Last week, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima promised that he would have plenty of Phantom Pain action to share at the Tokyo Game Show and it looks like the time has arrived for him to deliver on that tease. Although he hasn’t revealed any details about the Metal Gear Collection he announced last week, Kojima did share over twenty minutes of stealthy gameplay footage from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

This morning at TGS, the creator followed up last week’s Quiet teaser with a closer look at the female co-star in Snake’s upcoming adventure. The lengthy gameplay demo takes Snake and his sniper partner-in-crime out of the desert and into a jungle environment where they shot, stab, and choke their way through an enemy base.

In addition to the new footage, Kojima also confirmed a 2015 release for the game. There was no specific date, or even season, mentioned; but Kojima has a very good record of not making any promises about a release window until he is sure the game will be complete. Keeping that in mind, it seems like we can rest easy knowing Metal Gear Solid 5 will arrive in the 2015 holiday season at the latest.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Quiet

Although we don’t have an exact release date to mark on our calendars, we do have over twenty minutes of footage to drool over and analyze. The highlights of the lengthy demo include plenty of cardboard box action, an inflatable Snake distraction, and some deadly land mines.

Quiet does get to show off some deadly accuracy in the demo, but like lots of support characters, there isn’t always a lot for her to do. That said, when she does get a chance to wreak havoc, she puts a machine gun, mines, and her sniper rifle to good use. We’re interested to see how crucial her role will be in the full version of the game.

The barely-dressed female sidekick is controlled by AI throughout the demo and it has been confirmed that other support characters will be controlled by AI at other points in the game. The existence of multiple allies on the battlefield definitely begs the question of whether or not there is a co-op mode in the works. So far, there has been no mention of such a feature (but there will be multiplayer).

If you had any doubts about MGS5 after the lukewarm reviews of Ground Zeroes, this footage may win you over. The current-gen graphics combined with the addictive stealth system that franchise vets are familiar with make this make look like a must play.

Does the gameplay footage look impressive enough to sell you on The Phantom Pain? Do you think there might be a co-op mode in development? Let us know in the comments.


Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is targeting a 2015 release on current-gen platforms.

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