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Metal Gear Online trailer – Teamwork tactics, stuffed puppies and selfies

Oh, Hideo Kojima. You’ll never change, will you? Konami has released a new trailer for the Metal Gear Online multiplayer portion of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and only in this franchise can we find such craziness bloom on the battlefield.

Forget love. Metal Gear Online is just silly.

The infiltration starts off serious enough. A narrator explains different tactics like radar bombs, binoculars and even the necessity to shoot down trap balloons to save comrades about to be taken sky high. It looks like a fun tactical shooter, but knowing how online communities work, it won’t take long to devolve into a free-for-all to the objective.

I’m just glad they didn’t hire actors to pretend they are playing the game. That’s always so awkward.

Speaking of awkward though, Metal Gear Online does away with the “dirty magazine” tool used to distract enemy soldiers in previous games, probably because advanced HD graphics would show a little too much, and it replaces that with an adorable stuffed puppy. We get a full glance at what can happen when the soldier is distracted by such cuteness, and it’s going to take an abacus to count the holes in his body. Ouch.

After the puppy scene, Snake hijacks a mecha robot and goes to town on his enemies with a mini-gun in sweet fashion, securing an escape route for his comrade with the objective. For once, Snake is not the sole hero of this scene, but what about when a revolver-twirling Ocelot turns up at the end?

Snake gets him in a CQC headlock and takes a selfie! How awesome!

Looks like a good time, and I can’t wait to give it a spin. Metal Gear Online will be released with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on Sept.1 and the PC version will follow on Sept. 15.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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