April 14, 2024

Steel Gear Stable is a complicated franchise. As somebody who’s by no means performed an entry throughout—aside from the excellent Revengeance, which isn’t actually a Steel Gear Stable sport—I’m acquainted with the sequence however all the time discovered myself perplexed by its intricate narrative threads that span a long time. Fortunately, David Hayter, the voice of the legendary spy Stable Snake, has considerably remedied my confusion with a short clarification of MGS’ affect in a brand new YouTube advert.

To advertise the primary quantity of the Steel Gear Stable: Grasp Assortment, which launched in October 2023 to fan frustration, Hayter appeared in a March 15 YouTube video on Konami’s channel. In it, he grabs our hand and shortly takes us by way of the sport’s storied historical past, discussing the signature qualities of the primary three entries of Steel Gear Stable. (Sure, he additionally briefly acknowledges that Steel Gear extra broadly started with the 1987 launch of Snake’s first journey on the MSX.)

He doesn’t fairly do an in depth story breakdown in the best way that somebody like myself, who’s heard of however by no means actually understood the sport’s narrative, would recognize. Nevertheless, he does humorously nod to the sequence’ twisting plots, admitting that newcomers could also be daunted by all of the “shadow organizations, secret brokers, double brokers, triple brokers, nonlinear timelines, big nuclear weapons, clones, and a number of characters named Snake.” However, he says, this assortment will set new gamers on the precise path to make sense of all of it.

He then briefly charts how the sequence garnered the clout it has, highlighting “a handful of components that Steel Gear uniquely Steel Gear.”


Hayter—who’s most likely finest identified for his work because the gruff voice of MGS’ protagonist Stable Snake—touches on the “revolutionary and iconic gameplay” discovered within the sequence, together with how boss Psycho Mantis can ”learn your thoughts” by accessing your reminiscence card. It’s cool listening to all this historical past, nonetheless temporary, particularly since that is simply half one in all what’s going to change into a multi-part sequence. Based on Hayter, the second episode can be about the Steel Gear Stable 3: Snake Eater remake, which doesn’t have a launch date but however seems to be rattling good.

Anyway, I don’t know in the event you’ve observed, however having actors pop up in gaming adverts appears to be turning into a development. At first, it was Succession star Brian Cox giving us the rundown of Tekken 8‘s lore. Then, Ian McShane, from Deadwood and the John Wick movies, defined Dragon’s Dogma 2‘s story. And now, we’ve David Hayter doing the identical. Hayter, after all, has a longtime connection to the sequence he’s speaking about right here, so it’s not fairly the identical, however it’s yet one more instance of an actor with a well-known voice explaining a sport or sequence to us at size. I’m not mad about it. It’s only a bizarre coincidence.


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