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A new batch of Dlc is headed to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in March; Cloaked In Silence will add three new maps and playable character Quiet to multiplayer mode Metal Gear Online. Konami’s announcement comes with confirmation of each map’s name and where they’re set.
Coral Complex, Rust Palace and Azure Mountain are the three new locations on offer and you can check out the finer details below.
Coral Complex: A dedicated Motherbase environment, allowing players to access tall towers and use storage containers and other internal areas as cover for tactical advantage. Coral Complex mixes open areas and a myriad of hiding opportunities. Rust Palace: Set within Afghanistan, the Rust Palace is a large multi-level building. The skeletal nature of the decrepit ruin means that cover is scarce, while the internal areas are rich in dusty rooms and high-up sniping positions. Azure Mountain: »
- Joe Pring
CD Projekt Red/Rockstar/Bethesda
There’s been a word thrown around the gaming industry across the last couple of years; one that ignores the thousands of hours put into bringing you the most complex titles seen so far – ‘lazy’.
Everything from Destiny to Fallout 4 has had this word thrown its way at one point or another, and it comes down to a major talking point; how iterative do games have to be, to be ‘worth’ a sequel, as oppose to a Dlc pack or nothing at all?
Titles like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 or Just Cause 3 barely did anything with their preceding formulas, but the final result was still fun enough. Is that a problem? We didn’t seem to mind when Rockstar were reusing GTA III’s engine, re-skinning it with timely assets and re-releasing as Vice City and San Andreas across the early 2000s, and why? »
- Scott Tailford
CD Projekt Red/Bethesda/Rockstar/Ubisoft
There’s something about potentially spurious information leaking out in all directions that really gets the blood pumping, and when you apply that to the high-octane, multi-million dollar machine that is the gaming industry, even the slightest turn of the rumour mill sends thousands of us into fits of speculation.
When handled right, there’s nothing better – just look at how Nintendo are handling the ‘secret feature’ of their new console versus Square’s “No, we know what we’re doing, honest!” showing of the Final Fantasy VII remake. Either way, it gets everyone talking about the most interesting outcomes of any given situation, and therein lies the most interesting stuff – seeing how it’s all going to pan out.
So, with the industry now worth $91.5 Billion by the close of 2015, that’s one mighty shiny rumour mill lumbering into gear…
9. Metal Gear Solid »
- Scott Tailford
In the meantime, talented fan Airam Hernandez has dedicated his time to remaking the game that launched Solid Snake into the stratosphere.
Called Shadow Moses, the project brings the 1998 Metal Gear Solid into the 21st century, with the Unreal 4 engine underpinning its realistic lighting effects and more detailed environments. Given just how much affection there is for the first 3D Metal Gear game, it's somewhat surprising that Konami haven't attempted to remake the thing themselves.
Shadow Moses isn't finished yet, but what Hernandez has achieved so far looks pretty remarkable. The question is, will Konami let »
Another year, another slew of pixelated pretenders to the throne. Ahead of the event taking place on February 18, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has locked down the list of finalists nominated for the 19th annual Dice awards ceremony.
Pinpointing the crème de la crème, the prestigious company has nominated 53 games in total, a star-studded list toplined by Rise of the Tomb Raider and CD Projekt Red’s critically-adorned masterpiece The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, with the pair topping the pack with eight nominations a piece. You can check out the full list below.
There are also plans in place to posthumously commemorate the late, great Saturo Iwata with the Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious award that has only been handed out to five other talents in the industry: Bing Gordon (EA founder), Doug Lowenstein (Esa founder), Ken Kutaragi (former PlayStation president), Minoru Arakawa (former Nintendo of America president), and »
- Michael Briers
The multiplayer component for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Metal Gear Online – releases for PC tomorrow, but it’s still only a beta. Kojima Productions La community manager Robert Peeler revealed on Steam that owners of the game on Valve’s platform can “opt in and download the Beta release of Metal Gear Online” right now and get ready for when access begins tonight at 10pm Pacific Time.
But don’t jump the gun and expect that time to be final, as Peeler says that there’s every chance that the date could be delayed by unforeseen circumstances.
While that’s our target time, there’s a chance it’ll slip by an hour or two as we implement this awaited update but rest assured we will be here for support and launch as planned.
It’s been a long wait, and we absolutely appreciate the support we »
- Joe Pring
In case you missed it in amongst all the crazy triple-a happenings of 2015, Metal Gear Solid-creator Hideo Kojima has now left Konami and shacked up with Sony. He’ll be creating a bevy of exclusive games and other smaller projects in the years to come, which is honestly pretty great considering Konami’s terrible treatment of him when it came to accepting awards for Mgs V: The Phantom Pain.
However, and here’s where it gets weird, Konami are pressing forward with Metal Gear anyway. They’re in the process of hiring people for a new instalment in the canon, and alongside developing pachinko machines for the gambling section of their company, appear to be serious about continuing where Kojima left off.
Is that possible? Will the ‘Kojima-ness’ of Metal Gear’s identity be impossible to replicate or innovate on? We’re now in a world where someone »
- Scott Tailford
Flickering Myth’s writing team pick their favourite video games of 2015…
There’s no doubt about it, 2015 has been a pretty incredible year for games. In the past 12 months we’ve returned to the wasteland in Fallout 4, saved Gotham one last time with The Dark Knight in Arkham Knight, Snake returned for one last epic under the watchful eye of Hideo Kojima in Mgsv : The Phantom Pain, we’ve blasted our way through some epic battles in a galaxy, far, far away in Star Wars Battlefront, and embarked on epic adventures in The Witcher 3. The big three all released their own heavy hitting exclusives with Microsoft dropping Halo 5: Guardians, Sony unleashing the nightmarish Bloodborne, and Nintendo wading in with the wildly chaotic Smash Bros Wii U.
On top of all that goodness, we’ve also had some genuinely excellent surprises in the likes of Dying Light, Until Dawn and Mad Max. »
- Kris Wall
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