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“The Phantom Pain” – The Next Metal Gear Entry?

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Not since the “Dead Island” trailer have I become so interested in a game after one short video. Yet, the recently released trailer for “The Phantom Pain” has quickly skyrocketed this game to the front of my list of games to keep an eye on. The trailer itself has been making waves for many reasons, and is intense and cinematic, setting the stage for an incredible game experience. However, there are many quirks to the trailer and the people behind it that make it pretty obvious this is not just a new project from some unknown, fledgling studio.

Here is the trailer for “The Phantom Pain”:

Now, for many video game fans, one thing becomes completely obvious as the trailer moves on. The main character in the trailer bears a striking resemblance to one mullet-toting video game legend, Solid Snake. Another major quirk is that, if you dig a little bit into the studio supposedly responsible for the game, Moby Dick Studio, you find their leader is one Joakim Mogren. Anything unusual there – maybe an anagram for the man who built the legendary Metal Gear series, Hideo Kojima (Kojima = Joakim). There are various other things that point to the extremely high probability we are looking at the next major installment in the Metal Gear franchise (a more expansive list of details that point to this can be found on the NeoGAF forums, here).

This now leaves us with three coming entries in the Metal Gear franchise: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, and this trailer which will likely come to be Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain. As much as I have loved the entire Metal Gear saga, and have been eager to see what Revengeance and Ground Zeroes have in store, this trailer has brought my interest in this game to much higher levels than Revengeance and Ground Zeroes. The intense trailer looks to be another unparalleled experience in gaming, and a nice continuation of the series. I cannot wait to see what comes out of this trailer, and what the final product becomes.

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