By reading previews and first-hand accounts of the newest Metal Gear Solid game, Ground Zeroes, it's easy to assume it's essentially Metal Gear Solid: GTA. The most simplest of descriptions have almost always mentioned "open-world", although the Japanese take on open-world is hardly of the GTA calibre, but it's still exciting nonetheless.
There hasn't really been much in the way of actual details as to the story, location and era, but those in attendance have passed on plenty of information as to what exactly they saw at the event.
In brief: the game sounds amazing. Here's what we know so far about Kojima's latest.
- The demo begins in a remote military base, although the country is unknown. A man in a business suit is accompanied by a group of armed soldiers, so we can assume that the game is going to have a strong military presence.
- Metal Gear Solid 4 fans would have remembered a little ode to the game, as the business man throws an MP3 player to a boy in a cage, who plays the song "Here's To You": the song was included in the latest Solid game.
- The letters "XOF" appear several times. It's quite obviously "FOX" spelled backwards.
- The business man's face is burned and scarred, and after his face was first revealed, he throws away a bunch of small "XOF" emblems.
- Snake appears from a cliffside, just as the subtitle "From FOX, two phantoms were born" appears.
- Snake then reveals his iconic eyepatch.
- Metal Gear creator, Hideo Kojima, then showed off a little gameplay, showcasing prone and sneaking mechanics around the army base.
- Aiming mode is now in third-person view.
- The game is said to be "open-world", and this is evident in the military base's large and expansive area.
- Snake has two modes of transportation in the demo: a jeep, and a helicopter that he can call in.
- Kojima explained during the demo that, unlike in previous stealth games where getting caught would lead to an end-game, he wants to give players the opportunity to escape.
- The demo was played in real-time on a PC, but with an Xbox 360 controller.
- The game is being said to be developed with current-generation consoles in mind.
- Fox Engine's beauty was on full display, and it apparently looks amazing.
That's all we know so far, but reports are consistently praising.
What are your thoughts? Are you happy with what you've heard and seen about the newest Metal Gear Solid game?
By Gaetano Prestia