By the time you read this, Konami will have shown the new Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patriots trailer to a select group of Western media. GamesRadar was privileged to get an early peek at some glorious high-res stills from it, and got the go-ahead from series creator Hideo Kojima to give them to you before anyone else.
The setting isn’t very different from the original MGS4 trailer debuted at Tokyo Game Show 2005, but the increase in visual quality is definitely noticeable. The trailer also provides a first look at the PS3 versions of most of the game’s pivotal cast members. Otacon looks much like he did in the TGS teaser, and we finally get to see Solid Snake’s old flame from MGS1, Meryl Silverburgh, back in action. Colonel Roy Campbell, Dr. Naomi Hunter and Revolver Ocelot/Liquid Snake are also accounted for.
Then there’s Raiden. The much-hated, often-lampooned (even by Kojima himself) pretty-boy from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty makes his debut in stunning fashion, single-handedly taking down several of the game’s new, smaller Metal Gear models. Kojima promised fans that they’d think MGS4’ s Raiden was a badass when they saw him, and we think you’ll agree that he wasn’t kidding. Raiden is outfitted with high-tech armor reminiscent of the cyborg ninja in MGS1 and MGS2 - only cooler. It’s also obvious that he’s become very fond of swords; his main weapon in the trailer is a Japanese katana.
Thanks to PSM: Independent PlayStation Magazine for the early shots, and be sure to pick up their July issue, on sale in two weeks, for a much more in-depth look at MGS4, including an exclusive interview with director Hideo Kojima.
May 9, 2006