Hideo Kojima impressed with Grand Theft Auto V
posted on 07.10.13 at 11:26 PM EDT by (@salromano)
But he's worried Metal Gear Solid V won't compete.

Metal Gear Solid creator and Kojima Productions boss Hideo Kojima is impressed with yesterday’s new Grand Theft Auto V gameplay trailer. So much so, in fact, that he’s worried his upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won’t compete.

“I saw the new trailer for Grand Theft Auto V,” Kojima exclaimed on Twitter. “It was amazing, so awesome. The degree of freedom—it’s the future of games! It’s on a different level than other games. But honestly, I’m upset. I can’t see our ‘V’ gaining victory over their ‘V.’ But Rockstar’s production team is the best. Make no mistake, they increase what’s possible with games.”

Grand Theft Auto V is due out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17. A release date for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, has not been announced.

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  • King-Podigy-X

    LOL!!! Both franchises are on their fifth main title. What a coincidence.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Well, ‘V’ is the fifth title in Solid anyway. However, Metal Gear existed before MGS on PS1. It’s amazing how much of a gap there was between Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 on NES as well as MSX before Metal Gear Solid came out on PS1.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Kojima, you silly scoundrel! Both games will be godly.

  • rainelee

    That’s okay, Kojima. I still adore your games. ;)

  • DesmaX

    Nice to see modesty in the industry these days

  • Syltique

    I don’t see it. Rockstar showed this:

    – TPS gameplay
    – Driving
    – Mini-games
    – Sandbox world

    How is that the future? It’s all been done before. I always admire Japanese developers who are humble, and courteous instead of obnoxiously egotistical, but sometimes they can take their humble attitude a bit too far.

    He should be challenging Rockstar and talking about how MGS V is going to be better, because that’s all people seem to respond to.

    Rockstar has a story that looks like 10 different crime movies ripped off and slapped together. MGS V has a mature story about war, torture, being maimed and living with permanent injury, and child soldiers. Which looks more interesting?

    Rockstar has TPS gameplay and some driving. MGS V has tons of nuanced stealth options, in addition to TPS gameplay and driving. Which do you think will have better gameplay?

    Rockstar’s character models don’t look better than the stuff they showed off in MGS V, which is based on next gen tech in their Fox Engine. MGS V has Kiefer Sutherland doing voice work as well. The characters look a lot more impressive. I had never seen kids that looked as realistic as the ones in that 9 minute E3 MGS V trailer. And then they use that to show a kid having emergency surgery on his stomach from some kind of war wound, which looks pretty brutal and emotionally impactful.

    Japanese devs need to get over their inferiority complex, because it is driving me nuts. Kojima is just paying them a compliment and being humble, and using it to strive to make his game even better, but over here it plays out in the press completely differently. People just see it and think to themselves that Japanese devs suck and that they’re surrendering. They follow the loudest, most self-congratulatory voices, and it’s often coming from devs that make inferior games. It’s a shame.

    • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

      The genre is totally different so far. I take it that Kojima is really keen on open-world and has a lot of concepts in mind, but due to the theme of MGS, he can’t apply them. He really wish to get away from MGS franchise then.

      Both “V” are good, I will get them eventually.

    • DesmaX

      I do understand him, to be honest. I mean, that multiple characters drop-in drop-off is just incredible, throw any other open-world game out of the water. While he’s probably dissapointed that his game won’t match, it gives incentive to try even harder next time

      • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

        It’s more like MGSV’s level of freedom in open world won’t match.

        • DesmaX

          True. I mean, Story hardly is “future of gaming” for me, seriously, you can still slap this game story in a PS1 game, it would still work fine (MGS1)

    • PrinceHeir

      i fucking thank you for writing this!

      tbh i am not impressed with the trailer.

      it seems it’s even more grounded reality versions of games like Just Cause 2, Sleeping Dogs, Saints Row IV.

      the Jet mobile looks nice, but will they be able to actually go near the surface like Just Cause 2 did?

      what about the nukes Saints Row series have? or the flying jet mobile will it have the same fun these games have?

      and GTA stories are fucking boring, Vice City was really the last game where they made the story mesh really well with the world.

      people just love to over rate this series same with Blizzard games.

      and i agree, it seems he’s being humble too much(which is not bad), but people may see this as a weakness just like you said.

      oh well will definitely see which one is the better V.

      my money is on you Kojima :)

    • Adol Christin

      Both games look very promising to me.

    • McPoo

      This is such a stupid post I don’t even know where to start. I’d estimate about 85% of the users on this website have their tongues permanently grafted to Japans asshole, and to be honest it’s pretty pathetic. Surprise surprise at this guys profile picture too, am I right? Most of that 85% feel the need to express themselves through a picture of a big eyed pre-teen girl from some Japanese game or anime.

      I’ll just take this bit:

      “Rockstar has TPS gameplay and some driving. MGS V has tons of nuanced stealth options, in addition to TPS gameplay and driving. Which do you think will have better gameplay?”

      Did you not watch the trailer? There’s shooting, driving, golf, yoga, diving, flying, buying and selling property, an internet system and more. There may even be a little bit of (probably not very good) stealth too. I’m not able to pass judgement on which will have better gameplay, as I’ve not played either (and I’m willing to bet neither have you), but to boil the Western game down to nothing while talking up the Eastern game really does show how much of a fanboy you are.

      “Rockstar has a story that looks like 10 different crime movies ripped off and slapped together. MGS V has a mature story about war, torture, being maimed and living with permanent injury, and child soldiers. Which looks more interesting?”

      Again, you’re trying your hardest to make a Western game look bad and an Eastern game look good. The three GTA protagonists are all very different personalities with their own stories, and they look like they gel together well. MGS will no doubt have a good story too, as has the rest of the series, but do you honestly expect it to be anything more than a bullshit B-movie tale of nonsensical philosophical drivel? Enjoyable, but hardly good. Rockstar have told some great stories recently, with RDR, LA Noire and MP3, so why would GTA be any different?

      So, as I said – that was an incredibly stupid post. If your goal was to make yourself look like a fanboy then well done, mission accomplished.

      • Anime10121

        While I agree that far too many people tend to try and defend their taste in games (be it Japanese or western) a bit too much, you’re taking it too far by talking bad about people just because they have an avatar from a series they enjoy, be it a doe eyed anime girl or anything else.

        • McPoo

          That was more of a general statement about this website, tbh. It’s obviously a Japan centric site, from the news that gets posted, to the responses that people post, to the pictures people use on their profiles.

          The problem I’ve seen a lot of is that there’ll be an article for a Japanese game, and there’ll be like 50 comments singing praise. There’ll be an article about a Western game and it’ll just get abuse thrown at it, often within the first 2 or 3 comments.

          I’m all for preferring one region to the other, but far too many people on this site will talk down one side (usually the West) and talk up the other (usually the East). It’s just a bit pathetic really. Look at that guys post above. He’s having to reduce GTA down to it’s most basic mechanic, and embellish MGS’s to make the point that he prefers Japanese games to Western games. That’s a fine view to have, but an awful way to go about explaining it. You can make any argument if you’re going to play like that”

          This pizza’s just got cheese and tomato on it, whereas this dog turd has a nuanced flavour comprised of all the meals that went into creating it, along with a melody of textures that you just won’t get anywhere else


          • Anime10121

            I agree that most people here seem to be more interested in Japanese games (I myself included, though I do love western stuff too like Uncharted, Ratchet, Tomb Raider, Halo 1, etc), and a lot of people even tend to attack western gaming for no reason other than to defend their eastern games, but making vast generalizations like that doesnt make you much better. It just makes you seem like you’re on the other side of the coin and “weaboo-labeling” anyone who likes Japanese games.

            I agree with a lot of what you’ve said in this thread, but I’m just saying you could go about it a little better than the generalization about avatars and the people on this site. Some of us can and will discuss things pleasantly even though we prefer one region over the other. Just my two cents :)

            • McPoo

              I agree with you, that’s probably how I do come across. In my defence though it’s supposed to be more satirical than anything. An exaggeration of Gematsu, if you will. 85% is just a bullshit stat that I plucked from my ass, but the reasoning behind it is sound, there’s a shit load of people like that on this website, a huge chunk of the commenting users in fact seem to be.

              In a topic like this I aim to be the other side of the coin, because so many people on this website sit firmly on the ‘Fuck the West’ side. I enjoy Japanese games. I prefer Western stuff generally, but I love a good MGS, Pokemon, etc. When people make up bullshit arguments to try and prove a point (that point being they like one side more than the other), I like to join in and be as a big a spaz as they are.

              I’m more than happy for a good discussion though, and will often start them if I can :)

              • KnifeAndFork

                Turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so…

      • HeatPhoenix

        This guy’s pretty right on the money. I mean, you can even tell by the downvotes sorta. MGS V looks amazing and I’m more excited by that, but there’s no way in hell that this game isn’t more expansive.

  • syaznifaiq

    i adore kojima-sama work but his obsession with western game irritated me ..calling open world as the future of gaming, are u serious ? just make your goddamn game good/great whatever and people start buying it ..

    • Warboss Aohd

      should i point out da irony o’ dis statement?

      • syaznifaiq

        “da irony o’ dis” ? dafuq i just read ?

        • Bobby Jennings

          The irony of this

          • McPoo

            The ironing is delicious, Bobby.

            • Bobby Jennings

              Why are you STALKING ME?!

              • McPoo

                It’s a small site, Bobby.

        • HeatPhoenix

          Your posts’ spelling is just as bad. At least HE’S doing it on purpose.

    • Zackasaur

      Agreed. His games are great, but he is an incredibly obnoxious and tasteless person. He’s a terrible influence on the industry, yet a good influence on stealth games.

      It’s bizarre.

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      Metal Gear Solid V is open world, so yes, to Kojima open world games are indeed the future of gaming.

      • syaznifaiq

        lol .. u right. no wonder he said that

    • Budgiecat

      Kojima is an Ameriboo

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Eh… He kind of forgot there are more Metal Gear fans than Grand Theft Auto fans. He doesn’t have anything to worry about, honestly. Personally, I’ve never been impressed with GTA and that goes with this one too.

    Rockstar can keep it.

    • Warboss Aohd

      i ‘ave no love fer Grand Theft Auto………..but it does in fact ‘ave more fanz den Metal Gear Solid does.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Sorry, I have no idea what the hell you just said. Please try to type in English next time.

        • DesmaX

          “I have no love for GTA… But it does in fact have more fans than MGS does”

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Please don’t tell me he’s actually typing like that on purpose =3=

            • DesmaX

              I like his style, to be honest

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                You call THAT style? Well then…

                Anyway, not getting into that. I guess what I should have said earlier is that people have been playing Metal Gear for longer than GTA. I’ve always seen GTA as the kind of game catered to people that can’t think beyond, “ME KILL. ME KILL NAO.” since I ALWAYS seem to see people killing random pedestrians and whatnot, trying to get a high kill count, criminal rating, etc.

                Metal Gear has always required more thinking and has a more original story, whereas GTA looks like it’s ripped from a cheesy 80’s action flick with senseless violence, but… Of course GTA would sell more than MG because people seem to enjoy senseless violence more than a game that focuses more on stealth (excluding Revengeance, but still holds true to my point since plenty of people called me an “idiot” for doing a ‘no kill’ run in that game).

                I guess I just have less respect for the zombified gamer that goes for a generic action game that gives the illusion that it’s “open world”, when it’s clearly not. Kojima needs to relax. MGSV will be better in every way, shape, and form.

                • DichaTesoro

                  Umm, chill. Yeah?

                • McPoo

                  The GTA games are supposed to have stories that make you think of films, it’s part of the style. Metal Gears plot line is so nonsensical, convoluted and just plain ridiculous that Kojima would be best off just rebooting the whole thing and trying to get it right this time. Don’t get wrong, I love the series, but good lord it’s got an awful storyline. It’s up there with Kingdom Hearts in terms of being ****ed beyond belief.

                  And you’re deluded if you think MGS is any more complex than GTA in the gameplay department. They’re different, obviously, but I wouldn’t say either is more complex than the other.

                  Also, how is it not open world?

                  • Zackasaur

                    MGS has a lot of plot holes, but some really good stories outside of that.

                    Kingdom Hearts has an utterly flawless plot, however. You just need to play/watch all of the games to get it. If someone does that and still has trouble, that person is just stupid.

                    • McPoo

                      I didn’t say Kingdom Hearts has plot holes, it’s just ridiculously convoluted. That’s another series that could do with knocking down and rebuilding.

                      As for MGS, I do enjoy the story, but in a ‘Haha this is fuckin’ awful’ kinda way. Like watching a B movie or something. It’s entertaining, but is completely ridiculous and downright bad most of the time.

                    • Anime10121

                      Agree so much it ain’t even funny!

                    • Budgiecat

                      KH plot is convoluted

                    • McPoo

                      Thank you! I enjoy the games, and I like the idea of the plot but it really is a big ol’ mess.

                    • Anime10121

                      Its not, as Zack said, if you play all the main games in the series, its really easy to follow.

                    • KnifeAndFork

                      Nah it’s confusing dude lets not try to sugarcoat things….

                    • Anime10121

                      How about you just say its confusing for you and leave it at that. It’s really not that hard (or hard at all) to understand if you play the games and pay attention, its also good to take a look at the Ansem/Xehanort reports in the game as they give important info to understand the lore of the games.

                      It is not the games nor its story’s fault that the games are spread out across so many platforms that most people have skipped entries. Nor is it the fault of the game if you don’t find the information within the game, everything needed to understand the plot of the game is right there in each game. Whether you want that info or just gleem over it is your choice, but the story IS simple.

                      Edit sorry for all the mispellings…Autocorrect on Smartphones SUCK!

                    • Zackasaur

                      Incorrect. It is complex, but it is not convoluted. You might need help with the definitions.

                    • McPoo

                      To be fair, a quick ‘Google’ of “Kingdom Hearts convoluted” shows that quite a lot of people would indeed call it convoluted. I’ve no doubt it’s complex too, but that’s beside the point.

            • Skerj

              That’s how Orks speak in 40k.

    • PrinceHeir


      and lol at neo gaf saying GTA 3 was the founder of open world, when in fact Shenmue did it early and did waaay better than any Rockstar game has to offer.

      especially the detail it offered at the time.

      i wish we have Shenmue 3 to really show Rockstar how to properly do a open world game rather than slapping a sandbox and be done with it

      • Syltique

        So true. Shenmue did it first, and invented the modern QTE, and was far more cinematic and graphically impressive than GTA III, and came out years earlier. It had a fighting system on par with a multi-opponent Virtua Fighter, and the level of detail really was far past anything else done today. You could open every drawer in Ryu’s house and pick up anything in it and look at it up close from every angle.

    • Anime10121

      While I like MGS FAR more than GTA, the sales for MGS pale In comparison to what MGS brings in. GTA’s usually do 4 x’s as much as MGS.

    • Budgiecat

      There are more fans of GTA then there are of MGS. This is fact. Just look at the sales and look at the reported number of views for both trailers.

    • HeatPhoenix

      Pretty sure there’s a lot more GTA fans than MGS fans.

      • Aly Hesham

        I don’t think GTA has more “dedicated” fans…GTA ends up seeling more cuz of advertisement and winning over the average joe.

  • DichaTesoro

    It’s nice to see that Kojima is open to western games when some Japanese developers seemingly aren’t. It’s possibly what makes MGS a popular series worldwide that it’s not so Japan-centric.

    • Warboss Aohd

      i do think gamez could use more design decisions of both Western an’ Japanese.

      I Love JRPGs more den any genre, don’t get me wrong, But both sidez o’ da ocean could use a bit o’ an’ examination of how da otherz work. a Combination i believe is key.

      • DichaTesoro

        Couldn’t agree more. You have a way with words, man.

      • HeatPhoenix

        Exactly, the best of both worlds give of the best of games. Mixing always gives a much better result, folks.

  • Awnye

    Of course it won’t compare, Rockstar has a Triple-A budget. You just can’t compare your stuff with something that has unlimited funding.

    That being said, I have zero doubt MGSV will be amazing!

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Metal Gear Solid V doesn’t have a “Triple-A” budget?

      Okay ._.

      • Anime10121

        Not anything near GTAs. Which is understandable considering GTA sales usually end up around 20 million sold while MGS usually averages about 5 million.

        • McPoo

          Do you reckon V will get a larger budget now that it’s multi platform though? It’ll have the potential to sell in much higher numbers so they might throw more money at it to begin with.

          • Anime10121

            I do but it still won’t be near the amount rockstar puts aside for GTA.

  • Mark

    Come on guys, we all know Kojima love to play with our minds. Don’t believe in everything that he says. =p

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I just want to play Metal Gear Solid V right now. lol

    • Anime10121

      Me too Jude:P

  • hull

    He did this already with L.A.Noir and Rockstar sent him a copy. Maybe that’s the cause or maybe MGSV is really mediocre. Or both.

    • McPoo

      Haha I like the idea of him publicly paying them compliments in hope of a free copy of GTA :)

    • Anime10121

      Mgsv has to be mediocre just because its director happens to think highly of GTA? Many game directors look highly upon GTAs because technically, they are generally extremely well developed and sale extremely well. That doesn’t mean their games are any less impressive.

      • hull

        ” I can’t see our ‘V’ gaining victory over their ‘V.’” director said. It’s like father or mother would say “Our boy is no match for neighbour’s boy”. The point is even if it’s true they definitely shouldn’t say that openly. That would mean they lost all hope and love for their child. Agreed? That’s why I think Kojima is not smart.

        • kenshee

          I disagree.

          Someone’s child is a living being, with feelings and countless factors that make comparing said child with another something you just don’t do.

          Meanwhile the degree of freedom in a videogame can be discussed, it can be compared.

          Note how MGSV seems to be shouting “we have a lot more freedom in our game now!” in its trailers?
          Well, that’s what he’s commenting on, at least that’s how I interpret his comment.

          The open world game series that’s basically designed around freedom leaving other aspects a bit wanting at times (imo, I care about snake, I didn’t care about … Niko was it? :/) has more freedom than the stealth game that’s improving it’s freedom with its latest installment.

          If you think him acknowledging other people’s efforts make him an idiot, please just think about it…

          He’s not so stupid as to not know what his comment might have as repercussions, he didn’t “accidentally let it slip that his game is inferior” or anything close to that, he acknowledges a technical achievement made by very respected peers in his field, and vows to try to compete with the current masters at this specific feature (freedom in games) with his current project.

          Lastly, I find humility a very nice trait, since it shows people still have perspective and are still looking to improve themselves.
          However this is something very dependent on culture, in some cultures, this degree of humility might be seen as inappropriate for people with a lot of responsibility.

          I’m guessing it’s because of this that so many people seem to take offense to this.

          Sorry this got so long ‘^^

          • hull

            OK. I guess we have a misunderstanding. GTAV is the first GTA that interested me. And I definitely will buy MGSV like previous installments. It’s not bad that Kojima praises GTAV. He just shouldn’t give even little hint that his game lacks in some way. He is public person. And this game is not only his own. Many people was working hard on MGSV. But he doesn’t care. He just made this damn comment.

            • Anime10121

              He’s not saying his game’ll lack in anything, all he’s saying is what everyone else always says, that Grand Theft Auto looks/is a technical marvel. Regardless or whether any one thinks they’re fun or not, GTA IS technically impressive. Each GTA since 3 has set standards and pushed how far open world games can go, and considering this will bee Kojima’s first open world game, its understandable for him to praise the game every open world game aspires to be.

          • Anime10121

            Couldnt have written a better reply myself :)

            Agreed wholeheartedly!

  • Adol Christin

    What’s with the JPN defense force all of a sudden? I love games period. It just happens, that I prefer JPN games more to western games. But I don’t force my views on anyone else. A lot of my friends like COD, they think games like FF and MGS are boring, its just a matter of choice.

    Kojima just showed appreciation for something he liked. So now, people can’t express their views without being criticized to hell for it? He likes GTAV, how does affect what games you play and like? he has to like what you like?

    You guys should be happy, we still have sometime to go before MGSV comes out. Now, Kojima is determined more than ever to make it the best he can :)

    • Warboss Aohd

      Thank You!

  • Zackasaur

    I love Kojima’s games…

    But I hate Kojima. Every time he opens his mouth, he makes me like him even less. He’s just an idiot.

    An idiot who makes good games.


    *pre-orders MGSV*

    • $18114340

      Everybody who has ever been in game development is an idiot. It isn’t about the degree of idiocy, it’s a matter of making public statements in what frequency. They’re human beings, just like anybody else; eventually everything comes crashing down to reality and you realize that for all the visionary genius there are also plenty of dumb opinions and regrettable remarks. But we all have those. Never meet your heroes.

      • McPoo

        Not even Batman?

        • Anime10121

          No, not even Batman :(

          • McPoo

            You’re a monster…

            • Budgiecat

              Some men just want to watch the world burn…

              • McPoo


    • xMCXx

      How is he an idiot?
      He basically says: “Wow, their game’s better than mine!”.
      I don’t know many developers who would say that, to be honest.

      • Budgiecat

        For marketing purposes. it’s a dangerous comment. He basically is potentially sabotaging the future success of his game and giving R* a boost in credibility to help sell theirs.

        Reminds me of Anderson Silva trolling about Chris Weidman being the best and winning just before their UFC fight last week and then losing to him in the actual fight.

        • xMCXx

          I don’t think that will happen.
          But it’s his game and his opinion. I don’t see the problem.

          • KnifeAndFork

            What you think and what will happen are 2 different things

            • xMCXx

              Thank you for enlightening me.

  • Aldridge517

    I’m gonna buy them both :P

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Didn’t expect his tweets to caused this kind of reaction over the internet. I’ll make sure to bring some popcorn next time.

  • Bobby Jennings

    Compete with westerners? Probably so, since all the west is interested in are shooters, shooters and more shooters. But your game will be great Kojima. Ain’t nothing gonna change that.

    • McPoo


      • Bobby Jennings

        Not at all. Far from it. I don’t plan on getting either of the games, but I wish both developers good luck. I’m just saying, if the gun is not the main weapon, most westerners will probably avoid it.

        • McPoo

          I’m just being silly, pay me no notice :) x

          • Bobby Jennings

            oh..thought you were serious :/

            • McPoo

              Nah <3 xox

    • miyamoto

      his jaw dropped with The Last of Us gameplay demo too

  • Budgiecat

    Stop trolling, Kojima…

  • Marco Tinè

    The thing with open world games is that they’re very flexible in their scope.

    The framework of GTA is that of an action adventure that emphasizes the sheer number of things you can do, regardless of them being relevant to the main purpose of the game, or its story. It’s about conveying the largest degree of freedom you can experience in the genre.

    Metal Gear Solid is a stealth adventure, so everything you can do in its world has to be somehow relevant and coherent. I think this is the difference Kojima acknowledges between his V and Rockstar’s V, but having a more limited scope it’s not necessarily a disadvantage. It didn’t stop Red Dead Redemption from becoming an open world classic.

    Diverging from coherence in a game like Metal Gear Solid can create opportunities for comedy (Kojima is not stranger to that at all) or be used as a plot device – things that rarely happens in GTA, where humour and story are delivered differently (mainly by satirizing the real world).

    Different games has different strengths, and while I think Kojima would be eager to make MGS a little more GTA-like, he knows that transplanting the game’s linear nature in an open world is an hardcore undertaking, and a great design exercise. I can imagine his frustration whenever he discovers that something he could do with his new open world doesn’t feel right for MGS.

    Thats why I think GTA shouldn’t be Kojima’s reference. In his place, I’d probably look at reaching a similar scope to Red Dead Redemption (which has a very strong internal coherence) and perfect it as much as I could.

  • HeatPhoenix

    Christ almighty, are there really people in this thread pretending that GTA V’s

    newest trailer is not extremely impressive? Perhaps even more so than MGS V’s? MGS V’s stealth looks pretty incredible, but honestly it’s MGS 4 slapped onto an open world while the story of MGS:PW continues. Fantasticorgasmical, but it doesn’t come close to GTA V, to quote McPoo:

    “There’s shooting, driving, golf, yoga, diving, flying, buying and selling property, an internet system and more. There may even be a little bit of (probably not very good) stealth too”

    Then again, I prefer the gameplay in MGS 3/4/PW over GTA SA/4 but that doesn’t mean that GTA V isn’t a lot more impressive technically. I mean, look at it!

    • HeatPhoenix

      Besides that, you gotta realize Kojima fucking adores western movies, alright? Heck, MGS series is a series of western action movies put into game form with a bit of japanese ridiculousness sprinkled over it with a touch of mech. So of course he’d be infatuated with a western studio, one of the biggest/best, doing the same things.

    • McPoo

      Don’t think I’ve ever been quoted before *blushes*

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Not enough developers have that sort of dignified respect for his/her competitors; even if really it’s just spite so they can try to get their game over others.

    Still good to see they can at least make it civil unlike some others.

  • Adam Meadows

    It’s to our and the game’s benefit that Kojima is a little insecure about his work. It might incline him to push himself further. It’s also highly likely that he feels this way about every product – that there’s something looming on the horizon that is superior.

    And although they are different games, they have overlapping ambitions. Shooting, open-world and, of course, the cinematic stuff.

    People call GTA and Call of Duty ‘simple’ and ‘dumb’ largely because they are popular, I think. It’s not the gameplay that’s the problem with Call of Duty – it was celebrated in 2007 – it’s the fact that it’s not really changed in years.

    And no, not every GTA player aims to kill innocent people. Having that choice, though, is what makes GTA so compelling.

    • McPoo

      Black Ops 2 made some decent changes, but nothing overly drastic. Still took them too long to get to that point >.>

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    With all due respect for Kojima, I’m even more excited for GTAV than MGSV… So much that I might even skip MGSV entirely… This hype is dangerous indeed..

    I know the two games can’t be compared together because they’re different but still… No hard feelings, I suppose?

  • EspadaKiller

    Kojima is wayyyyy to humble! GTA V is gonna be great, and so is MGS V too. Regarding sandbox gameplay no games can match the GTA franchise IMO, not even the Saints Row franchise or Sleeping Dogs.

    Hopefully in the future Japan will be the main location in the next GTA game. A GTA game featuring Japan as the main location would be sweeeeeeeet!

  • LeBronista

    Calling Dan Houser

  • Heavenly_King

    I am buying MGSV on PS4. If GTAV gets released on PS4 too I might buy it; if not nope. I am not a fan of GTA franchise; but still can see some appealing in this latest game.

  • SpectralRaiden

    Thats why I both Hideo Kojima and Keiji Inafune are amongst my favorite japanese game designers: They don’t mind giving the Western market praise. Though I feel that Kojima is being a bit too humble (Has anyone seen MGSV!?, but Inafune genuinly does worry about the state of the current and future video game market in Japan–not to say that Kojima doesn’t:-P Either way I’m going to end up buying them both.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I didn’t expect this to be such a hot topic. =O

    I don’t think its that big of a deal.

    • gerald

      I think the twitter quote is probably being overblown by people. Some will misinterpret it as thinking Kojima is genuinely disappointed in MGSV now, but it’s just humility and praise for GTAV.

      • MosquitoLemon

        Thank you for summing up the myriad of text walls that follow. Do people not know the whole Japanese humility, pat your colleagues on the back thing?

        And the fact that people tried making it into a JP vs West issue is terrible. MGS is the most ‘western’ game of all time! It was born of a man’s love for Western military drama/film, sci-fi, spy thrillers, etc.