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Gaming: Metal Gear board game looks boss; Black Ops 4 adds vocal star power; SEGA renders Judgment

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Dec 12, 2018, 9:47 AM EST

We’ve been seeing a lot of tabletop games lately that tap into the lore of well-established video games and movies, and at first glance this just-announced Metal Gear Solid version from IDW Games and Konami could turn out to be one of the biggest, bossiest board games of the batch.

In a first for the Metal Gear franchise, the two companies are serving up their first look at Snake’s upcoming offline adventure, a cooperative, miniatures-based game that incorporates stealth elements and mission objectives directly inspired by the iconic Hideo Kojima-created series.

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Players can choose their character roles from among Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, Cyborg Ninja, Meryl Silverburgh, and good ol’ Solid Snake himself, with each character brought to life in detailed figurine form. The play pieces are the creations of sculptor Francesco Orrù, and they’ll be set against an old-school background of thematic Metal Gear art from comic artist Kenneth Loh.

IDW says the game’s “highly dynamic A.I. system,” crafted by Specter Ops tabletop designer Emerson Matsuuchi, will allow players to skulk through sandbox-style scenarios that assure each mission “can be completed in multiple ways and will always play out differently.”

The game will be rolled out for a series of hands-on public demos next summer at major gaming conventions, as well as San Diego Comic-Con, ahead of a still-undisclosed release date before the end of 2019.

If you’re in the Call of Duty fan camp that prefers its FPS action with a side of zombie, Treyarch’s just-released update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is definitely speaking your language. Well, actually, it’s the A-list voice cast for the new Dead of the Night zombies story who’ll be doing the speaking — but when that cast features Kiefer Sutherland and Helena Bonham Carter, we won’t quibble over the semantics.

Set inside the lavish estate of relic hunter Alistair Rhodes, Dead of the Night drops players in the middle of the action as one of four party guests: Madame Mirela (Helena Bonham Carter), Gideon Jones (Kiefer Sutherland), The Brigadier (Brian Blessed), and Godfrey the Butler (Charles Dance).

As luck would have it, the party turns out to be a trap laid by a secret society of mystics, who cast a spell over everyone but our four heroes. “As Dead of the Night progresses,” says Activision, “these characters go from strangers to a tight-knit team, seeking clues and performing tasks they hope will bring this nightmare to an end.”

Dead of the Night is just one piece of Operation Absolute Zero, a much larger Black Ops 4 content drop that just went live. To check out everything that’s packed into the new update, shamble on over to the game’s landing page and scope out the trailer below.

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Finally, Sega’s upcoming project set in the Yakuza game universe has finally gotten a name, as well as an all-new trailer with a full English voice cast.

Judgment, the game formerly teased under the mysterious moniker of “Project Judge,” will unspool a Japanese mafia murder mystery that targets “The Mole,” a Yakuza killer who leaves a grisly calling card: All his victims’ bodies are discovered without their eyes.

As Takayuki Yagami, the detective tasked with solving the string of killings, players will explore an open world, fighting off seedy bad guys and beating answers out of underworld criminals in a manner that’ll feel familiar to anyone who’s played the games in the main Yakuza series. Judgment doesn’t yet have a firm release date, but Sega expects it to hit U.S. streets sometime in the summer of 2019.

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