Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2, Contra, Castlevania, GOG, PC, Konami

Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance are arriving on PC via GOG today alongside a pack of retro Konami games from the Castlevania and Contra franchises. These Metal Gear Solid titles have been absent from PC for quite some time, and today’s release marks the first time the original title has ever been playable on PC in an official capacity. Meanwhile, Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra packs in Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Contra, and Super Contra.

Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance launched on PC in 2000 and 2003, respectively. However, thanks to the dated physical releases and a lack of support on any digital storefront, both Hideo Kojima titles have been a challenge to play on modern computers – until today. In terms of content offerings, the MGS re-release remains largely unchanged from the original PlayStation version, and MGS2: Substance retains the extended offerings that the Substance version of the game provided over the original Sons of Liberty release.

Though Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would eventually release on PC and consoles in 2015, there is still no legal way to play the third and fourth entries in the series on PC. Konami has not revealed any plans to port the aforementioned titles to PC via GOG or any other digital storefront.

The titles present in the 8-bit Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra bundle have been available on PC, as both series received anniversary re-releases just last year. Still, this specific collection seems to be the only way to get these five titles in one PC package. Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra first released on PC via physical media in 2002.

If you are hungry for more on Kojima’s action-stealth franchise, check out David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake himself, telling the story of how his involvement in the series came to be. For more on Castlevania, check out our review of season 3 of Castlevania on Netflix.

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