Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer (a.k.a. - the reason why I'll buy a Playstation 4)

Why The Phantom Pain? Here's a hint: look at the arm.

It's official.

The Phantom Pain - a game that was teased back in early December of 2012 during the Spike TV Video Game Awards- was officially reveal today during the Game Developers Conference to be the next Metal Gear Solid game: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. 

And I can't say I'm surprised.

Shortly after The Phantom Pain trailer was first played, the Internet at large immediately began to dissect the trailer and quickly theorized that it was a new Metal Gear title. And frankly, there was too much evidence - both from the trailer as well as miscellaneous clues - suggest otherwise.

What the Internet did not know however is that The Phantom Pain and the already known Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes are going to be the same game, with Ground Zeroes serving as a prologue set nine years prior to The Phantom Pain. This was confirmed by Kojima himself via his Twitter account shortly after MGSV was revealed. Call me intrigued.

Here's the original teaser trailer in case you missed it:

And here was the trailer shown during today's GDC:

Lastly, here's six minutes of crawling on the floor gameplay footage that was shown after the trailer:

Thus far, Metal Gear Solid V looks absolutely amazing. And it should, considering that it is running on the new "FOX Engine"; a new "cross-platform graphics engine" that Hideo Kojima (creator of the Metal Gear series) began working on shortly after the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. So while it has yet to be confirmed for next-gen consoles (currently on confirmed for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3), this suggests that we may see MGSV on the next generation of systems. Which as the title of this post says; Metal Gear Solid V will be the reason why I pick up a Playstation 4.

My only concern thus far is that evidently David Hayter will not be reprising his role as the voice of Snake. It's not a deal breaker by far, but how can Snake be Snake without the grizzle of Mr. Hayter at the helm?

In Kojima we trust, I suppose.

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