Some new MGSV The Phantom Pain details from various previews (spoiler warning)

Earlier this week the embargo for the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain previews was lifted, and as a result many outlets shared their impressions from playing the game. Below are some new details and interesting points taken from various articles. Once again, there are no real spoilers but if you want to steer clear of any new information, don’t read on.

IGN

  • At one point in the story Snake had to heal his arm, but this isn’t done through a menu like in MGS3 but by simply holding the triangle (action) button.
  • You can use materials you have found in the field to craft items (for example, a tranquilizer can be made using Golden Crescent, a medicinal plant.
  • Walking out of a story mission area will end the mission, but you can still continue doing nearby Side Ops.

IGN

  • MGSV has ‘near endless ways to tackle a scenario’.
  • The iDroid can be upgraded with a sonic pulse ability, that lets you detect nearby targets.

Vice

  • MGSV feels ‘in everything expect name’ like a Hideo Kojima game (assuming the famous phrase will be removed from the box art, that is). His signature is everywhere to be found in the game.
  • The maps feature a balance between player freedom and Kojima’s vision.

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GamesRadar

  • Big Boss’ clothes will gather blood and dirt in real time, and they will appear in this state in the cutscenes.
  • The fact that there are less cutscenes doesn’t take away from the magic, because the cutscenes that are there feel really special and are always ‘pretty awesome and packed with fan-service’.
  • While in the box you can punch open the flap and stick your gun through to aim in first person. You can also use the cardboard to slide down slopes on your belly.
  • While the author avoided most of the fan theories that are going around online, the few he has read are ‘pretty wide off the mark’. He does add that MGSV is a very trippy game, and some parts will make you wonder what’s real and what’s leftover damage from the coma.
  • There are some ‘brilliant easter eggs for returning fans’. The author advices the player to attempt to Fulton Ocelot several times during the tutorial.

GameInformer

  • There are no loading times once you are in the world, but there is one if you go back to Mother Base.
  • Like in previous MGS games, bodies can be hidden in dumpsters and cabinets.
  • Aside from your horse, Snake can also get around the map using a fast-travel system.
  • All the larger enemy encampments have their own look and geography, offering variety.
  • The game seems to feature an adaptive difficulty system (like enemies starting to wear helmets if you rely too much on headshots, and of course the option to use the chicken mask if you die too often).
  • Some parts of Mother Base are accessible by jeep. You can also complete side missions on the base, such as target shooting.
  • The game feels ‘every bit like the Metal Gear we all know and love’.

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Destructoid

  • Once your buddy bond with the horse reached a certain level, you can make it defecate on command.
  • You can replay a mission at any time to improve your ranking.
  • The day / night cycle also persists in the cutscenes.
  • The author says he doesn’t know much about the story at this point, ‘besides various “holy shit” moments that have only raised questions’.

Engadget

  • When transitioning from indoor structures to the exterior, Snake’s eyes (or rather, eye) have to adjust to the bright sunlight.
  • Most of the nuance of the story has been put in the cassette tapes.

Eurogamer

  • One of PT’s radio recordings can be heard playing at an enemy camp.

GameSpot

  • Afghanistan is about as big as 50 Camp Omegas. You would probably need at least 45 minutes to go from one and to the other on foot.
  • ‘The horse is animated exceptionally well, giving The Witcher 3’s horse ‘a run for its money.’
  • Aside from tapes containing licensed music, you can also finds ones that contain enemy intel.
  • By taking out communication devices of enemy bases, you can unlock new landing zones for your helicopter.
  • ‘There were so many unexpected moments that left me agasp that I simply can’t talk about’.

WASDuk

  • The author calls the hospital scene ‘dark, brooding, utterly batshit crazy and one of the best intros to a game’, adding: ‘if you think it looked cool to watch, just wait until you get to actually play it’.
  • Snake and his Diamond Dogs have been hired to help the locals of Afghanistan push back the soviet forces near Kabul and the Angola-Zaire border region.
  • Aside from cash completing side missions will occasionally reward you with blueprints for new weapons.

Dealspwn

  • When equipped as a sub-weapon, Snake can smash enemies unconscious using his bionic arm in an ‘incredibly powerful sprint attack’.

A9VG (translated by ‘DDVN’)

  • The Chicken Hat allows you to be spotted up to three times without triggering an alert, after which it expires. If you die too often while wearing the chicken hat, you will unlock an eggshell hat. When you use the Chicken Hat, your highest possible score will be A. The eggshell hat is unlimited, but reduces the score to 0.
  • You can build up to 4 of each of Mother Base’s departments (R&D, Medical, etc), so far at least.

Atomix (translated by invader_skoodge)

  • The open world boss battles work really well. One fight in particular took the author an entire night, up until the next morning.
  • As was already revealed, you can build a small zoo on Mother Base with the animals you capture in the field. An animal foundation pays the Diamond Dogs in GMP to rescue these animals from the battlefield.
  • Although Ocelot speaks Russian himself, he doesn’t want to be Snake’s interpreter, so he has to recruit someone else for that job.
  • Sexy posters you find can be ripped off the wall and put up in Mother Base.
  • !!! AWESOMENESS !!!

  • If there’s another interesting piece of information that isn’t listed here (this is just a selection of the previews), you can of course let us know!

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      if you fukton the bear it will eat your soldiers

      • Le Guy who drowned quiet

        I wrote fis on my phone.sorry for the typo

      • Do you have a link to the article that’s from?

  • Yes so no pre-rendered cutscenes? This will be fun.

    • Tong Ninja

      I think this includes the Day/Night time cycle as well. So when you rescue Kaz at night, the cutscene for it should be at night time, and same thing for day time scenario. 😀

      The FOX engine is amazing! 🙂

    • WhatTheJuicay

      Damn I wonder if dust contracts to you easily. It’d be a shame to get dust on you after crawling like a snake. Although, that same thing would happen in real life. Goodbye clean clothes.

    • Javier Cho

      ” The day / night cycle also persists in the cutscenes ” What?!? , okay,now i really want to see Quiet trailer during the night :O

    • Vegas

      I don’t like the idea of having day/night cycle in the cutscenes. Some scenes are better in a specific lighting. Of course, if that is only valid for SOME cutscenes, i’m ok.

  • CR7HarisSnake

    “MGSV feels ‘in everything expect name’ like a Hideo Kojima game (assuming the famous phrase will be removed from the box art, that is). His signature is everywhere to be found in the game.”

    This is what i am talking about. <3 🙂

  • As Mike Oldfield said:
    http://i.imgur.com/zRu3d6F.jpg
    “It breaks the game up, insideeeee”

    • VIC BOSS

      Where can I buy this ?

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      its luke spiller who sang the song while mike oldfield wrote it and played the guitar

  • Solidus Türk

    Kojima is Godto!

  • Bramdeman

    GOTY!!!

  • VenomSnake1974

    Best game ever, at least in this galaxy.

    • Gatsu

      The creatures in other galaxies have heard of Metal Gear saga too and wanna play TPP very badly. Game of the Universe.

  • kuaikukia

    Man, Hype back again

    • … can’t… take… this.. any more…

    • decoyF0XX

      Then you realize the game is still 3 months away :'(

  • Gatsu

    I feel like wanna cry because I’m so happy with these preview info ! Thank you Nyx ;).
    https://31.media.tumblr.com/457ff7c92768c902b8946c44456d4a85/tumblr_nokcqogyMb1tsdl2lo1_500.gif
    So much AMAZING feels when I read these…

    -MGSV has ‘near endless ways to tackle a scenario’.
    -MGSV feels ‘in everything expect name’ like a Hideo Kojima game (assuming the famous phrase will be removed from the box art, that is). His signature is everywhere to be found in the game.
    -Big Boss’ clothes will gather blood and dirt in real time, and they will appear in this state in the cutscenes.
    -The fact that there are less cutscenes doesn’t take away from the magic, because the cutscenes that are there feel really special and are always ‘pretty awesome and packed with fan-service’.
    -The game feels ‘every bit like the Metal Gear we all know and love’.-‘There were so many unexpected moments that left me agasp that I simply can’t talk about’.

    And what I have always felt about the hospital scene myself…
    -The author calls the hospital scene ‘dark, brooding, utterly batshit crazy and one of the best intros to a game’, adding: ‘if you think it looked cool to watch, just wait until you get to actually play it’.

    One of the best intros definitely ;O, so hyped for it! I honestly can’t imagine how incredible it will be to finally play TPP , them feels… to think how much there is to do and how long it will be. If think about all the trailers connected together and gameplay,MB and missions included in it, such a long game for sure with epic story!

    I’m calling it GOAT, now come on Monday and E3!!!

    • ObsessedGeorge

      The GOAT that lets us fulton goats! 😀

      • Gatsu

        ;D haha indeed! <3

    • MrVux007

      i feel ya brother …btw just watched the last episode of SOA ….im speechless http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrhai2Mv7a1r0t283.gif

      • Gatsu
        • MrVux007

          im currently watching GOT(duh),Black Sails(my favorite series) and Arrow ..herd about Shield,might check it out…thanks for the recommendation mate 🙂

          • decoyF0XX

            Have you guys seen Daredevil? I hope you guys have seen Daredevil???

          • glitchbomb

            I was happily suprised by how brutal the netflix daredevil series was. Now I’ve only seen like 4 episodes but I am Def gonna finish them now that the punisher is confirmed. They got the actor that plated Shane in TWD and I’ve seen some side by side shots and the guy really looks like frank castle. I’ve got a soft spot for the punisher. Lol

          • decoyF0XX

            You’ve only scratched the surface man, it even gets waaay more brutal!! I’m stoked for season 2 really, more because of the actor cause I don’t know much about The Punisher. I recently gained interest in his character before the announcement though, a few of my friends were recommending a certain Punisher comic run.

          • Gatsu

            Haven’t seen it yet :), but it’s on my watch list though.

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            DO IT DO IT DO IT

          • decoyF0XX

            Find time to watch it you won’t regret. It’s the first superhero show/movie that really allowed me to feel fear and tension for the main character. The story and writing are great, and the fight scenes OMG you have no idea.

          • Gatsu

            Alright thanks brothers :), I will check it out next week thanks. I’ve watched Heroes and the 1st season of new series Powers from PS4 and loved them, so might as well see more superhero shows :).

          • decoyF0XX

            Heroes was awesome!! Oh I remember those terrifying days when evil Sylar reigned, I miss that show.

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Nope I haven’t seen daredevil yet, matter fact I can’t even catch up on my shows supernatural & Vikings. But I’m gona to look out for that one since you mention………….that if I can tho.

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            Drope everything you are doing and go watch Daredevil right now.

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Damn!!!!????………..drop everything I’m doing????………is the show really that good???.

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            Yes, yes it is. One of my favorite shows I’ve seen in a while.

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Well I’m watch for buddy, thanks for letting me know about this show because that means I have something to watch now. Oh yeah!!!???….look into this show call the 12 monkeys, the show is bucking awesome. Just like you this show has been one of my favorites since my other favorite shows fringe & spartacus was cancelled( ToT” aaaaahhhh ah ah aaaaaahhh…….pleeeeeaaase bring back fringe and Spartacus………pleeeeaaaase) I hope you will enjoy watching the 12 monkeys as I will be happy to watch daredevil.

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            Heard of it, I don’t really know much about it. Have fun with Daredevil, though!

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Thanks

          • decoyF0XX

            You have too see it man, it was an awesome first season! I’m not into superhero shows normally but Daredevil totally drew me in.

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Well then I guess I have to watch it now after hearing this from you, thanks a lot bro I’m gona see it soon as possible………….but first I gotta clean my room and wash the dishes and take out the trash!!???……….being a 27 year old grown up ain’t fun anymore.

          • Hells yeah I have, one awesome show indeed.

        • Cobra Commander

          I never really watched SOA, no reason or anything just haven’t watched it yet.
          I will try it out for my next series on Netflix streaming, will be finished with re-watching Pysch for the umpteenth time.
          Guess I’ll give SOA a shot next, from what I’ve heard from people sounds like I can’t go wrong.
          P.S. kinda glad the series is over now, I like to binge watch my shows.
          Although I suspect I will be singing a different tune come final episode time.

          • Gatsu

            Go watch it noooow >;D, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It has great actors :).

        • ObsessedGeorge

          My favorite series! Kurt Sutter knows his music!

    • Bigbossmsf1974

      I feel the same way bro.

      • Gatsu
        • Bigbossmsf1974

          Here’s

  • LiquidCampbell

    Thx Nyxus…MANY FUCKIN AWESOME BLERGH THX! T_T

  • kirtanloorii

    So there is the chicken hat, and now the eggshell hat. So that means that you are not even a chicken, but a baby chicken. lol

    • Tong Ninja

      It’s probably going to be a trophy achievement as well haha! Pretty embarrassing one too!

  • Le Guy who drowned quiet

    You wont bwlieve me if i tell you i anticipated the dirt thing

  • Tong Ninja

    “Afghanistan is about as big as 50 Camp Omegas”: is this confirmed or was the previewer estimating??
    That’s interesting and going from that estimate, I’m guessing Africa will be around 60-80 Camp Omegas leaving room for maybe 1 or 2 MORE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS!!! 😀 HYPE!

    Note: I didn’t account for Motherbase and of course the Ground Zeroes Map.

    • Gatsu

      Previewers estimating of the size.

    • WhatTheJuicay

      I wonder if there will be any underground caves used for trafficking to infiltrate.

      • Tong Ninja

        That would be cool.
        Not just the area size, but also the elevation. Underground bases or caves …. 😀
        Maybe even a 20 floor high base you can infiltrate. Go floor by floor to find a nuclear weapon. XD
        (I’m exaggerating a bit, but who cares). haha

  • Jeff O’Connor

    “The Godhype.”

    Thank you as always, team, for putting everything together for us. September 1 men will be as demons.

  • Tomas Prilepok

    the best game of this decade

  • I can’t wait to watch a serious dark scene with Snake punching the mirror or killing his teammates while he wears the chicken hat, or even better, the eggshell hat. LMAO.

    Poppoppoo-kaaaaw!!!

    Can you only imagine it? Hahahaha

    • Gatsu

      The though of that almost killed me, so funny LOL XD!

    • Javier Cho

      thank you , now im thinking about the quiet trailer when big boss say ” when times comes , i will pull the trigger ” all serious with the egg shell hat while kaz and ocelot look at him lol

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      that will be horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      😛

  • Old Liquid

    Game Of The Forever.

  • PsychoMantis18

    GIVE ME! GIVE ME! GIVE ME!

  • invader_skoodge

    The info that I think is really interesting is that the Mexican gaming show Atomixshow that went to the preview said that

    -there will be boss battles and they work really well in the open world. That’s good info right there.

    -One fight took him so long that in the in-game time the fight lasted through the night and the next morning.

    -He again confirmed that the one girl who was out of place in the event(SSSniperwolf) was on her iPhone the whole time and looked at the game like she was bored with it and was glued to her phone the whole time before she left in the middle of the day. (Great Job choosing them Konami)

    -When you fulton people back to MB Ocelot/Kaz give them the option to stay or they can leave but says that everyone he fultoned stayed so it’s unlikely that people would leave.

    -If you’re worried about the number of missions he played 16hrs of the game and did 18 missions and by that time he unlocked a bunch of side ops and wasn’t even at 16% at the end of the even.

    -If you don’t manage people in mother base, Ocelot/Kaz will do it for you but you can change where people are placed manually. It seems like the system Kojima wanted in Peace Walker so if you played PW you’d be very familiar with the system

    -You will really feel the responsibility of being the Commander of an army and feel like Big Boss is really in control of everyone and that your decisions matter

    -At one point he had to visit a character in Mother Base they tell you it’s there but there’s no marker to tell you where it is exactly so you’ll have to find it by yourself

    -There’s a animal foundation that hires Diamond Dogs to rescue animals from the battlefield so they don’t get hurt and they pay you in GMP to rescue them and they build a little zoo in mother base.

    -In Afghanistan he traveled by horse most of the time and felt like Red Dead Redemption. Africa was more dense with vegetation and even with his time in Africa he didn’t even see the area in the Gameplay demo

    -Ocelot obviously speaks Russian, but he tells big boss he’s not going to be his interpreter so he better find one if he wants to interrogate soldiers.

    -All the missions felt organic. Whatever you did to complete a mission depended on your imagination so there’s no wrong way to complete a mission.

    -80’s soundtrack is the most epic 80’s soundtrack

    -As soon as R&D develops a new item you can tell them to send it to you right away.

    -Micro-Transactions don’t feel necessary. If you play the game off-line you’ll have the same experience he had. Some things require real world time to complete and MicrTrans seem to be implemented for impatient people who want to get things faster.

    -As soon as you start the game, you’ll be reminded it’s a Metal Gear game basically with all the weirdness off the bat.

    -You’ll feel genuinely scared of the skulls how supernatural they are.

    -If you see a sexy poster you can rip it off the wall and put it up in MB

    • Gatsu

      Looking forward to the Boss battles! Also I’ll find every sexy poster there is for my MB, lol.

    • decoyF0XX

      “there will be boss battles and they work really well in the open world.”

      Oh god this is the info I’ve been waiting for all this time. After Peace Walker and Ground Zeroes I was really wondering if Kojima would still want to incorporate human boss battles into the game. I think this confirms it a wee bit. It also seems like Quiet is a sort of mini-boss.

    • WhatTheJuicay

      The part about the sexy poster made me chuckle

    • Thanks, added some of those to the post.

      • invader_skoodge

        Thanks Nyxus. I omitted some info that was already in the other previews, but these are the things that interested me most. I’ll be going to Playstation Experience tomorrow, I’ll share that with the MGI community cause we’re bros like that. 😀

        • Thank you, we appreciate it! Have fun at the PlayStation Experience tomorrow!

    • glitchbomb

      I salute you!

    • Zlatan

      I loved that part about SSSniperwolf. This girl is so annoying and dumb. Good looking but nothing in mind. Hearing she got bored makes it sure the game will be great! Probably she was just pissed because she didn’t get the attention she always wants.

      • invader_skoodge

        Which is the reason it makes me mad Nyxus wasn’t invited.

      • decoyF0XX

        You’ll think she’d be the most excited, being a “fan” and all compared to a desensitized journalist. Probably just another poseur. Shoulda picked Nyxus, we’d have had some really sweet MGI exclusive info by now!

  • WhatTheJuicay

    Buddy bond.. I hope this doesn’t turn into GTAIV. Soldiers losing morale due to you not returning as frequently is one thing but to have to keep tabs on individual characters, it can get overwhelming. It’s one thing that made GTAIV not so perfect. Too much OCD fuel, it made me finish GTAIV after 5 years. Actually rushed to beat it before gtav came out.

  • WhatTheJuicay

    I wonder if there are elite enemies who can hunt and track you in the jungle or wherever you leave footprints. That’d be pretty cool. To be the hunted while not being a boss fight.

  • Bigbossmsf1974

    God I feel like I’m gona die from over excitement, the fact that you can have endless ways of tackling a mission is mind blowing. Thank you so much Nyxus for give us this information, you have no idea how over hype I am for the phantom pain now, wait uh second!!!????…………..I think I’m licking.

  • Alex Lopez Manriquez

    2 and a half months!!!!

    • Andrea Feletti

      Yeah but 78 days is far better 😉

  • PrinceHeir

    I ain’t reading any of that. Trying to contain everything concealed so far 😀

    Glad the game is progressing smoothly. Really can’t wait this September!!!

  • Abdi-75

    I only have one question: When Snake interogates an enemy soldier, does the enemy speak or he mumbles just like Peace Walker and Ground Zerores? Thanks.

  • Ralexion

    I could use a phantom cigar right now. And I dont even smoke.

    • MGS4 reference?

      • Andrea Feletti

        Definetely XD

      • Ralexion

        Hahaha, not really intended, but now that you mention it, I sound like Otacon.

        • Yeah, he says the exact same thing in the Act 5 Briefing.

  • John Doe

    “Although Ocelot speaks Russian himself, he doesn’t want to be Snake’s interpreter, so he has to recruit someone else for that job.”

    But we know from MGS3 that Snake speaks Russian perfectly himself… Dafaq? *body double theory was true lol*

    • Abdi-75

      He was in a 9 years coma, he forgot how to speak russian. 🙂

    • DIdn’t that have something to do with his head injuries and coma?

    • invader_skoodge

      It was explained in Kojima Station. Nyxus covered that

      http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=16708

      • John Doe

        Haven’t read that, thanks! I knew it had something to do with his coma, but still considered it a bit strange, since if you know a foreign language really good it’s not something you can completely forget, supposedly even after an accident. But if Kojima himself specified about the damage of particular area of the brain – it cleares up the question:)

  • Darby Crash

    “Snake and his Diamond Dogs have been hired to help the locals of Afghanistan push back the soviet forces near Kabul and the Angola-Zaire border region.”

    That’s great! I just wanted this. Join the resistance and maybe receive mutual help?

  • Holy damn… too much info to digest, must…remain…calm (breathing heavily).

  • quintimnia

    wait, afgxxx is 50 times bigger than camp omega? wasnt it 200 times bigger? something changed? wtf is going on!

    • Lewis

      TPP is bigger than GZ 200 times. Not Afghanistan compared to Camp Omega.

  • John

    “Sexy posters you find can be ripped off the wall and put up in Mother Base.”

    thank you kojima.

  • DUD Guy

    ”Although Ocelot speaks Russian himself, he doesn’t want to be Snake’s
    interpreter, so he has to recruit someone else for that job”

    Big Boss must have some serious head damage because his russian used to be ”superb” 😀
    Kojima already wanted russian characters to speak russian in MGS3. I am glad that he can finally realize that in TPP. It also seems like we will hear some russian in cutscenes and not just during gameplay.

    After coming to this site almost daily since the MGSV reveal back in 2012, i finally managed to make an account 😉
    Amazing website with a fantastic community you have there Nyxus. I still know you from the Gametrailers forum where you used to be known as ”THE Metal Gear guy” with your Gene avatar 😀
    Thank you for making the wait less painful.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      i wonder how no one upvoted that comment.Your very well welcomed sir/lady

      • DUD Guy

        Thank you.

      • No Place For Hayter

        I think his introduction just missed the normal crowd of people, probably a new interesting article moved every just as he came in, lol.

    • 223hzy

      A DUD!!!

      • DUD Guy

        By far the most important scene in MGS2 😀

    • No Place For Hayter

      A welcome wagon, I missed!? Hello 🙂 glad to have another comrade at our side 🙂 best and worst time to be a MGS fan, lol.

      • DUD Guy

        Hello 🙂 Thank you for welcoming me comrade. Exactly 😀 I’ve never been more hyped but the downside is that the wait is killing me. Especially after that trailer.

  • Alex

    I haven’t had time to read them all, so this is a Godsend ^_^

  • Le Guy who drowned quiet

    An animal foundation pays diamond dogs.i knew that

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