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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes are two different games

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes are two different games

The Metal Gear games are known for being confusing. Apparently, that trait is bleeding out beyond its narrative. Yesterday's reveal of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain suggested that the game was a combination of The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes. However, Konami has confirmed that they are, in fact, two separate games.

"Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are two separate games," a Konami representative told GameSpot. "Ground Zeroes will actually be a prologue to The Phantom Pain, and that's all we can share at this time."

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"I still say that Ground Zeroes is a PSVita (and maybe other portables) game and The Phantom Pain ..."
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Breaking down Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Breaking down Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

As many had suspected, The Phantom Pain was just a ruse. At GDC yesterday, Hideo Kojima revealed Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, accompanied by a lengthy five-minute trailer, one packed with clues as to where the franchise will go.

There's the obvious: the game starts in the 1970s, shortly after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. At least, the portion of the game that's referred to as Ground Zeroes. But what other tidbits are hidden in the game's official debut?

Read more: A second-by-second analysis »

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The Phantom Pain is Metal Gear Solid 5, developed by Kojima Productions

The Phantom Pain is Metal Gear Solid 5, developed by Kojima Productions

So, guess Moby Dick Studio wasn't real after all. In a new trailer shown at GDC 2013, Hideo Kojima (wrapped in bandages) revealed a new trailer for The Phantom Pain Metal Gear Solid 5--as many suspected.

Hideo Kojima revealed that Metal Gear Solid 5 is the combination of both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. In MGS5, Snake wakes up from a nine years-long coma, and must regain his strength to escape the hospital found in TPP's VGA debut. Kojima pointed out that after escaping the hospital, players will have access to the open-world gameplay promised by Ground Zeroes.

Watch: The lengthy reveal trailer »

"I loved playing Peace Walker on the train and I think it's a very fun game. I loved making a ..."
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Look at Metal Gear Rising's silly DLC

Look at Metal Gear Rising's silly DLC

Tomorrow, PS3 owners will be able to pick up their free exclusive DLC for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The free content includes thirty additional VR missions, promising zany experiences that may have been too wacky for the main campaign (unbelievable as that may be).

A new Japanese trailer reveals some of the missions you'll embark on. You'll be able to play as the Dwarf Gekko once again in the first add-on mission. In another, you'll be gunning down enemies as Raiden. Another stage seems to take the perspective of a 2D side-scroller.

Read more: Jetstream Sam and LQ-84i DLC coming soon too »

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance review: ripped apart

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance review: ripped apart

There's few franchises that garner the same kind of respect Metal Gear does. Over its 25 year legacy, it's repeatedly defined landmark moments in gaming. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has a lot to live up to. Not only must it adhere to the same quality expected of the franchise, but it must make real what many fans have been waiting for: a game where you get to play as one of the series' deadly sword-wielding cyborg ninjas.

Platinum Games, developer of cult action hits like Bayonetta and Vanquish, clearly have the chops to make a great action game. But, can they make a great game that lives up to the Metal Gear name? Almost, but not quite.

Read more: Losing sight »

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Metal Gear Rising gets 30 exclusive VR missions on PS3

Metal Gear Rising gets 30 exclusive VR missions on PS3

The Metal Gear series has a long history of PlayStation allegiance. Although Platinum Games' upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will launch simultaneously on PS3 and Xbox 360, Konami has revealed a special bonus for PlayStation players.

The PS3 version of the game will include exclusive DLC VR missions. The PlayStation-only pack adds 30 new missions to the game, a bonus that should easily sway any multi-console owners.

Watch: Naked Raiden, because why not »

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The Phantom Pain 'alternate' trailer: an excuse to watch it again

The Phantom Pain 'alternate' trailer: an excuse to watch it again

One of the big mysteries of the VGAs this year was The Phantom Pain, a game that is more likely than not a cover-up for the next big Metal Gear Solid game. Supposed developer Moby Dick Studio has released yet another trailer, an "alternate" cut of their VGA debut that features a different soundtrack. Conspiracy theorists will likely have their eyes and ears open for any new clues hidden in this new video. For the rest of us, it's just another excuse to watch this mysterious trailer one more time.

Watch: The Phantom Pain, retake »

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How stealth came back into Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

How stealth came back into Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Something I found surprising in my time with the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was the greater emphasis on stealth. Sure, the game offers plenty of Platinum's unique brand of action, but it still retains a good deal of MGS-style sneaking around. After the game proved me wrong, I asked if the addition of stealth mechanics was the intention from the beginning or whether it was tossed in later to address fan concerns.

"In the beginning, we wrapped around the core concept of just having Raiden moving forward," Platinum's Atsushi Inaba answered, speaking through a translator. "It was based on sole action. But looking back, it would have been very dull and very centered around just cutting."

Read more: 'Players would just give up' without stealth »

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Hideo Kojima on the pros and cons of being 'the Metal Gear guy'

Hideo Kojima on the pros and cons of being 'the Metal Gear guy'

"This may sound pretentious, but I don't like being thought of as 'the Metal Gear guy,'" Hideo Kojima laments. The success of his Metal Gear series has propelled him into the spotlight as one of gaming's leading luminaries. However, Kojima's other franchises--Boktai and Zone of the Enders, for example--have failed to replicate that success.

"There's a lot more I can do."

Read more: The benefits of working on Metal Gear »

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Hugh Jackman once considered for Metal Gear movie

Hugh Jackman once considered for Metal Gear movie

Now that the Metal Gear Solid movie is a go, who will step into the iconic shoes of Solid Snake? Series creator Hideo Kojima had originally wanted a star like Hugh Jackman, but has since reconsidered. A "rising star would be better suited for the role," a new report by Clevver details, because actors like Jackman are already "associated with a particular character." Oh Jackman, you'll always be Leopold in our hearts.

Watch: Kojima chooses not to write or direct »

"have they said which storyline they'd take on? 1 or 3 would make the most sense. "
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Metal Gear Rising TGS trailer shows off so many cyborgs

Metal Gear Rising TGS trailer shows off so many cyborgs

It's refreshing to see a Metal Gear that wholly embraces its bizarre and campy nature. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance's latest trailer from Tokyo Game Show is more than five minutes long and shows off a variety of new cyborg foes. See Raiden cut through robot dogs, a multi-armed-robo-lady (above), and best of all--see Mexican Raiden.

Watch: So many things will get cut »

"This game combines two of my favourite things. Cyborgs and Ninjas."
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Zone of the Enders HD Collection, Metal Gear Rising demo coming October 30

Zone of the Enders HD Collection, Metal Gear Rising demo coming October 30

Zone of the Enders HD Collection will be available on Xbox 360 and PS3 on October 30th. On the disc are newly revamped versions of Zone of the Enders and the European special edition version of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. In addition to new HD graphics, the collection will feature new opening animations created by animation house Sunrise.

Read more: Metal Gear Rising demo also included »

"Both ZOE games area weesome, the MGR demo is just icing on the cake. ZOE 2 has to be one of my ..."
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MGS Ground Zeroes day-night cycle to increase replayability

MGS Ground Zeroes day-night cycle to increase replayability

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is mixing up the MGS formula in some key ways, most notably its open world. Series creator Hideo Kojima has revealed a few more changes coming to this iteration of the stealth-action series, intended to add replay value to the title.

Read more: Day and night cycle, load screens »

"Who said that the day night cycle was tied to the actual day and night in the real world?"
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MGS Ground Zeroes not 'Project Ogre,' says Kojima

MGS Ground Zeroes not 'Project Ogre,' says Kojima

We've been told for quite a while that Project Ogre is Kojima Productions' open-world debut to show off the new FOX Engine. So last week when the developer showed off Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, an open-world game running on the FOX Engine, many of us naturally assumed the two were one-in-the-same. But you know what they say about assuming.

Read more: 'Ogre does not appear in MGS Ground Zeroes trailer' »

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes debut trailer shows off the Fox Engine

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes debut trailer shows off the Fox Engine

Penny Arcade Expo attendees were treated to the very first footage of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Running on a PC with specs comparable to current-gen consoles, Ground Zero is the first game to show off Kojima Productions' new Fox Engine--and boy, is it a beaut.

Watch this ten-minute debut trailer to see Fox Engine show off its shaders, and impressive lighting and particle effects. The game is currently announced for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Watch: The 'prologue' to Metal Gear Solid 5 »

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