Harsh take: Kojima must’ve been a contortionist in a past life to be able to stick his head so far up his own butt like that.
There’s various things I have issue with here. First is the unprompted factoid that the game was reviewed significantly lower in the US than in Europe or Japan; it wasn’t. I have seen a lot of people piling on IGN and Giant Bomb for their reviews, but they are the exception to the rule. Funnily enough, IGN’s review was written by an Australian, so I wonder how that fits in with Kojima’s theory. GamesRadar gave it a 3.5/5 and VG247 gave it a 3/5, both of which are based in the UK, which I guess are on the wrong continent.
Which leads to the mention of Italian and French people being able to better appreciate his very original product. Like the article says, there is a lot to unpack here with regards to how people see certain countries and their people, which countries are seen as “civilised and cultured”, where those countries are located, what their histories are, how they are portrayed in media and subsequently which countries are not given the same treatment. I don’t fuck with it.
On top of that, he takes aim at American reviewers and how they are accustomed to FPS games and those people can’t understand his game. It seems to completely ignore the sheer amount of games that have reviewed well that have no combat. The Sims has been around for nearly 20 years and has been strong both commercially and critically. Sony’s own stable has games such as Journey and Little Big Planet. If he’s talking about games with IMPORTANT THEMES, someone should tell him to play Gone Home. The opinion that only shooty games get high reviews would’ve been outdated 5 years ago let alone today.
It makes me wonder why he would act as if he is being torn apart when his game has got a score of 83 on Metacritic, something a lot of other devs would be happy about. I’m going to assume it’s because he really values that website and he feels some type of way seeing his newest game be rated lower than his last Konami game.