Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain is just around the corner and if you’re like us your probably bursting out of your cardboard box in anticipation. The game is a direct follow-up to the MGS: Peace Walker game that came out for the PSP in 2010. Since not everyone was able to play Peace Walker (it was excellent BTW) we here at Geekend Gladiators thought that we’d compile all of the zaniest, craziest shit you might have missed! Here you go!
The good ol’ Cardboard Box
I’m sure most of you already know that the cardboard box is a beloved staple of the Metal Gear Franchise
Peace Walker takes “cardboard technology” to a whole ‘nutha level. Introducing the Cardboard Box Tank!
This engineering marvel allows 2-players, (co-op mode is a thing in Peace Walker) via ad-hoc connection, to simultaneously use a single box. One player steers as the other fires its turret.There are also other variants for different play styles such as Stun Box for non-lethal playthroughs, Smoke Box for quick getaways and even a Rescue Box that heals your HP when you sit in it.
The Sony Walkman
Maybe it was in honor of its long-standing partnership with Sony or maybe because Peace Walker was a Sony PSP exclusive or maybe it was just for the hell of it but Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions snuck in a cheeky little reference to Sony’s Portable Music Player, the Walkman.
You might be thinking the probably James Bond-ed the shit out of that thing, retro-fitting it with blow-darts or EMPs and/or all sorts of stabby things but no.
When equipped it allows the player to change the background music of the game on the fly. That’s it.
A Banana. Just Because.
Now, I may not be a scholar in the intricacies of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War, but I’m pretty sure Bananas weren’t exactly standard-issue sidearms back then. Nevertheless, Big Boss manages to repurpose the delightful plantain as an effective tool of espionage, using it to hold elite soldiers and armed guards hostage.
The Pooyan Missions
In the Pooyan Side Missions, an inverted homage to the classic game, Big Boss must shoot down the Fulton Balloons that are abducting his men, somehow.
After completing a subset of missions and returning to Mission 39, the player can backtrack to a beach in the map and find the weirdest of sights:
Yep. Fans of the popular Monster Hunter franchise, which rose to prominence on the PSP, will immediately recognize the Trenya, the talking cat from the series. Taking it a step further, Trenya will unlock the Monster Hunter Missions in which Big Boss can go toe-to-toe with the gigantic boss monsters from the series!
During the course of the game Big Boss meets a scientist named Huey who created the AI for the Peace Walker project.
Look familiar? That’s because this dude’s name is Dr. Huey Emmerich. Still not ringing any bells? Well I’ll just mention the fact that your conversations with him reveal that he is quite fond of 2001: a Space Odessey and really likes the name of the A.I. in the movie, “HAL”.
Hideo Kojima Himself!
While searching for an escaped prisoner, Big Boss comes across a number of trucks and in one of them is the creator of the game himself, Hideo Kojima!
Once you ‘encounter’ him he will join your cause and you can assign him to any division in Mother Base. His stats are best suited to the Intel Division.
Also in one of the trucks is the Save Game girl from MGS1, Mei Ling! Or at least a poster of her.
While were at it, here’s a collage of all the other things you can find in the other trucks, including a reference to another Kojima Game, Boktai and quite literally “Metal Gears”.
I don’t know what else to call these next few ones so suffice it to say they’re Kojima-isms.
For starters there’s this gem of a conversation with a character from the game named “Cecile Cosima Caminades”
So across whole game you encounter a bunch of different characters, some of them you can recruit to your Mercenary Outfit called Militaires Sans Frontiers. Most of them are just randomly generated people with varying profile photos attached to names. Basically Ones and Zeroes with faces in them.
Well, everyone except for the ladies, that is.
All the females you encounter (and only the females) during the course of the story have fully rendered 3D models you can rotate and zoom in/out of because reasons.
Hold on to your bandanas, It gets a teeeeny bit more uncomfortable..
Remember that teeny-bopper student girl? You can take her on a date.
…by the Beach…
WHAT IS GOING ON?!!
and apparently, there’s also a Date with Kaz version! (Thanks for the tip Kimi Lim from the Video Game Guild FB group! :))
That’s more than I’m willing to write about and show here (yes, I’ve compiled a lot of screen caps, it gets weirder, a LOT weirder) You can google the rest.
Or ask me on twitter and/or instagram if you’re curious @raffygraffiti or @geekendglads
You can also Youtube it and while your at it, check out Geekend Gladiators there, we have quite a library of vids (like 2) Peace Out!
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain comes out September 1, 2015.
Raffy Leynes is a geek of all trades (master of fun).He loves videogames, comicbooks, movies, cartoons, wrestling, science and art. Lately, he’s been liking his geekery with a dash of “Indie”. He doesn’t know what the f*ck musings are but he is told he does them on his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.