July 12, 2007 - It seems weird to think what a recent E3 would be like without some new info on Metal Gear Solid 4. Thankfully, we didn't have to wonder this year. During the Sony conference, Hideo Kojima took the stage to unveil a new trailer for MGS4. To some this may seem unwanted, since many gamers wanted playable content to devour and then look for a plate of seconds. However, even those individuals would have to stop and witness the new trailer before demanding playable content. After all, this one marks the first MGS4 trailer dubbed in English.
Now we have seen the footage for MGS4 before and have been awestruck, but witnessing the trailer, you begin to appreciate and salivate over the footage, even though it isn't playable, and you remember what Mr. Kojima just said, "This is all in-game footage captured from the PS3." That alone causes you to step back and say "Whoa".
The trailer opens with Solid Snake in a military camp. There seems to be a little more cover in the camp so there was really no example of the "nowhere to hide" tagline. The rumblings of Roy Campbell flood the audio explaining to Snake how this is not a government sanctioned operation and that this is covert operation of the strictest level. This is a hit and the target is Liquid Ocelot. The weakness in Roy's voice hints at the severity of this mission and this is further iterated by the plea for Snake to do the job for him. As we watch Snake make his way through that camp, the camera shifts to Meryl, a familiar face from the original Metal Gear Solid. Her character model showcases the amount of detail already present in the game, even right down to her facial expressions. The trailer continues with the voiceover action of the game. Only we switch to the voice of another returning character of the series, Naomi Hunter. Naomi fills Snake in on the why the surrounding soldiers around Snake seem to be having convulsions of the worst kind. The culprit is a little thing fans will remember from the original PSOne title, FOXDIE. Yep, that nasty little thing that Naomi injected into Snake, according to the trailer, nine years ago. Apparently, Liquid has figured out how to have total control on the battlefield through FOXDIE. This can only be bad news for our hero. This is kind of displayed in the trailer as we watch Snake get closer to Liquid among the twitching soldiers, only to fall to the ground and struggle from what can only be the result of the FOXDIE in his body.
The cold and calculating Liquid even looks down upon Snake from his landing above the crowd. Naomi tells Snake that they are ready to help him, to aid him in his fight, to which Snake responds that "I'm no hero. Never was. I'm just an old killer hired to do some wet works". We witness Snake struggle even more to aim his weapon to fire at Liquid. He buckles and falls into the dirt, all the while still struggling to aim and end the "war", to fulfill the request of an old friend. As the camera starts to pan out, Naomi conveys that this could be Snake's final game as Mr. Kojima stated right before the trailer, by saying that he must face his destiny.
That would have been enough I think to appease most fans of the series. However, there was even more MGS4 greatness. During a shot of the logo for the game we hear two familiar voices - Vamp, a nasty little "boss" from MGS2 and the love him or hate him character, Raiden. The battle is fierce, probably as fierce and choreographed as well as some of the more memorable fight scenes from a Jet Li or early Chow Yun Fat action flick. As I have said before in some of my previous articles concerning Raiden, this MGS game will make a more than a few of us eat our words about the character. If you need any further proof, look no further than dance of death between Raiden and Vamp. Raiden moves with such speed and accuracy, probably due to the ninja suit he is wearing, that eliminating the Metal Gears in the midst of the battle is quite simple. His new speed and massive expansion on move capabilities match nearly every move that Vamp makes, which says a lot considering Vamp is supposed to be a vampire. To go into further detail about the bloody brawl would do it a disservice to you dear reader. One cannot truly love the dance of soldiers without seeing it first hand. This is one of those times.
Vamp closes out trailer with a line of dialogue asking Raiden, "Could you finally be the one to finally finish me?" Only time will tell. The new trailer revealed a little bit more about the story behind the game, as well as, a hint to why Snake has aged so rapidly, and further makes Raiden look like the character we will want to play as, along with Snake. There is a lot more that I wished for, like an official release date, but with the English voice-over and the new footage of the game, I'm hopeful that the game will be released soon. As I replay the clip, I can't help but get even more excited for the supposed final title involving Solid Snake or Hideo Kojima. Heartbreaking, I know, but as long as the game can deliver and strengthen the already impressive visual, I will have some long hours ahead of me.
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