In complete Hideo Kojima fashion, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN’s first trailer has been revealed without anyone knowing it was going to happen. Kojima, creator and director of the Metal Gear franchise, revealed it at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this past week and now has fans frantically trying to decipher all messages left in the nearly six minute trailer.

While everything known about the game is either related to the trailer, based on Metal Gear knowledge or is just pure speculation, one thing we do know is that David Hayter, who voiced Solid Snake and Big boss, will not be be apart  of  METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.


Kojima was quoted saying, “It will be a new person, I can not say who.”

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN was originally thought to be two separate projects: Ground Zeros and The Phantom Pain. The two projects as a whole will now make up METAL GEAR SOLID V, Ground Zeros will act a prologue to The Phantom Pain portion of the game.

In terms of the trailer, METAL GEAR SOLID V’s trailer is one of the best trailers I’ve seen in a while. Set to the 90’s classic song “Not your kind of people,” the trailer sets an apocalyptic-like tone for the game and a narrative that Big Boss and company will have to rise from the ashes of destruction.

It’s something that I can really get behind.

Nothing seems to be going right for Big Boss and McDonnell Miller, when things couldn’t get any worse they have a flaming whale and flying fiery unicorns attacking them. The Metal Gear Solid franchise has always been a griddy war story with a blend Japanese  anime-like story telling. A.K.A crazy flaming whale eats a a helicopter.

You just kind of go with it and say “yea…that makes sense.”

Kojima has always found the perfect balance to this blend with the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Not getting to crazy on the eastern influence, but also not letting the griddiness from western storytelling overwhelm his Japanese influences. It seems he has found this balance again with METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN and it seems like this balance will make for another revolutionary Metal Gear Solid game.

Looks like I’ll need to brush up on my Metal Gear lore before until it hits shelves.

Also shown at GDC was a gameplay trailer which involves Big Boss trying to escape from a hospital after coming out of his nine year coma.


The trailer displays beautiful next generation, assuming PlayStation 4, in-game graphics which has always been a attribute that Metal Gear Solid games have had. It’s a quality that has me excited for this game and the next generation of consoles, everything in the gameplay trailer looks very fluid and refined.

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