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Metal Gear Solid 5 launch trailer feels like Kojima’s wave goodbye

The Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain launch trailer is here and it’s aimed squarely at long term Metal Gear fans.

If you’re someone that’s new to the Metal Gear Solid series, we doubt that you’ll have any clue as to what’s going on in this launch trailer for MGS 5.

Directed and edited by Hideo Kojima, the launch trailer feels like a final farewell from Kojima to his fans.

There’s no way to draw new players in, no explanations as to what is going on. It’s all about appealing to players that have been on the entire Metal Gear journey.

Even though Konami has made the decision to remove all the Kojima productions branding from MGS 5, you’ve got to remember that this is still a Kojima game.

In fact, it’s probably the very last Kojima-made Metal Gear Solid game ever. And this trailer certainly feels like it’s a wave goodbye, rather than a victory salute.

Related: Best Games 2015

The Metal Gear Solid 5 reviews went live yesterday, with our review man Stuart Andrews giving the game a 9/10 for its stunning graphics, excellent gameplay and general Metal Gear Solid-ness.

“If this really is Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear, then you can’t accuse gaming’s great auteur of going out with a whimper. The Phantom Pain is everything you ever wanted from a Metal Gear Solid – and possibly all the things you ever wanted from all the Metal Gears crammed into one crazy last instalment,” wrote Andrews in our review.

The Metal Gear Solid 5 release date is set for September 1 on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

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