TGS '07: MGS 4 casts shadow over Konami

Solid Snake's latest mission featured front-and-center in Makuhari Messe as fans wait hours to go hands-on with the game.

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TOKYO--Konami's booth here at the Tokyo Game Show is located right in the middle of the main hall in Makuhari Messe, where other important companies like Sony have also taken up residence. Of course, Konami offered one of the biggest stories of the show by giving attendees the chance to play Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the first time. Unfortunately for those fans, the wait to play the game's 15-minute demo had reached a whopping three-and-a-half hours by midday on Saturday, the first day TGS was open to the public. (Luckily, GameSpot had the opportunity to get a more in-depth 90-minute hands-on demo with MGS 4 on the show's first day.)

Kojima Productions' other anticipated PlayStation 3 game, Metal Gear Online, had a much more respectable wait, however. When GameSpot secured a spot in a six-versus-six multiplayer match, we were first shuffled into a cramped meeting room where an attractive woman in faux military uniform harshly lectured us on the tactics we should employ in our forthcoming match. These matches were open for spectators to see on large screens at the front of the booth.

In fact, Metal Gear consumed most of Konami's booth. The company's massive video screen drew walkway-clogging crowds when the latest MGS4 trailer appeared. Hideo Kojima himself took the stage a number of times over the course of the show to discuss his latest goings on, again bringing in crowds big enough to bring nearby foot traffic to a crawl. Girls in MGS-themed hot pants were seen walking around the perimeter of the booth, allowing waiting attendees to play Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus on the new version of the PSP. Lastly, a display case showed off a number of Metal Gear toys and figurines, boxes from the entire series (MSX through PlayStation 2), and a couple of books about Kojima.

Sports and lifestyle games also occupied a large portion of the booth, from the latest Winning Eleven to Konami's numerous baseball products. The company is also prepping a new line of Nintendo DS games that cover everything from skincare to yoga, and a number of incredibly fit yoga instructors (we assume) were on hand to show off their poses and the yoga game simultaneously. The final, rear segment of Konami's booth was an enclosed area showing off the company's new Nintendo DS adventure game, Time Hollow. This enclosed area amplified the already uncomfortably warm conditions of the TGS show floor to sweltering levels, but we waited through the 15-minute presentation to give the quirky temporal adventure a spin.

Check out the gallery up top for some pictures of the Konami booth, and hit our TGS event page for all the coverage we've amassed this week.

Discussion

40 comments
benx009
benx009

@Puhgeejuz It's just you.

PuhJesus
PuhJesus

Is it just me or are those girls.. not really worth a second look?

andalore
andalore

How Many Japanese women Are Actually In MGS? Anyways, I feel A Bit Screwed Over By the New MGS:PO Shouldnt All Of That new Stuff Have been available for Free? Like a Free Download?

Myriam_D
Myriam_D

@ssj4_2004 I'm a girl and I understand. They're booth babes! XD

ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

Why have the picture of some random booth babe on the article, and not the picture of Kojima?

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

therejectx, "with all the metal gear solid talk lately, its starting to become the next halo 3 (meaning over hyped). granted theres no commercials or mountain dew flavors with solid snake on the bottle, but yeah only time will tell." No... it really isn't, Metal Gear Solid is probably just about the most unique and innovative series of all time, with great gameplay, graphics AND, probably the best story ever to be in a videogame. If anything the series is under rated and under hyped. Your telling me games like Gears and Halo get such high ratings when they don't do much of anything unique... bogus I say.

therejectx
therejectx

with all the metal gear solid talk lately, its starting to become the next halo 3 (meaning over hyped). granted theres no commercials or mountain dew flavors with solid snake on the bottle, but yeah only time will tell.

CrAzED_MOFO
CrAzED_MOFO

no it means the people who are to report it dont get any and there desprit

Xaovagon
Xaovagon

you know when a game is going to suck when the crowd cares more about the booth woman than the game itself

MrSickVisionz
MrSickVisionz

@Egg99 So if you say a woman is attractive, that means you don't have sex? Explain the logic to me. In the whole article he mentions women twice... and when he did he's describing what Konami's booth was like... which is the whole point of the article.

mashom
mashom

all Mgs babes are mine...

Egg99
Egg99

An "attractive woman" and a "incredibly fit" yoga instructor eh? A certain reporter sounds like he hasn't seen any "excitement" in quite some time by the sounds of it. This once again proves the fact that, although seemingly having the best job in the world, being a game junky still leaves much to be desired =P

Prinze
Prinze

Hmmmm, TGS must be the new E3. I wonder how long it will take me to get citizenship status in Japan.....

aliguyt0r
aliguyt0r

MGS4 + booth babes !!! no wonder it was so popular...

punisher2k8
punisher2k8

you have a "metal" gear instead of a..... ???

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

omg, who'd look at the game when there's hot chicks around. they can play with my metal 'gear' any day.

ScottEFresh
ScottEFresh

Can't get enough Metal Gear asian babes.

ScottEFresh
ScottEFresh

Can't get enough Metal Gear asian babes.

instantdeath999
instantdeath999

Dynomitemaster, I seriously doubt it. I knew lair would be bad once I heard it was sixaxis exclusive. However, theres enough evidence to see that this game will be good, if not great. First off... well, its the 6th game in the series, not to mention the spin offs. The gameplay trailer indicates that it has the same basic gameplay. The previous games were great, and this one should follow in their footsteps, because of the teams past experience. Saying mgs 4 will be a bust is like saying halo 3 will be a bust. They probaly wont be, because they have the same formula of their past games, which were great.

spraynard
spraynard

LOL @ thorsen_ink. what is it about the japanese in school girl outifts that make them so damn hot? i wanna play MGS4 demo :(

ocdog45
ocdog45

what is time hollwo?

supersonicGO
supersonicGO

sounds so cool, wish i could have been there!

Tungsten88
Tungsten88

Contra 4.... Where the hell is it?!

thedoubledragon
thedoubledragon

Contra 4? What happened? And where's word of Suikoden VI? I'm disappointed.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

How many times have you gone to the movies to see a sequel to a favorite movie of yours and it SUCKS? As far as game sequels are concerned, the percentage is a bit higher for a decent sequel but don't put your eggs in one basket. Sometimes games that are suppose to be blockbuster AAA titles turn out to be a real waste of time. Look at LAIR. . . yikes. I really hope MGS4 is worth the hype, but something in my gut is telling me this is going to be a bust. My gut never fails me. A lot of people attacked me before Lair came out when I said it was going to bomb, I hit that one right. I think I'm gonna start keeping track of my predictions, cause I'm usually right, but this way the rest of the world can see and enjoy my power and my command over time and space, . . . by the way, did you know the the Myans predicted the world will be ending in 2012

lamprey263
lamprey263

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Sergelgar
Sergelgar

i think ill have to buy a PS3 just for MGS 4. I hope the price drops a bit more. Hate exclusive games...

SM2099
SM2099

Awsome... Can wait till the beta reaches the internet... or PSN in this case. CAN

Sergelgar
Sergelgar

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Itachi11432
Itachi11432

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