First released for Nintendo in 1987, Metal Gear has spawned into one of the greatest video game franchises of all time. So when fans of the franchise heard that Konami was “revisiting” Metal Gear 3: Snake Eater, they thought a new action game was being released. But they’re disappointed to have recently learned that Metal Gear 3 will instead be a slots game.
A blogger from Kotaku.com has really taken exception to the slots release, which you can see from the following excerpt:
“Hey, you! Yes, you, Metal Gear Solid fan with tears in your eyes! Remember the time that Konami booted Hideo Kojima out of the building forever and refused to talk about it? Or the time that Konami got three-quarters of the way through making Metal Gear Solid V and decided that it was done?
“Well, prepare for the next stage in the company’s quest to completely obliterate one of gaming’s greatest series: Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater – The Slot Machine.”
Another blogger at GameNGuide claims that Snake Eater won’t so much be a slot machine as it will be pachinko. If you’re not aware, pachinko, a Japanese favorite, is more of a hybrid between slots and pinball.
Whatever the case may be, it’s clear that console gaming enthusiasts probably won’t be happy with this latest Metal Gear release. I have to say that the graphics look excellent and, as a slots lover, I’d enjoy playing this game. But it’s also easy to see how franchise fans would much rather see Solid Snake trekking through jungles and shooting (or sneaking by) bad guys rather than playing pachinko.
On the other hand, Konami has been manufacturing slots since they opened an office in Paradise, Nevada in 2005. So maybe they’re just experimenting to see how one of their most-popular themes of all time will translate over to the casino gaming world.