"Not for any nation. Not for any ideology. Not for justice. Not for honor. Not for power. Not for the future. Not for love. Not for peace. Only for revenge."
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an upcoming stealth based game in the long running Metal Gear series by Kojima Productions.Metal Gear Solid V was originally announced in two different incarnations. The first was Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, a tech demo for Kojima Productions' new FOX Engine. The second, The Phantom Pain, was presented as a new IP from the mysterious Joakim Mogren's Moby Dick Studio. On March 27, 2013, series creator Hideo Kojima revealed that Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain were the prologue and main story respectively of a combined Metal Gear Solid V. On November 5, 2013, Konami announced that both parts will be released separately as Ground Zeroes (scheduled to be released on Spring 2014) and The Phantom Pain.The prologue begins shortly after the events of Peace Walker, with legendary mercenary for hire Naked Snake (a.k.a. Big Boss) extracting former allies Paz Ortega Andrade and Chico from Camp Omega in Cuba. However, this is followed by an attack by the mysterious XOF organization, culminating in the destruction of Snake's offshore headquarters and Snake himself falling into a coma.Nine years later, Snake wakes up to find that his left arm has been amputated and the "entire world" wants him dead. After escaping from the hospital he is being held in, he assumes the codename of "Punished Snake" and forms a new mercenary unit called Diamond Dogs to get revenge on the people who took everything from him, no matter the cost. Too bad XOF's masters, "Cipher" note (aka Zero and the Patriots), have an entire army, including a new weapon that may surpass even Metal Gear.Metal Gear Solid V is Kojima Productions' first project developed on the FOX Engine, and is scheduled to be released for the the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, making it in the first cross-generation release in the series.Unmarked spoilers for previous games in the series ahead.
Metal Gear Solid V contains examples of:
Abandoned Hospital Awakening: Snake wakes up from a nine year coma to find everyone fleeing the hospital he's in as a black ops team storms the building.
Actor Allusion: Keifer Sutherland was cast as the new voice of Snake in part as a reference to his role in as Jack Bauer in 24.
A.K.A.-47: Weapons go by names like "AM Rifle Type 69" note 5.56mm FN FAL and "MRS-4" note FN FNC lookalike but their designs are made to look like real-world firearms. This is also a departure from previous titles, which accurately depicted real-world weapons with authentic names.
Creator Cameo: Some of the extras shown thus far are modeled after the people who are working on the game.
Programmer Mike Fudge is one of the doctors operating on Snake and Miller at the beginning of the GDC 2013 trailer.
Composer Ludvig Forssell appears in the E3 2013 trailer as the Soviet soldier who gets killed by Snake with his own rifle.
Animator Brian Robison from Kojima Productions Los Angeles is the MSF spy that Snake must contact in an exclusive side mission shown at TGS 2013.
Creepy Child: The boy with the gas mask, who may be a young Psycho Mantis.
Cyborg: By the 1980s, cybernetic technology has started to make leaps and bounds: Snake gets a mechanical left arm partway through the game in the same style as Zadornov's in Peace Walker, and Huey, previously wheelchair bound, can now stand and walk with the assistance of cybernetic leg braces.
Damsel in Distress: The prologue opens with Snake attempting to rescue Paz, who survived the events of Peace Walker, from the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba so he can interrogate her about the Cipher organization, as well as to rescue Chico, who went after her.
Miller: The world calls for wetwork, and we answer! No greater good. No just cause.
The Eighties: The main story is set in 1984. Series creator Hideo Kojima admitted the year was partially chosen in reference to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, and to have each Big Boss game take place in a different decade. note Metal Gear Solid 3 was set in 1964 and Peace Walker in 1974.
Escort Mission: Inverted in the hospital level of The Phantom Pain. The player controls a vulnerable Snake as he is being escorted by the bandaged "Ishmael".
Ishmael: The bad news is the world wants you dead.
And by Ocelot:
Ocelot: It's not just them; the whole world wants you dead.
Evil Counterpart: XOF, a mysterious black ops unit led by Skull Face that uses the reversed logo of Snake's old FOX unit and inverted acronym for FOX for a name.
Evil Versus Evil: The conflict between XOF and the Diamond Dogs seems to be where both sides are in the clearly in the wrong, unlike previous entries in the series, where the good guys and bad guys were somewhat more clear.
Snake's face becomes more and more torn up and mangled as the game continues, gaining shrapnel lodged in his skull in the shape of a horn and several crossing scars.
Fan Disservice: A hot bikini clad sniper girl? Nice. Said hot bikini clad sniper girl being tortured with electric rods? Not nice.
Fantastic Drug: Averted. When Snake first wakes up from his coma, Ishmael injects him with digoxin to get him back on his feet, but it doesn't work as well as he hoped, leaving Snake to literally crawl after him.
Foregone Conclusion: Big Boss, Miller, Huey, Zero and Ocelot will survive, but things will be irreversibly changed.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: The heroic Snake has thin scars running across his face and body, not to mention a bit of shrapnel that looks like a horn. On the other hand, the villainous Skull Face's entire face is made of scar tissue.
Glasgow Grin: Skull Face sports disturbing, smile-like scars running up the sides of his cheeks.
Grand Finale: For Big Boss's Myth Arc, bringing him full circle to become the antagonist that players fought in the original Metal Gear.
Gunship Rescue: Snake now has the ability to call in a helicopter to pull him out of hot spots or provide air support; and it'll play music of the player's choice as it flies in.
Justified Tutorial: Considering Snake has been in a coma for nine years by the beginning of The Phatom Pain, and is thrown directly into a life-or-death situation with no rehabilitation or physiotherapy, it's understandable that he needs to get used to his body again.
Meaningful Name: A "phantom pain" is a sensation of pain in a limb or body part that is no longer there. Both Snake and Miller end up losing limbs over the course the game. Similarly, the antagonist, Skull Face, is missing most of his face.
Meaningful Rename: Snake goes by the new codename of "Punished Snake" after he wakes up from the coma and gets his cybernetic arm.
Milestone Celebration: The Ground Zeroes trailer debuted at the end of the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary Event.
Mini Mecha: Snake is seen driving a car sized robot at the end of the extended E3 2013 trailer.
Mood Dissonance/Soundtrack Dissonance: The E3 trailer triumphantly proclaims "Snake is Back" with a dramatic song playing at the background while cutting to a scene of Snake putting Chico in a stranglehold and (possibly) gunning down a group of caged African peasants.
Multi-Part Episode: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain together serve as Metal Gear Solid V as a whole.
The opening scene of Ground Zeroes has Snake removing his infrared goggles while facing towards the camera, recreating the title screen/promotional art of the original Metal Gear Solid.
Also, the mission starts with Snake climbing a cliff at night, just like the MSX2 Metal Gear 2.
Nostalgia Level: The Playstation-exclusive mission Deja Vu has you playing as Solid Snake in a modern recreation of Metal Gear Solid with the FOX Engine, but with the original PS1 skins for characters.
Numbered Sequels: The first new console Metal Gear Solid sequel since 2008's Metal Gear Solid 4. However, the plot follows the events of Peace Walker, a non-numbered portable installment which Kojima originally intended to be MGS5.
Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: The title uses the Roman numeral "V", instead of the Arabic numerals featured in previously numbered Metal Gear Solid sequels. Kojima explained that the "V" is intended to stand for "victory"note comparable to Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory and its styling with the "V" against the recent leap forward in Western video game development, as well as a contrast to the subtitle of its predecessor, Peace Walker (the V sign being the same thing as the peace sign).
Older Than They Look: At the start of Ground Zeroes, Snake appears to have gray hair thanks to the new lighting engine.
The Oner: The opening of Ground Zeroes is a single continuous shot, with zero cuts.
Or Was It a Dream?: Snake keeps wondering during his escape form the hospital if he's hallucinating or actually being haunted by demons of his past.
Out of the Inferno: Snake and Ishmael get caught in an explosion, only for Snake to hallucinate a ghostly Volgin walking out of the inferno.
Primal Fear: Being helpless and unable to move properly, losing parts of your body, and being relentlessly hunted are all common themes in nightmares.
Product Placement: Snake wears a 1980s Seiko digital watch, based on one series creator Hideo Kojima owns.
Protagonist Journey To Villain: Snake starts out a well-intentioned mercenary trying to find a place where soldiers can be free in the world, only to transform into a "demon" willing to commit unspeakable horrors for the sake of revenge.
Revenge: One of the central themes of the game is revenge. Snake and Miller are hell bent on getting back at XOF and Cipher (a.k.a. Zero and the Patriots) for what they're done.
The Phantom Pain's opening chapter takes place in a hospital that's burning down around you.
The Ground Zeroes prologue ends with your offshore base exploding and then collapsing into the ocean.
Secret War: The game revolves around two black ops units, the "Diamond Dogs" MSF unit remnants and the "XOF", battling it out for survival.
Narration: FOX vs. XOF, a phantom battle waged by the vanished.
Sequel Escalation: Metal Gear Solid 4 tried to build battlefields that were constantly changing with two factions at war. MGS V tries to implement it in an open world. It also expands the army managing aspect of Peace Walker, with Snake now able to sent out spies to infiltrate enemy bases and get information from them.
Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: After escaping from the hospital, Snake has to rescue Miller from the Soviets in Afghanistan so he can rebuild his private army.
Start of Darkness: This prequel marks the face heel turn of Snake and Miller from anti-heroes to revenge before reason anti-villains, willing to preside over torture sessions conducted by Ocelot. note Although by Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Miller would've turned his back against Big Boss and help out Solid Snake.
Stealth Pun: Digoxin, the drug that Ishmael injects into Snake, comes from a type of plant known as Foxgloves. FOX is the organization that Snake worked for during Metal Gear Solid 3, as well as the game engine that Metal Gear Solid V was developed on.
Tech Demo Game: The Ground Zeroes portion, or at least it was initially presented as such.
Time Skip: While Ground Zeroes is set shortly after the events of Peace Walker, The Phantom Pain is set nine years later in 1984, just a decade before the events of the first Metal Gear.