So this winter weather has got me snowed in yet again. I decided to make it a Netflix day recently and watched some Ultimate Spiderman and Avengers. Afterwards I scrolled thru the menu and decided to add Escape From L.A. to my list and boy, there are SO MANY things from this movie that Hideo Kojima lifted, I mean aside from the first movie, Escape From New York, that is. The elements don’t just extend to the first few MGS games, but even to MGSV. Realizing this, I thought I’d share with you all.
[Calvin & Hobbes is one of the best comic strips to have come into existence in the latter part of the 20th century. This strip, created by the awesome Bill Watterson, ran for a decade, from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. As a kid I discovered the first ever collection of strips in book form self titled Calvin & Hobbes in a local bookstore. As I glanced through the first few pages I became instantly hooked. It centers on a 6 year old boy Calvin, and his stuffed toy aka best friend come to imaginary life Hobbes, and their adventures about life. It’s a truly remarkable series that I’d like to share with you boys and girls. As that sharing goes, I’ll do my best to pepper in a strip as time goes on. Enjoy!]
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[The Last Days of FOXHOUND is a fan made comic that I stumbled upon a few years ago while perusing the Internetz as an MGS fan. This strip, created by a fellow MGS fan named Chris Douchette, ran this comic from 2003-2008. I was lucky enough to run into all 500 completed pages and wanted to share them with all of you readers. I’ll try to reiterate each and every consecutive page as time goes on. Most of the humor stems from the going on throughout the MGS series, so those who aren’t too familiar may find themselves slightly lost. My solution: play the MGS games. You guys wouldn’t be here anyways if you haven’t at least played MGS1. Anywho, enjoy!]
011 – Scoped
So I was cruising the internetz and happened to come across a Konami Blog page which consisted of redone paint jobs for Play Arts Kai MGS toys. Owning some of these toys myself, I couldn’t help but notice the exceptional paint job that this modder had done. his name is Tomasz Rozejowski (aka Zelu1984). He is a painter/sculptor who has modded a number of toys from different brands, namely the PAK MGS toys. When interviewed on Konami Blog about his technique he had this to say:
In general with most of my customs there is quite a lot of sculpting involved, I use FIXIT Sculpt clay for many of my projects as it gives me tons of flexibility and about 5 hours sculpting time before the clay gets rock hard. In terms of sculpting tools I use pretty much anything I can find: craft knives, pens, toothpicks, paper clips etc. With paints I’m still experimenting but I’m quite happy with Vallejo – Model Color.
Here are some nice examples: (more…)
I know the MGS saga has clones aplenty but this is ridiculous. OK, it’s really not that much about clones this time around. I’m just getting at the fact that Kojima has released a comparison video for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The video, which you can watch below, showcases the graphical power of all four systems that MGSV: GZ is to be released on. the PS3, 360, PS4, and XB1 are churning out superb graphical output in my opinion. Of course there are to be differences to take notice of, what with the PS4 and XB1 being the newer more powerful of the bunch. But it’s really safe to say that the game looks fucking amazing across the board. No need to fuss about intricacies unless you really are the type to gloss over every fucking pixel and polygon. Oh, did I mention it looks FUCKING AMAZING? Yes, FUCKING A-MA-ZING.
This GIF I found is not exactly too relevant at this point but showcases the differences between the first time and second time that the MGSV:GZ gameplay trailer were released.
You can see that the blue tint in the second instance has been added in favor of the greener subdued look for a more dramatic tone. The lighting on Chico’s face for example is brightened in contrast to the background to give a him a more frightened emotion. It shows us how grim the consequences of his supposed actions are.
Here’s a quick gif I found of the PS3 VS PS4. Pretty big difference in resolution if it’s THAT important to any of you.
Looks like Konami has posted some comparo shots of MGSV across the four platforms spanning two generations. PS3 next to PS4 and 360 with XB1. While it IS obvious that the now current gen pics look nothing less than stunning, the last gen shots are no slouch either. Better lighting, shadows, and overall sharpness in detail do stand out on the PS4/XB1, contrasting the ps3/360 versions fuzzier, less focused counterpart. But let’s not make this an SNES VS GENESIS battle, OK?
Konami even made a Friggin chart for goodness sake! Honestly, they ALL look great. Plus, the newer generation of systems are more powerful. There is no real argument here. The only thing we gamers need fret over is which to get, and that depends on which console you already own. If you own current gen then make it all the more viable by purchasing for them. If you’re like me and own last gen, then make the appropriate choice. Or you could buy the game and then wait, save money, then buy the next gen console that corresponds to the game at hand. Either way its WIN WIN.
MGSV drops next month so lets be glad it isn’t exclusive on one system or the other.