Maybe I had forgotten what I loved about Metal Gear Solid games. It's been seven years (!) since Metal Gear Solid 4 graced our PlayStation 3s and, regardless of your affection for the game at the time — and mine wasn't high — it hasn't aged well.
Maybe it was the time I spent with Metal Gear Solid 5's demo / prologue last year, a game that ... well, I hated. A lot. I joked that Hideo Kojima made my favorite game of the year — a free demo called P.T. — and my least favorite game of the year — a $30 demo called Ground Zeroes. Our review didn't care for it either.
So it was, with a considerable distance from the series and only a strange, wholly unsatisfying demo to ostensibly whet my appetite, that I managed to remain completely off the hype train for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Until now.
Here, set aside 30 minutes and watch this. I'll wait.
Right? Now that you're on the hype train with me (choo choo!), let's talk about the best parts of that demo.