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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes gameplay detailed in podcast

Friday, 31 August 2012 14:02 GMT By Dave Cook

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes was unveiled at a 25th anniversary event in Japan yesterday. Although the press weren’t allowed to capture footage or go into too much detail about what they saw, a new podcast has done just that.

The podcast – created by 8-4 Play – can be heard here.

The Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros chatter begins at 07:40, but here’s a rundown of what the 8-4 Play team talk about.

The demo begins at night and it’s raining. The lighting effects look incredible and all of the camera angles are very tight, close up and fixated on characters and texture effects. It shows a group of men pulling up to a military bases called Camp Omega. The fences and walls are plastered with Spanish writing.

There are Doberman dogs barking at the fence, the compound is heavily guarded by soldiers. The group are let in and appear to be led by a man wearing a trench coat and hat – which looks like a cowboy, almost militaristic hat. His face isn’t really shown much at all.

The group approaches a kid in a cage as men are being hogtied and have bags forced over their heads by soldiers. The compound has many cages within it, and inside is a blonde boy of about ten years old wearing torn clothes that almost look like medical fatigues.

The boy has a vacant look and is wearing earphones connected to a headphone jack that has been surgically implanted in his chest. He seems like he’s being mentally conditioned, which is similar to Raiden’s back story. He was mentally conditioned at a young age by Solidus Snake to be a child soldier.

The man in the hat talks to the boy, saying, ‘The girl told us everything. We gave her a good ending.’ He then gives the boy a treat, as promised – which is a Walkman cassette player – implying the time period of the game as late 70s / early 80s.

He then says to the boy, ‘now you’re a real soldier’ and adds, ‘say hello to the boss’. All signs are definitely hinting that this boy is a young Raiden and that the ‘Boss’ in this instance is Solidus.

The men then get into jeeps and leave, driving up to an airfield, where a helicopter is preparing to take off. You then see the man;s burned face which is scarred and devoid of hair. The jury is still out on his identity.

He then brings out a black light and swipes it over a ‘XOF’ logo on the side of the helicopter, which causes it to disappear. Once in the helicopter the man’s soldiers tear FOXHOUND patches with the text ‘XOF’ off their uniforms and he gathers them up before tossing them overboard. They flutter in the wind and fall by the feet of Big Boss, who is hunched up against the rocky face of a mountain.

The camera then pans up across Snake before revealing a massive military base that stretches as far as the eye can see. He is wearing an MSF patch.

Gameplay

Live gameplay then begins as Snake checks a prototype device on his arm. Similar to the Dead Space HUDs, the device projects a map of the area in front of Snake that highlights him as a red triangle, and also shows patrolling guards.

The player then makes Snake crouch and crawl along the ground, dodging dynamic spotlights. As he crawls, rats burrow from the ground and trigger his motion radar, turning it red.

Snake then enters first-person binocular view and spies a spotlight tower guard. He then aims in third-person and takes him out with a tranquiliser gun. Spotting a nearby Jeep, Snake hops in and goes for a ride up a road.

Suddenly an APC emerges and starts driving down the same road towards him, causing him to reverse and hide in some tall grass. Outnumbered, Snake pops a yellow flare and tossed it to the ground.

A few seconds later a helicopter flies in for extraction, causing the smoke and scenery to billow and shake in real-time. Helicopters can be shot down if you call them in to an area that is too busy with enemies, Kojima says. Snake gets in, strokes his beard nervously and the demo ends.

For our All Access rundown of every single Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes fact, rumour, screen and trailer from now until release. Hit the link here.

Thanks GAF.

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14 Comments

  1. GhostFox8

    It is almost impossible that Solidus will appear in the game. Solidus is, like Solid and Liquid Snake, a clone of Big Boss and thus he is either not born yet or still a minor – depending on the year in which Ground Zeroes takes place.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. HeavyD-Love

    Does anyone know what systems this is coming out for yet besides PC? I think the fact that they’re not announcing it for PS3/X360 indicates it’s going to be next gen. That would be pretty smart to launch with a brand new MGS title in the cannon.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @2 not yet, but reports suggest this is running on a high-spec PC, meaning it will be coming out on next-gen consoles.

    Kojima openly stated at this event that he’s working on a FOX Engine game for current and next-gen formats. His other game is a new Zone of the Enders, so it’s either of those.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @1 Not necessarily, George Sears /Solidus was born in 1972. MGS: Ground Zeroes appears to take place in the 1980s and beyond, possibly leading up to the time Big Boss turns rogue in 1995 (when the original Metal Gear takes place)

    I wouldn’t rule out some silly ‘he was born an adult’ story twist or some guff like that.

    Check this out :)

    http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Solidus_Snake

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    @4,
    Exactly. I think PW provides a very good start for MSF part of MGS lore. The entire Big Boss story is somewhat more interesting to me than solid snake one.
    But is it really in 80s? I heard 70s somewhere. I am hoping to sink 100s of hours into it, so longer the timeline it covers, the better.
    Also Solidus had the strongest accelerated aging out of all 3, so even 70s is possible in setting.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 1979 onwards. The villain in the trailer hands the young boy – who I suspect is a young Raiden being mentally conditioned – a Walkman cassette player. They weren’t first made until 1979.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @5 also, can you imagine replaying the opening of the MSX original Metal Gear as a young Solid Snake with today’s visuals? Like, actually controlling him infiltrating Outer Heaven. What a way to close the loop on the series :D

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    @7,
    Completely agree. MG should also receive the HD treatment it deserves.
    MGS1 too.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. GhostFox8

    I know of course that Solidus was aging faster than the other two but – come on… aging so fast that he can be Big Boss’ nemesis in Ground Zeroes? I don’t know about that… although that story with Jack/Raiden would be interesting…

    #9 3 years ago
  10. GwynbleiddiuM

    Considering that the Les Enfants Terribles took place in early 70s and this is happening in late 70s or early 80s and Solidus’ accelerated aging and growth was different than Solid and Liquid Snake as the patriots needed a U.S. President in image of Big Boss so he might be there.

    I doubt that would be Raiden in there. Raiden, he was part of Solidus’ child soldier army in late 80s and he fought in the Liberian civil war. So I doubt that he is in this, unless the exact time frame in which MGS5 will happen is not just in the late 70s and it’ll get to Africa somehow during the 1989.

    EDIT: Actually it could be Raiden since he was doing this ever since he was six.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @9 I didnt say he’d be the villain :) the burned face guy is the villain. I think Solidis will be in there at some point. I believe the story will spam the whole of the 80s leading up to the Outer Heaven uprising.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. ReMasteredMedia

    @6 Did you not play Peace Walker? That was set in 1974 and they showed a Walkman, stating it was recently made. Kaz stated “I knew they were making something like that in Japan, didn’t know you guys were too”. Real histroy doesn’t stop Kojima :)

    #12 3 years ago
  13. otness_e

    @12, I think Peace Walker implied that the Walkman in question was actually a prototype to the actual Walkman that Sony gave to Cecile as part of a testing run (Listen to the Walkman briefing tape to see what I mean).

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Dragon246

    @13,
    I think it was a prototype, but as far as I remember it had a model no. too.

    #14 3 years ago

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  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.