One of the most prolific and influential video game series comes to an assumed end next week. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain promises to shed light on Big Boss's transformation from war hero to mythic shadow militia leader. The long and complex story has spanned consoles and generations, each game compelling and effective in their on respects. Taken as a whole, the series' consistent high points have always been the incredibly thorough boss encounters that punctuate the narrative.
There’s something irreplaceable about the feeling you get after a good demo. It’s similar to that hype that rattles your bones after watching a riveting trailer, but you can still only make assumptions about the final product. When you can sit and put 10 minutes or more of actual play time into a product, your understanding of a game’s mission statement becomes a tangible memory. So let us honor the memory of the dwindling art of the demo with a celebration of a selection of the very best hands-on sneak peeks in gaming history.