I've noticed that during the cutscenes in the Prologue part, sometimes a controller icon would pop up in the top-right corner of the screen. What does it mean? Is it to indicate that the cutscene is about to transition back to gameplay?

Sometimes I turn off the controller during cutscenes as MGS is notorious for having some fairly long/drawn out ones. Could it be that?

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When the Controller icon appears, it simply means you can affect the scene (usually by simply moving the camera).

In my experience, its a visual / aesthetic option only, and you should be perfectly fine to ignore your controller during these moments.

  • But I've noticed I've always been able to do it using the R2 button, is this somehow different (I recall it used to be triangle in earlier versions)?
    – Nobilis
    Sep 2, 2015 at 13:59
  • @Nobilis I'm not sure I understand? What does the R2 button do in that context? Sep 2, 2015 at 15:16
  • It zooms in and then you can fiddle about with the right stick. I believe you can do it in all cutscenes, not just the ones where the joystick is present.
    – Nobilis
    Sep 2, 2015 at 17:05
  • Ah, yes. The "change view" button. I think I bound that to R1 on my controller. Zooming is all it does (that I know of), and is part of the larger experience of, "You can mess with the camera". Sep 2, 2015 at 17:19
  • Right, I thought there were some more to it, since I believe you can always mess with the camera a little bit and wasn't sure what the controller indicated.
    – Nobilis
    Sep 3, 2015 at 7:34

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