The Metal Gear Solid franchise is known for many things but its lengthy cutscenes, which can sometimes stretch for as a long as a short movie, tend to be some of its biggest features. The upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1, which bundles the first three games in the series for modern consoles and PC, might have a useful feature that allows you to pause cutscenes.
First spotted by Reddit user ItalianJoe, an early livestream of the collection revealed that the pause function takes around 8-10 seconds to display the menu screen. Commenters in the thread quickly pointed out that this might actually be a new quality of life feature where players can pause lengthy cutscenes – something that wasn’t present in the original games and for most games with longer cutscenes, isn’t a feature at all.
It’s extremely helpful to have a pause option for a Metal Gear Solid game as cutscenes can last several minutes or more. It will also give players a chance to tend to something else if they need without missing out on anything revealed in the franchise’s excellent cinematics. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is arguably the game with the most amount of cutscenes from the collection and fans shouldn’t miss out on them.
The official description of the Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 reads:
“Released in 1998, this was the first 3D title in the METAL GEAR series. The game pioneers 3D stealth action against the threat of war and global nuclear weapons, using live action footage, cinematic cut scenes, interwoven with innovative gameplay. The storyline, a whirlwind of intrigue and betrayal, has been hailed as the greatest story of the 20th century and was the third title in the METAL GEAR series to become a hit in subsequent years.”
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 launches on 24 October 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Nintendo Switch.