Watch Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain’s “alternate” E3 2015 gameplay demo [UPDATE]

By Brenna Hillier
7 July 2015 03:13 GMT

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain offers you numerous choices of how to approach its challenges, and now Konami wants to show you some of those.

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As promised, here’s another go at the section of MGS 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay shown at E3 2015.

Although the mission featured is the same (it’s called A Hero’s Way), the varied conditions lead to quite a different experience – as you’ll see.

According to the information Komani sent over to us, below is detailed information on what you’re seeing in the demo video:

Partnering with Quiet: The game introduces a unique ‘Buddy’ system, wherein the player can select a recruited ally for use in missions. Quiet is a selectable ‘Buddy’ in the game, who possesses incredible sniping abilities. The first video showcases footage which demonstrates a mission where the player approaches a remote outpost using Quiet to orchestrate coordinated attacks to quickly incapacitate enemies and provide cover for Snake as he completes his mission.

Surgical Air Raid: Missions can also be tackled in a more overt manner, and the second video shows METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN’s more action-orientated elements. Having equipped series hero Snake with heavy riot gear, the player uses the artillery equipped on their helicopter to take out key installations within a night mission. Using automatic weapons, Snake then storms the outpost in a huge firefight, before locating and retrieving his target.

Remote Assassination: Patience is a virtue and the final video is used to show how missions can be completed from afar and also shows Snake’s Blast Arm in use for the first time. Having entered the area with a heavily-armoured D-Horse as his Buddy, Snake waits until night time before taking out a guard using a blast from his prosthetic arm. The arm’s projectile weapon capabilities are then showed as the player uses ‘Missile Cam’ to take out a central target akin to the Nikita System introduced in past METAL GEAR SOLID titles.

Thinking ‘Outside the Box’: The third video is used to demonstrate how old favourites and new skills combine to create even more sneaking options for the player. The footage begins with Snake intercepting troops en route to an outpost having used the famed cardboard box in clever new ways. Via careful planting of explosives and an unwitting sentry, the mission is completed without even entering the base.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1 for PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The PC version drops September 15.

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