Metal Gear Solid Online Is Competitive Tactical Espionage At Its Finest

Way back in Metal Gear Solid 4, Kojima decided to include an online multiplayer component called Metal Gear Online that served as a fascinating diversion from the main game. Even if it was an exploit-ridden and often time an overwhelming experience, MGO had its fair share of fans. That is until Konami shut down its servers in 2012. Fast-forward to 2015 and we have a new Metal Gear Online coming our way and it’s definitely an improvement from the last iteration.

Showcased during Tokyo Game Show 2015, the new MGO has improved vastly compared to its predecessor due to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s new superior gameplay mechanics. From the elaborate play styles and various new modes, the free online multiplayer component will be available for download on October 6th for Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

When players started playing Metal Gear Solid 5, most were probably wondering what the “create-a-character” section was for. Turns out, it’s the character that players will play as for Metal Gear Online. And if you’re wondering whether MGSV’s gameplay mechanics translates well to competitive online multiplayer, check out the gameplay video below.

One of the modes available during its showcase at Tokyo Game Show was the Bounty Hunter mode, which is basically a team deathmatch mode. However, this being Metal Gear, their team deathmatch mode is not like any other typical team deathmatch. There’s a definite MGS twist in it.

Instead of just the usual run-and-gun method, more emphasis is placed on taking a non-lethal approach in MGO. While killing the opposing team nabs you points, it doesn’t rake in as many points as when you tranq an opponent and Fulton him/her away, all in typical MGS stealth style by sneaking up on them undetected through the excellent sandbox-esque map.

Despite this being an online multiplayer game, it still feels like a Metal Gear Solid game. Which shows how well they have managed to incorporate the game’s signature stealth into a competitive multiplayer component. If you loved the mechanics from the single-player campaign, you’ll definitely feel at home when you start MGO.

Metal Gear Online is slated for release on October 6th for Playstation 4 and Xbox One and will be available as a free download. PC gamers, unfortunately, will have to wait until 2016 for Metal Gear Online to be released.

Source: Metal Gear Solid Online Launch Date Confirmed

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