Hollywood Sure Loved That Metal Gear Solid 5 E3 Trailer

People behind Spider-Man, Drive, Pacific Rim, and The Walking Dead all praise the game's E3 trailer.

It wasn't only gamers who seemed to enjoy the epic Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain E3 trailer, which you can watch above. Hollywood liked it, too.

In a post on the game's website titled "Celebrity Comments on the E3 trailer," there's input from a handful of Hollywood people, including key personnel behind movies like Spider-Man, Drive, Pacific Rim, and The Walking Dead.

Here's what they had to say:

Film Producer Avi Arad (Spider-Man, X-Men)

"Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a stunning presentation. The trailer is full of symbolism and philosophy that we come to expect from Mr. Kojima. Although cleverly disguising the story and therefore making the trailer enticing, Mr. Kojima makes sure to include enough visuals to make us comfortable that we are in for a new Metal Gear experience. For me, the sight of the Diamond Dogs and Snake putting the ashes on his face with multiple urns make me believe that a lot of history is going to be dealt with. If one listens carefully to the amazing song, Nuclear by Mike Oldfield, it is fantastic story telling that gives us enough of a window to know we are about to embark on another emotional masterpiece by Mr. Kojima. Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Snake is just fantastic while raising the drama, and makes us long to play the game."

Director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives)

"Watching the trailers for MGSV makes you wonder if the spirits of Dostoyevsky, Stanley Kubrick, and Caravaggio entered Hideo Kojima's body because, using the art of gaming as his canvas, he boldly goes where no one has gone before.

The trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, prove once again that Hideo Kojima is a master at portraying a wider and more complex view of human nature combined with breathtaking action sequences. A daring and bold move from one of the founders of the future of technology. With Metal Gear Solid V, Hideo Kojima has created the perfect marriage of cinematic storytelling and cutting edge gaming technology. For me, it all culminates into one word: Genius."

Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim)

"Kojima-San remains a massive inspiration for me and METAL GEAR continues to deliver the edgy, vital, jaw-dropping world and feel that we have come to expect but it pushes the envelope every single time. It is a window into the future of the medium and its breathless narrative and artistic expansion. Amazing!"

Director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker)

"I have always been thinking that I want to see a film directed by Mr. Kojima, but after seeing the latest trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, I realised I was wrong. He has actually been making films in his own way already. Metal Gear Solid games are already films, the films of the future."

Director Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Vital, Nightmare Detective)

"Intense, crazy, deep Kojima world. By the time you finish this game, you should be changed into a completely new person."

Actor Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints)

"Wow! That is AMAZING! So beautiful … So well done. You guys created such an incredible piece of art."

For more on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, check out the game's 30-minute gameplay trailer, which you can now watch in all its 1080p/60fps glory.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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advocacy
advocacy

I don't buy videogames to watch cutscenes.

Merseyak
Merseyak

somebody invent a f****** time machine quick i cant wait no more!

elwinaidus
elwinaidus

Can't wait to play this  wish i could speed up the time :D

randybumgardner
randybumgardner

the man is a wizard.  how can you write a story 27 years ago and than naturally develop such tiny gestures and points of the story that no one even noticed before.

arkh_tyi
arkh_tyi

I find it interesting how Director Park is commenting on Kojima, because Kojima was a fan of him for quite some time(Fan enough that he personally went to meet Director Park when he visited Korea years ago). It's like they started to be fans of each other.

mari2kde
mari2kde

No wonder, Kojimas is a master in telling storys... hollywood should take lessons from him how to make movies.

Flamerdragon
Flamerdragon

This should boost Kojima's mood, after his PS4 GTA V depression.


I respect Kojima so much, I still have vivid memories from MGS IV. And I rarely remember scenes from games I played, even after a day I have played them, or from a movie. Ask me about a scene, after getting out of the cinema, I will deeply try to recall that scene. Not sure if that is a disorder but it didnt work with MGS IV. It made such a big impression on me.


MGS IV is my #1 single player game. It was so epic.



I haven't bought a PS4 yet, but when I buy it, it will be for MGS V and Batman Arkham Knight.

scubamonkey123
scubamonkey123

ok Mr moderator you go too far... pacific rim was awful. I'm hoping that it can;t be compared to MGS5 in any way at all.  This trailer was amazing and for once it's a CGI affair! wooooo

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator moderator

Imagine Pacific Rim's action with Metal Gear Solid's drama. Win.

blumiu
blumiu

If any of you actually know how much Hideo Kojima loves movies and Hollywood, I find this very believable he has formed some connections now. He dumped Hayter for Sutherland and was planning on making a movie with I believe Avi Arid of Metal Gear Solid. I think ol' Kojima sold himself out to Hollywood and now they are able to influence him as much as they want. Every main character has one-eye for some reason, transhumanism and the such.Guns of the Patriots was a great game, but it was so melodramatic I was actually embarrassed. The Metal Gear Solid or Kojima creativity from years back is gone his day and age for something new altogether,

like most developers. My opinion and to each his own.

scottw84
scottw84

Please god don't let Hollywood get their grubby mits on it, a good video game to movie remake has never ever happened. If anything give it to a Japanese movie director.

Swinny14
Swinny14

Whoa, I was actually blown away that the director of Pans Labyrinth appears to be a gamer... and one that loves Metal Gear, my respect for this man just tripled :-)

I can't freaking wait to play this game!!

Navardo95
Navardo95

P.S- I though Eddie was out of the game(fired i.e)?? Oh well...nobody can surpass the pathetic William Usher from Cinema Blend anyways..

Navardo95
Navardo95

Waiting for PC gamers to cry about how this is the worst game to be ever released on a console because it isn't available on their platforms..

Incoming mustard rice attack!

Oogazi
Oogazi

I liked the trailer, but don't you feel that there was an excessive use of lens flare and knife reflections? They should've gotten J.J.Abrams' comment on this, he would've loved it.

guydude3412
guydude3412

Seriously, now we want trailers in 1080p and 60 fps. My laptop, phone, and tablet are not even 1080p. My phone and tablet can't even handle 60 fps. This is getting out of hand. Soon, people will get upset since life isn't 1080p/60fps

squall_83
squall_83

"I have always been thinking that I want to see a film directed by Mr. Kojima, but after seeing the latest trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, I realised I was wrong. He has actually been making films in his own way already. Metal Gear Solid games are already films, the films of the future." 

I said this when I played the first Metal Gear Solid back in the 90s. Where the fuck has this hack been? A little late to the game I would say.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

I can't help but notice how each quote got shorter and shorter as Eddie typed this article.

kingotnw
kingotnw

Here's the thing that I think everyone is missing here, talking about people on both sides of the fence. This is basically a first glimpse at the future of media. Speaking as someone who has worked at a high level in the entertainment industry for a long period of time, we have all known this was coming. Not only do video games now generate more money than music and movies put together, but studios are now putting a billion dollars into their AAA games. Actors have seen this coming for a few years now and have been trying to get their foot in this door for a while, but Keifer Sutherland being the model and voice of Snake pretty much seals the deal. Not only are they praising him because they like the art, but they are praising him because his is the top of the heap in gaming, and yes, even us Hollywood types are going to need people like him to make this transition. Like MGS or not, it is what it is and it's success and influence is undeniable. GTA5 started the transition, and MGS5 is going to complete it. These are exciting times we live in.

ilovelctr
ilovelctr

There were lots of directors in Hollywood inspired by MGS2 back in 90's. That game was a huge achievement in character animations. I guess that's also the reason why Americans gave Kojima the lifetime achievement award, for he virtually opened their eyes to how films can be via his games. But sure Hollywood films won't deliver the temperament of Kojima's works, because he's an Asian, who is good at rendering details.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

A lot of Hollywood jockeying for attachment to the MGS movie.  They do love hyperbole.

As for Kojima...  I think he has a pretty good sense for games, but I've never cared for his storytelling -- the overwrought nature of the drama (melodrama), the scifi and fantasy elements crafted onto a Tom Clancy-like base, and meaningless, superfluous conversations.

I enjoy culturally-specific entertainment (a la YAKUZA series), but playing MGS is like watching a poorly dubbed "macaroni" WWII movie...  just goofy.  From tropical swamps in the Soviet Union to Psycho Mantis, MGS is a gigantic tween comic book.  It's size and scale are grand, but it's all pretty ridiculous.

bk2fut
bk2fut

@advocacy You don't say?

and you think MGSV will be cutscenes?

Then you haven't heard, that MGSV will have the shortest cutscenes of any Metal gear solid game.

The 30 min demo is 7 min cutscene.....all the rest gameplay so quit your bitching

aell329
aell329

@Flamerdragon Ground zeroes is really good gameplay wise if you havent played it there is hardly any story but the gameplay is solid. 

robertcain
robertcain

@Flamerdragon Agreed! MGS4 had more epic moments than perhaps any other single player game out there. It's still right up there as one of the best games I've ever played. The only question now is how can Kojima and company top what is seen as the perfect Metal Gear game in the eyes of many.

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

@fede018 The first quote is from Avi Arad, whose been listed as an official producer on Sony's MGS movie project for over a year. You genuinely think he hasn't heard of MGS though?

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

@Navardo95 Don't you dare use this beautiful game to kindle the fires for your pointless fanboy wars.

keyshen
keyshen

@Navardo95 How many idiotic fanboys can be on 1 GameSpot article? Hell, how and why are you even talking about PC or consoles? Jesus Christ, grow up and play on what you want.

Swinny14
Swinny14

@VastGameMaster Honestly, I don't think he could do it. He'd probably be best suited to directing a TV series, the man doesn't know what 'concise' means lol.

This isn't me trashing him though, Metal Gear is my favourite series in gaming so obviously, I'm a big, big fan of the man!! ;-)

arkh_tyi
arkh_tyi

@squall_83 You probably don't know that Kojima is personally a fan of 'this hack'. He personally went to see Director Park when he visited Korea years ago


And here's a quote from him

"In my whole life, I met three people I could truly call geniuses. Martin Scorsese, Qeuntin Tarantino, and Kojima Hideo."


So if you think Director Park doesn't know anything about Kojima, you're knowing him wrong. He just has more perspective in movies instead of games. It's like saying "I'd like to see that guy writing a book". 

hystavito
hystavito

@Mr_Big_Boss I think it's funny how short and simple Reedus' comments were, compared to all the others, well except the one just above his.  I guess that's to be expected from an actor as opposed to a director, and I guess in this case also a producer.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@battlefront1943 Isn't the point of Metal Gear to be ridiculous? It's always been a campy series filled with talking monkey's that drink soda, soul possessing limbs, mooing robots, self aware nukes, clones, 4th wall breaks, the list goes on. It's meant to be ridiculous. If you take it seriously of course you'll find it dumb.

ohgeeshakes
ohgeeshakes

@advocacy Metal Gear is one of the most beloved and popular video game series of all time, by the way, so your sentiments are moot.

JJB03
JJB03

@aell329 @Flamerdragon Ground Zeroes kinda made me realise that I play MGS first and foremost for the story and its characters because I felt so cheated out of content but the gameplay is stella at times in GZ  

bk2fut
bk2fut

@robertcain @Flamerdragon I think Ground Zeroes took a step backwards from MGS4

Here's hoping TPP fixes it.

The gameplay demo suggests they have (markers can be added while looking through binos, cover system seems more reliable and the "wall" knock is back)

Swinny14
Swinny14

@DamnILoveGames I always took it as- the subject/story of MGS games is normally so dark that they put in a lot of humor and ridiculousness to balance it out.

What you're left with is an oddball of sheer brilliance and creative weirdness!!!! :-)

Navardo95
Navardo95

@Tahir_Ahmad @emadwolf10 @Navardo95 And the lonely PC cavemen and their pathetic "peasant" comments arrive.

Do tell me more about how I am an "inferior peasant" for owning a different video gaming system as compared to yours.. :)

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@Swinny14 Oh, right. I wasn't mad or anything, if I came across as that. It's just that in my experience, Hideo Kojima is like marmite. You'll either love what he writes, or despise it with a passion. Sorry if I somewhat misunderstood you (though even if you hated it you'd be free to feel that way).

zeeshan810
zeeshan810

Or... how they play games at 4K res. Lol.