The recently released Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 continues to be a hot topic in gaming news but not for many positive reasons. The package’s technical issues are well-documented but now, Digital Foundry has offered a closer, more in-depth look at the bundle. Surprisingly, it appears that the image quality in the Master Collection games is worse than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.
Experiencing the older Metal Gear Solid games for the first time through the Master Collection might seem enticing but some outlets are saying it’s best to avoid it until updates and fixes are done. Digital Foundry recently spoke about the collection and revealed that most of the games in the bundle are riddled with technical issues or false promises. For starters, they confirmed that the games all run at 720p and not 1080p like Konami advertised. For a “remaster”, this is pretty underwhelming.
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Additionally, Digital Foundry’s John Linneman called the image quality somehow “worse” than Bluepoint’s PS3 and Xbox 360 remasters, which released over a decade ago. The games are still perfectly playable and seem to run fine for the most part, though those hoping for upscaled visuals or any sort of remaster work will be sorely disappointed.
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 was heavily criticised on PC and Nintendo Switch for its performance problems, though thankfully, other platforms seem to be in slightly better shape. Players still need to look out for technical hiccups like framerate stutters and muddy visuals, especially for the first Metal Gear Solid in the bundle.
In other news, Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater, a full remake of the third game, recently received its first in-engine look and admittedly, it’s looking pretty solid (no pun intended). Konami is handling the development of the remake internally alongside Virtuos.
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Source: Digital Foundry