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VGA 2012: ‘The Phantom Pain’ Revealed, A Brand New Game That Looks Like A Horror Thriller

The Spike VGAs are here, and as expected, there are plenty of exclusive world premieres to be had. The most surprising announcement was that of a new IP, which looks like a horror thriller from a developer (Moby Dick Studios) that I’ve never heard of. For the entirety of the trailer, or at least until the game’s title was finally revealed, I thought it was a new installment in the Metal Gear series. Thankfully, it’s not — not that that wouldn’t be a bad thing, it’s just that we have two of those on the way already. The game is called The Phantom Pain, and it follows a guy who, when viewed from the back, looks alarmingly similar to Solid Snake.

This poor sap wakes up in a hospital with a prosthetic arm, he’s having trouble walking, and none of this is helped by the fact that the hospital is burning down around him and there are armed men killing people left and right. He also seems to be suffering from some serious hallucinations, including one that features a fiery hell unicorn. Yeah, you read that correctly: I said a fiery hell unicorn. Unfortunately, most of the game trailers that premiered at the VGAs look to have been pulled, so I’ll update as soon as the trailer goes live online!

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  • Dr_Loomis

    That trailer has me very intrigued!

  • KeepDoubting

    This looks awesome. Also… people are talking and say it was a secret way to reveal Metal Gear Solid 5, and I think they could be right. The main guy in the trailer with the hook hand or whatever really looks like Snake.

  • Sirrusx19

    Sorry Adam, stick to actual horror. This IS a new MGS game. Do more research before you post

    • Adam Dodd

      @Sirrusx19 While I appreciate the feedback, I wrote this immediately after the game was revealed. Because I was posting the news as it happened, I wasn’t able to thoroughly research every world premiere (if you look at our coverage, you can see there were many). I wanted to make sure I delivered the news to you all in a timely fashion, and when the hivemind that is the Internet started digging up the many hidden clues, I quickly posted that too.

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