This will sell you on the Phantom Pain

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I was sold on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain last year. I didn’t need to play Ground Zeroes or an extended gameplay demonstration like the one Konami gave in this video.

This video did remind me that I had to go back and play Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. I’m ashamed to say it sits unplayed in that unopen copy of Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection.

Game of the Year 2013 Day 3 of 3

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Here we go, my favorite soundtrack, the best 2012 game I played in 2103 and my top 10 games of 2013 are here.

Please enjoy!

Best Soundtrack of 2013

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

I’m still finding myself humming tunes from the 3DS game. It’s a mark of a fantastic soundtrack if it manages to burrow itself deep into my brain. Every time I recall that Lorule theme, I want to pick up my 3DS and revisit that game.

Runner ups: FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, Guacamelee

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance PC Review

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The early tech demo, for what was originally called Metal Gear Solid: Rising, showcased an impressive sword cutting mechanic that wowed me. Before that demo, I’ve never witnessed precision sword mechanics implemented in a game. We’ve seen fancy sword play through elaborate combos and random dismemberments before. We had control but we never wielded a sword in an action game like a master swordsman would. We were never able to pick where we were slicing.

Coming up with a great idea is only the beginning. You need to be able to take that idea and nurture it into a full fledge game. Kojima Productions wasn’t able to pull Metal Gear Solid Rising together by themselves so they enlisted the help of action game specialist, Platinum Games. Kojima Productions, known for their cinematic story telling were responsible for the window dressing while Platinum Games was tasked to integrate the new fangled sword tech into an action game. Together they hashed out a full game and called it Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

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FYI: Ground Zeroes Priced & GT6 on the Moon?

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  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes available in Spring 2014 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (via VG247)
    • PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions available via retail & digital stores
    • PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions only available via digitally stores
    • North American pricing not confirmed
  • Bungie has no plans for PC version of Destiny (via IGN UK)

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