Metal Gear Solid V‘s unveiling at the Game Developers Conference in March introduced gamers to the FOX Engine, Kojima Productions’ mind-blowing new gameplay engine. If there was something that got people talking more than the FOX Engine itself, it was the controversial decision to replace David Hayter as Naked Snake/Big Boss and speculation about who would replace the legendary Metal Gear icon.
Now, with the recent revelation that Keifer Sutherland will be taking over the role, it’s time to shift focus back to what’s important: the game itself. And there’s no better way to do that than with a new trailer.
At last year’s PAX Prime, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima unveiled Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, an amazing tech demo that showed off Kojima Productions’ new FOX Engine.
A few months later, at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, Swedish game developer Moby Dick Studios unveiled a trailer for a supernatural thriller called The Phantom Pain. It wasn’t long, however, before speculation began that The Phantom Pain was really Metal Gear Solid V in disguise.
At GDC 2013, those suspicions were, in fact, confirmed.
Exclusive to the PlayStation 3, Konami recently released the VR Missions DLC Pack, consisting of 30 different missions for players to test their skills on. And, if the idea of more content isn’t enough to get you excited, there’s one more detail that might. For a limited time, the VR Missions DLC Pack is free to all PS3 owners.
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment Developer: Platinum Games Release Date: February 19, 2013 ESRB Rating: M Pg! Score:9
There was no shortage of skepticism when Kojima Productions handed off Metal Gear Solid: Rising to Platinum Games and rebranded it as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. While not uncommon for publishers to outsource popular franchises after creative teams break up or to liven up a franchise that has stagnated – see Ninja Theory’s take on Capcom’s Devil May Cryand Silent Hill’s parade of hand-offs to various developers after Team Silent’s dissolution as examples – results have generally been mixed.
Knowing the design philosophy of Platinum Games’ prior titles, simply handing a story-heavy franchise over to the action-first, story-second studio might have meant bad news for Revengeance. Fortunately, instead of a simple outsourcing, Revengeance is a full-blown collaboration between Platinum and Kojima Productions. This allowed the former to concentrate on fast-paced gameplay and the latter to handle the franchise’s trademark narrative style and cinematic tone, each playing to their strengths.
Over the last several months and years, there have been several games that for some reason or another slipped by us here at Pixelated Geek. So as a result of those games that ended up going un-reviewed, I welcome you to Looking Back, where for the next several weeks, yours truly will bring you all series of reviews of games past. And for the inaugural review, what better way to start things off than by taking a look at a personal favorite of mine? I am talking of course about the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.
Titled “Jack the Ripper”, the new trailer showcases a new unmanned weapon type for Raiden to fight. Story-wise, the trailer focuses on Raiden’s descent into a more bloodthirsty persona, Jack the Ripper, his nickname from child soldier days during the Liberian Civil War.
Does Revengeance fit within the Metal Gear universe?
I figured my chance to demo the game at E3 2012 would be the opportunity to finally be able to judge whether Platinum could deliver a true Metal Gear game. Unfortunately, even after getting hands-on with the game, I have to say that I am still quite skeptical.
Before everyone starts gathering the pitchforks, I am still not saying that the game will be bad. In fact, based on gameplay alone, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance looks impressive and I eagerly await its release. But the E3 presentation fell short in a critical area: details of the plot, traditionally rather important to Metal Gear.
Last December, Kojima Productions shook the gaming world with the announcement of a collaboration with Platinum Games on the latest iteration of the Metal Gear franchise, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The initial trailer, revealed at the 2011 Video Game Awards, gave us a glimpse at what looked like a very significant departure from the standard Metal Gear title.
Now, in preparation for this year’s E3, Konami has unveiled a new trailer, providing another glimpse of what Kojima Productions and Platinum games have in store for 2013.
Taking place several years after the end of Metal Gear Solid 4, Revengeance finds Raiden dragged back into battle in a world gone wrong following the fall of the Patriots. Showcasing what Platinum Games does best, the action and combat looks quite solid, leaving no doubt that the development team is intent on making the game as good as they possibly can.