Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Introduces African Environment, Buddy Support, Rock Climbing and Gadgets Galore


I’ll post some of the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailers and gameplay walkthroughs coming out of the Tokyo Game Show over the weekend when I get a chance to search around and watch some videos myself, but for now this sizeable stack of new screenshots will provide a closer look at some of the new features and mechanics that have just been revealed.

Immediately noticeable is the change in scenery from the Afghanistan and Mother Base environments that have been shown in previous media up to now. We now get to see the game’s African level map, rendered in all its stunning Fox Engine glory, where Big Boss is seen rock climbing and sneaking through jungle foliage, shirtless and in a brand new sneaking suit. The female sniper named Quiet also gets plenty of face (and cleavage) time, parachuting down at Snake’s command to function as a support NPC watching his back with sniper cover fire.

Lastly, a variety of new gadgets are shown as well. Snake can use his robotic arm prosthetic as a stun prod for shocking enemy guards, which should work as a great stealth tactic when used in tandem with the decoy device which pop up an inflatable clone of Snake. Before deploying the Fulton recovery system to take characters and objects back to Mother Base, Snake’s binoculars now display a bar graph analysis of the target guard’s stats and abilities. A sonar pulse gadget also clues Snake in on nearby objects, wildlife and points of interest.

Flip through the screenshot gallery to see all this cool new stuff for yourself.

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