God Damnit, Konami!

Last night I tried to order the MGO “GENE Expansion”. I got to the last step, but when I clicked “Place Order” I kept getting a “Network Error”. I tried a few times then gave up. Today I get 3 charges to my credit card and I never even was able to download the update. I’m pretty pissed right now. I tried emailing Konami’s support address, and the Konami Store support, but no word back yet. This had better be resolved. UGH!

[Update]: I now have the update and Konami has refunded my unintentional repeat purchases. Well that all worked out in the end, hunh?

Metal Gear Online Expansion

The Konami website for MGO has been updated with details of a new expansion for MGO. The add-on includes, 3 new maps, up to 8 character slots (1 additional unlocked for free), a gear store, a new game mode called “Survival”, and 2 new playable characters (Meryl and Johnny (Akiba)). This first expansion pack also adds females into the game for the first time.

It isnt really said if it will be free or not, but I will definately be buying this pack if its not. I mean, MGO is essentailly a stand alone game that came bundled with MGS4. Paying for quality updates like this on a game who’s initial cost was $0 seems like a no brainer.

Metal Gear Online – Sneak King Edition

Sometime over the weekend MGO added a new game mode. Its called Team Sneak, where one whole team is invisible while the other team tries to take them out. Once discovered, you lose your invisibility, and have to fight it out. You can eventually go invisible again by not being seen for awhile (?). I’m not sure if this is accurate because I only played a few rounds and I died after being discovered every time.

They also added the ability for the host to add a headshot only mode, where headshots earn you points, but body shots subtract points. Neat.

I noticed these updates on Sunday but I didn’t know if they were brand new or if they were added a few weeks ago when I hadnt been playing. Thanks to ArsTechnica for the confirmation.

MGO Update: New Sneaking Mission mode and map

MGO update

I’ve been playing Metal Gear Online pretty heavily for the past few days. Today Konami announced that they have added a new game mode, and a new map to the Beta. In this new “Sneaking Mission” game mode one player plays as Snake, and the rest of the people are divided into Red and Blue teams.

As Snake, you go around trying to steal a set number of dog tags. This is done by either holding people up, or stunning them with the stun knife or CQC.

The Red and Blue teams will win by being first to take down Snake, or by having the most number of kills at the end of the round’s time.

The new map, Midtown Maelstrom (M.M.), is set in the Middle East and consists of tightly packed corridors and streets as well as some interiors.

Metal Gear Online Beta : Thoughts

So, I’ve had 2 days to play the MGO beta. After playing TF2 so often its kind of hard for me to switch to tactical shooters. I like that you can switch between auto-aim (which hits the enemy’s core) or go to manual aim and aim for the 1 hit kill of a head-shot. I also really like the capture points game mode. Its pretty awesome. Death match and Team Death match are also fun. One of my favorite techniques to use in Deathmatch is to put a Dirty Magazine on the ground and hide in my cardboard box. Then I wait for someone to pass by and get distracted by the Mag. Then I switch to manual shooting and pop them in the head. Fun times.

Konami ID page updated (Fixed)

Konami ID Site

I didn’t run into any problems securing my Konami ID, but I’ve been hearing a lot of stories about people who couldn’t get the site to work, or had problems with it timing out, etc. Thankfully, Konami has pushed out a new version of the form, which is much faster, and easier to read (Form design matters people!).

If you couldnt get it working before, now would be a good time to get your Konami and Game IDs. The beta is up tonight with any luck.

MGO Update ready for download

Konami has released update 1.02 for their Metal Gear Solid Online Premiere Beta. Relax, its a quick download. Took me about 5 minutes to update it.

The beta officially starts Friday at midnight Pacific time (OK, technically Sat).

MGO Character Creator

We may not get the Beta till Friday, but that doesn’t mean we cant mentally put our characters together. This video shows the Metal Gear Online character creation in all its glory. It looks pretty awesome. Friday can’t come soon enough.

More Metal Gear Online Beta news

Metal Gear Online Screen

Ok, so now the Metal Gear Online Beta is “planned” to be released on Friday, the 25th. Planned. That means Konami is trying to get their servers ready. Hopefully this time the thing can get off the ground. I’m just happy the thing wasnt freakin’ canceled like was being presupposed on GAF.

MGO Beta Delayed for US and EU

Well, Konami officially fucked up the MGO beta. Apparently the worldwide nature of the thing has caused their servers to collapse and as a result they are postponing the US and EU Beta till a date TBA. There should be an announcement tomorrow, concerning that. As a resuly the end date of the beta will be extended till May 11th.

We would like to thank all players for their keen interest in taking part in the beta test. However, we regret to inform you that due to extraordinary levels of traffic from all around the globe, we have been unable to run the service to the level we expected. As a temporary measure, we will be deferring the start of the US public beta test until we are able to stabilize our server. We would like to apologize for all inconveniences as well as confusion caused.”

Metal Gear Online – Where are you?

http://www.konami.jp/mgo/us/ is saying that the servers are up at midnight. Doesn’t specify if its talking about ET or PT, so I guess its just open speculation till it goes up. Ugh.

Metal Gear Online β Download Now Live

Metal Gear Online Beta

Thats right ladies and gents, the MGO Beta is now available for download. Its not just sitting on the store, though. To get it go to Account Management > Transaction Management > Redeem Playstation Card/Promotion Code. After this type in your beta key (It is case sensitive, so use caps where applicable).

The beta doesnt start till the 21st, so dont get your panties in a twist about downloading it right away. You have some time.

I put some more screens of the download screen after the jump.

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MGO β Info

man cannon

Over at the official playstation blog they have announced that every monday they are going to have “Metal Gear Monday” in which they will detail some stuff about either Metal Gear Solid 4:Guns of the Patriots or Metal Gear Online. In today’s update they have a long article detailing some information about the MGO beta. We’ll get 2 of the 5 maps (Blood bath and Groznyj Grad), and a bunch of weapons (after the break), and items (also after the break). They also give out the american version of the Konami ID page. This ID will be used for the final game as well so get off your ass and go register the name you want. I cant wait till the beta starts!

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Metal Gear Online Box Art & Release Date!!!

mgo boxart

Amazon has posted MGO’s potential cover art along with a release date of November 15th. It looks like stuff that Power Graphixx would make (the design team that made the Metal Gear Portible Ops designs/interface).