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The Game Awards 2015 Wrap-up | The Winners, the reveals, and Konami’s shame

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Awards, Hideo Kojima, Konami, The Game Awards 2015, Trailers, Winners

The Game Awards 2015 Wrap-up | The Winners, the reveals, and Konami’s shame

It’s both anticipated and loathed in equal measure, but The Game Awards returned last night delivering awards, reveals, and marketing (something host Geoff Keighley even mentioned during the show, weirdly.) While it was still very much the same ridiculous spectacle we’ve come to expect, there were actually a few moments of note from the show that weren’t world premieres.

We’ll get to that in due course, as we’ve handily pulled together all the winners and trailers for your perusal after the jump.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review | A beautiful yet flawed diamond

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Reviews
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Games reviews, Hideo Kojima, Kojima Productions, Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review | A beautiful yet flawed diamond

Despite the fact Ground Zeroes gave us a vertical slice of what would be on offer, I wasn’t really prepared for what The Phantom Pain ended up delivering. The scale of the game – be it the size of its maps, the scope of the gameplay, and the challenges available – overtakes anything we’ve previously seen from the Metal Gear Solid franchise. You could even say it’s the logical conclusion to Kojima’s work in terms of gameplay and accessibility, with the end result being something that stands head and should above anything else remotely similar.

In short, Kojima has effectively re-written the rulebook on stealth games yet again, but is it the perfect game? That’s a question that isn’t so easy to answer.

Trying to fully explain the story would take far too much time than I can afford to spare here, so here’s a brief summary. After Mother Base is destroyed at the end of Ground Zeroes, Big Boss returns nine years later take revenge on those that nearly killed him, and rebuild his army without a nation. Cue lots of ridiculous plot twists, robotic arms, and fights with supernatural beings in the chapter that fills the gap between the eras of Big Boss and Solid Snake.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review | A beautiful yet flawed diamond

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COMMENT | Why MGSV makes the loss of Silent Hills even greater

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Hideo Kojima, Kojima Productions, Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Silent Hills

COMMENT | Why MGSV makes the loss of Silent Hills even greater

With our review for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain not quite ready yet (turns out the game is bloody huge) I wanted to bring up a topic that came to me within the first few hours of gameplay. You see, on top of providing a top-notch stealth experience, Kojima Productions have also delivered something I wasn’t expecting at the time – tense set-pieces that could have been from a survival horror game. Before I go any further, let’s make it clear that **this article will discuss spoilers from the first few hours of MGSV.** Turn back now if you’ve yet to play the game and don’t want to wreck the experience for yourself.

When you look at some of the best horror experiences in gaming – Silent Hill, Outlast, System Shock, Amnesia, Five Nights at Freddy's – they all share that feeling of weakness against a relentless foe. Players may gain a way to fight back or survive a little better, but more often than not the danger is amplified just as things get familiar, and the process begins anew. P.T. had already demonstrated how well Kojima (with the help of Guillermo del Toro) could create a similar horror experience, but I was surprised to find that it was MGSV that truly made me realise how good it could have been.

COMMENT | Why MGSV makes the loss of Silent Hills even greater

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Don't miss out on Kojima's emotional farewell - here are the best MGSV prices

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Hideo Kojima, Kojima Productions, Konami, Launch Trailer, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Don't miss out on Kojima's emotional farewell - here are the best MGSV prices

We're only days away from the first big release of 2015's silly season, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launching next Tuesday. To mark its impending release, series creator Hideo Kojima has directed a brand new launch trailer that's special for two reasons. Firstly, it's incredibly nostalgic as it takes a look back at all the major instalments over the last 17 years. Secondly, this is (almost certainly) the last Kojima-directed Metal Gear trailer we'll ever see. As such, we've got both the launch trailer, and the cheapest prices for all systems, for you to check out after the jump.

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You may still be able to download Silent Hills P.T. despite its removal from PSN

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima, Konami, P.T., PS4 games, Silent Hills

You may still be able to download Silent Hills P.T. despite its removal from PSN

The P.T. Silent Hills teaser demo has now been deleted from PSN stores worldwide. Already, we've seen a few cheeky gamers put their PS4s with the demo installed on eBay for prices upwards of £1000. And who can blame them? Many people made quite a bit of money by doing the very same thing with their mobile phones when Flappy Bird was originally taken offline. We don't think P.T. will be coming back though. However, there is a chance that you can still download it.

Many of us download any freebie we can get our hands on. And PlayStation + subscribers may certainly have a full hard-drive by now. Chances are you downloaded P.T. at launch, then deleted it before you got time to play it in order to free up some space or just generally tidy up your PS4's dashboard. Well, you're in luck if you still want to play P.T. and sample what we're all going to be missing out on since the cancellation of Silent Hills.

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Silent Hills was too beautiful to live - but Konami should be terrified | Silent Hills reactions roundtable

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima, Horror games, Konami, Silent Hills

Silent Hills was too beautiful to live - but Konami should be terrified | Silent Hills reactions roundtable

Bad news for horror fans over the weekend as we discover that Silent Hills has been caught in the crossfire between Konami and Kojima. According to actor Norman Reedus and director Guillermo Del Toro, the project has now been cancelled outright or shelved indefinitely, with everyone involved now drifting in the wind.

Konami has confirmed that Reedus has been cut loose, but still haven't officially confirmed or denied whether Silent Hills is dead in the water. Considering that they're removing interactive teaser PT from PSN this week, though, we reckon the gun is pretty much smoking at this point.

It's a damn shame too, because we (and gamers in general) were rather looking forward to this exciting collaboration. The three of us have put our heads together in an effort to process the situation -- so here's what we made of it.

Brendan

Silent Hills was too beautiful to live - but Konami should be terrified | Silent Hills reactions roundtable

With all the talk of Kojima being pushed out the Konami doors after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is complete, it comes as no surprise to hear that Silent Hills is dead. Konami haven't officially said the game is cancelled, but they have expired their contract with actor Norman Reedus and Guillermo del Toro has been quoted as saying Silent Hills is "not gonna happen." Konami have said they will continue to work on the Silent Hill series, but they make no mention of their intentions with Silent Hills in a Q&A with Eurogamer.

With the P.T. teaser demo being pulled from PSN this week, it looks like Konami are clearing house, like the project never happened. To be honest, we don't really know how far along the game's development was and we understand it would be a different experience than the P.T. demo. Fans are understandably disappointed though as the demo was one of the most well-received horror experiences in gaming for years.

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Download P.T. now or lose it forever - Konami are taking it off PSN

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Hideo Kojima, Horror games, Konami, P.T., PS4 games

P.T., the interactive demo and teaser for Silent Hills, is generally hailed as one of the most terrifying and atmospheric experiences to hit consoles in years. Don't take our word for it: that's our ex-senior editor cacking himself while playing it in the video above.

It's currently free to download, but not for much longer. Konami will be removing PT from PSN this Wednesday, so if you want to check it out, download it now or lose it forever.

Click here to grab it from the EU PlayStation Store.

Sadly it appears that Silent Hills has been cancelled, too, following the recent spat between Konami and Kojima. We'll bring you all the details so far very soon.

The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

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Matt Gardner
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News
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The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

It's time for the Gamescom post-mortem, prepare yourselves for awards, arguments, and accolades as we get stuck into the best and the worst of this year's show.

And a discussion about beards.

Game Buzz | Episode 87 - The 2014 Gamescom Awards. Recorded 22nd August, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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P.T. might just be the best game reveal of all time, because it's a game

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima, Horror games, P.T., Silent Hills

P.T. might just be the best game reveal of all time, because it's a game

For years, the games industry has been using the tools of another medium to announce its finest offerings. A well-made trailer can get tongues wagging and keyboards tapping more successfully than the game in question might have any right to do, and that trailer might well bear about as much resemblance to the final product as a lemon. But we like shiny things, here in the games industry. We get hyped up at the drop of a hat, eager to devour whatever comes next, amped for CG trailers with pulsating backing tracks and just the right amount of slo-mo.

Cinema has taught us well. Besides, it's easier to sling a few frames of judiciously edited footage together and pander to our eyes and ears rather than leveraging the interactive qualities that lie at the heart of gaming.

But there's no excuse now.

I've discussed P.T., the playable teaser that served to announced the Kojima/Del Toro Silent Hills project on the horizon, with a number of people over the past week. Some thought it was excellent, others wondered how much of it would actually be reflected in the upcoming game, and a handful discarded it as an advergame -- a little marketing gimmick that was pure promotion and little else. Unsurprisingly, most of that latter group hadn't actually played the damn thing.

From a personal perspective, I thought it was absolute genius. Hold that, actually. Regardless of personal preference, I thought it might go down as one of the best game/project reveals of all time.

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"My Body Was Not Ready For This!" - Twitter Reacts as Kojima and Del Toro team up for Silent Hills

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima, Horror games, P.T., Silent Hills, Twitter Reacts

"My Body Was Not Ready For This!" - Twitter Reacts as Kojima and Del Toro team up for Silent Hills

It's one of those things that provokes the reaction "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" There've been quite a few instances like that over the past few years, not least because crowdfunding has made realising dreams without a publisher or multi-stringed investments a legitimate possibility provided you've done your homework. I had that reaction when the Double Fine Adventure was first announced (and again when Grim Fandango HD was revealed at E3), when David Braben announced that a new Elite game was on its way, when Nintendo surprised everyone by breathing life into Bayonetta.

For horror fans, the prospect of a Silent Hill game developed under the watchful gaze of Hideo Kojima and Guillermot Del Toro is pretty special, and the duo announced it in one of the most original ways we've seen in a long time -- with a teaser demo launched at Gamescom on PS4, simply titled P.T.

It's damn scary, as this video of me embarrassing myself will testify.

With Silent Hills now out in the open (courtesy initially of Soapywarpig) the excitement really began to ratchet up.

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Stock up on underwear - P.T. turns out to be a tease for Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro's Silent Hill game

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima, Horror games, P.T., PS4 games, Silent Hills, Videos

I can't play horror games these days. Horror films aren't a problem, because most of them by now are incredibly formulaic and there's a detachment to film that puts distance between you and the action. That detachment, that distance, is not something you're afforded in games, and the real masters of horror in this industry know how to leverage that to the most chilling extent.

Over the years, series like Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, and Dead Space have basically given me a serious heart condition... along with all of the comfort food I eat after soiling myself. It's important to refuel.

This year, hands-on time with The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation have already conspired to fray my nerves further, and now comes news of a partnership between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. Remember how Kojima's been teasing his involvement in a new Silent Hill game? Well it's called Silent Hills, and its teaser demo -- the project briefly known as P.T. -- is playable on PS4 right now.

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Kojima's MGS: Ground Zeroes cameo is big, overt & hilarious [Spoiler Alert]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

Kojima's MGS: Ground Zeroes cameo is big, overt & hilarious [Spoiler Alert]

Last summer we learned that Hideo Kojima took part in motion capture for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, prompting many fans to wonder whether another cheeky cameo was in order.

Having emerged from a lengthy Ground Zeroes preview session, I can confirm that Kojima does indeed star in the upcoming stealth 'em up... in his most overt and hilarious role yet!

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Kojima Explains How 'Open' MGS V's Open World Will Be

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kojima Explains How 'Open' MGS V's Open World Will Be

"It's Not Going To Be A Game Where Snake Fishes All Day"

The term "open world" tends to cause delight and concern in equal measure, especially when linked to a stealth series like Metal Gear Solid. Hideo Kojima has now spoken out to clarify exactly how 'open' his cross-generation sequel will be - and to assure gamers that it won't turn into Animal Crossing. Not that we'd entirely hate that idea.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Making Quiet 3D Scan Video

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Brendan Griffiths
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Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Quiet, Stefanie Joosten

Metal Gear Solid 5: Making Quiet 3D Scan Video

Konami have released a new video showing behind the scenes footage of the 3D facial scans and motion capture for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, featuring Stefanie Joosten, the actress playing Quiet.

It's been a somewhat strange week in the new news as Hideo Kojima's been tweeting about making characters more 'erotic' (later changed to 'sexy') for marketing purposes. This video featuring new character, Quiet, seems to be acting as damage control. There's no dev speak in it, just a soulful backing track that may as well be saying "See, we're not just obsessed with cleavage!"

It's worth a watch to see the imposing number of cameras the acting talent face for a 3D scan of their faces. The detail we've seen so far is undeniably impressive, making that wait for next-gen MGS all the harder to endure. Hopefully, by then Kojima and Suda51 will have stopped their body swap experiment.

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Game Buzz | Episode 45 - Metal Gear Sexy

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Matt Gardner
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Game Buzz | Episode 45 - Metal Gear Sexy

"Unmissable!" - Some dude

"The best Game Buzz yet!" - A mate

"Will make you laugh and cry and think and grow! Hell, it'll make you a better human being!" - Toby

Hello and welcome to The Sexy Episode!

We kick off our podcast this week by discussing an immensely erotically charged topic: the Xbox One release date! We then proceed to cry over Microsoft letting Heavy Rain slip through their fingers and debate whether or not the Redmond company are right in calling the £429.99 price point a "complete value proposition."

And then we get to Kojima and his flagrant, brutally honest, pretty damn sexist approach to character design in Metal Gear Solid V. We laugh in disbelief, we point the finger and condemn one-way sexism, and then we get stuck into a fairly meaty debate about the imbalance in character costumes in our industry and the representation of women.

Along the way we spiral off into tangents about Eric Hirshberg and the Nintendo 2DS, but then we close with a fantastic pan-gender manifesto speech by Jon and a powerful Dealspwn top tip.

Some people have called this episode unmissable!

Game Buzz | Episode 45 - Metal Gear Sexy. Recorded 6th September, 2013.

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Kojima's "Erotic" MGS V Tweet Was Supposed To Read "Sexy," Says Translator

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Jonathan Lester
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Kojima's "Erotic" MGS V Tweet Was Supposed To Read "Sexy," Says Translator

"What He's Really Trying To Do Is Create Unique Characters"

Hideo Kojima seemingly admitted that he'd ordered his art director to make Metal Gear Solid V characters "more erotic" for the specific purpose of selling figurines and encouraging cosplay in a truly bizarre sequence of tweets. However, apparently he was slightly mistranslated, and there may in fact be canonical reasons why Quiet decides to wear such impractical battle dress.

Now that the full 3D models have been released, though, he'll have his work cut out convincing us that he's after anything more than cheap titillation.

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Kojima: MGS 5 Characters Will Be "More Erotic" To Encourage TGS Cosplay

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Kojima: MGS 5 Characters Will Be "More Erotic" To Encourage TGS Cosplay

And Sell Merchandise

In a series of tweets made earlier today, Hideo Kojima revealed that characters in Metal Gear Solid V have been designed to look as "erotic" as possible in order to boost figurine sales and encourage people to cosplay.

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Kojima Teases New Metal Gear Solid V Story Trailer, Tweets Mysterious Screenshot

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Hideo Kojima, Konami, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, trailer

Kojima Teases New Metal Gear Solid V Story Trailer, Tweets Mysterious Screenshot

Hideo Kojima has some new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain information to share with us at E3, which he's busy teasing on Twitter today. According to the esteemed designer, we can expect a new trailer that dwells on storyline and setting rather than explosions and fast cuts... and re-introduces the X-ray cure mechanic from MGS3?

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Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection Won't Be Coming To X360

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Matt Gardner
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Hideo Kojima, Kojima Productions, Metal Gear Solid 4, Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
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Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection Won't Be Coming To X360

There was a bit of a furore when MGS4 didn't go multiplatform, but the logic was sound: it would have taken far too many discs. Such are the problems you face when you embrace a limited format such as DVDs in the face of much larger competition -- Blu-ray.

For the very same reason, don't expect to see Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection coming to Microsoft's current-gen console, though an appearance on the next one might be feasible.

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