Snake’s voice was always gravelly, but now he sounds like he’s choking on chicken gristle and nostalgia when the narration begins. “War has changed,” he rattles, throwing it right into our faces from the beginning. The seamless integration between cinematic and gameplay is stunning. If not for the menu HUD popping up after Snake tosses himself into the battlefield, we wouldn’t have even known to start pushing the analog stick.
But then a bipedal mech makes a bovine mooing sound, and it's game on.