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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Announcement Coming Wednesday

Konami is teasing an announcement for its upcoming release of Metal Gear Solid V. The publisher posted a countdown on the game’s official site, with nary a hint about just what will be revealed.

The timer expires on Wednesday, March 4 at 6 a.m. Pacific / 9 a.m. Eastern. Coincidentally, that’s also the tenth anniversary of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater’s release in Europe. That title, named by many as the best in the series, was first released on PlayStation 2 in North America on November 17, 2004.

We’ll have more on Wednesday morning. For more on Metal Gear Solid V, check out our coverage hub from March 2014.

[Source: Konami]

 

Our Take
My guess is that we’ll finally have a release date for Metal Gear Solid V. It’s been a long time coming.

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Life Is Stranger When Set To The Metal Gear Solid 3 Theme Song

Ladders have been a factor in gaming since the days of Donkey Kong and BurgerTime, but it wasn’t until Metal Gear Solid 3 that they really started to pop. One of the most iconic scenes of the PlayStation 2 era featured Naked Snake wearily ascending what seems like a miles-long ladder.

Now, the super soldier has competition. YouTube user Nick Robinson has taken Cynthia Harrell’s performance of Snake Eater, the  title song from Metal Gear Solid 3, and set it against something a bit more mundane.

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The scene in the video above is from Dontnod’s recently released Life is Strange. In the game, protagonist Max can rewind time to change events. In this case, Robinson rewound time to give us a thrill.

For more on Life is Strange, check out our review. You can also check out the game in action in our Test Chamber.

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Hideo Kojima Denies Metal Gear Rising 2 Tease

Hideo Kojima and Konami producer Ken-ichiro Imaizumi are denying what appeared to be a tease for Metal Gear Rising 2 during the Taipei Game Show.

Kojima and Imaizumi, by way of Geoff Keighley as seen in the tweet above, say it was not a Metal Gear Rising 2 tease. To see the non-tease yourself, head here.

[Source: @geoffkeighley]

 

Our Take
Hideo Kojima is a crafty, unpredictable marketer. He fooled everyone into thinking Metal Gear Solid 2 starred Solid Snake and recently announced he was working on a Silent Hill game by making everyone download and play a demo. It's hard to take him seriously in matters like this. You could also take a semantics argument route and point out that he didn't say Metal Gear Rising 2 isn't in development – he just says it wasn't a tease.

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Reader Discussion: Is Metal Gear Rising 2 In Development?

After a tease yesterday and a denial from Kojima today, it's unclear if Metal Gear Rising 2 is in development – but with Kojima involved, things are never clear. What do you think?

Kojima fooled everyone into thinking Solid Snake was the star of Metal Gear Solid 2, made us think Solid Snake was going to kill himself in Metal Gear Solid 4, denied The Phantom Pain was a Metal Gear game, and then there was the whole P.T. actually being a Silent Hill game situation. With Kojima involved, it's never clear exactly what is happening, which is part of why following his announcements is so exciting.

Taking all this into account, what do you think is going on with Metal Gear Rising 2? Does it exist? Or is it truly not in development as Kojima is implying?

For our review of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, head here.

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Metal Gear Rising 2 Teased At Taipei Game Show

It's a blink-and-you-miss-it tease, but it looks like Metal Gear Rising 2 may be in development for PlayStation 4.

Appearing during part of Taipei Game Show's live stream (not to be confused with Tokyo Game Show, which shares the same acronym), the image you see above flashed quickly during a montage of upcoming PlayStation games. During an The Order: 1886 clip where the team is counting down for a payload drop, during the number two, a number two with the Metal Gear Rising font flashed on screen.

You can see the tease yourself by checking out the stream here and jumping to around the 2:46 mark. For our review of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, head here.

[Source: TGS Live on Twitch, via NeoGAF, vg247]

Thanks to Aaron Quixote for the news tip!

 

Our Take
This certainly feels like a Hideo Kojima-flavored tease. I can't think of much else it could possible be. Maybe we will find out more at E3.

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Metal Gear Solid Smart Watch Theme Will Make You Feel Like It’s 2005

A special codec theme for the Moto 360 smart watch makes it look like it's from the future – until you remember Metal Gear Solid takes place in 2005.

It's a great argument for why smart watches are cool, as long as people can't interrupt your day to add excessive exposition about your surroundings or your mission. You can download the theme so you can always have Solid Snake staring at you from your wrist by heading here.

[Source: Skittleguy, via Technabob, Destructoid]

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Modders Place Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes In The First-Person

Metal Gear Solid has always flirted with first-person controls. You've been able to enter the first-person to fire your weapon since Metal Gear Solid 2, and there was even the weird Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer that teased the game being first-person in its opening minutes. To actually play a whole Metal Gear game in first-person, however, has never been an option – until now.

Modders have taken the PC version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and incorporated first-person shooter controls with success. You can see the mod in action below, which isn't perfect, but does offer a Metal Gear experience we've never really seen before.

If you want to grab and install the mod yourself, you can head here.

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For our review of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, head here. You can also click the banner below for more on Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain.

[Source: BenBlatcher on YouTube, via NeoGAF, Kotaku]

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Chicken out, take the easy route in Metal Gear Solid 5

Being scared in a war zone? Totally understandable! We can think of plenty of things that are more relaxing than persevering through fields of soldiers, artillery and landmines. So should Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain’s threats stress you out,…
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Theatrhythm Dragon Quest trailer cuts down Metal Slimes

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest’s debut trailer, shown by Square Enix during Jump Festa 2015, likely resembles what Theatrhythm fans imagined when the rhythmic 3DS game was announced last week; a tap-to-the-beat reunion with heroes, monsters and backing tra…
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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes zips onto Steam today

“Steam, are you okay? Steam? Steaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam!”

Calm down, Colonel. Steam is still safe and secure ahead of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes’ arrival later today. The Windows PC port of the prologue to MGS 5: Phantom Pain is cleared for landing…
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