Konami recently released Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1, which bundles the older Metal Gear games as well as the first three Metal Gear Solid games in a remastered bundle. Following the game’s release yesterday on consoles and PC, several players have reported a number of problems on the PC and Nintendo Switch versions such as locked 720p resolutions, a lack of display settings and much more.
A recent Reddit thread from user 1Ocelot extensively listed all the known problems for the Steam version of the bundle. The PC version apparently doesn’t have any display settings as all games default to fullscreen on a primary monitor. Additionally, both MGS2 and MGS3 are locked to a 720p resolution despite Konami advertising that it runs at 1080p. There’s a mod available to correct this issue but those without mod access are out of luck.
A commenter on the Reddit thread warned players about MGS3 having a locked resolution:
“The game runs at 720p and half the time you are unable to alt tab due to difference in resolution. No borderless or windowed options and there seemingly is no way to edit an ini file to change resolution. All I wanted was to play MGS3 at a good framerate without pressure sensitive controls but I guess a massive corporation is unable to match fan-made emulators.”
Meanwhile, the issues on the Nintendo Switch version of Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 are a little more frustrating. According to players, the cartridge only contains the following games:
- Metal Gear (MSX)
- Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
- Metal Gear (NES)
- Snake’s Revenge
The rest, including the three Metal Gear Solid games, will need to be downloaded separately. A microSD card is required to download approximately 32 GB of data in order to play the games. “The cartridge or digital install size for the Nintendo Switch is reflective of the included bonus content,” said Konami in a statement sent to IGN. “Players can choose which title they wish to install first once they have downloaded it onto their gaming platforms.”
Konami referring to the MGS games as “bonus content” – the reason most players purchased the bundle in the first place – didn’t go down well with fans.
The Master Collection should’ve been a more robust remaster of the older titles but instead, fans seemingly received lacklustre and effortless ports without much “remastering” work done. The bundle is also available on PS4, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S but we have yet to hear about its performance on those platforms.