Hideo Kojima Blown Away By GTA 5 PS4 Visuals

"The quality that they showed in the PS4 trailer was really impressive," the Metal Gear Solid creator says.

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was so blown away by the Grand Theft Auto V PlayStation 4 trailer that it made him "depressed," the industry veteran said in a new interview with CVG.

"What Rockstar has created and the world they have created is super impressive, and actually when I saw the PS4 version a few days ago I got depressed again," Kojima said. "And this is not game design-related it's just me. The quality that they showed in the PS4 trailer was really impressive."

Last summer, ahead of GTA V's release, Kojima said Rockstar's open-world game made him "depressed" because he didn't think Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain could reach the same level.

The Phantom Pain has been described as an open-world game--like GTA V--but this isn't entirely accurate, Kojima said. "It's a bit different because Rockstar is going in a very different direction to what I'm trying to create," he said. "When we say we're an open-world game it makes it sound like it's trying to be the same as what those guys are creating. But this is very different--I'm trying to do a free infiltration game."

GTA V launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC later this fall, while Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain does not have an official release date yet. The 30-minute gameplay demo we saw at E3 will be published publicly tomorrow morning and we'll be sure to post it when it becomes available.

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gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

He's just being humble. Phantom Pain looks 10 times better than GTA V.

Ne_rome
Ne_rome

Well hey, no release date on MGS5 quite yet, so Kojima still has time! And knowing his content, I have no intention on feeling let down on gameplay or visuals or anything. MGS4 got a 10 rating here on Gamespot, and I believe he can make it happen again.

idunnodude
idunnodude

i got depressed too because GTA5 looks really good on ps4 despite all the content in the huge world. but the more footage of MGS5 I'm seeing the less impressive it looks, it seems like the graphics should be better i think ppl are really overhyping/estimating the fox engine. it honestly doesnt look that amazing.


consider how well they can make GTA4 look on ps4 with that game having a huge world and densely populated, and then you have MGS5. sure it looks good but most of the open world looks like barren wasteland, you'd think you would notice a significant difference in graphics.

Darthkaiser
Darthkaiser moderator moderator

Still I belive he delivers superior gameplay

When I play GTA I really like the openness but it's not like I'm gonna explore every part of it

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

I know how he feels.

As an artist, I try my best to make something both beautiful and original. something that would stand out from the crowd.

But it's sometimes really hard, and people are always complaining: it's a rip-off from somewhere or something, or it looks like crap.

At least you know Hideo Kojima cares about his work when he says things like this, and I think that's awesome.

akiba021
akiba021

Kojima is just a humble guy. Always has been. Nothing wrong with giving credit where it's due, right? He got me even more hyped by saying he loved The Division.

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

Kojima u got nothing to be depressed about. Your engine is superior.


blackace
blackace

Who is rebuying GTA V for next-gen? Kojima's a lemon.

BorgMind00
BorgMind00

I think a lot of you guys are reading too much in to his comment. He's just giving credit where credit is due. It's good that he could do that.

funkerazmain
funkerazmain

Either he wanted to release mgs5 this September or maybe the size of gta 5 compared to his game made his balls drop off!!!!!!!

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

He is Japanese, Kojima is acting depressed and jealous of their biggest competition to motivate his employees to push themselves further to impress him. He has high standards and this is how he keeps his team engaged and pushing their limits. Everyone at Konami lives to make Kojima happy, so he's just giving them a goal. It's all part of the plan, MGS5 will be amazing.

eternity888
eternity888

yeah....his beloved PS4,no wonder why MGS5 looks better on PS4 than on X1

pseudopsiakite
pseudopsiakite

Kojima, please develop a PC port of MGSV with enhance visuals. I'm sure that will solve your depression.

justerthought
justerthought

Hideo Kojima is obviously trying to create an open world for his game that can match GTA but stated he was depressed when he saw GTAV running on PS3 because it was surpassing his game on PS4. He probably upped his game to try and match it. You can only imagine his second depression now that he has seen GTAV on PS4. The quality has just gone through the roof. It's time to concede defeat :)

ShepardCommandr
ShepardCommandr

he damn well should be

GTA V is more next gen than any other so called "next gen" game currently on ps4/x1

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

You want to make a better game than GTAV Kojima? Its actually a lot simpler than you realize.


DON'T ADD MICRO TRANSACTIONS!


There you go. Game is now 1000 times better than GTAV. You're welcome.

howiex89
howiex89

MGS can't be all that if he finds a reboot of a last gen game a problem.

Dark_Rage
Dark_Rage

Sir Kojima, please develop Phantom Pain for PC as well :D

chronoschris
chronoschris

It really isn't that impressive Kojima.. 

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

Everyone knows that Kojima will play re-released GTA V on the PC. 

onixevil
onixevil

Portions needs to stop. The game will lost it's verganity when they release it on PC.

alex2751
alex2751

He had saw a X1 presentation and that's why he got depressed. Knowing that another game has to be degraded to fit clunky X1 hardware.

daviz88
daviz88

oh....... hideo shut up and develop your game

Hurvl
Hurvl

With Kojima impressive -> depressive. That's kind of odd, but I doubt it'll affect his games.

nero2142
nero2142

Im depressed that its comming so late ...

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

I don't think the graphical improvements are very impressive in fact I think metal gear ground zeroes graphics are a lot better than in the ps4 gta v trailer. so I am guessing he is blown away by how much better the graphics are than the ps3 version, and not blown away by the graphics themselves. at any rate, graphics won't change the fact that the story mode is too short despite being larger scale than san andreas did it still does not have as much to do. the online so far is a complete and utter failure from a gameplay standpoint, in order to unlock everything you have to go through either a brutal amount of hours redoing the same content in order to rake up enough cash to buy everything, or you have to pay real world money to exchange for gta money. either way the game seems like a huge chore to play, and its not fun. of course you could always just put up with only having a small amount of content and just unlocking little bits as you go along but then you will be so far behind other players that you get griefed so bad in free roam. so basically, I deem it a failure.


they need to increase the cash payouts for all the smaller jobs because nobody bothers with them once they reach level 25 and they just focus on the high payout missions (which there are only a few of). they also need to make the matchmaking better because its too hard to get a big enough lobby to make a job worthwhile. they also need to release the heists, and they are going to have to be pretty impressive considering the amount of delays they have had.


not impossible, but highly unlikely this will happen. I think the new metal gear will be so much more fun than gta v was, I don't care if you make an open world the size of 10 planet earths. if the content sucks then the world sucks. that is what phantom pain will have over gta v.

flaming_in_hd
flaming_in_hd

Kojima= Rockstar fanboy.


Kojima just do your job and shut your mouth.

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

This guy is funny as hell, yet he's always so depressed. :p


In any case, I'm still more interested in MGS:V than GTA V Remastered Edition...

ladymulti
ladymulti

Comparing two different genre of games' styles is pointless, man.  Just worry if the game is good not that it looks as good as another game.


(...am I the only who is is constantly annoyed a "*insert game title here* runs in 1080p!"...?  F! that.  Is the game any f'ing GOOD is what I want to know.  I just bought f'ing Mega Race 2 that game is f'ing awesome and its old as dirt and graphically looks like a steaming pile of crap but I love it!)

JJB03
JJB03

@PodXCOM I doubt anyone looks at gtaV and MGSV, and start seeing similarities other than its a open world game, for me these games are polar opposites  

sampson3121
sampson3121

@pseudopsiakite  i think you missed the point...hes talking about the ps4 version, not pc.

want to play, buy a console.

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

@ShepardCommandr But the gameplay sucks. Drive here, drive there, take part in a boring gunfight. It's barely changed at all since GTA III, Rockstar are wasting all their money on scripts, voice acting and motion capture and failing to evolve the actual gameplay in any meaningful way.

immortaltech6
immortaltech6

@Aaronp2k


No, he said same thing last year for GTAV on PS3: blown away, depressed. 


The rest you should post @ R* newswire or email.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@flaming_in_hd He sure seems to fit the "sensitive artistic soul" stereotype. For a guy with so much experience and success, he sure sounds emo.

hahamanin
hahamanin

@ladymulti nope u r not the only one...i have commented on many 'runs in 60fps/1080p' articles that are annoying as hell

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@ladymulti So playing moble phone games on your console is fine as long as the game is god least we know you have a bright future with Xbox. All their exclusives looked last gen =P

idunnodude
idunnodude

@DDR_Midian @ShepardCommandr

ok cmon, i might have let this slide before but after seeing the games that are currently on next gen consoles, i definately agree with shepardcommandr's comment. The gameplay is superb in GTA, the driving controls feel responsive and fluid and the cover-shooting mechanics work very comfortably. since when are gunfights boring lol, if you think theres only driving and shooting in GTA then i don't know what else to say man lol.


honestly the only "next gen" ps4 game that actually seems next gen to me is infamous second son. other than that next gen is nothing so far, you gotta just wait until much later in the life cycle of the system for the real next gen to start.

thetrollbasher
thetrollbasher

@DDR_Midian Your opinion = garbage.There's nothing wrong with the gameplay,if anything,the only thing wrong is that there wasn't a classic setting.The only thing that sucked about GTA V was the short story and the lack of interiors.Even if the game hasn't changed since GTA III,It wouldn't matter.That's why it's a series.Why in the hell would a franchise be changed?Think before you comment.

justerthought
justerthought

@DDR_Midian @ShepardCommandr 

I disagree. The gameplay is a lot of fun with a huge variety. You haven't played it have you. You would not say that if you had been in the mini sub diving into the abyss to collect nuclear waste or done the hilarious deer hunting with Trevor.

What you fail to understand is that GTA is a package of many things. It is a world you immerse yourself into, but you to want to be immersed. All those elements make it uniquely GTA. If it did what you wanted by aping other games, it would just be a clone like most other games.

The drive here, drive there you mention is what makes it realistic. It's a common mistake of critics who feel they are being ordered to do menial tasks. You don't have to drive there if you don't want. You can just do something else that is close to you and do intended mission later on when your in the area. The game only becomes menial when you doing exactly as you are told and follow the instruction like a slave. GTA allows you the freedom to just go off and do something totally different if you prefer.

In any case, how you actually get to the mission is up to you. Simply driving there is the lame way. You can be creative and use other forms of transport, causing mayhem and robbing a few shops on the way. Even if you choose to drive there, the chances are someone will flag you over for a lift when you're Trevor, so you get diverted, either taking them home or deliver them to the cultist cannibals in the mountains for a bigger reward.

sonjake21
sonjake21

@Kinguard73 Next time you decide to talk shit please remember to use the proper grammar. Graphics mean nothing if a game sucks. Gameplay is way more important than graphics. It doesn't matter if a game has the worst graphics as long as it's a fun game.