Directed and written by Hideo Kojima, 'Metal Gear Solid V' returns with a short offering that's heavy on gorgeous gameplay.

Review: 'Metal Gear Solid V' Is Short On Adventure, But Boasts Superb Attention To Detail

By now, gamers have had a chance to dive into the world of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, which is only a fraction of what Hideo Kojima has planned for tech-noir stealth fans.

When the game was revealed during E3 last year, fans of the popular series went absolutely insane over the news. Not only did it look next-gen, it would mark the first time that Snake (also known as Big Boss) would venture into the open-world sandbox territory. With the title now available for purchase and digital download, we are only left with Ground Zeroes to play, as The Phantom Pain is no longer on the 2014 release calendar. But, as you'll note when you get hands on the game, it is only a brief at look at what's to come.

Konami's Ground Zeroes serves as a prologue to The Phantom Pain, and is priced at $30 for next-gen consoles, $20 for last-gen. The military tactical espionage series finds Snake, voiced by 24 star Kiefer Sutherland, attempting to infiltrate an American black site on Cuban soil called Camp Omega. His mission is to rescue Cipher agent Paz Ortega Andrade and Sandinista child soldier Ricardo "Chico" Valenciano Libre. Taking place after Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, players are introduced to some new elements of gameplay such as the removal of the ever-present radar in favor of marking enemies, and a slow-motion event to take out whoever spots Snake.

The game also offers new and exciting ways of stealthily traveling around the mission, as well as the choice in what order the story events take place by selecting missions in any order the player wishes. This, in part, is due to the wonderfully named Fox Engine, which was designed specifically for Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. The more you play, the more you witness why Hideo Kojima and his production company worked so hard at giving us such goodies. The engine offers players a chance to see Snake in a realistically new light. Armed with an iDroid, players are able to keep up with what goes on around them without needing to pause gameplay. The gun controls are much easier than in previous incarnations, as there is a soft lock that targets enemies and help players to fight their way out of trouble. All in all, the gameplay in Ground Zeroes is tighter, more fluid, and packed full of different approaches that will be enjoyed by those who like varying play-styles.

A detracting mark for Ground Zeroes does come with the price tag, as it offers not a lot of meat in terms of story. The hefty price tag for next-gen fans may seem like a bargain, but with such a short run-through, the lack of a larger narrative may turn off certain gamers. Apart from the two epic cut scenes at the beginning and end of the game, Ground Zeroes doesn't take that much time to complete, clocking in at five-to-eight hours of gameplay (depending on one's skill level). The other down mark is, sad enough to say, the lacking presence of David Hayter as Snake. Sure, Kiefer Sutherland adds some Hollywood star recognition to the project, but in those lengthy moments Sutherland doesn't really kick as the lead in Hideo Kojima's next-gen offering.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is more impressive, responsive, and explicitly inspired by Guantánamo Bay. With a new setting and an open world narrative, Kojima shares his thoughts on war, morality and the necessities of conflict — backed by the powerful Fox Engine. Players will enjoy the rich detail and freedom to play to their strengths. Upon completing the main two missions, players are welcomed to try their hand at the numerous other side missions that offer extra insight to the characters they'll face in The Phantom Pain. This is arguably Hideo Kojima's most exceptional and meticulously designed interactive experience to date. There are moments during replay that feel like something epically is missing throughout the game, but it doesn't stop this from being an enjoyable taster for Metal Gear Solid fans.

Don't believe us?! Well, you can watch the trailer for yourself below:

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is available now for purchase and digital download for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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A Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot is officially in development and being shopped to streaming companies including Netflix, HBO Max and Peacocks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will be a dramatic reimagining of the hit NBC sitcom, and is based off the viral trailer created by up-and-coming director, Morgan Cooper, last year.

Cooper’s Bel-Air, puts a dramatic spin on the story of Smith’s character’s move from West Philadelphia to the wealthy suburb of Bel-Air, Calif., where he lived with his Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil and cousins, Hilary, Ashley, Carlton and Nicky. The reboot has been in development for over a year and will be an hourlong drama, per THR.

Smith was so impressed with Cooper’s trailer that he flew to Miami to meet him last year. “I saw this trailer that Morgan Cooper hooked up. This is the first time that I’ve heard something and that I was like, ‘Yo, that’s an idea that is brilliant,” he said at the time.

Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal TV are behind the series revival. The original producers and creative team of Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy and Susan Horowitz, have reportedly signed on to executive produce the project.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starred Smith, Karyn Parsons, James Avery, Alfonso Ribiero, Tatyana M. Ali, and Daphne Maxwell Reid, the latter of whom replaced Janet Hubert as “Aunt Viv.”

The sitcom ran from 1990 until 1996.

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Watch Daniel Kaluuya As Fred Hampton In ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Trailer

Daniel Kaluuya transforms into Fred Hampton in the powerful new trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah. The nearly two-minute long clip shows Kaluyaa as the Black Panther Party leader delivering a powerful speech to a group of party members. Lakeith Stanfield, who portrays FBI informant William O’Neal, is also featured in the short teaser.

Directed by Chaka King and produced by Ryan Coogler, Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Hampton, who was assassinated by the FBI and Chicago Police in 1969, at the age of 21. Born in Chicago in 1948, Hampton mobilized a generation and became the Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the BPP. Hampton was so influential, that the FBI conspired to silence his voice. O’Neal was hired by the FBI to infiltrate the BPP, and rose up the ranks to become a sergeant in arms within the Party.

O’Neal became so close to Hampton that he provided the FBI with the floor plan to his apartment to carry out the fatal raid in 1969. He befriended Hampton only to betray him in the end. The film explores that dynamic and O’Neal’s fear that his cover will be blown.

After Hampton’s death, O’Neal went into infamy. He passed away in 1990o of a reported suicide.

Judas and the Black Messiah is slated to open next year.

Watch the trailer below.

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Booked and busy! Keke Palmer will be hosting this year’s MTV VMAs, she announced on Thursday (Aug. 6). The 26-year-old actress made the big reveal with a creative throwback to her character True Jackson.

“I heard y’all was tired of 2020, let’s go back to 2008,” Palmer captioned a video conversation featuring a split screen of herself in character as Jackson.

I heard y’all was tired of 2020, let’s go back to 2008 😩🤪🤩. Join me as I host the 2020 @vmas on August 30th on @MTV! #VMAs pic.twitter.com/cl5TcUrxnm

— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) August 6, 2020

Also on Thursday, Disney announced that Palmer has joined the cast of the forthcoming reboot of The Proud Family. Palmer will voice a new character named Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins. “Dreams do come true,” she happily tweeted.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is slated to debut on Disney+ sometime soon. Show creator/executive producer, Bruce W. Smith and executive producer, Ralph Farquhar, are back on board, as well as original cast members, Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, and Jo Marie Payton.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ DREAMS COME TRUE! https://t.co/vgwmibrurS

— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) August 6, 2020

As for the 2020 VMAs, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande top the nominees' list with nine nominations, followed by The Weeknd and Billie Eilish with eight nods each.

The show airs from Brookyln's Barclay's Center on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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