Dec 112012

This past week Spike TV once again put on their annual Video Game Award show in Los Angeles, and as per usual the focus of the show was centered squarely on trailers and exclusive reveals rather than awards. I’ve never been a huge fan of the show itself, but I am always interested in the announcements and trailers that come out of it, and this year was no exception, with things like Dark Souls 2 and the possible Metal Gear Solid 5 tease currently known as “The Phantom Pain” being announced. These trailers got me thinking about what my favorite video game trailers of all time would be, and that of course led the creation of this list. Simply because the production quality has gone up along with the increased prominence of trailers over the past several years, this list will consist mostly of newer games. Also, for this list I am going to simply let the trailers speak for themselves, it should be clear why each of these is awesome.

10. DC Universe Online

9. Fallout 3

8. Assassin’s Creed

7. God of War III

6. Halo 3

Aug 302012

A week or so ago I reported on a news story that seemed to hint at Metal Gear Solid 5 being unveiled sometime soon. A bit unsurprisingly, Hideo Kojima has unveiled the new Metal Gear game at the 25th Anniversary event in Japan. Its name? Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Not much is known at this point but it seems to be an open-world game.

Below are tweets from Mark McDonald (8-4) and Brad Douglas who were both at the event:

Mark: ““Demo of ‘Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes’, started w cutscene (all realtime), went into gameplay, open world, night, raining, base. AMAZING … Snake crawled @ avoiding searchlights, killed guard, rode jeep, called in heli for evac. Sounds like MG, but the scale & atmosphere… Wow.”

Brad: “Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes demo was truly amazing, running on a PC at current-gen specs. Wow”

Brad also later replied to a tweet saying that it looks like Big Boss is going to be the main character. The fact that it’s running on current-gen specs is a bit surprising but that doesn’t rule out them eventually developing for next-gen hardware.

If any more information unveils itself, we’ll supply it here.

Jul 162012

Metal Gear Solid 4 was perhaps one of the best console games of this generation. Its innovations to stealth, fan service throughout, and absolutely chilling story are just a few reasons why MGS 4 will not soon be forgotten in video game history. If there would be a Metal Gear Solid 5 has long since been in the air, but around a month ago MGS creator, Hideo Kojima, confirmed its existence. The only thing he could say was this:

“On the topic of Metal Gear Solid 5, I can tell you two things,” Kojima told the French publisher IG Magazine. “There will be more infiltration, spying, and convincing people to do you ‘a favor’ than in the previousMGS. I loved the idea of the social interactions in Deus Ex: Human Revolution that we’ve seen. And if I say more about it, the ninja PR woman behind the door will chop me into pieces.”

The big news regarding the franchise today is that it seems an image has leaked out, maybe it was shown at Comic-Con but taken with a handheld camera? Maybe not? The image can be seen above and I’ll preface this all by saying at this point it is strictly a rumor as Konami has not confirmed anything, only stating on their Twitter “”Fake or real, We love a bit of speculation!” Apart from them, Cliffy B, Gears of War and Epic Games head, has since tweeted that Kojima has shown him some “secret stuff” at Comic-Con and that it looks amazing.

We’ve contacted Konami for further word on all this info.

UPDATE: In an email sent to Konami, I asked them if there was any merit to these images. In their response back they simply said: “We didn’t release them.” While I won’t speculate on the meaning of that, I think you guys can draw your own conclusions.

Nov 222011

After Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima parted ways with the action series and declared the storyline to be finished.  That’s what he wanted gamers to believe.  Now, the trickster Kojima now says that a Metal Gear Solid 5 is a possibility.

Speaking with Official Playstation Magazine UK, Kojima stated that a Metal Gear Solid 5 will most likely happen, but his involvement in the title would be minimal.

“I think we’ll probably have to make it at some point, but what that will be, we have no idea,” said Kojima.  “As far as my involvement in the project is concerned, [it] probably won’t be as much as it was with MGS1 – maybe I can do just one stage! For MGS1 I made the maps myself, laid out the enemy routes myself, did everything hands-on – that level I can’t do again.”

Kojima said that he tried to put some work at first into Metal Gear Solid 4, but ended up directing the title.  Ultimately, it’s either he takes creative control of an entire game or takes no part in it.

“I intended to take it to a certain point and then hand it off, but that didn’t work, because it’s hard to convey the concept to other people then have them take the reins and carry on and preserve that vision. That’s why it’s easier to have them [the design team] come up with everything from the start and then take it to the end.”

Source: Official Playstation Magazine UK