Kiefer Sutherland is voicing Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but according to Kojima, we may not hear him speak much at all.
In an interview with IGN, Kojima discussed Snakes character archetype and how he was redesigned for this game.
"I've said it many times, but I understand why people feel Snake is cool and admire him," Kojima said. "In realty, though, Snake is and always has been nothing more than an extension of the player. He's your alter ego. Therefore, I made a very conscious effort this time to bring Snake closer to the player's perspective. As much as possible, Snake will act based on the player rather than doing things like making spontaneous comments or flirting with women."
2K Games has announced Evolve is set to receive a new Observer Mode to increase the ease with which games can be livestreamed.
Observer Mode will be free and available on all platforms at some stage in the future. When it launches, it'll enable you to add a Spectator to your matches. This individual will be able to livestream matches and add commentary without needing additional equipment. They'll also be able to jump between character cameras, focusing on how the Hunters are working together before looking at the Monster's hiding place.
Other additions include the ability to minimise the HUD or, if you so prefer, focus on specific aspects like current perks, survival odds or minimap overlays. Finally, and most importantly of all, a special DaisyCam has been created to enable you to follow the legendary Trapjaw as she goes about her business.
Konami has revealed the release date for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
If you plan to play on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, or PS3, you can get your hands on the next MGS game on September 1. The game will be released for PC on Steam a few weeks later on September 15.
The Phantom Pain's competitive multiplayer mode, Metal Gear Online, will go live on the launch date as well.
The MGSV collector's edition comes with tons of extra physical and digital content. The tangible goods are listed below.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won't be released until September 1. To ease the long wait, we have 100 gorgeous, high-resolution screenshots from The Phantom Pain, including some from Metal Gear Online.
You can check them out in the gallery below. As always, expand the slideshow to full size for the best results.
Along with the release date, we learned that Metal Gear Solid 5 will be Kojima's last "Metal Gear" game. For more on Metal Gear, stay tuned to IGN.
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Salem is back on April 5th, and by the look of things in the new Season 2 trailer, the witches are more powerful than ever. Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend both join the series in new recurring roles this year, as the show moves into a season where Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), the most powerful of the witches in Salem, finds herself fighting against many of her kind, both new and familiar, who wish to replace her position of power.
Check out the trailer above!
Shovel Knight and Wasteland 2 will make the jump to Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, Microsoft has revealed. Additionally, crowdfunded survival sim The Flame in the Flood will make its "console debut" on Microsoft's system.
They are among the more than 50 ID@Xbox games in development listed in a new Xbox Wire post, including some that were previously announced. Another newly unveiled game for Xbox One is Magic Duels: Origins, a free-to-play edition of the collectible card game that will also make its console debut on the system.
343 Industries has released its big update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection designed to finally lay a majority of the title's matchmaking issues to rest.
The blog on Halo Waypoint explains you'll be asked to download the update next time you boot up your console, and early indications suggest it's helped players.
Nintendo of Japan has announced it's holding a Nintendo Direct this Friday focusing on Xenoblade Chronicles X.
The presentation will apparently focus on the upcoming RPG's battle system and takes place at 5am PT / 8am ET / 1pm GMT. We've reached out to Nintendo to see if we should expect the company's European and American arms to follow suit or not.
This is the second Direct focusing on Xenoblade Chronicles X. The first, broadcast on February 6, revealed the title will feature online questing for up to four people, with an 'indirect' online experience for 32 players also included.
Kenshi has been revealed as a fighter in the mobile version of Mortal Kombat X, leading to speculation he'll crop up in the console version.
The announcement trailer for the mobile version includes a version of the psychic swordsman called "Possessed Kenshi", suggesting this could perhaps be one of his three available styles.
In January of this year the internet went into meltdown when Neill Blomkamp – director of District 9, Elysium and the forthcoming Chappie – posted concept art for an Alien movie he had been working on in secret.
Then in February it was announced that not only would Blomkamp get to make the movie, but that the sci-fi sequel would be his next project.
So when he stopped by the IGN UK podcast to talk Chappie – the results of which can be heard this Friday – we asked Blomkamp about his love of the first two Alien movies, his plans for the franchise, and the influence that Alien: Isolation might have on his efforts.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode below.
"The Hunt" took a step back from the usual plots and dedicated some time to establishing relationships with an episode. The parallel here was the challenging and strengthening of the main relationships in Boyd and Raylan's life, but with Boyd facing a more harrowing story while Raylan's was more softening.
Boyd and Ava were the more interesting pair. Despite the episode spending most of its time in muddled, run-through relationships, Boyd and Ava in the woods turned pretty intense. I've been pretty vocal about this relationship so far this season, but if this is going to be the crux of the final season, so be it.
After some fireworks--and some light hinting that maybe Boyd thought Ava was on the run because she didn't want to get married (nicely done, whoever's idea that was)--the episode took a very dramatic turn when Boyd began threatening her. Ava, to her credit, stuck some of it out and there were some ... abusive scenes. When rubber hit the road, Ava finally confessed she was a CI and now the parameters have changed. Regardless, of whatever happened, the Ava-Boyd scenes were pretty intense and almost claustrophobic. It was done well.
PC gamers and virtual-reality enthusiasts got a bit of a surprise during Nvidia’s Tuesday night GDC press conference: instead of a souped-up graphics card or a VR headset, the GPU maker announced the addition of an Android-based console to their lineup of Shield devices.
If you missed our livestream of the event, we’ve pulled together all the details on the new Shield (yes, they’ve gone back to calling their latest product just “Shield”) and its related services for you right here.
The new Shield is more of a hybrid between a set-top box and a console than a true iteration of each. (At least, when compared to what currently exists on the market.) With the exception of its beefy Tegra X1 processor, which sports a 256-bit Maxwell GPU with 3GB of memory, it largely mimics the specs of other Android set-top boxes: at the back is a MicroSD slot, a Micro USB 2.0 port, two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet port, and HDMI port. Internally, it supports Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-band 801.11ac Wi-Fi connections, and can pump out 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound over HDMI. It also has an IR receiver, which Nvidia specifically noted is compatible with Logitech Harmony remotes.
Note: Full spoilers for the Agents of SHIELD midseason premiere, “Aftershocks,” follow.
There are a lot of secrets being kept on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, as the midseason premiere found more than one duo bonding over information they were keeping from the rest of the team.
On a recent visit to the show’s set, the cast and executive producers spoke about these plotlines and where they could be going.
Now that we know Bobbi and Mack are up to something truly suspicious, and trying to gain access to the material Nick Fury gave to Coulson, it’s hard not to jump to the big H word – Hydra.
Asked if we should make that assumption, Adrianne Palicki replied, “I don't think you should assume anything, honestly. I think that Mack and Bobbi, they do have a secret, but whatever they're doing they think is the right thing. So it's not necessarily malicious, but you have to keep an open mind.”
Nvidia announced its game streaming service, GRID, will soon offer an upgraded tier supporting 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Revealed during the company's GDC 2015 event, the service will support Nvidia's newly unveiled Shield console, allowing customers to purchase new PC games or stream from a catalog of others for a monthly fee.
The updated service will launch in May.
During tonight's GDC 2015 event, Nvidia revealed a large number of games coming to its android-based set-top box and console, Shield. Though Nvidia has referenced a catalog of 50 supported titles at launch, these games spotted on display are particularly notable:
Nvidia announced a new addition to its Shield lineup of devices, an Android-based living room device capable of 4K playback and capture, during its Game Developers Conference 2015 press event.
“First, it’s based on the most popular OS in the world. Second, the richness of the Google Play store, with it huge range of applications,” Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said. “Third, it syncs with all my other devices. Finally, it has an incredible voice search capability.”
The "world’s first Android 4K TV" will be able to receive and capture 4K at up to 60 fps video “very soon.” The living room entertainment device also packs Android TV functionality so users can access a library of movies, TV and more.
Today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, I finally experienced a virtual reality game, not just a tech demo or interactive movie. While Oculus Rift showed off a graphically gorgeous demo at CES, and Samsung's VR demo can make you feel like Tony Stark, Sony's Project Morpheus feels like it's getting close to developing a killer app. It was The Heist, and while not every demo I tried for Sony's Project Morpheus offered its combination of excitement and interaction, it's got me beyond excited for the future of VR.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
SHIELD returned from its midseason break hitting the ground running, as the introduction of the Inhumans was pushed even further, indicating we will be learning quite a bit about this part of the Marvel Universe a full four years before The Inhumans film opens.
As a longtime Marvel comics fan, it's pretty exciting to get terms like “Terrigenesis” thrown around, and I was happy to see Skye's mother Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) again via flashback. While I’m assuming we won’t meet the likes of Black Bolt and the Royal Family on this show (given we’re a long way away from actors being hired for the film), it still seems we’ll get the idea of how Inhumans work on this show, as far as their indocrination process via the mist.
Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
Here are this week's new PS4 games.
Australia’s video games industry hit AUD$2.46 billion in 2014, according to figures revealed today by Australia’s Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA). This is an increase of 20 per cent over 2013’s figure.
Traditional retail sales accounted for AUD$1.214 billion of that number (an increase of 7 per cent on 2013). Digital sales racked up AUD$1.248 billion (up 39 per cent over last year).
The IGEA notes that market data from NPD Group Australia has revealed that the primary area for growth in retail sales was console hardware, which swelled by 47 per cent off the back of PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U sales. Additional research commissioned by IGEA shows that mobile games, digital downloads, and subscriptions have also continued to grow significantly in 2014.