Straight from Tokyo Game Show and in direct feed, here are three gameplay videos and the English opening cinematic from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Kojima Production's new Fox Engine looks glorious in full motion running on current generation technology, and we even get a first listen to Keifer Sutherland playing the voice of Snake.
Let's just get this out of the way now. He sounds nothing like Snake, and it's going to take a while to get used to the new voice. Kojima has stated he wants to retire from the series after this, so this might be Sutherland's only chance to play the character. Then again, Kojima has threatened to retire many times in the past.
As for the gameplay trailers, though, the voices are in Japanese with some excellent English voice acting from an obviously native Japanese speaker and some cheeky dialogue written for the Tokyo Game Show crowd. More than just a few reveals of the gameplay can be seen here.
One, we already knew Ground Zeroes was going to be open world, but we didn't know to what extent. Snake seems to have an infinite number of routes to take into this base designed specifically for the presentation. He has some sweet binoculars which show human skeletons, and even stumbles on a sniper rifle after taking out a guard post.
Before setting the alarm off, Snake takes out a soldier using his signature combat style, CQC, which is obviously making a come back. Interrogation too will play an important part in this game.
The game will also be mission based, in spite of its open world nature. I'm wondering if the game will comprise of smaller open worlds for each mission to occur in rather than the one giant opening world found in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. One thing of note, the player of this demo does not take the stealth route. He takes on the entire army and blows tanks off of cliffs.
The second video shows off the Ground Zeroes mission, which is the prologue mission for The Phantom Pain taking place in Cuba. Snake can commandeer a jeep, tag enemies so he can track them on a radar, and can sneak his target out of the base by carrying him.
Apart from Snake's new voice, I am really excited for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Maybe the American version will come with the Japanese voice track. Snake's Japanese voice has always been solid.
I've been a fan of the series for over a decade and a half, and I have mixed feelings about it potentially ending. I want the series to end before it becomes too silly and long for its own good, but what will the video game world be like with no more Metal Gear Solid games? Hard to imagine.
Of course, all these thoughts crossed my mind while waiting for Metal Gear Solid 4 as well, and look where we are now.
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