In the wake of this year’s Electronic Gaming Expo, many of Hollywood’s elite, from writers to directors to even some producers and actors, have showered massive praise upon the trailer for Hideo Kojima and game developer Konami’s Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain.
In a section on the game’s website simply called “Celebrity Comments on the E3 trailer”, Konami and Kojima included quotes from several big names in Hollywood.
According to IGN, Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of Drive, Bronson and Only God Forgives, was very impressed, writing: “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.”
Guillermo del Toro, director of films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and the more recent Pacific Rim (which, as noted by TheCelebrityCafe , has recently had a sequel announced), wrote: “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!”
As reported by Gamespot, Avi Arad, producer for Spider-Man, X-Men, and many others, had this to say: “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.”
Finally, actor Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead and The Boondock Saints, bluntly exclaimed, “Wow! That is AMAZING! So beautiful … So well done. You guys created such an incredible piece of art.”
As noted by IGN, creative director Kojima has always had a love for film that has been heavily featured in his the Metal Gear Solid series. The main character is named after Kurt Russell’s character in Escape from New York, and the games feature dozens, if not hundreds, of movie, music, and other pop culture references.
Phantom Pain, according to Kojima, is not to be expected anytime soon, since the size of the game’s map is expected to be over 200 times bigger than Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the games prequel that came out in March. Both games feature Kiefer Sutherland, who provides the voice of the main character, who goes by the name of either “Snake” or “Big Boss.”