April 24th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

I say it all the time and I’ll say it again. Metal Gear Solid is the best franchise of all time. End of rant. The other thing I say all the time is I love the healthy competition between the two behemoth brands. And in my honest opinion, at the time of this writing, Xbox is bringing some heat this month.

May Games with Gold 2018

Super Mega Baseball 2 (Xbox One) Available free from May 1st – May 31st

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One) May 16th – June 15th

Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage (Xbox One, Xbox 360) May 1st – May 15th

Vanquish (Xbox One, Xbox 360) May 16th – May 31st

Can’t wait to play yet another Platinum Games game since I’ve now declared them the best developer of all time. -chet

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September 9th, 2015 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

One day while fiddling around in a character creation screen, I realized something important: I like playing as a female when I get to choose. Take whatever you want from that, but ever since I stopped attempting to put my ugly mug into a game and embraced my inner femininity, I am now happy to play as a girl. So when the “create your avatar” screen popped up in the very beginning of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Tactical Espionage Operations; A Hideo Kojima Game Directed & Produced by Hideo Kojima, I couldn’t bring myself to care about what this avatar looked like. Epic trolling on the developer’s part since you don’t play as that character after you design them.

But then something interesting happens later on in MGSV:TPP-TEOaHKGD&PbHK, as you find out you actually can put people you recruit into the field, not only to play the side-ops missions, but full story missions too. Now, you don’t get to see this character in the cutscenes, you are still Snake in the cutscenes (I don’t expect them to pre-render thousands of characters just for this sake), but the prospect of playing as Not-Snake is not only fun, but beneficial to your character as it raises his/her stats. That’s right, his OR her stats. Because sometimes women get recruited to your base, and if you put them in the Combat Unit Staff, you can then play as them. One of the earliest recruits you get is “Amber Fox”, a blonde woman with a crew cut and a foxhound tattoo on her face. So, essentially she’s some sort of combination of Faith from Mirror’s Edge (tattoo-wise) and Jean Seberg from some pretentious french films you’ll never watch.

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