TGS 2008: Metal Gear Online Meme Expansion First Look

Metal Gear Solid 4 is the gift that keeps on giving at the Tokyo Game Show, and we take a look at some new maps.

TOKYO--One of the staples of the past several Tokyo Game Shows has been Metal Gear Solid 4. Oddly enough, Snake and company have made their return to the event this year, despite the fact that MGS4 was released several months ago. The reason for this comeback? Metal Gear Online, Metal Gear Solid 4’s online multiplayer component, will see the release of a new expansion pack this November. Titled the “Meme Expansion,” this new download will add three new maps, Liquid Ocelot and Mei Ling as playable characters, and a new Tournament mode. The Meme Expansion was playable on the show floor today, so we played a few rounds to get a quick peak at what this new material is all about.

In the time we played, the only mode being offered was Team Deathmatch on Sunset Silo. When taken at first glance, this new map doesn’t appear to look all that different from many of the maps originally released with the game. There’s a very gritty industrial look to it, with crumbled cement, exposed rebar, and rusty metal cranes reflecting the warm orange Middle Eastern glow of the sky.

However, taking a few moments to explore the map reveals a much more vertical experience than many of the game’s initial stages. There’s a tremendous amount of vertical depth to it because the entire map--while relatively small in terms of overall geography--offers a lot of steep, crisscrossing staircases and tall ladders. There are lots of open sightlines, too, so this definitely seems like a very sniper-friendly map.

While Sunset Silo was the only map we got to spend any hands-on time with, the other two maps were shown on looping videos at the Konami booth, along with footage of Liquid and Mei Ling. The other maps are Forest Firefight and Winter Warehouse. Forest Firefight recalls the lush outdoor levels of MGS4’s South American settings, complete with tall grass, small tunnels, and wooden shacks. Winter Warehouse takes a different approach with its snowy ground and grayish, metal overall aesthetic. For those interested, Mei Ling will be sporting a fancy military outfit, while Liquid will be duking it out with little more than a pair of pants and a robotic arm. We'll find out this November if fighting in the icy cold Winter Warehouse sans shirt will prove to be troubling for Liquid.

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69 comments
skate_n_game
skate_n_game

That's great, Konami and KP continue to make an effort to stand out and please the fans with MGO. As it stands, it's already an awesome experience especially in Sneaking and Team Sneaking modes.

ZacherWol19
ZacherWol19

Dont see y people make fun of this game at least its better than Halo and Gears Of war. Go make fun of those

yakky_tae
yakky_tae

Magaling..Pulido pagkakadali..

thecakeisalie47
thecakeisalie47

and Benofengland is right, why do people get so worked up about what a bunch of chunky, "jaded" gamer nerds who have biases like the rest of us (Hilary Goldstein from IGN, cough cough) say about games? I like it, that's what I know, so screw what a bunch of angry-at-the-jock bitter fat guys drone on about.

thecakeisalie47
thecakeisalie47

I'm really not trying to be an angry fanboy, but seriously, if this comes to 360, gaming has truly lost all of its morals and is no more than an evil corporation hell bent on suckering us into more bullsh** and I will sell my equipment and quit. Games mean so much to me,and have since I was 2 years old, but if that happens, I'm out.

durodura
durodura

I agree with 0678 (below). i think that MGO is in some respects better than MGS4 itself. there is so much potential... but it is as yet untapped. there as so few maps, and very little variety in game-play from one map to another. sniping is very over powered, and can make for a frustrating experience. the stealth/death match concept should be brilliant, but is actually hit and miss, rather than tactical.

0678
0678

great game **** community

redline09
redline09

im a big fan of mgs4 ( i even got my self a ps3 just to play it- but ive sold it now) personally i didnt find the online play to be that great- but it was fun. i did hear that konami are talking about making a mgs5.. which i guess would push the bar up even higher for computer games :)

beanofengland
beanofengland

Who the hell cares if GS give s game a 10? Why do people gloat about such pointless 'facts'. GS reviewers arnt exactly 'right or wrong' about anything, its an opninion and a number... get over it

fleshandblood10
fleshandblood10

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mido321
mido321

the best game of all time..

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

i wont get this map pack! y u poeple say! becuase its a waste of money im going to wait for a DOUBLE expanshion pack to come out! they done it with warhawk (triple expan) so i dont see y they wont do it on this game! (WTF...U CAN PLAY AS LIQUID!!!)

BobRea
BobRea

To adkcrazox, Having voice chat doesn't make a game better. Plus, all that's going to change as soon as SOCOM and the official Sony headset come out. But I would be jealous of MGS4 if I didn't have it.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

one more thing nobody do voice chat all they do is type and message that is so gay thats why xbox 360 is better cause everybody got headset on the online

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

i love this game but the online suck so bad i like my xbox 360 better because the online is so powerful and fast

Terrencec06
Terrencec06

I will soon get on MGS4O when I finish GTA4

sa-id
sa-id

best game on ps3 period. it beat 360 for the first perfect rating. and it sure as hell is perfect!!!! lol. my psn id: sa-id i'll murder u on warhawk anyday

dante5000
dante5000

is it ma or did a 360 fan boy/ someone who hates mgs give everyone -1? but sounds pretty cool I'll probably get it, cant wait to play as liquid

xYamatox
xYamatox

I wish they would fix the 809 error issue from GENE expansion before making yet another expansion of failures. Konami keep screwing up with MGO, and I seem to be a victim of any problems relating to MGO...

TeabagChampion
TeabagChampion

About time that the add more levels. You only got 3 levels without the expansion pack and 6 with the expansion pack. The only problem is that now we have to wait till November and than pay another $14.99.

cire5
cire5

cant wait to go at it with mei ling

omarfierros
omarfierros

wish you could add tengu soldier items or frog soldier items for females. They should make a new skill like ninja which would allow you to use swords and stuff.

oxiedo
oxiedo

with the update or with out update i like you mgo

Shunjinko
Shunjinko

The boring thing is that you have to pay ( A LOT) for those expansion packs

Amir29
Amir29

Good to see they're keeping up and adding EVEN MORE replay value. :)

UnknownRandom
UnknownRandom

i luv MGO and i think if u play MGS4, then u should give MGO a try and it's expansion packs. i will buy the new exp. pack just to try out the new maps and play tournament mode. OH! and also the new accesories for my characters. the new characters doen't seem bad but its not something that i'm exited about. btw my MGO characters r unknownrandom and SoLiD_owl

ElmorePOW
ElmorePOW

I wish I could buy these thru PSN.

Joker_268
Joker_268

Ohhh a new tournament mode, cant wait. but Mei Ling as a playable character, WTF man i hoped it was the frog unit. -_-". But LOcelot as a playable is sweeet. I hope he still uses the SAA pistol, which its bullet can be deflected of walls, would be a nice trick for those who like hding behind walls, just 1 shot to the wall behind u, deflect the bullet then bam ur hit.

jahan25
jahan25

mgs4 best game for ps3

Crusader-Z
Crusader-Z

didn't buy GENE.....don't know why...but I might be able to buy this...I think.....

optimusprime18
optimusprime18

treelog82 Posted Oct 9, 2008 9:08 pm GMT This is a poor preview, so for those wondering... Silo Sunset is the Silo Entrance from MPO Forest Firefight is S.East AKA cabin level from MGS3 and Subsistance online. Winter Warehouse is all original. Mei Ling can call in airstrikes and use a D.Mic to scan for enemies. Liquid Ocelot can use Guns os the Patriots to destabalize enemies and lock guns. There will also be guilie suits, bandanas, eye patches, afros, FH badges, mustaches, flower pins in hair for female characters, and many other appearance customization items. Its pretty obvious Shaun McInnis at Gamespot isnt familiar with the MGS series, or MGO. This preview is far from well informed. treelog is right...and I saw the trailer and the forest map looks like a snake eater jungle, not South America at all. Wasnt there a similar map in subsistence's MGO?

Vimanesba
Vimanesba

I really rather play the story mode than the online, MGO's combat is so slow and boring, and it takes so long to find a good serv.... rather play Warhawk and it's awesome boosters :)

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Id like for a double pack that has MEME and GENE together for a smaller price, like the warhawk bundles are. as is i have to buy both of them still.

eetz
eetz

ooo very good

Ticklethis275
Ticklethis275

GENE was ok i bought if for the reward shop and survival

Ticklethis275
Ticklethis275

GENE was ok i bought if for the reward shop and survival

treelog82
treelog82

This is a poor preview, so for those wondering... Silo Sunset is the Silo Entrance from MPO Forest Firefight is S.East AKA cabin level from MGS3 and Subsistance online. Winter Warehouse is all original. Mei Ling can call in airstrikes and use a D.Mic to scan for enemies. Liquid Ocelot can use Guns os the Patriots to destabalize enemies and lock guns. There will also be guilie suits, bandanas, eye patches, afros, FH badges, mustaches, flower pins in hair for female characters, and many other appearance customization items. Its pretty obvious Shaun McInnis at Gamespot isnt familiar with the MGS series, or MGO. This preview is far from well informed.

plark2
plark2

love mgs4, never played it online, but ill will

plark2
plark2

love mgs4, never played it online, but ill will

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

Mei Ling, playable. Utterly brilliant.

algy24
algy24

cannnot wait for this!!!!!

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

this update will more then likely will not be free, and i can almost asure you that it will be through konami MGO store and not PSN store, since the last one was done in this way. If you dont feel like paying for it thats cool, but remember your getting a new mode, which if you liked survival, i'm sure this will be just as good, i mean come on tournement mode! haha. Three new maps, and 2 new chars. @idosofacility please do not rant and rave if you dont prove any of the points you are upset about. True the main chars were sort of disapointing, but if you bought the expansion just for that, your an idiot. The pack came with 3 new maps and a new game mode which is more than worthy of the price, since Call of duty 4 came out with 4 new maps but no new game mode and it cost the same, both are great expansions. And as for MGS4 being disapointing? Why is it? The fact that they tie everything together and explain why everything happens? The fact that they send you back to shawdow moses? I could go on and on, but the fact is you prove none of your points and i wonder if you have played ne of the previous MGS games to even have the right to say that this game was dissapointing. Go find something better to do with your time cuz proving your point isnt one of them.

Javier
Javier

Will this update be free? Will it feature Snake grunting every ten seconds and saying "...the war economy..." every 20 seconds?