Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, E3 2015 Trailer

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– Tom Heath

Hideo Kojima’s final Metal Gear E3 trailer was released on Tuesday, as to be expected given its imminent release in a few months. You can watch it right here:

Keeping the same structure as previous trailers, it showcases a montage of dramatic slow motion walking, explosions, blood, chaos and Snake’s grizzly face to the tune of vague narration. The trailer predominantly features details we already knew about Metal Gear Solid V, as well as other things we won’t understand until we play the full game, but it concludes with the bombshell that those two blonde children featured in previous videos might in fact be younger versions of the series’ protagonists/antagonists Solid Snake and Liquid Snake.

We most likely won’t learn more until the game releases later this year on September 1.

Personally:

I adore Metal Gear Solid as a series, and I am super excited for the final instalment from Kojima. Yes, the games have super long cutscenes, and yes they are full of exposition and convoluted plot-lines; but the creative nature of the stealth gameplay and the great cast of characters have given it a special place in my heart.

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I was originally very distraught at the casting change of Snake in MGSV from David Hayter to Kiefer Sutherland (despite loving him as 24‘s Jack Bauer) when it was announced a few years ago but, after playing the prologue Ground Zeroes, I came around to the alteration. However, hands on previews from Kotaku and IGN  have mentioned that Sutherland’s Snake doesn’t talk very much and seems more like a silent protagonist and that strikes me as a concern. Why recast the guy to a more expensive Hollywood actor if you aren’t going to use him? Snake was always my favourite character in terms of dialogue!

Alas, only when I get my hands on the game in September will I learn if my concerns are unfounded…

 

You can find more of Tom’s ramblings about gaming, his hatred of Game of Thrones spoilers and more on his twitter: @tomdheath. He also tries to make his voice heard on a comedy podcast Unnatural Selection. No really, he does TRY.

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