Most people have probably heard of Snake by this point, Naked, Solid or otherwise. Gamers know of the cardboard box, too. It looks like the semi-iconic box will be getting an upgrade in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Not unlike Snake's traditional armaments, the standard cardboard box now has an assortment of uses, meaning that no longer is it good only for hiding. The box is now perhaps the greatest armor and weapon of all time.
For the sticklers out there who are dedicated to tradition, don't worry. The features revealed yesterday at gamescom are not necessarily required. Everything will be normal at first glance -- just a plain cardboard box. Sneaking around in it is really what long-time fans have come to know and expect. That won't change.
In addition to the traditional mechanics players can now pop out of the box to snipe any opponents who might not be the most attentive. They can also leap out of the side of the box, escaping pending inspections by approaching guards. That's just one step into the rabbit hole though.
The box now has a few different designs that can be placed on it. Most of them involve women dressed in bikinis. Male guards seem to love the various scantily-clad women, and Big Boss evidently knows how to take advantage of their hormones. After attracting enemy soldiers, the military man will drop his guard and Snake will take down the enemy with close combat skills. There is also a soldier sticker for the box, just in case Big Boss wants to salute his opponents and then shoot from afar.
Oh, boxes. They really have evolved over the years. As a child, I enjoyed imagining they were rocket ships. I never thought I would imagine them as women in a field of beautiful flowers. Growing up really changes a person. Either way, players will eventually get their opportunity to experiment with the box and its new features. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is currently set to sneak on to Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and finally PC through Steam, in 2015.