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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

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Fans of Metal Gear, REJOICE!! Metal Gear Solid 5, to be set in the year 1975, features the return of Big Boss in The Phantom Pain – a two part story in which “Punished Snake” finds himself in Cuba, Afghanistan, and ultimately hunting down the mysterious Cipher group, a shadowy organization bent on surpassing even the Metal Gear project.

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As a reference, the events of the Metal Gear franchise are as follows:

MGS3: Snake Eater, 1964; MGS: Portable Ops, 1970; MGS: Peace Walker, 1974 – with MGS Vanilla for the PS1 in 1995, MGS 2 in 1999.

Metal Gear Solid 5, The Phantom Pain, is to be a sequel to the events of Peace Walker, and takes place in 1975 and 1984. One of the most alarming changes to the franchise is Konami’s choice to retire beloved voice-actor David Hayter from this game, instead opting for the Hero of the Day, Kiefer Sutherland to voice the protagonist, Snake. Another change, though in this case welcomed by many – Metal Gear 5 is meant to be an open-world platform, allowing players to choose from multiple means of transportation, rather than following the set course from start to finish.

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The first segment of the game, Ground Zeroes, features reduced cut scenes and Arabic subtitles. At this time, not much is known about the details of the plot. So far what we know is that the game begins shortly after Peace Walker, and Snake is sent to Cuba to rescue two prisoners – Chico, a child soldier, and Paz, a Cipher operative. The whole operation reaches a catastrophic head – Mother’s base is destroyed and Snake is sent into a coma.

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The main story,  The Phantom Pain, picks up nine years after the end of Ground Zeroes. Snake awakes from his coma in rather poor shape – physically deteriorated after years in a coma –  with a prosthetic arm and missing an eye, to say nothing of the rest of his brutalized body. Bent on revenge against the Cipher organization, Snake now goes by “Punished Snake”, and forms the Diamond Dogs mercenary group.

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It shall be exciting to see how the game plays out on the seventh-gen consoles: ps3; xbox 360 – though it will also be released for eight-gen: XBOX One; Ps4. The graphics so far are intense, with a clarity and attention to detail not seen before in the MGS franchise. With Konami and MGS’s history of creative and exciting storylines, MGS 5 is sure to be a thrilling new addition to the already well-established franchise.

For More Screenshots from the game – Click HERE.

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