Metal Gear Online’s servers are to be shut down in June, announced Konami. My friends and I are extremely upset by this. ‘Why?’ You may ask. I shall explain to you what MGO means to me and why it is so great.
Metal Gear Online was an online multi-player game that came with MGS4 in 2008. As far as I’m aware, it’s a pretty unique multi-player game. It combined the third person, over the shoulder sneak experience of the MGS games but with the ability to shoot the living hell out of each other. With standard games such as Team Deathmatch, capture the flag (except it was a frog or duck), there were also some unique experiences. One game had a single player paying as Snake, who had to take out the other players and steal their dog tags while the other two teams killed each other and looked out for Snake. There were also Team Sneak matches in which one team was “invisible” whilst undetected, who had to sneak their way to the target (again, a frog or duck). The list of game types could go on, but basically it was classic MGS.
I haven’t seen that type of game play in any other game before. It forces you to work together (or alone in certain matches) and think tactically. You couldn’t just run in, guns blazing. Well you could but you wouldn’t score very highly. It also had huge character customisation (as you can see above). There were numerous outfits to buy, with new stuff each week – back in the day, when creating the character you could even choose their voice. Everyone was unique on the battlefield.
Why does it mean so much to me? Well I made a great group of friend through MGO. Well, not souly through MGO but it bonded us. We created a clan and that was it, the Rocket Minions were born. We still salute and sing the theme tune at meet-ups. Don’t give me that look. Back in the day we used to enter the tournaments that were held on the MGO server every week. We tried our luck against other teams, who were way superior to us, we never did that well and other people were jerks most of the time. So, because we were in it for the fun we played by ourselves in a private room, though we let other friends join in too, the more the merrier! It was our game and now that’s shutting down which makes me sad. It’s the end of an era but it does bring up one question…
Are they shutting it down because not enough people are playing it any more, or because they’re preparing for MGO 2? Either option is possible. Although whenever I went on MGO there were always people playing it, more servers (named after MGS characters) kept getting shut down due to less and less people paying. Also the DLC available for it was the only thing funding MGO, it probably became too expensive to maintain after four years of being online. I hope there will be an MGO 2, it’s a shame something like this isn’t as popular as COD’s online mode. Perhaps because it takes more skill to play MGO? Who knows, but if Kojima does make a MGS 5 in 2014 like Japanese analysts predict, it’s likely it will come with some sort of multi-player because it’s the done thing these days and they included co-op in PeaceWalker. Either way, I salute you MGO and I hope to see you again. *hums theme-tune*