Highly anticipated for Tokyo Game Show this year is Konami, and without a doubt its Metal Gear franchise. Kojima Productions releases a couple of nice teasers for everyone to experience.
Konami releases a new mobile game based off the Metal Gear franchise, called Metal Gear Solid Social Ops. It’s a turn based mobile game app, or commonly known as mobage in Japanese. It is a turn-based game using the Metal Gear Solid franchise characters that requires you to move and do various actions like attacking your enemies via action cards.
True to its Social Ops nature, the more friends you make through the game, the more perks you obtain. Of course, as with any mobile game app, you have the option to purchase extra point cards for a better variety of actions or attacks.
Next comes with announcement of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. We are all more familiar with the English voices, but we shall share with you the voice cast of the Japanese version:
- Raiden – Kenyu Horiuchi (Gundam X’s Jamil Neate), also voiced by Quinton Flynn
– A cyborg who wields a “high-frequency blade” capable of cutting down even the largest unmanned weapons. Born in Liberia, he lost his family in that country’s civil war before becoming a child soldier. After the war, he was rescued by a human rights group and taken to America. However, he found himself unable to adapt to peaceful society, and, after coming to the attention of the shadowy group known as the “Patriots”, he became an experimental subject for their “S3 Plan”.
After being turned into a cyborg by the Patriots, Raiden devoted himself to fighting them. He had a child with Rosemary, a woman he met during the S3 Plan. so to provide for his family after the defeat of the Patriots, he joined a private military security company (PMSC) called “Maverick Security Consulting”. He considers his PMSC activities to be for the greater good.
- Samuel Rodrigues – Hiroaki Hirata (One Piece‘s Sanji), also voiced by Philip Anthony-Rodriguez
– A mysterious cyborg employed by the PMC know as “Desperado Enforcement”. He is a master swordsman who wields a high-frequency blade similar to Raiden’s, fighting with a Brazilian technique influenced by the Japanese “New Shadow School” of swordsmanship. When he faces Raiden in battle, he see through his technique, commenting that Raiden was “denying his weapon of its purpose”.
- LQ-84i – Yoshimasa Hosoya (Katanagatari‘s Yasuri Shichika), also voiced by Michael Beattie
– A robot with a learning optical neuro-AI and a prototype verbal interface. He appears in front of Raiden, having been ordered by Desperado to kill him. He talks with Raiden, insisting that he is sentient and does not want to fight him, but will have his consciousness erased if he goes against his orders. He is an important character who holds the key to the game’s story.
- Sundowner – Ken Nishida (Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG‘s Kazundo Gouda), also voiced by Crispin Freeman
– The man who is considered as the virtual leader of Desperado Enforcement. His codename Sundowner is a reference to the hot, dry winds of California. He has a special cyborg body superior to that of the average cyborg contractor, and belongs in a feared PMC group known as the “Winds of Destruction”. He uses a dual-wielding technique and is armed with a large high-frequency machete called “Bloodlust”.
- Mistral – Romi Park ( Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Edward Elric), also voiced by Salli Saffioti
– a female cyborg working for the Desperado Enforcement. Like Sundowner, she is also a member of “Winds of Destruction”. Her name comes from the dry north wind that blows over the Alps to the Mediterranean. Her weapon “Etranger” is flexible like a whip, but can be hardened and used like a halberd.
- Monsoon – Masashi Ebara (Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Hohenheim), also voiced by John Kassir
– Works for Desperado Enforcement, along with Sundowner and Mistral, he is one of the three cyborgs collectively known as the “Winds of Destruction”. His codename refers to seasonal winds that bring rain – particularly in Southeast Asia. He is a master at wielding his magnetic sai known as “Dystopia”, and is able to break his own body apart.
Look out for our impressions on the Zone of Enders HD collection for the PS3 as well as the highly anticipated Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance! In the meantime, enjoy the photos from the Metal Gear section within Konami booth.