Konami has launched a website celebrating the 25th anniversary of Metal Gear. To further commemorate the event, it has been announced that Metal Gear Solid 4 will receive a “The Best” version in Japan — an honor somewhat more esteemed than “Greatest Hits” in the West (as “The Best” versions usually include bonus content). The additions to the game include trophy support (34 trophies total) as well as full data install. The latter was probably due to complaints over fairly long loading screens between chapters featuring Old Snake enjoying a smoke:
This never really bothered me as I made it a habit of having snacks at the ready while playing Metal Gear Solid 4 — it helped with some of the longer cut scenes. I do remember the game’s regular install was massive — nearly 5 gigs if memory serves — I can only imagine how large the full install will be…
Konami Style also created a category devoted to the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary which is filled with new and familiar merchandise, like derpy Meryl. This Big Boss figure, however, takes the cake for me:
The state-of-the-art Russian hiding box really sweetens the deal.
Metal Gear Solid 4 The Best edition will be on sale in Japan this August for around $40 USD. Outside of Japan, the bonus contents will be distributed in the form of a downloadable patch. As for a timeframe, I haven’t heard anything specific for America, but Eurogamer is reporting that the patch will be available in the UK in August, so the wait shouldn’t be long at all.
My greatest Metal Gear Solid 4 accomplishment was clearing the game without being sighted. It was an epic feat which rewarded me with the Stealth Camo for free — that’s right, I didn’t support Drebin and his war economy. While I highly doubt this trophy update will entice me to repeat that lofty accomplishment, I’m still happy to see there is a new reason to explore Metal Gear Solid 4. I wonder if all the recent Metal Gear ports, patches, and rereleases from Konami are grooming us for something big?