Konami has released and ‘extended cut’ of their already lengthy E3 reveal of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that plays out more like a short film than a trailer. It’s cinematic, gorgeous, and brimming with all sorts of drama, deep voiced narration, and torture. Lots of torture.
The Phantom Pain will come to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One whenever it’s ready. It will bring with it a “new breed of stealth,” dynamic weather, realistic passage of time, and all the tactical espionage you can handle. For the Xbox One, it will also support SmartGlass.
Friday night was a big night for gamers. Spike hosted its annual Video Game Awards show, and despite the awkward back-patting and hilariously awful pre-show, as a whole, the event was mildly entertaining. Most of this can be put on Samuel L. Jackson, who hosted the event for the fourth time in the event’s ten year run. Arguably the biggest reason gamers should be interested in the VGAs is the plethora of world premieres, and while this really wasn’t the best — that can be blamed on the fact that this console generation is ending soon, so there aren’t any new IPs to announced), there were still plenty of amazing games that were announced. So what were the best and worst surprises of this year’s VGAs? Find out after the break.
You have got to be kidding me. Remember The Phantom Pain, that intriguing “new IP” that was revealed at the Spike VGAs earlier tonight? Well, only a few hours after the trailer’s debut and the Internet has already torn it apart, and in the process has learned quite a bit. It looks like this isn’t a new game at all, and instead it’s only the most elaborate trolling ever seen, and by the king of trolling himself: Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima. Some folks at Neogaf have combed over every detail, from the game’s logo, which seems to be hiding font above it, to the fucking scars on the protagonist’s face. It looks like The Phantom Pain is nothing but an ad for Metal Gear Solid V. This bums me out.
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!