Tear Jerker: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The full game hasn't even been released
yet, and already the trailers and the prologue have had everyone become a sobbing mess.
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The Phantom Pain
- "Sins of the Father". That's all that needs to be said.
- "Punished Snake: A Fallen Legend." Ow...
- At the beginning of the GDC trailer, Big Boss and Kaz are in a hospital, bloody and bruised, while the doctors keep them from going into cardiac arrest.
- Also from the GDC trailer, we see MSF being bombed. MSF, the organization you helped grow bigger and bigger in Peace Walker, now gets bombed. And the fact that the entire trailer is set to the beautifully-sung Not Your Kind of People doesn't help either.
- In the E3 trailer, the scenes where Big Boss is helping walk and carry an injured Kaz who has had his entire right arm removed at the shoulder and his left foot removed around ankle level, with his character subtitle 'A visionary denied his future.'
- Big Boss, upon discovering Kaz mutilated by torture in Afghanistan, reassures his friend that he's here to help him, and carefully places his trademark aviators over his scarred eyes. They may be scarred and beaten down men but they are far from broken, with his iconic shades situated where they belong some semblance of hope is finally creeping back in, they're finally back in action.
- It's extremely moving to see two old warriors standing together against the world, their hearts once pure and idealistic now old and shattered, but despite all that they still have each other. You really get a feeling for how deep their friendship is when Kaz is literally leaning on Big Boss in order to stand, not feeling weak because of his scars but feeling all the stronger because he has someone watching out for him and who he knows would never let him fall and would be there for him if he did; who risked his life to save him and would do it again without a second thought because he knows Kaz would do the same for him if it was within his power. Band of Brothers hardly begins to describe it.
- Quiet being tortured in the extended E3 trailer has pulled on the heart strings of many fans, most likely due to her being mute.
- Huey getting tortured as well. The guy's already gone through his share of pain in Peace Walker, and it doesn't help that it looks like the people harming him are on his own side.
- You can just hear the bitter anguish in Kaz's voice as he grieves for all that he's lost. Not at all hard to see how he and Big Boss got pushed over the edge.
Kaz: Why are we still here? Just to suffer? Every night, I can feel my leg... And my arm... even my fingers... The body I've lost... the comrades I've lost... won't stop hurting... It's like they're all still there. You feel it, too, don't you? I'm gonna make them give back our past!
- From the 2014 E3 trailer, there's a rather poignant sequence where Big Boss holds a cremation for several fallen comrades. He holds one of the urns and rubs some of the ashes into his face, presumably showing his grief for whoever that was.
- Not to mention Big Boss and Ocelot torturing Huey as he screams in pain, or the Diamond Dogs soldiers fighting amongst one another. The whole trailer in general could be summed up as one huge tearjerker.
- And one more scene that manages to be this, Nightmare Fuel, and a dark Crowning Moment of Awesome: the trailer's end features an appearance by the sigils of the various factions in the two games. We start with MSF, then XOF, then Diamond Dogs. Then the last sigil appears, accompanied by the words "Venom Awakens". It's a picture of Big Boss's skull (with a hole for his horn) with wings on the side and lighting framing it in a circle. And above it is the name of the unit: Outer Heaven. "In Outer Heaven, men become demons" indeed.
- In the Africa mission showcased in TGS Big Boss encounters a wolf-dog puppy huddled next to its dead mother. The puppy follows Big Boss around and whimpers pitiably at the soldier. Big Boss has the option of air-lifting it back to Mother Base in which case Ocelot names it D.D and makes him the mascot of Diamond Dogs, which mitigates that sadness a little bit — but still a sad whimpering puppy is rather heart wrenching.
- Big Boss' state in this game is just as decayingly pitiable as Old Snake. Not only has he lost the one place he could finally call home. Upon waking up from his coma, not only has he lost his prime physical condition, but as recently revealed, the horn lodged in his skull has messed Big Boss' brain and has rendered him unable to speak any language beyond English, requiring him to get interpreters to communicate with other people of different linguistic backgrounds. Poor guy has truly lost everything that made him so great...
- Even before the game comes out, there's the fact that you know how the game is going to end and there's absolutely nothing you can do to stop it.