Yeah, I know. There's really no way to predict the future.
But when we were younger, we always liked to theorize about the future of the video game industry. There was a time when all of us were convinced that nothing could get better than Super Mario Bros. on the NES. After all, we were coming off Atari and Colecovision, so SMB was like… wow .
If we're being honest with ourselves, there were probably many times when we said, "it can't get much better than this, can it?" But obviously, technology won't be stopped and here we sit in a new virtual world. Therefore, it's always fun to look back and try to remember: What were we predicting in terms of franchise futures? Could we have predicted where Final Fantasy would end up? Probably not. What about Metal Gear Solid ? Could we have predicted how MGSV would look over 17 years after the original blew us all away?
And when I ask this, I'm not talking about the technical side, per se. There's also the gameplay style to think about. The original MGS was a top-down pure stealth adventure and if you forget, MGS2 was completely different. Perhaps we could better see the future after Sons of Liberty on PS2 in 2001…? And here's another question: Is MGSV indicative of the direction fans of the original wanted to see?
It's worth asking, at any rate.
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain