YouTuber YongYea has used footage from Metal Gear Solid 3 to create an impressive recreation of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's E3 2014 trailer.
Potential spoilers in the trailer!
I'm just going to go ahead and say that Metal Gear Solid 3 is the best game in its franchise. Granted, it suffers from a lot of the same convolution that tends to plague the series at large and there are moment where it s gameplay mechanics can be a bit too deep for their own good, but in terms of sheer emotional punch, it's probably one of the most affecting games that I, personally, have ever played. You can perhaps understand why I fell so quickly in love with YouTuber YongYea's recently released fan trailer for the game based on the music (Mike Oldfield's Nuclear) and format of the E3 2014 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
The video, which runs just shy of 6 minutes long, begins with game protagonist Big Boss standing in the middle of the field at the game's end and then visiting the grave of his mentor. It then proceeds through a series of inter-cut sequences loosely mimicking those shown in the The Phantom Pain's trailer. You've got your Big Boss pointing his gun at the screen, your Ocelot, helicopters, charging vehicles, a bagged torture victim, a fistfight, more torture and then a whole bunch more brawling after that.
All in all, it's an impressive piece of work that does a great job of co-opting the tone and template of the E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 3. In fact, there's a part of me (most likely my gushing internal fan) that feels as though YongYea's trailer could even be better than Kojima's. Sure it has the benefit of hailing from a game that's already had a chance to emotionally impact fans, but the themes of betrayal, desperation and abandonment present in that game just work so well with the music that it's hard not to love it. Give it a watch and let us know what you think.