David Hayter says playing last two Metal Gear titles is “too painful”

David Hayter says playing last two Metal Gear titles is “too painful”
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Former Metal Gear Solid voice actor David Hayter has said he didn’t get along with Hideo Kojima and feels the game creator was never a big fan of his.

Speaking on the Game Informer podcast about how he was replaced by Kiefer Sutherland in MGS5, Hayter said: “I think he handled it pretty badly and I’ve got no particular love for Kojima.

“I respect him and I think he’s a brilliant game maker. I don’t know him as a person, [but] as a businessman I was not impressed. So no, I don’t feel any need to go back and work with him again.”

Hayter revealed that Kojima had hoped to replace him as the Snake voice actor much earlier in the franchise, with Kurt Russell supposedly wanted for the role in Metal Gear Solid 3.

“I never felt like he was a particularly big fan of mine,” Hayter added. “I was kinda hoping that Konami would bring me back now that he was gone.”

Hayter also says that the whole debacle has left him unable to play MGS5: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain.

“Yeah. That’ll be 60 hours of humiliation that I can’t wait to get to,” he explained. “So no, I haven’t played the latest two iterations, because it’s just too painful.”

Source: Game Informer via Eurogamer