[The Last Days of FOXHOUND is a fan made comic that I stumbled upon a few years years ago while perusing the Internetz as an MGS fan. This strip, created by a fellow MGS fan named Chris Douchette, ran this comic from 2003-2008. I was lucky enough to run into all 500 completed pages and wanted to share them with all of you readers. I’ll try to reiterate each and every consecutive page as time goes on. Most of the humor stems from the going on throughout the MGS series, so those who aren’t too familiar may find themselves slightly lost. My solution: play the MGS games. You guys wouldn’t be here anyways if you haven’t at least played MGS1. Anywho, enjoy!]
001 – Qualifications
If you’re a gamer like Big Cheese, Cheesecake, and I are, chances are you also have what’s called a Backlog. In this case, the term backlog is used to categorize a library of games that either have been almost finished, partially completed, have been Started a few times, or in my case as it is for my cohorts, games that haven’t even been opened yet. I’m talking about at least a handful or more of games that STILL have the cellophane wrapping INTACT! Shoot, our backlogs even exist in digital variants. I’ve dozens of games waiting for me that I’ve downloaded (including mobile games) stretching from almost 5 years ago that need some dusting off.
Well this certainly was unexpected. It looks like exclusive content won’t be the only thing MGS fans will be able to get their hands on once MGSV: Ground Zeroes finally drops this Spring 2014. Along with the Deja Vu (PS3/4) and Jamais Vu (360/One) exclusive content that will be available it seems Hideo Kojima has partnered up with PUMA to put together a Limited Edition Diamond Dogs jacket dubbed MGSV: Ground Forces. The jacket will be available for PS3, PS4, and 360 versions of the bundle.
Looks like another MGSV Ground Zeroes gameplay trailers is making the rounds this week. This version is gameplay from Xbox One and is actually gameplay footage from previous trailers that we’ve seen in weeks prior. This time Kojima‘s right hand man, Sean Eyestone, is narrating for us the viewers and giving us the rundown on the things gamers will he able to do in Ground Zeroes. A lot of the information that Eyestone is talking about has been covered in my previous articles an have been reiterated in past GZ demoes, but there are some interesting things I took note of in my bullet points: (more…)
So Kojima finally let the cat out of the bag about the MGSV Ground Zeroes exclusive content for Xbox and Xbox One. It centers on a mission, “Jamais Vu“, that players will be sent to, investigating unusual activity on a base (most likely Camp Omega). We can hear Kaz Miller in the trailer talk about “Body Snatchers” and events that are out of this world. But we won’t join Snake on this mission. Instead, Snake himself, appoints a familiar face to the MGS franchise, Raiden! Though, it’s not just Raiden, but MG Rising: Revengeance Raiden, with all his cyborg adornments.
In the trailer Snake presents Raiden with his signature HF Blade, but is also given what looks like an assault rifle, similar to the one Snake carries with him on his missions in previous Ground Zeroes gameplay trailers. This coincides with the gunplay that is demonstrated in the trailer.
[The signature Melon that was used to demo the Zandatsu cutting mechanic in what was Metal Gear Solid: Rising, back when the project was still in KJP hands in 2010. That melon certainly got around.]
[Spotting some “Jamais Vu” activity going on with an enemy soldier.]
[Cyborg Raiden, in a FOX Engine makeover.]
Observe, if you will, the trailer below:
I have to say, this exclusive Xbox content is a few levels better that what Playstation owners are getting. You get MGR Raiden dressed up with Kojima’s proprietary FOX Engine. You get MGR Raiden with MGS style gunplay, not that dinky shooting mechanic that Rising Revengeance is stuck with. You get to run around in a cool sounding mission that deals with FRIGGIN BODY SNATCHERS! For those familiar with Hideo Kojima’s body of work, he’s worked on a cult classic game called Snatcher, which is an amalgamation of movies like Blade Runner, Terminator, and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. The Jamais Vu mission seems like a loose take on some of Snatcher’s elements and storyline.
What do PS3/4 users get? A blockhead running around a base trying to save a guy (Donald Anderson/Sigint) who we’ve already met in at least 3 prior games. Nothing really new at all. Well, my initial disappointment went from WTF to Meh, anyway. I own both current (last) gen consoles so I’ll be picking up the 360 version of Ground Zeroes anyway. Honestly though, all this exclusivity makes things silly. Kojima is already producing MGS games for BOTH systems. Why break up the continuity with “exclusive content”? IMO Kojima’s seminal series would benefit more if BOTH the Deja Vu mission (PS3/4) and the newly announced Jamais Vu mission (360/One) were on BOTH consoles from the beginning. It would certainly benefit MGS fans, and gamers in general. In each case, those who only own one console will be alienated and lose out on the gaming experience from lack of content. Who knows? Maybe these two missions will turn up as DLC for one another.
It’s time for Jack… TO SNATCH SOME BODIES!
So the VGX Awards commenced last night. Gameplays were shown and more games were announced. You can watch the 3+ hour event up top or check out another version in the source like below.
It looks like YouTube decided to take down the clip I provided above so I did a little bit of digging and found another source, DailyMotion, with the same footage. Enjoy.
Joel McHale co hosted with Geoff Keighley of Spike TV. McHale is hilarious! At one point they were interviewing Gearbox and Telltale devs and he was making random dry humor comments (as he always does) that Geoff was gritting his teeth thru Effectively making Geoff look kind of dull and boring. I could visibly see Geoff being pissed off at every sentence Joel was saying. This was probably because McHale didn’t seem to take the VGX as seriously as Keighley did, thereby invoking a slight tone of displeasure from him. Brownie points! Another interview had the makeshift duo chatting up two individuals involved with the rebooted Tomb Raider, one dev and more importantly Camilla Luddington. More snarky humor and lots of Joel/Cammy (Joel’s new pet name for Lara’s voice actor) chemistry made Geoff look like a third wheel. Bonus!
I’ll say this though; adding McHale as a co host to VGX undercuts the point of even talking about the relevance of video games in the first place. He’s a comedian dripping with sarcasm so there’s nothing much more to expect. Might as well have David Blaine co host and pull a PS3 out of a rabbit’s ass. They’re both not of the gaming world. But still, I’m a fan. So the inclusion of Joel McHale? Genius!!