal Gear Solid, I do prefer “Twin Snakes” over the PlayStation original. At this time, “Twin Snakes” is exclusive to the Nintendo GameCube. Peace Walker is currently available as part of the HD collection, and Metal Gear Solid V is on nearly every console.
Metal Gear Solid 4 – The Good, Bad & Ugly
Metal Gear Solid 4 is a real treat. Out of the series, it is the best of the best. It’s one major flaw was the need to install a massive amount of data before the game is even playable. Also, there is a 5 GB install between each level. On the PlayStation 3, this took WAY too long.
The game as a whole, was phenomenal. The standard controls were changed for this game, but they were far more intuitive. The graphics and sound were also great. Snake had this camouflage suit that blended into whatever he was up against. All of cut-scenes were made of in-game graphics. Above all else, the game was FUN. It’s the only Metal Gear game that I ever played through multiple times.
It’s been some time since I played Metal Gear Solid 4, but it would be a huge boon for Konami to make this game available on something else besides a 15 year old console, that has largely been eclipsed in nearly every way.