I have never really been interested in the idea of revisiting old favorites of my past. When I was younger I would go back and load up the final save in some of my favorite games, to once again, experience the ending. As I have gotten older, I no longer really have that desire. Don't get me wrong, I love the games of my youth and the games that defined why I love gaming. With that said though, I just don't feel like going back and playing through a game that I have played through before. Maybe it's because I am older and time is... you know, a serious thing now.
Thus I find it very interesting and unexpected that I am revisiting the Metal Gear Solid series. These games are pretty much near and dear to my heart, and while I (for reasons that may seem obvious from the above) have never really been into the whole "HD Collection" thing that has been taking the current gaming market by storm, I recently received an unexpected gift in the form of the MGS HD Collection. I much appreciated it and did find myself loading up MGS2 and giving it a whirl. Maybe it's the way the game has transferred quite well to high-resolutions or maybe I actually did enjoy replaying the game, but something lit a fire in me and I found myself playing through MGS2, MGS3 and even loading up MGS for the original Playstation. Suffice it to say that the last three weeks have been quite eventful, as my free time has been absorbed into this franchise, all over again. I find myself playing them most of the night, even when I know that I have a busy day ahead.
Now, we have come to the finale... the big conclusion; Metal Gear Solid 4, which is the game that I argue to be the best in the series. I have been very excited to play this one, now that the other games are fresh in my mind. As I finished MGS yesterday, I noticed something slight near the end and was very apparent at the beginning of MGS4. I believe I have come down with, something I refer to as "Kojima Overload". Don't get me wrong, I play these games for the story. I have always been on board with this franchise and have been enthralled with the story and characters, as they are near and dear to my heart. With that said though, I realize three weeks of these games is a little too much. Maybe I need to take a week off or some kind of short break and stop smell the roses per se. Then start back up MGS4, and replay the opening. It's just that the moment the game starts, and after a slight bit, my head is killing me. I love the exposition... the story... the feel... but it's a little too much at the moment and I need a break damn it! OK, I know I need to calm down. Still, have you ever experienced something like this with a franchise you hold dear? Who knows, maybe I am just tired and I'll load it back up and love ever second tomorrow, but as it stands, I might want to wait a little bit, so the game can impact me the way I was wanting, and that I remember years ago.
Wait a minute, what am I saying? I am going out of town in a few days, of course I need to take a break!