This is fantastic. I wasn't aware you still did these. I'll listen to this one and heartily enjoy it. Thank you so much for your efforts!
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I'd be very happy if they ended up doing Peace Walker, but I doubt either of them would consider it worth playing for Metal Gear Scanlon, and I can't fault them for that. Personally, I just hope Drew finds the willpower to finish 3 and 4. Perhaps there will be a bonus episode type of thing where he dips his toes into the main mission of Ground Zeroes, or something, but I honestly can't see the series continuing past that, realistically speaking. They're definitely not going to play all of MGSV in front of a camera when it's such a recent game though, I'm sure of that. I wouldn't get my hopes up, in any case.
Oh man, the vampire dream sequence is not included in the HD Collection? That's really too bad, it was one of my favourite "what the fuck?" moments out of the entire series, when I accidentally stumbled upon it, and now that we have Metal Gear Scanlon, I was hoping Dan would find a way to goad Drew into finding it himself. A shame that it's not there. It's not worth playing the original PS2 version over though.
When you talk about the graphics being good, are you comparing it to the XBOX360 and PS3 versions of Black Flag? Or are you saying it looks as good as the PS4/XBOX One version of that game? Because that would be pretty remarkable.
Interesting that you should say that. I just so happen to have picked up the Japanese version of this game earlier today, and plan on playing it soon. I'll be interested to see how the conversations differ, based on what I remember from playing it in English a few years back (when I didn't know any Japanese, heh.)
Isn't that they just having to adapt for scene durations?
I don't understand much about japanese at all, but I've heard that there are like single phrases in Japanese that if translated literally would turn into a 2 page essay in english...
No, that was probably just someone exaggerating, I fear. The Japanese language is definitely constructed in a way that allows for the conveyance of a lot of information in a compressed form when compared to any given English translation, but I can't really think of anything that would be so impossible to translate as to require such drastic changes in tone or dialogue.
Incidentally, I played through all four of the MGS games in Japanese over the course of the previous year. I'd played them before in English, but that was quite a while ago. Back when I was playing them in English, I remember thinking that some of the dialogue was strange or funny, which was often entertaining. The knowledge I have since gained about Japanese has cast a new light on that stuff though. Some of the idiosyncratic ways in which the characters speak in that series ("Metal Gear?!") make a lot more sense in the context of a Japanese anime-styled action game. That's not to say they're not still ludicrous and self-aware in the Japanese versions, but I found myself understanding better what caused the games and their dialogue to be the way it is. I'm currently playing through Persona 4 in Japanese and a similar sentiment holds true there, I think. It makes me wonder whether Jeff and Vinny (or, by extension, Dan and Drew) would find these games more or less entertaining in their silliness if their knowledge of Japan and Japanese had been more profound.
The HD versions, because there's very little reason not to. I played all of these versions at one point or another and yet I see absolutely no reason to ever go back to the PS2 versions for nostalgic purposes. The HD version is better without sacrificing anything as far as I'm aware. Also, in terms of logical progression of Metal Gear Scanlon, I feel like they need to play an MGS3 version that allows free camera control. It would allow for the perfect journey through the evolving series; playing the original PSX game made a lot of sense. Then, he'll move into MGS2, which is better in pretty much better in every way. After that, MGS3 would offer a game-changing upgrade in terms of playability with that controllable camera, and MGS4, finally, basically controls like a modern game.
And then they should play MGS5, because, based on the TGS demo at least, that game looks like it might be worth picking up for the gameplay alone. But they'll finish long before that comes out, I suppose.
That's what makes Metal Gear Scanlon so great; all four of the games all well worth playing through, but I honestly feel like MGS1 is just the warm-up; it can only get more fun from here, both in terms of gameplay and in terms of plot craziness.