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New trailer drops Metal Gear bombs

We've already seen a few trailers of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which have nicely shown off the rendering power of the PlayStation 3 and a few of the cool things the game will be able to do when it hits stores sometime in 2007. But as cool as the trailers were, it was pretty obvious to anyone with a keen eye and a cynical heart that they weren't gameplay.

But when the wraps came off the new trailer that debuted today at the Tokyo Game Show, we got our first real glimpse of what MGS4 will look like in action. Sure, it's not a complete picture - there's no onscreen display, and the camera angles are too cinematic to be shots of real, honest-to-God gameplay - but there's no doubt that the stealth action was rendered on the fly, by the PS3.

The trailer - which you can see by hitting the Movies tab above - shows a lot of different stuff, but much of it focuses on Snake's new Octo-Cam, or "octopus camouflage," a suit that automatically takes on the patterns and textures of whatever it's nearby. It's a little weird to see Snake worm his way across a trench, but you'll notice that he stays unseen by enemy eyes until he lobs a grenade at them.

Also, boxes are passé - the next-gen Snake prefers to hide in an oil drum, which has the added benefit of being able to roll into enemies and knock them over. We also got to see a few of Snake's other moves, including a grab-and-choke move (performed while camouflaged), and a cool-looking first-person mode for precision aiming.

But the real surprise is at the end of the trailer. Throughout the video, a masked man with Octo-Cam and the Solid Eye eyepatch is seen running around and subduing guys, and we're meant to assume it's Old Snake. But at the end, he pulls it off and reveals what looks like a much younger version of the superspy. Could it be? We know series creator Hideo Kojima lives to mess with his fans' heads, so at this point we're not really sure what to think. You'd better hit the Movies tab and check it out for yourself.

September 22, 2006

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