Metal Gear Solid 5: Substance and Perception

The Official PlayStation Magazine has been one of the magazines I’ve always had a bit of a fondness for. Sure, their companion disc is useless to me these days and they’ve lost a bit of potency when measured against the news coverage online and the outstanding features work done both online and in specialist magazines like Edge and GamesTM. I always feel comfortable with OPSM though, like an old friend with some interesting views.

They’re not infallible though, and they’ve made some egregious claims in the past. Particularly the times they post big cover claims about having their “verdict” for huge games’ releases, and post scores on those “verdicts” before the review embargo is up. Publishing what was, in all meaningful ways, a review before reviews were sanctioned (or perhaps even possible, with unfinished code…)

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Now it seems that they might be preparing to backtrack on their claims, clearly written on their big cover reveal, that Metal Gear Solid 5 is on the way.

Dan Dawkins, Editor in Chief of a few of OPSM’s stablemates (though not OPSM itself), has tweeted this morning that there is “Some incredible B/S being written about MGS5 based on a coverline allusion – but you’d be mad to miss next issue of @OPM_UK”.

[drop2]Sorry Dan… “coverline allusion”? You mean this cover, which has the words “Metal Gear Solid 5 Details” written on it?

Fair enough, it’s light on details but the notion that the fifth instalment is underway is surely only reinforced by this line in the accompanying OPSM website text that went with the big cover tease “…openly discusses his plans for Metal Gear Solid 5 …for the first time”

There’s not much “allusion” there.

Of course, Dan might be referring to some nefarious website that’s making up details which haven’t been disclosed. From what I’ve seen around though, every website is simply excited for – and clamouring for more info on – Metal Gear Solid 5. Everyone is talking about the promise made by OPSM’s big exciting cover reveal. Wasn’t that the point of OPSM’s big, exciting cover reveal? Isn’t it shifting traffic to OPSM’s new website, as intended? So why imply that the people OPSM tried to get excited now being excited is somehow an irresponsible thing?

I contacted Dan this morning to ask for clarification on what he meant and, to his immeasurable credit, he responded. It seems that Dan’s concern isn’t that the MGS5 story that OPSM has is in any way erroneous or misleading, more that the amount of information might be overstated by some of the sites commenting. Particularly that “Kojima’s level of involvement, and the timing, might not yet be certain”. Dan concluded his reply to me with the somewhat prophetic “Kojima is a smart man, and he’ll know how his words can be interpreted”. Which is, of course, a very pertinent point.

OPSM will do what they can to gather interest in their fantastic exclusive, of course they will, that’s their business. So they tease what they’ve got and get us all excited about it. But Kojima knows what he’s doing too, so whatever he’s given OPSM will likely be just enough that they can tease us and not so much that Kojima Productions is giving anything too meaningful away.

Should we worry that OPSM has been a little over-excited themselves about their day with Kojima and said more than they should have – more than they’ve got? Will the next OPSM actually have the details it promises or is this going to be a case of promising substance which simply isn’t there?

There’s only one way to find out: pick up OPSM when it hits newsstands on 29th of November.

Oh, sorry, there’s two ways: whatever the tease is will be all over the internet as soon as subscriber issues of OPSM start to land on doormats, probably even on OPSM’s shiny new website. Still, buy the magazine though, yeah? It’ll have nicer pictures.

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25 Comments

  1. @halbpro. Why are exclusives not good for the consumer? I’m a ps3 and MGS fan plus buying the games make me a consumer. So buying MGS as a PS3 exclusive would be good for me no?

  2. I remember when he used to work on PSM3 magazine. That was excellent. Until I realised it was cheaper to read news online…

  3. Buy the mag? No, the internet is easier :) Interesting article though, I’ll definitely look into it later and check out what was written

  4. I enjoy magazines still internet does not have all the news.

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