Konami have this week released an extended gameplay demo video for their upcoming open-world third-person-shooter video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Scheduled to launch on both next-generation and current-generation hardware next year, Phantom's narrative will essentially resume where this March's controversial Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes concluded, with Snake having just woken up from a coma nine years after rescuing a group of hostages from an insurgent camp in Cuba.
The general rule regarding E3 press demos is that video gaming critics in particular will have the chance to bear witness to extended versions of such clips behind closed doors, yet Konami appear to have taken an admirably subversive approach in this regard, releasing the full 30-minute demo (which begins at 50 minutes in the video below) for fans across the Earth to digest in its unrestrained glory. Whilst those seeking entirely innovative gameplay mechanics may well be disappointed here, Metal Gear Solid has seemingly never looked or played better than this, and as such, The Phantom Pain certainly holds tonnes of potential to eventually find itself on Game of the Year 2016 shortlists.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain infiltrates PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in 2016.