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Game News Haikus

Game News Haikus: Metal Gear Rising 2, amiibo port problems, and more


Zen distilled stories
Mar 02
// Darren Nakamura
We're gearing up for GDC and PAX East, but that doesn't mean we can't take some time to reflect on the past week with a little bit of poetry. In this series, we take a look at the stories that gathered the most attention of ...
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Metal Gear Rising

Platinum reveals meaning of Metal Gear Rising '2' logo


Much less exciting than any of us had hoped
Feb 25
// Laura Kate Dale
Back in late January an image appeared for a split second during a Sony sizzle reel as part of a Twitch broadcast from Taipei Game Show. The image, a huge number two in what looked like the Metal Gear Rising: Revengence typef...
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Metal Gear Rising 2

Metal Gear Rising 2 might be a thing that's happening


Jack is (probably) back!
Jan 31
// Kyle MacGregor
This image appeared for a split second in a Sony sizzle reel aired during a Twitch broadcast out of the Taipei Game Show. Sure does look like the typeface from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Nothing is confirmed, of cou...
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Metal Gear

Here's a closer look at the Metal Gear Solid V chicken hat


Super Guide
Jan 12
// Chris Carter
Konami announced recently that Metal Gear Solid V will have a special item when it launches later this year (?) -- the chicken hat. It will appear after multiple deaths, and if you pick it up, it makes the game easier. T...
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MGSV

Metal Gear Solid V will have a chicken hat that makes the game easier


Haha
Jan 02
// Chris Carter
In a recent three hour stream of Metal Gear Solid V, there was one particular tidbit that might have passed some people over -- the Chicken Hat. Apparently when Phantom Pain drops there will be a special hat that allows...

Modders hilariously put Kojima into MGSV: Ground Zeroes' starring role

Jan 02 // Chris Carter
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Kept you waiting huh
While there's nothing inherently wrong with console games, I get a certain amount of joy from PC mods that aren't possible on other platforms. One such mod is a new fan-created change to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, th...

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Promoted Blog

Facing my genes with Solid Snake


Promoted from our Community Blogs
Dec 11
// Bardley
[Dtoid community member Bardley played some Metal Gear games. This got him thinking about genetics and how they could affect him throughout his life. He gives us an amazing blog well worth reading. Want to see your own stuff ...
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Metal Gear Solid

MGSV: The Phantom Pain's online mode will debut at The Game Awards


New gameplay trailer for MGO will debut next week
Nov 26
// Alessandro Fillari
Next week is looking to be a pretty exciting time for gaming. With The Game Awards showing off world premieres of upcoming titles, and the PlayStation Experience doing the same, it's definitely going to be a busy and eventful...
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That only works in Metal Gear, dude


!!!
Oct 24
// Niero Gonzalez
Sigh.
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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now available on Mac


With a five-day sale
Sep 25
// Dale North
Platinum Games and Kojima Productions' Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is now available on the Mac platform, thanks to TransGaming. This marks the franchise's debut on Mac. This is a fine game that deserves to be on lots of sy...
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MGSV

Adopt a wolf cub in Metal Gear Solid V and he'll grow up to be badass


This wolf has an eyepatch. Seriously
Sep 19
// Alessandro Fillari
I was blown away by the extended Metal Gear Solid V gameplay demo from TGS. I knew the game would be huge and comprehensive, but it just keeps surprising me with how much content there seems to be. And we've only seen the tip...
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Look at my horse, my horse is amazing
Previously we had a glimpse of Quiet's escapades with the full version of the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain teaser posted earlier this week. Now feast your eyes on this 21-minute gameplay demo straight from TGS 2014. ...

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Metal Gear

That Metal Gear Collection 2014 is actually a clothing line


Oh, Kojima!
Sep 18
// Brittany Vincent
Kojima had been hinting around at something known as the "Metal Gear Collection 2014" for a few weeks now. Naturally, the internet was abuzz with rumors that it could actually be HD remakes of the previous games like Halo's M...
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MGSV: The Phantom Pain

Quiet's disappearing act is awesome in the latest Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer


Insta-emo eyes
Sep 17
// Brittany Vincent
Last week we got a glimpse of Quiet's powers thanks to the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain teaser, and now the entire trailer out of TGS 2014 is available for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately, it's in Japanese of course -- it's still plenty of unadulterated Metal Gear awesome, though. Hey, Quiet! Why you lookin' so down, homegirl? GamesHQMedia [YouTube]
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Metal Gear

Metal Gear fan remake is cancelled, developers release trailer narrated by David Hayter


Konami pulls the plug
Aug 18
// Alessandro Fillari
Well, this is awkward. Back in June, Konami gave a group of Metal Gear fans its blessing to produce a free remake of the original MSX Metal Gear. The project attracted a lot of talent, including those who've worked on such ti...

Both Metal Gear Solid V entries are coming to Steam

Aug 13 // Chris Carter
           
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Thanks for listening, Kojima
[Update: Konami has confirmed this news live at its gamescom conference. No release dates were given.] For years, Metal Gear Solid fans have been asking director Hideo Kojima if and Konami would bring the games to PC. Tr...

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gamescom

Here's a look at what's happening at gamescom


There's a bevy of press conferences happening in Germany
Aug 11
// Alasdair Duncan
We've already gotten the news from Activision's Call of Duty event earlier today but there's plenty of big things happening at gamescom this week. Here's an idea of when you're going to hear all the news from Microsoft, Sony,...
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Kumtraya!
I'm all by himself because Max went to Asia to pull the teeth out of impoverished children. I don't order old trading cards from the internet, but I did replay Metal Gear Rising, start re-watching my favorite TV show, and I'm bracing myself for angry Nintendo fans.

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Toys

Nendoroid Solid Snake comes with a low-poly head


...sold!
Aug 01
// Jordan Devore
I've never gotten into Nendoroid, but after seeing that Wind Waker Link figure and now this Solid Snake one, all I can say is "send help" -- it's happening sooner than later. The key features here, in my book, are the alterna...
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MGSV

Hollywood loves the E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V


Filmmakers offer praise for MGSV and look to the future
Jun 28
// Alessandro Fillari
It should go without saying that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain had a great showing at E3. Not only was the official trailer a stellar piece of work, and a big indication of how grim the game will be, but the 30-minute ...

The 5 best parts from the E3 demo of MGS V: The Phantom Pain

Jun 20 // Max Scoville
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...in under 2 minutes!
Sure, you could go watch the whole half-hour demo of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain we saw at E3, but then you don't get to look at my pretty face. Also, an animal shows up at the end of this video! Can you guess what it is? 

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Metal Gear

The original Metal Gear is being rebooted by independent modders


...and it will be all yours for free!
Jun 02
// Brittany Vincent
Are you a huge Metal Gear fan? Itching to get your hands on the game for one more run-through for old time's sake? What if I told you a group of independent modders had Konami's blessing to reboot the very first Metal Gear ga...
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Konami not so solid: profits fall below half last fiscal year


E3 could help
May 08
// Dale North
Konami's FY profits of 6.2 billion yen (about $61 million) comes in at less than half of last year's 13.2 billion yen ($130 million). They moved 10.81 million videogames last year, calling the sales of Metal Gear Solid V: Gro...
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Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes patch coming May 1


Update makes platform-exclusive missions available to all
Apr 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
Konami has announced that it will be releasing a title update for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on May 1. The patch will unlock the up-to-now platform exclusive missions "Deja Vu" and "Jamais Vu" (available only in t...
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MGS V

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes platform exclusive DLC will eventually see a full release


For free
Apr 24
// Chris Carter
I really enjoyed Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for what it was, and despite many people calling it a "short" game, I've clocked around 30 hours so far -- far more than the vast majority of regular releases. Part of ...
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Kojima

Hideo Kojima unboxes Big Boss in Paris game shop


Backed by breezy Metal Gear theme
Mar 20
// Conrad Zimmerman
This is a silly little video uploaded today to the official Metal Gear Solid YouTube page. Hideo Kojima made a surprise appearance at a Micromania game store in Paris to celebrate the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Ze...
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Grab all nine and unlock a new mission
Both Sony and Microsoft have their own platform-exclusive missions for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and you'll have to do a bit of legwork to unlock them. Basically, you'll need to grab all nine XOF patches hidden thro...

So how do the two platform-exclusive Ground Zeroes missions compare?

Mar 18 // Chris Carter
Deja Vu (PS3 and PS4): Before you get excited -- no, Deja Vu is not a mission starring the 32-bit version of Snake (at least, until you unlock the first costume) -- you'll be playing as the regular old Big Boss model from the main game. In fact, it's not even a "serious" mission, as your task is to "recreate" scenes from the original Metal Gear Solid by way of a photo shoot. It's a "historical re-creation" that takes place in the same location as the core game. Sadly, the actual task is poorly implemented. Guards are still patrolling the base, and if they spot you, you'll have to take them out or hide like always. It would have been great if they went all out with Deja Vu and basically made the base like a special museum without guards (and a full-blown 32-bit veneer), but that's not what happened. Alas, you're going to go on a scavenger hunt to find different scenes that are set up kind of like Solid, at which point a screen will flash, showing the old event for a few seconds. There are a few wacky things like an Easter Island statue and an "encounter" with an apparition of Psycho Mantis, but these aren't much more than a few fleeting seconds, with references from the original peppered in. There is a surprise for dedicated fans at the end though, and two fanservice oriented costumes (one of which can dash quickly like Raiden in the other DLC) can be earned that are only usable within Deja Vu. Deja Vu is definitely worth playing once, but more effort on the part of Kojima Productions would have been great -- I'm not sure I'd ever play it again. Jamais Vu (Xbox 360 and Xbox One): Thankfully, the Microsoft-exclusive mission is a little better. This one features Raiden (albeit without a functional sword), who controls a bit differently than Big Boss -- mostly due to the fact that he can run super fast, with little lightning bolts trailing his feet. He also gets a really cool reveal (introduced by Kaz Miller as a "war machine from the future" as he slams into the ground, jumping from the chopper), and the entire presentation is much better than Deja Vu, as the XOF badges are actually built into the intro. This is all taking place while a song from the Revengeance soundtrack blares in the background -- pretty badass. Jamais Vu is also more interesting on a macro level, since the entire premise is built on snuffing out Body Snatchers, mysteries entities that steal the bodies of humans -- a direct reference to Hideo Kojima's Snatcher. They operate just like regular soldiers, but they burst into green flames upon death and get right back up after being tranquilized, which is a nice effect. There are also a lot of little touches like the ability to make Raiden speak (briefly) while interrogating enemies that make this a much better effort overall. The mission is still stealth oriented, and there's even a reward for no alerts -- but you can go in guns blazing all the same, so it's fun to play multiple times over. It's also enjoyable to run around the base at high speed with Raiden if you're prone to messing around. Which version should you get? In terms of visuals, the PS4's 1080p is noticeably better than the 720p maximum from the Xbox One. You'll notice it especially when it comes to the rain effects and other small nuances that all around look better on the PS4. It's not like the Xbox One version looks poor though, and it does have the better exclusive mission. Basically, if you love Raiden and don't care about graphical differences, just get it on the 360 or the Xbox One. Otherwise, stick with the PS4.
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Deja Vu and Jamais Vu
As you may have heard, both Sony (PS3, PS4) and Microsoft (Xbox 360, Xbox One) have their own piece of exclusive content for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. This isn't a pre-order bonus mind you -- it's built into every copy of the game. Naturally this can lead to a choice between the two, so let's take a look at what you're getting.

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Watch Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes get beaten in 10 minutes


Kept you not waiting
Mar 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes can be as long as you want it to be. But it can also be pretty short. How short? Well as Eurogamer demonstrated, you can beat the entire story in just 10 minutes.

Here's everything you can do in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Mar 18 // Chris Carter
[Warning: minor spoilers below in terms of content. If you are intending on picking up Ground Zeroes, don't read this until after you've completed it. This is mainly for prospective buyers who may be on the fence.] Complete the story: Ground Zeroes ships with one main story mission (named after the title), with a lengthy duo of intro and conclusion cutscenes. The average playthrough of this mission will take anywhere from one to two hours, and consists of two sole objectives that are very straightforward. That's it. Beyond that, everything else you do is entirely up to you. Go for all the challenges: With full leaderboard support, hardcore fans will go nuts over the chance to do everything better than their friends. This is anything from "longest sniper headshot" to "longest time spent on two wheels with a jeep," and Ground Zeroes basically tracks everything you can think of. The signature "grade" based ranking system is also still here, which rewards you for not using some of the new mechanics and completing a mission without being seen. I really wish that the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo had this feature, as I would have loved to have challenged my group of friends to random tasks. Listen to all of the cassette tapes: At one point during my playthrough of Ground Zeroes, I just roamed around the base listening to the lengthy cassette tape recordings from Chico, Kaz, and [mostly] Paz. Although there is support for listening to music while you're blowing up the base, you can hear a string of diary entries from Paz based on her time with Big Boss and his crew (from Peace Walker). Some of these are inconsequential ramblings like "that one time she had a cold," or "that one day she played soccer," but peppered into all these conversations are a glimpse at a day in the life of a solider serving under Big Boss, and fans will dig the chance to get a little more fluff. There's roughly an hour or so of recordings to take in all together, including the old content. Complete all the optional missions: There are only a few extra missions on offer outside of the story, including a VIP assassination level, a fetch quest, and the destruction of anti-aircraft guns. These all take place in the same sandbox as the main mission, albeit during different times of day. While not widely different, playing a "sneaking" mission in the sun is definitely fun, and lets you see the base in a whole new light. My personal favorite is the assassination mission, as you can blow up the VIP's jeeps as they attempt to escape with a rocket, or pre-load jeeps with C4 and blow them when they try to take off. Just like the story level, these also have an additional difficulty setting. Find all the XOF patches: There is one bonus mission that's locked until you find every "XOF patch" hidden throughout the Ground Zeroes story. There's nine in all, and these things are really well hidden to the point where you'd spend hours looking for them without a guide. Once you've found them all, you'll unlock a platform exclusive mission for either the Microsoft or PlayStation versions. Hint -- look right behind you when you start the story mission to find the first patch. Screw around: Remember how fun it was to just mess around on the Tanker? Well Ground Zeroes has plenty of those moments. Try to make up fake goals like jeep races, rescue missions with POWs, or "last stand" objectives with rocket launchers and a sniper rifle on top of a roof. There's plenty of room to explore, find new weapons, and try new tactics, like jumping from roof to roof or rolling around and working on your prone aiming skills. If you're the type of person who enjoys sandbox games it's worth a shot, despite how small that box actually is. If you don't think this is worth the $20 or $30 price of entry, don't buy Ground Zeroes.
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You can spend as little as one hour with it, or a lot more
As you may have gleaned from my review, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is not for everyone. It only features one area, very little story, and it's only a glimpse of what's to come in Phantom Pain. But that doesn't mean it isn't a ton of fun to play, and there's plenty to do outside of the relatively short story mission.


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