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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

15 Films That Inspired "Metal Gear Solid"

With the "Metal Gear Solid" series over creator/director Hideo Kojima reveals the 15 movies that inspired the "Metal Gear Solid" series. I'm kind of surprised by the picks.

The "Metal Gear Solid" series is arguably the greatest video game series out there. While there's a group of players that whine and complain that they're more interactive-cinematics then actual games, they also seem to miss the beauty behind blending the gaming and film world.

"Metal Gear Solid" was a wonderful test in this idea for the Playstation. "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty" pushed the envelop even further, and for the same system "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater," added even more cinematics, creating an emotional finale that seemed to have bridged the gap between a video game's simple, scripted story and the emotional impact of the art of film. Finally, with the release of "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots," you could argue it is more of a movie than a game-- None-the-less you have to hang on to the control if you want to further the incredible story and characters.

So what inspired these masterpieces? Kojima lets fans know which movies had the greatest impact on some of the greatest games ever crafted:

-The Guns of Navarone

-The Great Escape


-2001: A Space Odyssey

-Planet of the Apes (1968)

-The Deer Hunter

-Dawn of the Dead

-Full Metal Jacket


-Die Hard


-Black Hawk Down

-Children of Men

-The Bourne Series

-Casino Royale (2006)

I'm a little surprised no "Escape from New York" or "Rambo: First Blood" is mentioned since those two films' have the lead characters that Solid Snake is loosely based off of. It's also interesting to note that Col. Campbell is directly, and wholly inspired by Col. Trautman, played by Richard Crenna in "First Blood."

I find it very interesting that "2001: A Space Odyssey" played a roll in Kojima's inspiration. And I do wonder what he got from movies like "Heat," "Predator" and "Planet of the Apes" to continue with the series. "Solid" list I might say.

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