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All Articles: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
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…)
The most jaw-dropping thing about Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is its brevity. Despite all its brilliant stealth setpieces and plotting, the Metal Gear franchise is best known for the cinematic leanings of its creator, Hideo Kojima. It came to a head during Metal Gear Solid 4, which reached amazing highs in gameplay, narrative, and fanboyish nostalgia, but was laced with overly long interstitials crammed with far too much exposition. (more…)
The Xbox Live Store has been updated with several new downloadable offerings and if you’re looking for a few new Xbox 360/Xbox One games today, your choices include:
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox One/Xbox 360) – Hideo Kojima’s latest mission for Big Boss will serve as a prequel to The Phantom Pain as well as serve as an introduction to the new. mechanics found in the game.
- Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (Xbox 360) – Tecmo Koei’s latest Ninja Gaiden game promises cyborg-on-zombie battles and the ability to wield nunchucks made from zombie arms.
- Constant C (XBLA) is a puzzle platformer that messes with gravity and time.
- And Skydive: Proximity Flight (XBLA) is a Kinect-powered wingsuit simulator.
More information on all of these titles can be found after the break. (more…)
Your eyes do not deceive you, this is reality… Sony has updated their virtual storefront, the PlayStation Store, with a ton of new games.
Leading the way is Sony’s next major PS4 release, InFamous: Second Son. Second Son will spin off with a new main character (Delsin) and a new locale (Seattle) because Cole McGrath lost his life at the end of InFamous 2. In a break from tradition, you’ll have to wait until Friday (March 21) to continue your infamous ways.
Also available for the PS4 this week is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Hideo Kojima’s prologue to the next Metal Gear game, and Stealth Inc.: Ultimate Edition, a next-gen upgrade to the popular puzzle platformer. Ground Zeroes is also available to download from the PS3 section of the store. Finally, the mining platformer SteamWorld Dig makes the next-generation leap in a special PS4/Vita Cross-Buy edition.
But don’t think the PS3 is being left out in this week’s PlayStation Store update. The Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster has finally been released (it’s available on the Vita too), along with Tecmo Koei’s insane zombie slasher, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and Vlambeer’s dogfighting sim, Luftrausers (which was released as a PS3/Vita Cross-Buy title).