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Breaking Down MGS V's Leaked E3 Trailer

So if you were lucky enough to be lurking around the Internet just a few minutes ago, you may have managed to catch a glimpse of the new E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that was meant to be shown during this week’s event. Apparently, someone over at Konami must have let the trailer slip by accident and the trailer, all 5 minutes of its full glory, was available for the public to see.

Not anymore, though. Konami’s blocked off the video and now it’s gone again. If you missed it, fear not. Here’s a little breakdown of what was included in the brand new MGS V trailer:


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It starts off with a rather ominous quote by Mark Twain: “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” It’s a rather fitting quote especially in MGS V‘s case, considering that revenge is the main theme of this latest entry. We can expect to see Big Boss start to get consumed by his hatred and lust for revenge over the loss of his comrades on Mother Base, as we previously saw in MGS V: Ground Zeroes.

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The trailer goes on to show off a shot of Big Boss’ face covered in what I assume to be the ashes of his fallen men. This shot quickly cuts into one where his face is covered in blood. Again, this is very much in keeping with the theme of revenge and Mark Twain’s quote at the beginning of the trailer.

Of course, Kojima also previously mentioned that his new trailer would be “tough to watch” and he certainly does deliver on the brutality front. Though I wouldn’t necessarily say that this particular trailer was a lot more gruesome than last year’s red band trailer, this one definitely sees its fair share of blood and violence. For instance, we see Ocelot doing what he does best: torture. This time, he’s torturing Huey Emmerich by injecting him with some sort of serum.

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Another interesting thing about the trailer is that it featured a clip of the young boy Eli attempting to attack Big Boss with a chair. The fight quickly turns a little more violent when Eli draws a knife on him. Big Boss quickly turns the tables on the boy and pins him down as he wrestles the knife away, but we don’t get to see what happens after that. There are fan theories floating around saying that Eli could very well be the younger version of Liquid Snake. If this is true, then I’m definitely excited to see what the dynamics between Big Boss and young Liquid will be like in MGS V.

Quiet also makes a quick appearance in the trailer as she is seen jumping around from soldier to soldier, murdering them. Not much is known about Quiet yet, but it was nice to see her again.

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And lastly, the trailer shows us three shots of three different logos: the MSF, the XOF, and Diamond Dogs. This is possibly to highlight the animosity between Big Boss and the mysterious XOF, as well as to indicate the change in their organization’s name since the destruction of Mother Base.

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The trailer ends off with that same shot of Big Boss’ face covered in blood, before the words ‘COMING 1984’ are shown on screen, possibly to give us an idea of how MGS V: The Phantom Pain will fit into the series’ timeline.

One final thing to note is that there was a quick shot at the end of the trailer showing Big Boss and Skullface getting out of a jeep together, looking relatively non-hostile towards each other. What does this mean? Your guess is as good as mine.

And in case you’re interested, the song that Kojima’s chosen for this trailer is called ‘Nuclear‘ by Mike Oldfield.

And that’s about it for the trailer. I’m sure we’ll get to see it again in the coming days, when Kojima is ready to reveal it to the public. But until then, hold tight, fellow Metal Gear Solid fans.

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