One of the oddest things that Konami decided to do was abandon the Metal Gear Solid franchise on home consoles and focus more on milking the franchise through pachinko and pachislot machines.
Over in Japan the Metal Gear Solid pachislot machines have been making waves. They’re a cheap way for Konami to make bank on the gambling business without investing in actual game development. However, in between gaming segments, they actually have cut-scenes that play out, fully remastered to match the advancements in today’s technology. It’s a huge step up from the cinematics on the PS2.
Youtube user MetalGearSolidBe’s Channel uploaded a 40 minute video featuring all of the cinematics from the pachislot version of Metal Gear Solid 3. You can check it out below.
The footage of the cinematics was recorded off a potato cell phone. The sound quality is actually better than the video quality, but you still get the basic gist of what’s going on.
The scenes play through the cinematics from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, which was the retelling of how Naked Snake became the Big Boss.
Graphically the cinematics look great. If that was all rendered in the Fox Engine then it’s a proud testament to the sort of waste that Konami will be using it for, given that it’s one of the most highly versatile and optimized engines in the industry today and it’s being wasted on pachi games.
Konami has another Metal Gear game in the works called Metal Gear Survive. It’s a cash-in zombie survival title borrowing assets from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The cooperative survival game is due for release in 2017. If you plan on visiting Japan and you want to sell a little piece of your soul to Konami because you ride through the cosmic highway of life with a YOLO license plate, then feel free to check out the Metal Gear Solid 3 pachislot machine(s) while you’re over there.