Show of the Week: Metal Gear Solid 5 and 5 Metal Gear Gadgets You Already Own, Probably

Published 21 days ago by Jane Douglas

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Show of the Week looks ahead to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which promises Metal Gear Solid melodrama in gorgeous, intricate stealth sandboxes. We're most excited for the Fulton recovery system, however, which promises goats dangling from balloons.

The second most surprising thing about the Fulton system is that it is a real thing, developed in the 1950s by the CIA for yoinking their people off the ground. The most surprising thing about the Fulton system is that only one person has died from using it, making it empirically as safe as lava lamps.

Speaking of erratic changes of tone, how about that ending of Metal Gear Solid 5 prologue Ground Zeroes? Setting aside whether it was necessary (it wasn't) or objectionable (it was), it's that kind of incongruity that makes the Metal Gear Solid series, in which you can make a horse poop to stop a jeep, as inscrutable as ever. Expect more of this in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

We are still waiting on a release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, but knowing series creator Hideo Kojima there is already a copy hidden somewhere in your house and you just need to solve a ridiculously complex ARG to find it.

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Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.

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