Metal Gear Solid’s very welcome transposition from the consoles begins a week on Thursday with the Steam release of Ground Zeroes, and the compellingly bonkers Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in the new year. Q.E.D., we’re going to be writing about Metal Gear Online a lot.
The cooperative stealth-shooter is being rebooted as The Phantom Pain’s online component, and resembles a base-storming bally good time in its first video.
The trailer begins with a look at the game’s customisation options - you can wear anything you like, so long as it’s khaki - but soon livens up with a spot of hunched running through the desert.
A group of players launch a coordinated attack on a base, with help from a couple of lobbed scanning grenades and a stuffed dog.
The thrills on show are the same sort as those seen in Ground Zeroes - marking enemies, abd manipulating the environment with placeable gadgets and canny maneuvering.
The fact that the assault eventually devolves into a gatling gun mech-off doesn’t dispel the magic of seeing such a taut, tactical stealth engine rejigged for multiplayer. Think you’ll play around with the co-op much?