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All Articles: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Re-releases and remasters have been extremely popular over the last few years, but I have to admit, I never imagined Duke Nukem 3D would receive a new deluxe package from Gearbox Software. Yet, here we are, and Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour is now available to download for the Xbox One. In addition to the groundbreaking first person shooter from 1996, 20th Anniversary World Tour includes a new Episode from the original designers, new music from the game’s original composer, and new “Duke Talk” from the original voice of Duke Nukem.
Xbox One owners looking for more new titles on the Xbox Games Store might also be interested in Gears of War 4, which is now available to download without all the “Ultimate Edition” extras. The standard version of the game will still include a brand new campaign starring JD Fenix and his friends, the Horde 3.0 cooperative multiplayer mode, and a free copy of the game for Windows 10 PCs.
If you’d rather wrestle with some human-sized behemoths, WWE 2K17 is now available to download for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 this week. The latest wrestling sim from 2K Games will feature “the most authentic WWE gameplay ever” and “the biggest roster of WWE and NXT Superstars and Legends to date.”
We started with an unlikely re-release, and we end with a pair of “Game of the Year” style collections. Square Enix will bundle together Rise of the Tomb Raider, all of its DLC, and some brand new content in a special 20 Year Celebration Edition. And Konami will relaunch Hideo Kojima’s final entry in the Metal Gear Solid saga as Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience, which will include Ground Zeroes, The Phantom Pain, and all the previously-released DLC in a new compilation.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)
It’s a big week for Sony as the consolemaker is all set to launch the PlayStation VR headset this Thursday, October 13. Naturally, their splashy hardware launch will be joined by an equally impressive slate of new software including Batman: Arkham VR, DriveClub VR, Rez Infinite, and RIGS: Mechanized Combat League. All told, more than two dozen titles compatible with PlayStation VR will soon to be available to download from the PlayStation Store.
That includes Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, which made its PS4 debut this week after a year of Xbox One/PC exclusivity. In addition to including all the previously-released DLC to Lara Croft’s latest adventure, Crystal Dynamics added a special chapter that players will be able to explore using Sony’s virtual reality headset.
For those who plan to pass over PlayStation VR, there’s still plenty of big new releases on the PlayStation Store this week, and that includes Dragon Quest Builders (PS4), Square Enix’s Minecraft-like action RPG; WWE 2K17 (PS4, PS3), the latest wrestling sim from 2K Games; and Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (PS4), a re-release of the famed first person shooter.
And speaking of re-releases, Konami will bring Hideo Kojima’s Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain together in a single package as Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience, and Rockstar will add Red Dead Revolver to the list of PS2-On-PS4 titles.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And a full rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive launched the “Great VR Arms Race” a few months ago, but virtual reality enthusiasts will get a much more affordable option this week with Sony’s release of PlayStation VR.
More than two dozen games will launch alongside the PS4’s VR headset, and there looks to be a little something for everybody including the superheroics of Batman: Arkham VR, the high octane racing of Driveclub VR, the robotic combat of RIGS Mechanized Combat League, and the gory stealth of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. Square Enix will also bring Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition to the PS4 this week, and the game’s PS4 debut will receive “Blood Ties,” a unique VR-compatible chapter.
Rather than shy away from Sony’s juggernaut, Microsoft is charging into the fray head-on with the launch of the “Standard Edition” of Gears of War 4 for the PC and Xbox One. While this version of the game doesn’t include the Season Pass, it does feature the same action-packed co-op campaign for JD Fenix and friends.
Square Enix will deliver a game that’s a bit more colorful than Gears of War 4… but no less post-apocalyptic… to store shelves this week with the PS4 launch of Dragon Quest Builders. Players will return to the time of the original Dragon Warrior and rebuild Alefgard (using a Minecraft-like crafting system) after the destruction caused by the Dragonlord’s monstrous allies.
Rather than dwelling on the cage match between Sony and Microsoft, we could turn our attention to WWE 2K17, which will be available this week for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. 2K’s latest wrestling sim stars Brock Lesnar, and it features a major focus on the popular NXT promotion.
Finally this week, Konami will package Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain together on the PS4 and Xbox One in Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience.
A full look at all of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has been out for over a year now, and it seems to keep providing Easter eggs. One major Easter egg that may hint at the recent strife between Konami and Director Hideo Kojima was recently found by YouTube user “timeSplitter88.”
In the Metal Gear Solid throwback mission “Deja Vu,” you’re given a weapon with a blue light that erases words found throughout the level. Those words aren’t random though, they’re all past titles and logos from Metal Gear’s history.
Hideo Kojima had nothing to do with some of those games, such as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance or Metal Gear Acid, so they can’t be erased by the light. However, the ones designed by Kojima, such as Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, can be erased. Once you’ve deleted all the titles created by Hideo Kojima, players get a message from Kaz reminding them to cherish their memories. Kojima himself then comes on the com to thank you for your support.
The “Deja Vu” mission has been available since the release of the game, originally exclusive to PlayStation consoles before coming to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One several months later. But it seems that no one put together the possible hidden meaning of erasing all the titles until now. It seems likely that everyone at Kojima Productions knew they were getting the boot months before the information became public.
Since the release of Ground Zeroes, Konami has removed “A Hideo Kojima Game” from all marketing and packaging for both Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. No one outside of Konami knows why this messy divorce is happening, though I’ve got a good feeling once it becomes official after the release of The Phantom Pain, Kojima won’t remain silent for long.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released on September 1.
The video game industry continues its slow march towards the end of the year with three new releases this week…
- The latest Guilty Gear game from Arc System Works, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, will be released for the PS3 and PS4.
- Konami will bring Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s prologue, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, to the PC.
- And Larian Studios will released a boxed version of Divinity: Original Sin, their very successful turn-based RPG, for the PC.
That’s it for this week and that’s likely it for all of 2014 as no games are currently scheduled to receive a retail release during the remainder of the year.
Konami has announced that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be released for the PC (through Steam) on December 18. The port will be prettied up for its PC debut as Konami has confirmed Ground Zeroes on Steam will be 4K Compatible (4096×2160) and include “an increase in the number of simultaneous light sources, the number of models that can be displayed on-screen, and increased shadow resolution.”
For those who bypassed Ground Zeroes when it made its console debut this past Summer, the game will serve as a prologue to the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and features Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Snake:
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes takes place in 1975 and sets in motion a series of events that culminate in the stunning plotlines of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes centers on Big Boss – legendary hero and mercenary – as he infiltrates a sprawling secret prison base called Camp Omega in Cuba on a rescue mission. He soon finds himself alone behind enemy lines with a truly non-linear mission that showcases key advances to the series made possible by its use of Kojima Productions’ Fox Engine.
Once you complete Ground Zeroes (which you can do in about an hour), the long wait for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain begins. And The Phantom Pain is expected to be released sometime in 2015 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Another extended gameplay video for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was released yesterday as part of Konami’s Gamescom festivities. If you’ve wondered about the utility of a cardboard box with a bikini babe painted on it in stealth warfare, wonder no more. And that’s to say nothing of the exploding horse poop.
However, if you’d like the creators of The Phantom Pain to say a bit more, Metal Gear maestro Hideo Kojima took part in a nearly 90-minute interview on Twitch to discuss his latest game. Definitely check it out if you’re interested in the inner workings of Snake’s next adventure.
And if you’d rather play Snake’s next adventure on a PC, you’ll be happy to know that the wait is over. Konami officially confirmed (via Twitter) that The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be available through Steam sometime in the future. Hopefully, Ground Zeroes will be available soon. The Phantom Pain will likely launch around the same time as the previously announced PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One editions.
TitanFall-mania has engulfed the NPD Group as the market research firm confirmed today that Respawn’s shooter is the best-selling game of March 2014.
March releases dominated the latest bestseller list as InFamous: Second Son (#2), South Park: The Stick of Truth (#3), Dark Souls II (#5), and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (#8) all cracked the top ten. The retail release of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition continues to hang on as it checks in at #10 once again. The console port of Mojang’s popular game will surely get a boost in May as Sony will make the disc-based version Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition available on store shelves. According to Joystiq, total hardware/software/accessory sales were up 3% over March 2013 with a 78% increase in console sales according for the majority of the sales bump.
The complete top ten for March 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)