Showing posts with label Konami. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Konami. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for February 2019

February 2019 will bring free games like Assassin's Creed Rogue and Star Wars Jedi Knight to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

2019 saw a decent start with Xbox community as Microsoft Studios kick-started the year with some great Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles for their subscription service Xbox Live Gold. We only hope for them to continue the good work by keep 'em coming.

Gold Members are in for a new lineup of free games for February 2019 that has the mix of retro vibes, maze action, stealth adventure and some third-person shooting from a galaxy far away within the fan-favorite Star Wars universe.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for February 2019

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Before jumping into it, have a glimpse at Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One on February 2019 for brief showcase.




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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Fans of retro-action genre has either heard of or already played this platformer game from 2018 by developer/publisher Inti Creates that may seem akin to nostalgic era of Castlevania games with several playable characters.

Not only does it pay tribute to retro-style gaming but also made classic side-scrolling adventure re-playable for good reasons. Although hunting demonic minions in a forbidden castle is nothing new to gamers, Bloodstained still made it fun.

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Bloodstained on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Super Bomberman R
This one is a very anticipating addition to the mainline Bomberman action-maze game series after a decade from developer/publisher Konami. It introduces eight heroes along with Master Chief to butt heads with Evil Emperor Buggler in space.

Go solo or invite your friends to play 3V3 battles offline or online wearing your combat armors to win the day together. Aside from rebooting the plot of Super Bomberman for this installment, developers also included Konami Originals inspired new characters.

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Super Bomberman R on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Assassin's Creed Rogue
To continue a legacy of adventures left behind by your professional killer ancestors, Assassin's Creed franchise from developer/publisher Ubisoft takes you back to the time of French and Indian War in a follow-up to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

A new recruit and titular hero, Shay Patrick Cormac joins the sect of assassins but gets very conflicted during his training and eventually became an outcast member following a tragedy that would influence his actions in changing the future of Brotherhood.

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Assassin's Creed Rogue on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Force-sensitive players have already realized the best is saved for the last as the game was developed by Raven Software and from 2003, when Star Wars games were not corrupted by the corporate greed of micro-transactions and Activision was not a terrible publisher either.

You don't get to play as the legendary Luke Skywalker but you get to learn the ways of the Force from this renowned Jedi Master as a pupil. Then you are given the choice of siding with light to serve for good or give in to the dark side.

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Star Wars Jedi Knight on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Also, Xbox Live Gold members are going to enjoy third-person shooter title Gears of War 4 for free over the weekend as a courtesy of Free Play Days. You can jump into the action from at 12 AM PT on January 31 to 11:59 PM PT of February 3.

All multiplayer modes including Escalation, Horde and Versus from one of the most acclaimed titles of the entire series are now up for playing even on Xbox One X enhanced console and has HDR support for up to 60fps in true 4K resolution.

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Gears of War 4 on Free Play Days

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If you happen to have Xbox Game Pass membership, you can suit yourself up to go on a binge with Gears of War, Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3 equipped with backward compatibility as well for a fully immersive experience before upcoming Gears 5 is launched in 2019.

In total, you are getting $89.96 worth of free games and even though they are not a bunch of critically-hit blockbusters there, you can still enjoy a great time with some of these smash-hit indie titles if you have a taste for them of course.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2018

While reminiscing about the memory of gaming triumphs of this year, we are also looking back at the top 10 worst video games of 2018.

We saw 2018 started with bunch of good games and were hopeful to see some more to join the parade, which they did. However, there will always be some let downs down the line that will either ruin the day for you or leave a bad taste in your mouth for long.

This year was no different on that term and we got our fair share of terrible titles that can drive players into frenzy after the developers to get their money back. Looking at their over reception from fans and critics, we came up with a list of top 10 worst video games of 2018.

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Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2018

Here are the top 10 disaster ride no one asked for in 2018 or turn out to be huge bummer in spite of high expectation.

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1. The Quiet Man

1. The Quiet Man (PC, PlayStation 4)
Although the game comes from renowned developer/publisher Square Enix, it fails to impress players and it is so hurtful because the game was announced back at E3 2018 but turned out to be a disastrous outcome for its poor quality.

A best, the title is an interactive movie which is completely out of place and time, which easily confuses anyone by dragging into a genre that is hard-to-define. The gameplay could have been better but kills the mode with its repetitive nature.

2. Super Seducer (PC)
When you try to come up with a simulator to help men get laid but ended up creating one that awfully objectifies women by trying to implement the art of seducing them. If the low-level production quality is not enough, the bad acting will surely kill the mode for you.

It might accidentally end up helping out some guys in need somehow but at the same time it will infest creepiness and misogyny in their minds. With that much cringe in it, Super Seducer easily made it to the top of this list.

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3. New Gundam Breaker

3. New Gundam Breaker (PC, PlayStation 4)
Seeing Bandai Namco backing this game up, you may think that they are up for another fun-filled mech action bonanza but you would also be very surprised to find out how often you can come out completely wrong and unfortunately, that is what happened with this game.

The game has successfully let down critics and fans alike by not living up to standards of any past game of the series and fails to even generate sparks of interest among players. Die-hard fans of the franchise would probably die down due to lack of a story as well.

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4. Metal Gear Survive

4. Metal Gear Survive (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Whether or not developer/publisher Konami thought that they can make a Metal Gear game work without having creator Hideo Kojima on board. However, they gave it a shot to learn things the hard way and they know now that they simply can't.

Ditching the good old espionage action, players are now tasked to work on survival by searching for food, water and killing zombies, which is why aspects of Metal Gear Solid V don't even work here. This looks like a badly made modification using their Fox Engine.

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5. Fallout 76

5. Fallout 76 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
You won't have to look any further to find another E3 disappointment because Bethesda Softworks has it covered with their recent online action role-playing release. The failure started with their B.E.T.A (Break-it Early Test Application) program and continued to follow.

First and foremost, the game is entirely online and there is no single player campaign. When it finally launched full of bugs and glitches, people just lost their minds. They are denied refunds, some special edition owners were even handed with poor quality goods and those are just the tip of the iceberg.

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6. Agony

6. Agony (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The idea of making a first-person survival horror game where player is actually trapped in hell was innovative but it eventually left everyone in literal agony for spending their precious money and time on it for no good reason at all.

If the non-engaging playing style and similarly worse plotline it offered was not enough to count it as a stinker, the bugs and crashes did the rest. The AI is dumber than you can think of and the use or gory tortures are overused.

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7. Fear Effect Sedna

7. Fear Effect Sedna (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
You think that the third game of the Fear Effect series would be nearly as good as the first two but then again, you can be wrong. In fact, Sedna actually throws everything out of the window to become a train wreck including gameplay and perspective.

If those didn't do much to harm the title, it suffered from lack of straight storytelling and horrible dialogues. The characters are not the ones people loved playing and that was backed up by boring gameplay to make it another Kickstarter disaster.

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8. Past Cure

8. Past Cure (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
We are quite convinced that developer/publisher Phantom 8 Studio had an intention of creating a genre defining title but somewhere along the line the development efforts end up being less enthusiastic about it and you can tell that by looking at it.

Past Cure started telling a story of two brothers digging into a dark conspiracy where there are scopes for action and stealth to keep you going but they ended up digging their own grave instead for not living up to the starting points.

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9. The Inpatient

9. The Inpatient (PlayStation 4)
Even though this psychological horror title comes as a prequel to Until Dawn, developer studio Supermassive Games miserably failed to deliver another breakout hit. They followed the same mechanics of narrative choices but failed to provide an appealing story.

It may seem a bit unfair to expect too much from them but the least they could do was to come up with a decent game if not a better one. The anticipated hype for the game was soon turned into an intensely underwhelming experience because of its consequence-free gameplay.

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10. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn

10. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Back in the 1994, Shaq-Fu made a name for it using the star power of Shaquille O'Neal but an attempt to cash on that nostalgia today didn't work pretty well and they had to go through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign just to make the project happen.

In terms of reboot, the title switched the genre of fighting game into a beat 'em up. Even after that, Big Deez Productions couldn't just make it into a solid side-scrolling brawler and has no replay value at all despite its hilarious take on its own past to cheer people up. The backers got ripped.

At this point, we are almost certain that you have not heard of many of the above-mentioned titles up until now and we don't blame you. People missed them out because they were never good in the first place and so, nobody cared for them at all.

Amidst all these wrecks, Fallout 76 stands out as one AAA black sheep that could only been just a plain bad game but Bethesda had to escalate things by creating controversies with their refund policy and attitude towards pre-ordering customers made it all blew up on their face.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Trevor Belmont of Netflix's Castlevania Gets His Own Statue

The success of Netflix's Castlevania animated series is getting new PVC collectible statue for Trever Belmont in 2019.

You can tell that the collaboration of showrunner Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) and comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) worked pretty well for Netflix's Castlevania TV series that they ran it for two seasons and renewed for another.

Based on the action-adventure gothic horror Konami game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from 1989, the show ha reinvigorated the franchise in gaming and has now led to production of cool collectibles of protagonist Trevor Belmont.

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Trevor Belmont of Netflix's Castlevania Gets His Own Statue

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Renowned for creating various pop culture action figures and fan-favorite replicas, Diamond Choose Toys decided to cash in the success of the show and come up with a PVC statue for the whip wielding monster hunter from Belmont clan.

The early look that they have just revealed is a full-color, nearly nine inches tall PVC figure of Trevor in a window box, designed by Caesar and sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. From December 19th, the statue will be up for pre-order and will be priced $49.99 only when it arrives on store in summer 2019.

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Trever Belmont PVC Statue

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This striking pose of Trevor Belmont is a true spectacle that deserves a place on the shelves of series fans. Hopefully, Diamond Choose Toys will later come up with some unholy creatures from the same line that would look perfect right next to it.

Last month, we heard that Shankar is currently working on his upcoming Devil May Cry project, which is being developed as a Netflix original series ad is also assigned for an Assassin's Creed animated show that has yet to announce an official date.

Metal Gear Solid Board Game Announced

IDW Games and Konami Entertainment have signed on to bring Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game in 2019.

These days, tabletop games are really making an impact to a larger group of video game fan-base who actually indulge in one of those board games adapted from their favorite franchises and we have so many examples in front of us that back it up.

We already have Assassin's Creed, Dark Souls, Horizon Zero Dawn and Resident Evil 2 on our hand as prime examples of what is slowly becoming of it and now action-adventure stealth video game series Metal Gear Solid is being adapted into tabletop game.

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Metal Gear Solid Board Game Announced

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IDW Games have announced today that they are teaming up with Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. to adapt the story of the very first game of their acclaimed series into Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game for an exciting gaming experience.

IDW has previously worked with Konami, the original developer/publisher of the series, to bring on the saga on the pages of comic-books and now they are partnering up once again to adapt the legacy of MGS into miniature tabletop gaming medium.

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Designer Emerson Matsuuchi, who was the man behind the sci-fi stealth ops masterpiece board game Specter Ops, has joined the venture, which he considered as an honor and eventually came up with a mockup of the cover for the product.

Francesco Orrù has a reputation as a highly regarded sculptor and he is supposed to work on miniature figures for the project while artist Kenneth Loh (Dead Rising: Road to Fortune, G.I. Joe) will be providing art. Eager players will have a chance to test the demo at E3 2019.

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Emerson Matsuuchi Returns to MGS

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The fact that modern day video game maestro Hideo Kojima being the mind behind the inception of Metal Gear Solid franchise made it one of the greatest and even after his departure, the series still thrives among fans.

When Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is fully completed, players will assume the role of Solid Snake, while play along with Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich and the Cyborg Ninja, Gray Fox as they get into a fully cooperative system to take on sandbox-style missions.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Sneak on your enemies like a snake in classic stealth espionage action titles Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 on Xbox One via backwards compatibility.

With blessings of the backwards compatible feature of Xbox One, many classic titles are joining an ever-growing catalog of Microsoft video game consoles. The most recent notable addition being Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Both of these action-adventure stealth titles were released as Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for Xbox 360 back in 2011. Now they are available again for modern day platform in a single bundle worth of $19.99 only.

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Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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Following the original game that launched the series, MGS2 follows the story of Solid Snake as he is involved in an investigation of new prototype Metal Gear. When it was being transported to an undisclosed location, it came under attack by Russian mercenaries.

MGS3 is set in the 1960's and revolves around U.S. operative Naked Snake entering into Soviet territory in order to rescue a scientist. Things were going pretty smoothly until his mentor; The Boss decides to switch her allegiance with two portable nuclear missiles.

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Metal Gear Solid 2 has a 96% rating on Metacritic and has a boasting commercial success, making the title as one of the greatest of all time. Although not regarded as highly as its predecessor, Metal Gear Solid 3 has a commendable reputation as well.

With Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami and the most recent release of the series, Metal Gear Survive garnering mostly negative reception, the company was wise to focus on bringing back these classics as players can use some of these great titles now.

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If you happen to have Xbox 360 version physical copy of these games, you can simply get on board right away. Or if a digital copy is already owned by you, it is part of your library now and you are good to go with it for an adventure of tactical espionage.

Courtesy of Xbox One backwards compatible, every single game from the fan-favorite series has joined the platform except the original Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots because they were launched exclusively for PlayStation consoles.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Castlevania Requiem Announced for PlayStation 4

Two of the legendary Castlevania games from Konami are heading to PS4 as an exclusive collection.

Being adapted for a TV show on Netflix gave platform-adventure action role-playing Castlevania game series a new height and two of the protagonists from the series; Richter and Simon Belmont joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as playable fighters took it even further.

Recently, an exclusive new bundle, Castlevania Requiem for PlayStation 4 featuring two classic titles of the franchise has been announced by developer/publisher Konami that will be available to digital download from 26th October for $19.99 only.

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Castlevania Requiem Announced for PlayStation 4

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The official confirmation came in today on Twitter and YouTube with a short trailer clip to announce the upcoming collection.



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The collection includes Castlevania: Rondo of Blood from 1993 and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from 1997. The characters and plot of these two games are interrelated as the former explores the journey of vampire hunter Richter Belmont and the latter follows the adventures of Dracula’s son Alucard.

Rondo of Blood was originally released as Japanese exclusive that offer the experience of the best side-scrolling games. Symphony of the Night is not only one of greatest of the series but most probably one of the best games ever made according to fans.

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Symphony of the Night Coming to PS4

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Konami has emulated these games from the originals for PS4 with some new updates given the advantage of the modern hardware. High resolution scaling of 4K/1080p is available along with options for smoothing and a bunch of Trophy support.

There is no official news on whether there would be a version for Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One for players to dive deep into the legend of Dracula through these titles in near future but we can only hope that they strongly consider that.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Castlevania Season 2 Official Trailer

Netflix’s Castlevania series drops a new trailer for upcoming second season and will start streaming on October 26.

Premiering with only 4 episodes in 2017, Season 1 of Castlevania anime adaptation became very successful and received critical acclaim. Developed for online streaming service Netflix, the series was based on a 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from developer studio Konami and belongs to gothic fantasy game series of Castlevania. Executive producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) has unveiled the official trailer on Twitter first, before adding them on Facebook and Instagram today.

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Castlevania Season 2 Official Trailer

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Things are not the same anymore and Season 2 opens up with all stakes raised higher than the previous season in a brand-new trailer.




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A double-sized Season 2 takes us back to the struggle of monster-hunting Belmont clan against the lord of vampire, Vlad Dracula Tepes. Trevor Belmont tries his best to save humanity from the creature of the night under the command of their sinister lord. To stop his reign of insanity over the grief of his deceased wife Lisa Tepes, Dracula's son Alucard decides to step up and join his unlikely human allies to form a last stand against his father and his vampire war council before it is too late.

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Aside from being a little too short in length, Castlevania animated TV series was meant to change standards for video game adaptation and it did by breaking a streak on Rotten Tomatoes. On the same year, Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft movies opened up to less favorable critical reception. This year, Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson (Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) starrer monster flick Rampage debuted with a bang but then failed to keep up in long run.

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Back in January, series writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men – Xenogenesis, Iron Man – Extremis) announced on Twitter that Castlevania series is returning to summer 2018 with eight episodes for this season and Netflix has announced that date to be October 26, 2018. Even though Season 2 hasn't still been aired, Richard Armitage voicing Trevor Belmont already revealed earlier that Season 3 is already in production, which shows their vast confidence on the series' success.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Metal Gear Solid 5 Update Lets You Play as Quiet

Sniper assassin Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V is now available to play with in newly released update from Konami.

The last update released for action-adventure stealth title Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by Kojima Productions and Konami was deployed almost a year ago, which let players control Venom Snake's ally Revolver Ocelot.

Now, a recent update released for the game today lets you play as Quiet, who is a female sniper assassin and one of the boss characters from Metal Gear Solid series. She was introduced in the series and came across Snake throughout the events of Phantom Pain.

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Metal Gear Solid V Update Lets You Play as Quiet

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Primarily, Quiet is available to take part in Forward Operating Base missions of the game, where players can simply pick her up to break into forward operating bases of other competing players and because of her extremely fast speed, she will come in handy to take down enemies on her path with quick dash attacks. Her cloaking ability activates itself if she remains still for some time at one place. Also, Quiet is better at taking long distance shots with slightest swing, thanks to her steady hands.

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In MGSV: TPP, she was sent to Afghanistan on a mission by Skull Face and upon encountering Venom Snake there; she engaged in a fight with him and is defeated before being taken to Mother Base as a prisoner.

Later, she becomes a companion character to provide assist on various missions. Her general weapons of choice are three sniper rifles Guilty Butterfly, Sinful Butterfly and Wicked Butterfly, which she carries around. Only the first one of these rifles is non-lethal.

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Metal Gear Solid V Quiet Playable Form

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Quiet carries two sniper rifles, a pair of dark matter generators to both stun of kill enemies and a protective energy bubble shield. this scantily-clad assassin received a parasite treatment in past to recover severe injury that grants her superhuman abilities like enhanced agility and durability but she had to breathe through skin as side-effect and wearing clothes will only suffocate her, which actually explains her lack of clothing. So, you are not allowed to change her uniform or head options.

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Update 1.17 for Metal Gear Solid V: TPP is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Quiet is considerably better at jumping in high altitudes where Snake would require a ladder in general.

The update also brings new features for online competitive multiplayer mode, gadgets and weapons to the game but these are only exclusive to FOB missions. There is a hard difficulty mode to Event FOB to collect more reward points.