Watch: Ways to make time to go faster we don’t recommend in real life

In the real world, the only time travel we’re allowed is forward, at a rate of one hour per hour. But seeing how these game characters make time pass more quickly, maybe it’s just as well.

Metal Gear Solid 5’s Venom Snake, for example, is exactly the kind of guy who would spend a whole day hiding in a bush, weeing in a bottle and waiting for the perfect moment to infiltrate an enemy stronghold. Recognising how tedious this would be, Metal Gear Solid 5 kits Snake out with the Phantom Cigar: a device that accelerates time and makes an unseen lady say woah-oh a lot.

There is at least a bit of rationalisation behind the Phantom Cigar. It contains wormwood, which the game reckons has hallucinatory and anaesthetic effects at high doses. Modern medicine unfortunately reckons it actually causes convulsions and kidney failure at high doses. You’d probably be better off passing the time having thumb wars against your own robot arm.

Watch the first Metal Gear Survive gameplay

Konami revealed the first gameplay footage of Metal Gear Survive today at Tokyo Game Show.

As you can see in the following footage, this four-player co-op spin-off looks a lot like Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The graphics and setting appear almost identical, only now there’s co-op and zombies.

There’s still a fair bit of stealth though as players can slither through the grass and use fulton balloons on wildlife to bait the undead. Sometimes things get more action-focused, such as a section where the players set up a beacon and have to defend it from an onslaught of zombies.

Watch: At least Metal Gear Solid 3 is still really good

So, how about that Metal Gear: Survive, huh? Well look, no matter what happens, we still have the brilliant Metal Gear games of yore. Perhaps my favourite one is MGS3, because you got to fart around in the jungle and put lots of animals in your pockets to keep on hold as a handy snack. Despite having played and loved the earlier games in the series, Johnny had never played Snake Eater, and, at the risk of sounding like clickbait, the reason behind that may shock you. Exclamation mark.

Anyway, let’s all grab a bucket of freshly harvested anaconda guts and remember those golden, happier times, when Kojima and Konami were best mates and cutscenes seemed to last forever. Fair warning – Johnny and I sing in this one too.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Definitive Edition spotted at various retailers

A Metal Gear Solid 5 Definitive Edition has popped up on and German retailer .

The latter lists a release date of 30th October, though this could very well just be a placeholder date, so we wouldn’t put much stock in it.

But a Definitive Edition that combines standalone prologue Ground Zeroes with the main course, The Phantom Pain, and some DLC garnishes sounds more reasonable. Granted MGS5 didn’t have a lot of DLC – it was mostly just cosmetic additions like and – but it’s still something.

There are some pretty wild theories about what’s going on in Kojima’s Death Stranding

If nothing else, Hideo Kojima’s newly unveiled Death Stranding was the most baffling thing at E3 this week, its short teaser packing in a whole world of enigma as it introduced the PlayStation 4 project from the director’s new studio.

As is often the way with Kojima’s work, there’s a purpose to the enigma – and the Metal Gear Solid creator is in no rush to clear up any of the mystery. What we do know is that Death Stranding will be an action game, with the player controlling Norman Reddus’ character. As to how it’ll play, Kojima’s made reference to Japanese author Kōbō Abe – a writer whose nightmarish surrealism earned him comparisons to Franz Kafka – and his missive about ropes and sticks.

“The first tool mankind made was a stick. It was made toto keep away bad things. It’s a weapon,” “The next tool created by mankind was rope. The rope is not to keep away bad things. On the contrary, it’s a tool used to keep good things close to you, to tie good things close to you. Sticks and ropes are some of the tools most used by mankind even these days.

There’s a new Metal Gear Solid game coming this autumn

Okay, let’s cut straight to it – of course there’s not an all-singing, all-dancing brand new Metal Gear Solid video game coming from Konami this year. After all, we’re still waiting for them to finish the last one.

But! , there is coming from the company that’s due in Japan this autumn, and it’s taking its cues from Snake Eater, perhaps the most revered of Hideo Kojima’s long-running series. A new trailer for the machine reveals some all-new cutscenes – or, at least, old ones reimagined in an all-new engine, with characters such as The Boss and The End getting a new lick of paint.

Hideo Kojima famously left Konami late last year after a turbulent time around the launch of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, and having established an all-new Kojima Productions he’s across the globe as he assembles his own team. Konami, meanwhile, recently , so still looks to be in the business of console gaming. As for a proper new Metal Gear, well that’ll likely have to wait. If you’re a pachinko fan, though, today must be a happy day.