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  • Blog Post: Ranking The Metal Gear Series

    Metal Gear is one of the biggest names in the gaming world. Few franchises can boast such a long history, or a more fanatical fan base. We delved into the history of series in our month of coverage connected to Metal Gear Solid V, but Game Informer tried not to play favorites. That doesn't mean I... More
  • Blog Post: Metal Gear Through The Years

    From its beginnings in 1987, Metal Gear has gone through a huge number of changes, but there are some aspects of the game that have remained constant throughout. Snake is always performing a stealth mission, and he always has back-up – even if they can't be there with him on the field. In this... More
  • Blog Post: How To Get Every XOF Patch In Ground Zeroes

    Ground Zeroes has a few different things you can collect, but if you want to unlock the console-exclusive missions (" Deja Vu " on Sony's systems and " Jamais Vu " on Microsoft's), you should focus on collecting all of the XOF patches first. There are nine in all, and we can... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    The prologue chapter for Metal Gear Solid V is out today, and gamers can finally experience what we talked about in our cover story for themselves. While Ground Zeroes has been getting some mixed reviews ( ours included ), its polished stealth mechanics and high production values mean that it is still... More
  • Blog Post: Channeling Creativity: The Story Behind Metal Gear Solid 4's Intro

    Four years had passed since the last entry in the acclaimed Metal Gear Solid series, and seven since players had seen the character Solid Snake in action. On June 12, 2008, eager fans popped in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, hit "New Game," and were greeted by a futuristic cooking... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was released today, giving players a chance to suck blood as Dracula himself. Reiner, Tim, and I played through a bit of the game to show off the game's platforming, combat, and more. I wasn't too keen on the game overall , but there's no denying that it starts... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Being Excited For Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    So far I don't think Konami nor Kojima has done a great job with the marketing and publicity behind Metal Gear Solid V. Don't get me wrong: I found the Phantom Pain prank humorous if transparent, but for some gamers Konami has lost the PR war with its strategy to release MGS V: Ground Zeroes... More
  • Blog Post: Walking Through The History Of The Mechanical Metal Gears

    Giant, nuclear tanks have been such a huge part of Metal Gear's history that they're the basis of the franchise's name. Each title includes at least one of these beasts that could start World War III, and we wanted to get you caught up on these constructions and their dramatic battles before... More
  • Blog Post: A Newcomer's Guide To Big Boss

    If you were one of the millions of gamers whose first experience with the Metal Gear series was with 1998’s Metal Gear Solid, you probably didn’t know much about the supposedly villainous Big Boss right away. He was frequently referenced during Solid Snake's early exploits, but little... More
  • Blog Post: RPG Spotlight: Suikoden

    One of the questions readers ask me most is if they would like a particular series. As a way to provide the answer and celebrate beloved franchises, RPG Spotlight gives a concise overview of the elements that give a franchise its heart and soul. In this edition, I take a look at Konami’s Suikoden... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Neo Contra

    We didn't know exactly what to expect when we pulled Neo Contra off the shelf in the Vault. If we had to guess, we'd probably assume it was an ill-fated 3D reboot of the classic co-op series. What we didn't expect was one of the crazier action games we've played in a while, and it led... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate HD

    Konami released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year. I liked MercurySteam's new take on the series' side-scrolling roots . Fans who don't own a 3DS or didn't get a chance to play it can get their hands on a high-definition version... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist

    Despite the ongoing console wars amongst consumers, most multiplatform games in the same generation are basically identical. Back in the Super Nintendo versus Sega Genesis days, games would always be at least a little bit off from each other due to hardware differences. In some cases (Shadowrun for example... More
  • Blog Post: A Tour Of Pro Evolution Soccer 2014's Master League Online

    Here's a quick rundown of GI editor Matthew Kato's futility – but fun – in PES 2014's Master League Online. STRUCTURE Pro Evo 2014: Master League Online is a rough approximation of the Master League, although it doesn't exactly mirror the structure and components of the offline... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – Returning To Shadow Moses in MGS 4

    Recycling an area from a previous game may seem like a lazy way to approach a sequel, but Metal Gear Solid 4 pays respect to the series' fans with an homage to the place where Solid Snake became a video game superstar. Even with two previous missions to his credit, Snake's infiltration of Shadow... More
  • Blog Post: Kojima Discusses MGS V Hoax And Creating An Open World

    Hot on the tail of showing off a live gameplay demo of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes , series creator Hideo Kojimas sat down to talk with us at the Tokyo Game Show about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and it’s prologue chapter. Among the talk of MGS V, Kojima discusses working with Keifer... More
  • Blog Post: Take A Photo Tour Of Kojima Productions' LA Studio

    Earlier this year, Kojima Productions announced its intent to form a Los Angeles studio . Those are no longer just plans; Konami held a grand opening event yesterday, and these official photos provide an inside look at the developer's newest location. I attended the event, getting a tour of the facility... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Kojima Productions

    I've always been a fan of entertainment that has you questioning what's real and what's an act. From watching Andy Kaufman's antics and elaborate pranks to figuring out what's a "work" and what's a "shoot" in pro wrestling, I've always appreciated pop culture... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of my top ten games of all time, and I've wanted to take it down to the Replay room for some time now. That's why I got so excited when Reiner came by my desk to let me know that it was this week's episode. Alucard's 1997 adventure is a classic... More
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Metal Gear Retcons

    Few video game series have stories that are as complicated, twisting, and bizarre as Metal Gear’s. As if all of the nanomachines and genetic mumbo-jumbo weren’t confusing enough, the franchise sometimes has trouble getting its own facts straight. Several games contradict each other on various... More
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