IGN has already reported on issues with the Nintendo Switch version of Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1. Now it’s the PC version that’s come under fire.
The hotly anticipated collection launched today, October 24, across platforms, but it’s on PC where there appears to be the most issues. On Steam, the various games sold within the collection already have a “mixed” review rating, with PC gamers pointing out problems across the board.
Redditor 1Ocelot rounded up the worst offenders. Perhaps the most shocking is that Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 are locked to a 720p internal resolution, despite the fact Konami advertises both games as outputting at 1080p. Modders moved fast to get MGS2 running at 4K, but there are issues.
Elsewhere, PC gamers have bemoaned a lack of display settings, with all games in the collection defaulting to fullscreen. “Don’t purchase MGS3 on Steam if you have a monitor with a resolution above 1920 x 1080,” redditor Arisenstring956 warned.
“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.”
Summing up the sentiment, Steam user Howard Heyman left a negative review for Metal Gear Solid 2. “This release is absolutely poor and not worth its asking price in any capacity. Upon purchase, you’ll find that the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection releases have no options of any kind for PC players. No way to switch between windowed and full-screen (this feature will reportedly be added on a future update), no way to switch resolutions, no way to change audio settings, no way to change the size or aspect ratio of the screen, no way to change audio settings, no way to exit back to the menu while in-game, and so on. Even the most mediocre of remasters offer the bare minimum I have just listed here.”
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 Screenshots
This week, IGN reported on a number of issues with the collection that Konami flagged it would address in post-launch updates. The most worrying affects Metal Gear Solid 2, which Konami warned may significantly slow down in certain cutscenes. A patch to reduce processing load is planned.
PC players should know Metal Gear Solid 1 requires a controller in order to play (playing with a keyboard and mouse isn’t supported). The collection has also faced criticism for locking Metal Gear Solid 1 to 30 frames per second.