Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Humiliates Players With Chicken Hat

Nobody calls Snake chicken.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will include a special chicken hat item that will make the game easier, the game's designer Hideo Kojima has announced.

Kojima revealed the new item during a special Christmas stream. Metal Gear fans watched the three hours-long video, probably hoping for some more exciting news or maybe even a release date, but it wasn't until the 2:45:00 mark that Kojima made his big reveal, which in the end was nothing more than the chicken hat.

According to Kotaku, the game will offer players the item if they keep dying and retrying the same section. If they choose to wear it, enemies will be slower to spot and react to players. The only price is the humiliation of looking like a chicken.

The Phantom Pain launches in 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. A PC version of the open-world game is also in the works, but Konami has not announced a release date for it.

For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.

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Its a smart way to get people to gain experience, in what will be a hard game to complete 100%! playthrough with your chicken gear solid hat then play through again without it. then play through 100 more times like i plan on doing. I have been waiting a loooong time for a console metal gear to come out. Best part about this game is that it enables the originals that were never remade to finally not be out of the question of happening. I can see about 20 more years of this franchise being relevant with 5 more games 4 years time between them. An actual ending to 4 with the finalization of snakes actual destiny played out would be #%^!@ing awesome!!!! Hippie snake all about tree hugging for the better of the world! tie die camouflage. bandannas are even more relevant!. Lots of of possibilities because of this game. CANT WAIT!

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Otaku Kojima trying to be witty with obvious gags and epically fails miserably...again. LAME.

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who cares, you don't have to use it.

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Lighten up. Snake has worn kabuki makeup, a killsuit with rubber duckies and smiley faces on it, and yes . . . the box. The chicken head doesn't bother me. The terrain looks as realistic as anything I've seen. The extraction feature is cool. Although I wonder if he has the technology to have a dog, or human, or a horse extracted . . . why couldn't this eye in the sky just neutralize all of his enemies. Just sayin'.

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Dang Kojima, why would you put something so silly in this super serious franchise?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> you mean sort of like the cardboard box?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I had hoped the super serious part would convey my sarcasm.


I was making fun of the people who think this series actually is serious.


Snake pointed at his headband and said it gave him infinite ammo in a cutscene in MGS2 for crying out loud!

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In games like this I love to try things over and over, mess with the AI or the game in general and see how it reacts, which can often lead to death. I'll probably be offered this chicken hat many times :).

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The new game takes on a much more serious tone and addresses some more controversial themes, such as a man wearing a chicken hat interogatting and murdering their way through levels

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Oh Kojima, you silly!

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Now that's kool

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Ahhh, after all this time im starting to think David Hayter wasnt canned all along. He simply saw how far the franchise seems to be falling from its once greatness and simply said "no thanks, not for me, im done. Thanks anyway".

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, I'm sure that must have been it. What's he doing now anyway? Flipping burgers in a snake outfit?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Actually he's still part of a few video games just this year, and he's also a writer/producer/director for some tv and upcoming tv series. Should check out his IMDB :)

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Metal Gear is now joke. It has turned itself into a stinky demon egg in a dirty nappie!

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So you would've been content with a corridor shooter stealth game that the first two mgs games were! The series was always about change and Kojima never follows the same themes and gameplay styles from game to game. If you don't like, don't buy.

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Ah, Metal Gear, how the mighty have fallen. I really have no interest in ever playing one of these games again. Ever. Chicken hats don't help with that.

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And before you flame: I say that as someone who gave MGS4 a resounding and vehement 10 in the only written review I've ever bothered to write on this site since joining in March 2004.

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Believe it or not, you would probably get flamed for that exact opinion

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You'll get no flame from me, but what don't you like about it?

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Last time saw mgs5 was e3213 showed sandbox in mgs5 and look finish so why taking longer.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> What you saw was probably a very edited, very polished, very small segment of the game purposefully polished in that one specific section for E3. Look at Rome 2, that game looked amazing well before the infamous launch it had.

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Ground Zeroes didn't fill me with hope, the world was so static and there were no physics to mess around with. I don't like how you cannot dump bodies in objects you thought you'd be able to and I don't like how you carry bodies. MGS2 they felt like they had weight to them, Ground Zeroes is just an animation.. feels so disconnected, I want to have to drag them again.


The Balloon thing in MGS5.... If that means you can just instantly make anything vanish... it ruins any consequence for killing someone or whatever. I don't want to be able to just magic things away...

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Well, I cannot say you are wrong on how you feel, but I do disagree.

GZ was a prologue, and a lot of things were missing but are in TPP, which includes dumping bodies in dumpsters. As for dragging bodies, well, if that were the case, would then have to apply the same rule to hostages, and that does not work with extractions.

As for the Fulton balloon: a lot of people complain, but I still fill like no one is to blame for fultoning a lot except the players themselves, and I am sure there are more things to consider when using it besides the ones we have seen

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<< LINK REMOVED >> There might actually be limits to the fulton system. Didn't they say something about needing resources at your base for the soldiers? Maybe that will prevent you from fultoning endlessly.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah. We have already seen that enemies can shoot it down, it cannot be used in doors and I am guessing that enemies can here it if they are close enough. But like I said, i am sure that there are even more things that will have to be considered when using it.

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Chicken. C=3 h=8 I=9 k=11 e=5 n=14

The release date is 12/23/2019

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<< LINK REMOVED >> nah, that translates to: 03/08/911514, so we have a few hundred thousand years to wait. Should be polished by then!

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Damn! I guess I'll have to haunt a house and possess a family to play metal gear 5..... :(

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nah a nice time machine would do just fine, or perhaps just a TARDIS.

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Love the drawings of the fury and The boss that they showcase in the video. 2:34 mark

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another great franchise goes down ... fast

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Why am I not surprised that japanese developers are doing this nonsense? !! Do they take anything seriously?

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It dont hurt my pride....

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Dammit Kojima!!! give us a release date already!

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hahaha love this type of stuff in games ...... other developers COUGH INFINITY WARD COUGH could learn a lesson.

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i hope its worth the wait, im sure it will be

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i don't like the humiliation, what about people who are new to the series, why should they be treated in the same way? this is worse than games who don't give trophies to players for choosing the easier difficulties, the japanese expect way to much from a western gamer, i'm disappointed in hideo for doing this, at least reward players for TRYING to play your game, not humiliate them this way, encouragement always helps people become better but over the years i've never seen a dev take advantage of that, it's always punish and more punishment, all or nothing.


do you go around giving your baby a wedgie for not walking properly the first time? or for toilet training? no (unless you are a evil parent) imo i think game developers have psychopathic traits, they show the classics signs of it anyway, i bet these game devs laugh when thiers kids fall over and beat them and tell them to try harder.


hideo had mercy in his older games (mgs 1-3) those difficulties were balanced out and fair, they challenged all sorts of people) but now hes going for this approach and basically telling us, do the hardest difficulty in the game! all or nothing or you will be humiliated! i hear mr miyagi's voice when i think of that.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> my god.... your one of those pro "participation award" people aren't you?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> (*speaking in Patricia Tannis' voice*) : It's safe to assume that the one who will be playing this are no longer in their infancy period so I can conclude that they can manage to play this game on its default difficulty.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You're given the option if you want to use it or not.

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Why watch 3 hours of video when I can just read about the important stuff here, lol. Well, everybody loves hats so Kojima is just giving people what they want and at the same time mocking them like he always does.

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This is not a UBISOFT production people its Kojima Production. u dont see same crap every year. u wait and u get a proper masterpiece.

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So where full game coming out next 2 years maybe. I think some people sick waiting because easy could make mgs collection for ps4 and xbox 1 when waiting for mgs5

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<< LINK REMOVED >> How many years do this console generation gonna last? 20?