Now that “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is officially announced for September, fans have been anxiously waiting for the first open-world “Metal Gear” game, especially after the gameplay demo during the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Now, Konami has released an alternate gameplay video of the same mission in E3, but played differently, showing how varied the world of “Metal Gera Solid V” is.
As VG24/7 notes, this is the same mission from the E3 demo called “A Hero’s Way,” but is played dramatically and tonally different from the original E3 demo. It shows a more fun and lighthearted way to play as Big Boss. Fans are already familiar with the animal allies that can be used in the game, like the dogs and horses, but the video introduces one new feature that hasn’t been in other “Metal Gear Solid” games: Box Sledding.
Fans of the “Metal Gear” franchise know how important the box is for stealth and can be used humorously, but never as humorous as the new box sledding mechanic in “The Phantom Pain.” When the hills are long enough, Boss will be able to wear a box and jump into the ground and use the item like a sled. So far, it’s the favorite moment of Kotaku and is one of the funniest features to ever hit a “Metal Gear Solid” game.
It looks to be useful as well, since traveling can take a long time in the dessert -- as shown in various trailers of the game. If anything, the box sledding mechanic can be used to go down hills faster, making it a fun alternative to simply going down or falling off a hill.
Most fans know that Hideo Kojima, the game's creator, likes to add both serious and funny moments in the “Metal Gear Solid” games that he has worked on. This is why many fans are disappointed that this will be Kojima’s last “Metal Gear Solid” game, as well as his last game for Konami.
“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is expected Sept. 1 for Sony's PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and Microsoft's Xbox One and Xbox 360. A PC version of the game is due Sept. 15.