MGS5 trailer is awfully paranoid about words and is that young Solid Snake?

Words have power in this new trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5, and not just in the sense that all five minutes are underscored by unseen narrators. The trailer, directed and edited by Kojima, explores how language has been used to create and divide nations.

I'm definitely getting a neurolinguistic programming vibe from the discussion - the idea that words can actually change the way you think and act at a subconscious level - which is a new depth of semi-philosophical intrigue for Metal Gear. Don't worry though, it still has plenty of bizarre Metal Gear imagery like a close-up shot of decloaking soldiers' chests and a kid (speculated to be young Liquid Snake) going for a joyride in a Metal Gear.

Speaking of that kid, who we've seen before, the very end of the trailer shows him resting beside another young fellow who looks a lot like him. Could this be the young Solid Snake, just weeks before he picked up his pack-a-day habit? We'll find out when Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1.

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.