Preview: Metal Gear Solid V gameplay video shows lots of promise

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Preview: Metal Gear Solid V gameplay video shows lots of promise

Konami has recently released a 12-minute gameplay video for the upcoming Prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Prologue, titled Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, is a standalone game that will come out in the Spring of 2014.

The video depicts live gameplay recorded by one of the developers of the game. In it, the dev takes control of legendary-solider-turned-mercenary Big Boss as he infiltrates a base in order to find a contact inside said base.


The dev demonstrates how in this new MGS game, Big Boss is solider in a league of his own. After knocking out a watchmen with his tranquilizer gun, Big Boss tracks down his target contact. A brief interrogation ensues and Big Boss gets the information he needs before neutralizing the target and hiding the targets body.


The dev goes on to explain how in Ground Zeroes, and subsequently The Phantom Pain, there are multiple ways to approach missions and even more ways to eliminate threats. Once again close-quarters combat, or CQC, is an extremely important tool in Big Boss’s arsenal. This time around however, Big Boss appears to be much more efficient in his technique and execution of his CQC.


The new addition to the MGS alert system comes in the form of “reaction mode”. In reaction mode, time slows down for a brief period of time, allowing the player to (shockingly) react in a timely manner to being spotted by an enemy. This new system, coupled with smoother CQC actions, and new movement options makes the new MGS games sound more and more attractive.


Also, PS4 and PS3 players get access to an exclusive mission called “Déjà Vu”. In this mission, you take control of none other than Solid Snake from the Playstation Classic title Metal Gear Solid 1, which, honestly is just hilariously awesome.

In any case, whether you’ve never played a MGS game before or if you’re a long time veteran, you’ll be able get your hands on Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes in the Spring of 2014 on the PS4 and Xbox ONE digitally for $29.99. With the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions being available for $29.99 retail, and $19.99 digitally.