Metal Gear Solid HD Collection: ‘Remakes’ questioned with PS2-like graphics

By Posted 20 Jun 2011, 10:57

When we first heard the news about Konami’s upcoming HD collection remakes for Metal Gear Solid, naturally we were delighted with the news that Snake and co. would be getting an PS3 and Xbox 360 makeover with updated graphics and textures.

It was a while ago that Konami announced the upcoming titles, and recently the company revealed the very first gameplay trailer for the HD remake of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker – one of the titles featured in the upcoming collection.

Previously a PSP exclusive, Peace Walker HD will now be coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 and this latest trailer gives us a chance to see how Konami are handling the new remakes in HD – Or so we thought.

After watching the trailer, we have to admit that we felt slightly disappointed on the quality of the graphics featured in Peace Walker. It was under our impression that Konami will be totally remaking the games, i.e utilizing the full power of PS3 and Xbox 360 console capabilities, but in actual fact it looks like Konami has just bumped up the resolution to 720p, added a new slicker menu interface, and very litte else.

We’d even go as far to say that these graphics are PS2-like, and definitely not we and most Metal Gear Solid fanatics were hoping for. Konami recently teased that they may be planning to re-visit the original Metal Gear Solid game with a brand new remake with a new story, but judging by the quality of their HD Collection as seen in Peace Walker, we’re a bit skeptical to say the least.

Are we perhaps being a bit too harsh on Konami and the team? Maybe a little bit since the game still looks decent to an extent, but when you announce a HD Collection at E3, it’s generally supposed to be a big deal, however these graphics we’re seeing here definitely aren’t. Watch the trailer below for yourself, and tell us we’re wrong – we’d love to hear both sides of the story here.

Konami are also planning to ‘remake’ MGS2 and MGS3: Snake Eater as part of the HD collection, hopefully they won’t look as painful as the graphics in Peace Walker do. One thing we definitely love though are the crisp codec interfaces, and is that a new voice for Snake that we detect there as well? Some of you may be glad that you’ll finally be able to enjoy this title on the PS3 console, but after watching the first gameplay trailer for it, some of you may be thinking it should have stayed on the PSP and Konami focus their attentions on something else.

What will the Zone of the Ender remakes look like? Do you agree with us that the graphics are slightly disappointing, or do you think they look acceptable?

As a further point of interest, we recently wrote an article in relation to ‘gamers being misleaded‘ in 2011, and you have to say that this upcoming Metal Gear Solid HD Collection may fall into the same category. We know you can do better Konami.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottguesty Scott Ryan Guest

    what we have to remember here, is that these titles have only just been announced. this could very well be a port of the PSP game with some graphical smoothing in places and little else altered so far. what im trying to say is these HD remakes have barely hit the radar, what we should do is take appreciation from the fact that there are some updated menus and visuals on show. what we see today may very well not be what we see when the HD collection releases. anyway regardless of visuals, the gameplay and story are what drive most MGS games and i for one would be quite happy to play through the whole game based on those visuals as they never hurt MGS 2 or 3 when they were around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Aloverssoulz Kris Reid

    Nobody ever said anything about the games getting a remake. They were getting bumped up to HD with 60 frames a second and that’s it. MGS3 ran at 30 frames and because of that it can’t run well on the PS3, so the HD one later this year is very welcome. And no, that is not a new voice for Snake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Aloverssoulz Kris Reid

    Nobody ever said anything about the games getting a remake. They were getting bumped up to HD with 60 frames a second and that’s it. MGS3 ran at 30 frames and because of that it can’t run well on the PS3, so the HD one later this year is very welcome. And no, that is not a new voice for Snake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000300423720 Jesse Tichelaar

    such a shame , i want MGS2 MGS3 And Peace Walker in MGS4 Engine for the PS3

  • hockhee

    are you high? or do you just generally not have a clue? they are not remakes, just HD – re-releases. First and foremost, for peacewalker, you need to remember that it’s a PSP title, so it was never going to be simply upscaled and look as good as mgs4. is this what you where expecting though seriously. As for MGS2 – that still looks amazing anyway, only played through it again last year and the graphics still hold up to some of todays titles – i was shocked!.. Same can be said for MGS3 (which was my favorite i think, so a HD re-release is extremely welcome). except now people will finally be able to play it with the improved full 360 camera angle. I bought Snake Eater as soon as it was released, and after playing it again a few months back i completely forgot how bad the camera is by todays standards. but in the Subsistance release a new camera angle was incorporated – changing the game for the better. Now i don’t have to break the bank to get a rare copy of subsistence or the american MGS collection, which would mean id have to buy an american PS2 and what not.

  • hockhee

    are you high? or do you just generally not have a clue? they are not remakes, just HD – re-releases. First and foremost, for peacewalker, you need to remember that it’s a PSP title, so it was never going to be simply upscaled and look as good as mgs4. is this what you where expecting though seriously. As for MGS2 – that still looks amazing anyway, only played through it again last year and the graphics still hold up to some of todays titles – i was shocked!.. Same can be said for MGS3 (which was my favorite i think, so a HD re-release is extremely welcome). except now people will finally be able to play it with the improved full 360 camera angle. I bought Snake Eater as soon as it was released, and after playing it again a few months back i completely forgot how bad the camera is by todays standards. but in the Subsistance release a new camera angle was incorporated – changing the game for the better. Now i don’t have to break the bank to get a rare copy of subsistence or the american MGS collection, which would mean id have to buy an american PS2 and what not.