Kojima demos Metal Gear Solid 4

PlayStation event in Tokyo features first real-time demo of the eagerly awaited PlayStation 3 title.

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TOKYO--At Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation Premiere 2007 press conference in the massive Roppongi Hills complex today, most in attendance were expecting to see reruns of trailers shown at the E3 Media and Business Summit. So they were taken by surprise during Konami's presentation, when director Hideo Kojima gave the first-ever Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots gameplay demonstration.

"Where's my Social Security check?"

The demo, which lasted a full 20 minutes, began in the same unnamed Middle Eastern locale as previous MGS4 game trailers. Snake started out on the second floor of a ruined building. Looking down, he saw tons of rubble from the remnants of buildings obliterated by warfare. The landscape was particularly detailed, with walls broken into various shapes and surrounding buildings uniquely damaged. When Snake zoomed in on the walls using a scope named Solid Eye (after the 3D glasses from Metal Gear Acid 2), they showed a high level of detail with little or no pixelation up close.

While previous installments in the MGS series had Snake infiltrating areas that were guarded by a single superpower or army, the situation is vastly different in MGS4. The demo shows two different factions--professional PMC (Private Military Company) mercenaries, and civilian guerrillas, who were losing because they were less experienced. The demo started out quietly, with both sides just patrolling. By the end, though, there were explosions all over the place.

During the demo, Kojima had Snake side with the civilian army to help take out the PMC soldiers. Given that the PMC soldiers were wearing beige camouflage, it was difficult to spot them in the sandy fields and grayish walls. Kojima had Snake switch to thermal goggles to detect them, and then return to the normal scope to zoom in.

Hopping down the building from where Snake started, the aged soldier approached a set of familiar bronze statues last seen in the Tokyo Game Show trailer. Here, Kojima went to the menu screen and selected the active camouflage option, where players can access disguises for Snake's face and body. Snake normally wears an all-purpose "Octo-Cam" camouflage suit, which lets him blend into his surroundings. However, apparently there are other selectable camouflage patterns in the game, one of which is called the "Statue-Cam." Kojima selected the Statue-Cam and an appropriate face mask, and--voila!--Snake's camouflage suit displayed a bronze finish. The PMC soldiers then walked by, mistaking the grizzled commando for a statue.

Kojima then showed off how the Octo-Cam camouflage will help Snake blend into his surroundings--semiautomatically. Whenever Snake performs an action, like hugging a wall or hitting the floor, the suit automatically changes its pattern to match that of the surface Snake is touching. Kojima demonstrated this action by having Snake evade a PMC soldier by lying in wait on the ground and blending in with the tiles of a nearby building. Snake then stood up and dashed to the shadows by a wall, waiting for the soldier to walk past. Then, he took the soldier from behind by using close-quarter combat, which made the soldier drop his gun--a new element in MGS4. Snake finally wrestled the soldier down, choking him until he was knocked out.

Kojima revealed that Snake can take his enemy's weapons in MGS4, and CQC isn't the only way to get them--holdups can also be effective. When Snake put a gun against an unaware soldier, the grunt raised both of his hands in the air, dropping his weapon to the ground and shivering. The holdup in MGS4 looks a lot more realistic than in the previous games. While keeping his gun pointed at the enemy, Snake used his other hand to frisk for items all over the soldier's body. He also seems to have gained a new move that involves delivering a death grip to an enemy's crotch, rendering that person unconscious in an instant.

After taking out two soldiers (one through CQC and the other by holdup and grabbing his nether regions), Snake spotted a huge hole in the wall that was big enough for him to fit though. However, he then noticed PMC soldiers in other abandoned buildings that could easily spot Snake and shoot him down. Kojima had Snake switch to his Mosin Nagant stun rifle to take them out. This was done by way of the same sniper view the rifle had in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Snake then made his way down the building onto the ground and took out another PMC soldier, this time using a stun knife that can discharge electricity. Kojima showed how the knife can be used to just zap the enemy and knock them unconscious, though it can also be used for fatal slashing as well.

Seeing that yet another PMC soldier was nearby, Kojima showed off Snake's new prop--the oil barrel. The oil barrel in MGS4 has as much a camouflage effect as the series' traditional cardboard box, except it's a bit more resistant to bullet shots because it's made of metal. Unfortunately, it didn't seem as stealthy, because we heard Snake's knees banging into it as he walked. Kojima showed that the barrel could also be an effective weapon when Snake rolls on the ground inside it, attacking any soldiers in his path. Naturally, though, Snake was dizzy once he got back up, and we saw him throwing up.

Kojima went on to confirm that gamers would be able to play through the whole game in a first-person view, and showed how the Sixaxis' motion-sensing can be used to duck and peek around corners.

Snake then went into a nearby building and talked to his friend Otacon via his Metal Gear MKII robot, re-creating part of the first MGS4 trailer. Eventually a battle between PMC and guerrilla forces erupted outdoors. The PMC soldiers were obviously getting the upper hand, as they had more firepower and cutting-edge technology on their side, including flying biomechanical creatures that would drop bombs.

To help fight off one of the PMC soldiers, Kojima showed Snake's new best friend, the Metal Gear MKII. By selecting MKII from the item inventory, the player can take control of it and move around in either first- or third-person view. (Snake is seen crouching on the ground with his hands on the MKII's remote controller--which is an exact replica of a Sixaxis gamepad.) And while the stealthy MKII may seem small and harmless, it can knock out enemies with a powerful knock of electricity.

Turning back to Snake, Kojima showed that the protagonist can throw grenades backward like in the previous trailer. The grenade's trajectory is shown onscreen, Gears of War-style, as Snake is preparing to throw his grenade.

As the demo neared its end, Kojima showed off some more weapons that can be used in Guns of the Patriots. He used an RPG-7 to explode a tank, an AK-102 rifle to shoot some enemies on the roof, and a P90 to take out remaining soldiers on the ground.

Kojima pointed out that while he had been attacking PMC soldiers and helping out the civilian guerrillas in the demo, it's really up to the player to decide which side to be on--or to not side with either of them.

Overall, Guns of the Patriots defaults to the same kind of third-person view as previous MGS installments. The basic interface has been kept intact as well, with the item itinerary on the bottom left side of the screen and the weapons itinerary on the bottom right.

One addition to the heads-up display that wasn't in previous installments was a semitransparent, illustrated icon on the bottom of the screen that appeared whenever Snake was near an object that he could interact with, such as a wall, an unconscious enemy, or a ledge. Another such object was a dumpster in an alley, which Snake hid in until enemy soldiers cleared out. But since it's full of garbage, Kojima noted that Snake would start to smell if he stayed inside the dumpster too long, making himself more obvious to enemies. As he came out of hiding, Snake was surrounded by a swarm of buzzing flies, though shaking the Sixaxis controller seemed to swat them away.

Discussion

1107 comments
OMGitsZAL
OMGitsZAL

Can't wait for MGS4. It'll be awesome! :)

0800_vaughan
0800_vaughan

hey if i were you wait for the 80gb version to come out. by then they should have a mgs style playstation lol. going into your room seeing only a box with a ps controller on top of it would really weird out your friends. oh and it comes out around feb next year or march one of them...

god13g
god13g

any 1 nows when its comeing out???

deanmanwalking2
deanmanwalking2

saw da demo vid im telling ya totally wkd, work of art. Hideo is a god!

echowind01
echowind01

ohh well thx for telling me then

agarwalmukund
agarwalmukund

Hey eva15. Goto play.com, this is the only website in the UK which is selling the PS3 on the best deal. For 400quid , the are giving a PS3, 3 games and one blue ray movie (i think i forgot about a hdmi cable as well). Anyway I am just waiting for Gamespot to make the MGS4 gameplay HD movie available to download. ITs so frustrating to wait for money and games.

Martin_G_N
Martin_G_N

HAHA....yeah...that's what I'm talking about. Look, do you really think games like this could ever get on the x360, I don't think so. The first level alone is probably as big as one DVD alone. The first level on Killzone 2 is 2 GB....that's next gen for ya.

eva15
eva15

I'm still unsure whether to buy a PS3, its still alot of money, admitaley in the UK you can get a PS3 for £425 but the new bundles sony are offering is a 60GB PS3 with 2 first party games (Resistance and motorstorm) plus an extra controller for £425 but its still a lot of money, i love Metal Gear Solid but its just the price is it really worth that much money, oh and just so you now £425 is about 700 to 800 dollars (the Tax in the UK)

Nickdevil
Nickdevil

i cant wait fot this game to come out mgs is history in the making all over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

god13g
god13g

i think MGS4 is a ps3 exclusive :)

krisalid
krisalid

Good point zidanem9c;one of the greatest games ever made.

zidanem9c
zidanem9c

The legend, the epic, the omega, the alpha game of all. I am just glad to be able to live this lifetime to experience this, amongst other wonderful things in life. Have you guys checked out the Dev Video for MGS4?

one_arm
one_arm

jamalnos your on the net so look for it but make sure you get the right format for your machine ps great game good luck

jamalnos
jamalnos

By the way. I know this is out of our topic but can any body help me how to have Metal Gear Solid (PS1) original? Note: I am living in Jordan (Middle East) !!!

jamalnos
jamalnos

Can any body help me how to have Metal Gear Solid (PS1) original ?

vaan_strife
vaan_strife

Hey echowind01 have you not read anything about this game until now? Snake looks older than everyone because as a side effect of being a clone he is rapidly aging. Thats why he looks like father time and Meryl is still young. And as for Raiden, kids or not, soldiers are always soldiers.

echowind01
echowind01

All the previous MGS installments have been great this one will be no different i mean who wouldn't wanna jump into a trash can and come out smelling like pot puri only to be shot and told you stink by a guy with a machine gun heheh FUN TIMES but one thing gets me why is Meryl looking so young wasn't she the same age as snake? And didnt Raiden have a kid AND hes still fighting. It'[ll be a great story Cnt w8

bihboy69
bihboy69

this game just keeps on sounding better and better. And any xbox people trolling around hoping for a port, i think the PS3 controller being held by Snake speaks for itself

one_arm
one_arm

does anyone know were i can get to see this demo of the game been played by Hideo Kojima

Rikusaki
Rikusaki

YES! MGS4 is cool! i've never played any MGS game b4, but MGS4 is gonna rule!

ooJmong
ooJmong

What...wait for MGS4 just to get a PS3? That may be true for some, but here's the thing: you Microsoft idiots are bagging on Sony when you guys are desperate enough to jack PS3 exclusives to "stand a chance". Most games that the 360 has, PS3 returns it in tenfold. As for 360 exclusives? Name some that are WORTH mentioning besides HALO (which is at this point - overrated). As for MGS4? Great move, Kojima. Great move. He just upgraded GAMEPLAY to CG-GAMEPLAY.

ctg867
ctg867

I hope this gets ported to the 360. Excepts it's a really, REALLY bad port, that looks like MGS2, is so ****ing buggy that it freezes up all the time, and they cut out everything but the main game. All the extra stuff that would be on the PS3 doesn't get included. Then I can laugh because I have a PS3 and a 360, and don't have to buy a ****ed up port. In related news, this game will be awesome, and it could really get me into MGS. I liked MGS1 alright, never played MGS2 or MGS3. I liked MGS PO, it was alright, but I do think I will have to pick up MGS4 if and when I get one this holiday. It looks to friggin bad ass to pass up. Oh and kingcoung, the best the Wii can do is Xbox quality stuff, though after it being out for a while, and looking deeper into the console, people think the Wii might not ever output anything close to the high quality Xbox 1 stuff like Riddick, Chaos Theory, Ninja Gaiden, Far Cry, Halo 2, Half Life 2, Black 2, or Burnout 3 (as far as graphics go).

GOD-NEOX
GOD-NEOX

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kingcuong
kingcuong

some people forget that if NINTENDO wanted to make a $500 super gfx par with ps3- wii, they could! loool the lower gfx is to lower the price of the console! this way EVERYONE can enjoy playing games, not just playing, but interacting with the games! :D:D:D:D:D NINTENDO FOR THE WIN! give it a couple years, TOP NOTCH GFX WII on the way! lol

sharpshout
sharpshout

then why is mgs4 an ps3 exclusive (by the way x-box360 sucks with the three rings off death)

sydneyviles
sydneyviles

mnzk_x you sony fan boys live in denial ps3 have very few games soo you have to wait for mgs4 until 2008 soo you willl buy a system just to play one game lol,xbox 360 have tons of games even the multiplatform loooks bettter in xbox 360 soo you willl leave your ps3 collcting dust until one game arrrives you seeem you the real retards here lol,offfcourse mgs 4 is a great game but were is the other games lol go figure lol,ah right killzone 2 hahahaha it didnt even loook like the old cgi hahahaha lol uncharted drakes fortune heavenly sword infamous lair rachet and clank future: tools of destruction heavy rain killzone 2 and many more

Night_stalker01
Night_stalker01

mnzk_x, don't insult someone for being a fanboy when you are quite obviously a huge lemming. The multi-plats look better on the 360 because they are usually designed for the 360's hardware, and then ported over to the PS3, due to the fact that the cell processor is harder to work with. It's not the PS3's fault, it's the developers'. And yes the 360 may have some good titles now, but in 08, the PS3 will dominate. MGS4, FFXIII, FF vs XIII, White Knight etc. And don't mistake me for a fanboy, because I don't even own a PS3... I did however have a 360 for about 1 week, after which point i returned it. Not saying that's the 360's fault, but i like a little variance in my games besides shooters and sports games. RPGs are what i enjoy most, and the PS3 already has more RPGs announced than the 360 has gained in the las almost 2 years. Don't try to mock someone for their favourite console, it all depends on what their tastes are. Not everybody is the same as you you know.

Boozer11
Boozer11

Looks pretty tight a good FPS for sony which seems to be the only thing sony has ever lacked

pnkmastr
pnkmastr

hell yea all my friends always said th is game wasnt better than alo and now the tables have turned its ont op the best game.....nothing can compare.....NOTHING!!

mnzk_x
mnzk_x

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GOD-NEOX
GOD-NEOX

Who cares about the harry potthead anyways, stupid childrens book its a total snoozfest of a series, anyways im sure that there will be an american demo on PSN late Nov. or early december to help hype the PS3 for 2008

SnakeEater158
SnakeEater158

sadly i know what happends it leaked out on the internet

nuninho90
nuninho90

harry doesn't die sorry xD but i bet solid will. probably kills himself no?

Spelly-93
Spelly-93

lolz at the previous comments :P ........... but all of these things we alreday know of....isnt there anythign other than this.......... is there any place i can see tis trailer ??

PrinceUchiha
PrinceUchiha

1 thing is 4 sure there isn't and will never be another series like MGS, you can hate it or love it but is the truth my hats off to Hideo Kojima

ALSOPRANO
ALSOPRANO

the only thing that we need is for snake to come out the game n scream all loud IM XCLUSIVE jezz keep dreaming ms keep dreaming . i mean how many time does kojima has to repeat him self. ps3 xclusive

Rai
Rai

I need to see this! Sounds great!

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

@jamalnos I heard some of MGS fan, sent a death threat letter to Kojima because he want to let other guy take over the series. Do you know someone.? I hope M$ don't get MGS4 exclusive, just for their safety sake. hahahaha

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

Well all great story end as Tragedy, look at Harry Potter. I bet he die but don't tell me. I want him to dieeeeeeee

jamalnos
jamalnos

Do you think that in this MGS will be the death of Solid Snake?

jamalnos
jamalnos

MGS is not a game, it is a "Legend". Do you thing that we will see like this legend after Hideo Kojima's retirement. I believe no.

jamalnos
jamalnos

_nailbunny_ , yaah Hideo Kojima san said that this MGS will be about "Sense".

_nailbunny_
_nailbunny_

Looking forward to grabbing some nuts. Sounds like this game will have some great AI.

mitchjryan
mitchjryan

bamafan3414 you idiot all those games you mentioned have been ported or are future releases for the ps3 excluding Gears of War

SnakeEater158
SnakeEater158

basicly i bought the ps3 for mgs4 cause im a Huge fan. And prob some people bought 360 for halo 3. its just an opinoin. but i write a complaint to hideo if this is not excluse on ps3

ooJmong
ooJmong

XBox has halo? Right right. The third installation will probably be the same as always. What else can they POSSIBLY upgrade? When Halo 2 came out, weren't all you XBox geeks bragging about how PERFECT it was? Dear Master Chief, Step aside, bee-itch. What, son! Snake is back (and old)!

JamesSoprano
JamesSoprano

how i look at it is .. sony has snake microsoft has master chief and nintendo has Metroid/link/ mario characters i think .. it should stay that way ... and for all you people who say it's bad sony has this game only ... it's bnecause you don't want Sony to have an Exclusive game at all .. and by the way ... Halo is over rated .. it's a good game but not THAT GOOD. and i think Konami has made a good call too keep it with PS3 and not go to Xbox 360 sorry microsoft fan boys you might have gotten MGS2 but you won't get this * not a sony fan boy * ( just can't stand people who put down Sony and they are nintendo or microsoft fan boy's ) *( all Empires are Mainly Evil ... yes that includes Microsoft in a HUGE way ) and for this article .... THAT IS FREAKIN SWEET ! can't wait till it hit's shelves and when i get a PS3 SOON !

hkseo100
hkseo100

Wow, who cares this game will be awesome, I like 360 and PS3, but I like PS3 better, because.. I just don't like the Xbox 360, I'm just sticking to Sony, don't care if 360 has 10mb of eDRAM to make it all better or PS3 has Blu-Ray, or games, because mostly 3rd Party games do come out for both systems, except in this case, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Halo 3 does not for each.