Some bits of info from the Japanese Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Boot Camp

Last month Japanese journalist were offered the opportunity to play through Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain during a Boot Camp event held at the studio. MGSV-The-Phantom-Pain-Boot-Camp-Japan-9 JunkerHQ on Twitter has been sharing some of their impressions via Twitter. The info below is taken from his translations.

  • The attendants spent about 40 hours playing the game, over the course of 3 days.
  • Missions can be replayed at a higher difficulty once you have completed the story.
  • One Dispatch Mission has the player sending the Combat Unit to blow up factories, which also affects the supply chain in the field (as a result the outposts won’t be able to get supplies such as helmets, body armor, shields and night scopes).
  • Some Dispatch Missions reward you with money or materials for new weapons.
  • One of the articles praises MGSV for its technical side: a solid performance in every respect with short loading times and a stable frame rate (the journalists played on PS4).
  • He also writes the game has the best lighting he has ever seen, sunlight is realistic without appearing ‘blown-out’.
  • The writer praises the quality of the cutscenes as well, the camerawork in particular, which is full of nice little touches.
  • Snake controls better than in Ground Zeroes, and enemy movements have improved as well, same goes for their behavior and reactions to alert phases (they now offer more variation).
  • One writer states the game ‘betrayed expectations’, in a good way. The game still has the unique MGS charm, and the increased freedom results in more opportunities for it to present itself.

Source: Japanese Boot Camp articles, via JunkerHQ

  • PACOVELI

    Metal Gear Solid V
    The Pantom Pain
    Rulezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • DarpaLT.Sigma_

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuughhhhhh

  • VenomSnake123

    Sounds like more and more people who have tried it say that The Phantom Pain is amazing. Good to hear!

  • I wonder if I’ll ever finish this game, lol. I’ll try to get it on the very first week and play as much as I can, but once MGO3 is up, I’ll most likely quit the campaign, sadly… Maybe every one in a while I’ll give it a go but I’ll definitely focus on MGO.

    • N-Shifter

      I can’t understand playing an MGS game and not 100% wanting to complete the campaign, the campaign IS MGS lol

      I’ll be playing MGO as well, but not until I’ve played through the story at least once. Ah well, as long as you enjoy it I guess 🙂

      • Well I have played and finished all the previous MGS (1-4) at least once. But once I played the online version, I just don’t care about the campaign anymore. I’m a competitive player and I’ll play tournaments and stuff like that, lol. I’m not saying the campaign is bad or anything, I just like playing with other people and making new friends that can play with me…

        • N-Shifter

          I get that, I play online with friends as well and I love it but I just tend to always play through any campaign that comes with any game I buy first before going online. To each their own mate 🙂

  • GUN®

    I love that dispatch missions can effect gameplay like that, awesome, this game is going to be the greatest of all time.

  • Golgari

    40 hours? Oh my god…
    Have they finished it?

    • Sockerfri

      I doubt it. Im thinking 60 + hours..! Also, how do these guys feel about having to replay everything after launch? I assume they won´t be able to save – and carry over – their progress.

    • Batzi

      They finished it according to JunkerHQ. I asked him myself and you can refer to the tweets between me and him. Source: https://twitter.com/Batzi88/status/628988519315279872

      • Gatsu

        I wonder if they mostly rushed through the story missions, without doing much of the other things :).
        I think 40-50 hours is excellent time, add all sorts of side ops and MB + FOB to that and get many more to your playthrough.

        • H’m

          agreed 40-50hours plus is sweet

          • Gatsu

            I still haven’t finished my Witcher 3 playthrough, but I hear many get through the story with 40-50 hours. Then there is million other things to do :). Glad TPP will be like that too <3.

          • BurntFM

            Care for a game of Gwent? LOL Geralt is too much. But yeah I’m not worried about the pacing of MGS because I believe the “TV show” format that Kojima was explaining with Episodes will feel natural if you want to do the normal Weekly playthrough like a normal tv show or if you want to rush though the game a la Netflix Marathon so it works for all kinds of people

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            inb4 MGSV has some massive card game minigame that no one knows about before launch and everyone plays it instead of the story

          • BurntFM

            I would totally play an MGS card game!! I wonder if the Side Ops from Peace Walker could be turn into one since they are already turn-based

          • Mr. Sir Shpee

            then it becomes an IRL card game involving Mother Base management and sending teams on Outer Ops

          • Braden Gunn

            40 – 50 hours is great, it’s not too long, not too short, considering I’ll probably spend three to four hours every day on it for the first week I should have it finished within the fortnight, and then I can go back and start looking at getting the platinum.

        • Batzi

          They only had 3 days to complete it so yes I think they rushed through the story. A normal playthrough would probably be 50-60 hours long and that’s only the story mode.

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      I’m conflicted about MGSV for one thing. I want to rush through to see the story so I don’t get it spoiled, but I also want to take my time and do all sorts of cool side stuff my first time through.

      • Gatsu

        This….this is so much what I have been struggling with. I can’t decide very well what to do >_<.
        But I maybe take it pretty slowly and hope don't see story spoils, lol.

        • Mr. Sir Shpee

          Not to mention I play for about one hour each day thanks to school and other reasons. It’ll probably take me until Christmas to beat the game.

      • My_FutureDream

        I’m worried about getting spoiled too (you can’t fight the internet i guess lol) but i think we won’t be able to rush through the story as quick as we think. I’m positive later missions in the game will require us to have better armoury and equipment to tackle them properly. which means playing side missions, improving motherbase. My advice would be to stay away from tumblr for sure lol. I think i’ll have to be a caveman for a short while xD

      • Dont worry for that. I have played a lot of games long after their release ans if you dont look for spoilers you won’t see them (bad
        english sorry)

        • Mr. Sir Shpee

          Your English is fine, no worries. It’s not that I go looking for spoilers, it’s that they often find me.

  • Raven_Sorrow
    • BurntFM

      Yay I’m in. I don’t know why I missed it the first time.

    • H’m

      im sorry, what is this..?

      • Mr. Sir Shpee

        It’s a spreadsheet where everyone from MGI puts their gaming info in so you can add them. So you can play MGO together, defend friends’ FOBs, etc.

    • Lucifer

      I’m in too, been reading the site for a while now, might as well add a bunch of MGS fans on psn 😀

      • Gatsu

        Welcome <3 ! I will add you guys too tomorrow, but way too lazy to do it now haha.

      • Gray Lion

        Welcome to our ranks, brother! 😀

    • Snake

      i add my to 😉

    • Gatsu

      Wow so many already added the names o_O, awesome 😀 !
      Btw was invited to some FOB TPP group in steam, which is a nice idea. I could try do some MGI group during the weekend, when got more free time if people want it.

      • Mr. Sir Shpee

        That sounds good to me. I’d join that, could use some FOB backup.

        • Chriss Kama

          Me too.

      • SpiderJerusalem

        With the list and all of you Im feeling really lucky of being join this page a year ago

        • Gatsu

          Its great to have such good members ^^ . Will add people to friend list when get home from work.

    • Cristian Landeros

      Listo, inscrito. Nos vemos el 1 de Septiembre!!

    • My_FutureDream

      Added my PSN account 😀
      It’s My_FutureDream if anyone is reading it here xD

    • cloudfett

      Just added myself to the list! Need to start getting some friends; I trust you guys more than the AI for FOB defense.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      some asshole deleted my psn name

    • Shreyas Banerjee

      Can I join? I’ve been on Metal Gear Informer for years but I really haven’t commented. I want to play with some real Metal Gear fans. Most of my friends have never touched a Metal Gear game but are picking it up because the gameplay looks amazing. Hopefully they will grab the Legacy Collection if they like it.

  • Gatsu

    “The writer praises the quality of the cutscenes as well, the camerawork in particular, which is full of nice little touches.”

    Oh my goood, I want to see them all 😀 …

  • Amrit

    Missions can be replayed at a higher difficulty once you have completed the story.

    Ah shit. Not too happy about this. I’m not interested in any other game for months so I was hoping to play the first runthrough on hard and have it take 100 hours minimum lol. Now we’re gonna have to brave dumbed down AI and gameplay until the story is done.

  • BurntFM

    OMG this is too much….I want it NOW

    http://i.imgur.com/8xwhpFJ.gif

    • Chriss Kama

      YES…..NOW!!!!!

    • ddmaster

      That is both funny and creepy. Lol

  • H’m

    i know this dont sound to mgs but im just looking forward to equiping just a sniper rifle and heading out into the free roam unkown 🙂

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      I snipe in games whenever I can. Once I get that tranq rifle those Soviets had better watch out.

    • Chris Estevez

      So, basically like quiet? Although remember, when you have a game, anything is valid 🙂

      Although I think that using a tranq sniper rifle is PRETTY good for recruitment of personnel. Lol i remember those moments of PW when I knocked out POW before fultoning them…

      Just a few more weeks before i can do that again :’)

      • H’m

        Yeah pretty much but without that annoying hummmmmmm 🙂 but no for my first sess im not tranqing anyone, i never play the nice guy when i have a choice,
        if anything id like to see if its possible to kill everyone :p

      • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

        Venturing into the unknown with just a tranq sniper rifle? Humans and super fast skull freaks aren’t the only threats. Be careful of wildlife. Better bring a shotgun and stun grenades for those bears, Lions, crocodiles, wild dogs etc.

        • Chris Estevez

          I really really like that the fact that they spoiled us, non-lethal players. I mean I get you, but from the gameplay from gamescom I remember they showed Non-lethal shotguns, sniper rifles and assault rifles. I think that is dope.

  • ‘betrayed expectations’!? Gray Fox confirmed

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      *puts on tin fedora and sips Mtn. Dew*

  • H’m
    • Gatsu

      I read some slight rumor of this 1-2 week ago, but wasn’t sure if confirmed back then. This is pretty amazing news for X1 users :O. Thanks for link :).

    • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

      The games visuals were reduced across the board. It still looks very very pretty. Gorgeous actually. But character models and some environments are not as sharp as in earlier videos. Also the shadows look a bit less detailed. PC it seems is the way to go.

  • Cristian Landeros

    Después de ver el Gamplay ayer, pensaba en lo entretenido que puede ser jugar con otros personajes aparte de snake… espero que además de gray bull podamos reclutar y jugar con… gray fox

  • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

    Gamescom is over. Maybe it’s time for a media blackout? Because once those western journalists start waggling their tongues. I’m just waiting for one sub-human scumbag to ruin it for everyone.

  • Joaquin Romero Victorica

    First time i would glad to say something i don’t like it but is way personal :

    Most Metal gear solid games let you play at least in Hard since the first chapter

    I was exited to run the game at Hard in the first jump in to the game

    It would be Game of the decade and yes i could play it after finish the story

    nonetheless i don’t like it

    • Gatsu

      I was planning to start with Hard too, but maybe the Normal mode is a bit more difficult in TPP than it was in Ground Zeroes. Oh well, I’m happy with either of them lol. Just want my darn game !

      • Joaquin Romero Victorica

        The feelings bruh =)

        • Raven_Sorrow

          LOL XD

      • Joaquin Romero Victorica

        Time to Get Dirty in to the game !!

        • Gatsu

          lol ;D

    • Gatsu

      By the way, that pic is soooo fantastic :O! I didn’t see it before, so I had to refresh ;).

  • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

    Something that has come to mind recently. Can Big Boss swim? Surely he won’t drown if we fall into a lake, river or the ocean? Swimming is a big part of the other games. Especially in some boss battles.

  • Cristian Landeros

    After seeing the Gamplay yesterday , I thought how entertaining it can be to play with other characters apart from snake … I hope that instead of gray bull we can recruit and play with … gray fox

    • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

      Play as Ocelot too maybe? Nothing but your trusty revolvers by your side.

      • Cristian Landeros

        it would be cool

      • J_muse72

        He was in the chopper in the gameplay which was awesome, so I hope so!

        • Mr. Sir Shpee

          Where in the demo was that? I must have missed it.

      • Mr. Sir Shpee

        I sure hope so. I’d probably do a second playthrough just with revolvers blazing.

  • Shiragama
    • DDADDB

      Sean Eyestone from ‘Kojima Productions’ is also wearing a Kojima Productions t-shirt…Sean knows where its at :).

      LONG LIVE KOJIPRO!!!

      • Chriss Kama

        Damn straight!!!!!

      • Ozzman

        Sean????

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      I was wondering when this would get uploaded. I saw in my Twitter that MGSV was on IGN but I missed it. Thanks!

      Also, I accepted your friend request on Steam.

      • Shiragama

        Just saw it, thanks.

  • J_muse72

    I am going to play as my Diamond Dog soliders too a lot. In PW I did so too and grew attached to my highly skilled MSF soldier. But then he died at the end of GZ while trying to get in the chopper causing me and Snake to yell in rage! Vengeance is MINE!

    • Gatsu

      “But then he died at the end of GZ while trying to get in the chopper causing me and Snake to yell in rage!”

      RIP T_T
      http://new3.fjcdn.com/comments/F+_2909bdfa920f221c51fdc238daeeac81.png

      • J_muse72

        So many good soldiers lost to Cypher.

    • Beautiful comment.

    • Chem

      i want to play as a DD soldier too but… no prosthetic arm 🙁

    • Mauricio Acosta

      Ohhh man it’s going to be intense!! Especially since our mother base can house about 1200 Diamond Dogs!!

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      “Vengeance is mine” MGR Revengeance 2 confirmed

      • J_muse72

        You heard it here first!

        • Mr. Sir Shpee

          Well, it’s really a foregone conclusion at this point.

      • Chriss Kama

        Really???? REALLY????

        • Mr. Sir Shpee

          lol not officially

          • Chriss Kama

            okay….thought so…..

        • Mr. Sir Shpee

          but to be honest there’s a 99% chance of it at this point

    • Chriss Kama

      Like I said, we have all lost our comrades when our mother bases were destroyed. We will rise again…..and avenge them all!!!! We are Diamond Dogs!!!

      • J_muse72

        “All for revenge”

        • Chriss Kama

          preach.

  • DarpaLT.Sigma_

    XBOX ONE SUPREME OVERLORDS WINNING !!!!!! GO TEAM XBOX !!!!!

  • Joaquin Romero Victorica
  • Gatsu

    Fulton ftw.

  • My_FutureDream

    I really hope somehow this song will be available in MGS5 for me to use for my helicopter tracks! but i will understand if all the tracks in the game were made in the 80s they’re awesome anyway xD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9_EQ_NyY0M

  • Chem

    hey comrads, some of you have said that would like to be in a MGI clan, im really interented in that idea, so maybe can we make another spreadsheet on that too? it would be cool even create our custom FOB emblem, so the people who want to steal our stuff will know that all MGI is going to respond an retaliate LOL

    • drex

      Greatidea

  • Joaquin Romero Victorica

    Off topic : Anyone Played Castlevania: Symphony of the Nigh ? You know that time where a company called Konami was known by made one of the best games in the entire World . The place where team silent bring us masterpieces like Sh , Kojima-San made Original Metal gear Solid

    This song it reminds me The Rise and Fall of Konami ,one that would never be able to stand up again .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCriBI8RQhU

  • I hope we can cruise around MB on a chopper. I’d play this to that moment

  • FrankWhite

    That overheating PS4 tho.

    • Mauricio Acosta

      ?

      • FrankWhite

        They didn´t use vertical stands for the PS4 which is very bad for the console. The PS4 has fans on each side to push the warm air out…

        • Mauricio Acosta

          So it is better to put your PS4 vertically?

          • FrankWhite

            Only if you buy an extra vertical stand. Otherwhise the air cant get out. Sony sells it for like 20 Usd

    • Machine Gun Kid

      my ps4 sounds like ah jet engine when i play certain games

  • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

    Can somebody please confirm that Snake can swim in TPP. Will there be rivers and lakes we can dive into and look for loot? It’s a part of the series. Taking away swimming would be a bad design choice.

    • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

      Anybody?

      • thomas404

        You can’t swim. Only enter waist high waters. But there’s no swimming at all.

  • Braden Gunn

    “One writer states the game ‘betrayed expectations’, in a good way.” – I’m intrigued, how can a game betray expectations?

  • Everardo Guzman

    This will be my soundtrack during the rescue Kaz mission https://youtu.be/RDieau6lYQo

  • PrinceHeir

    Ace!!

  • Ryan Frandsen

    You had me at “short loading times”

  • brown snake

    Here’s your check, bootcampers. Hope you enjoyed being wined and dined for 3 days, judging by NO NEGATIVE REMARKS WHAT SO EVER it’s clear that obviously you did.

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