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E3: Konami games on show

Officially, the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo only begins on Monday, but Konami decided that they'd get the ball rolling early. Yesterday the company conducted their third annual Pre-E3 Show and showed off a number of the games that they'll be exhibiting. You can check out the whole thing above, but below you'll find the most important bits.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

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David Hayter will not be playing Big Boss/Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The role will instead be played by noted Hollywood actor, Kiefer Sutherland. Sutherland was a pretty huge deal in the movie biz in the 90s, but most people will remember him as Agent Jack Bauer from the espionage drama series, 24.

Series creator, Hideo Kojima, stated that he made the change because he wanted an actor that both looked and sounded like he was in his late 40s, since this time the game would be using performance capture in its development. "It's an honor to be able to play this character," Sutherland said of his casting, adding that though he was not a gamer  "even [I] knew about this game. I was certainly keenly aware of the legacy of [Metal Gear]."

Hayter revealed his feelings on the matter via Twitter saying “Can’t fault @RealKiefer. Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke!”

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014

FIFA's eternal rival, Pro Evolution Soccer, is getting a major behind-the-scenes overhaul, as it will now be powered by MGS's FOX Engine. Series producer Kei Masuda said about the game that “this time, [the team] focused on the total package, such as user experience, player controls and more”. Basically all that means is that the game is going to look really good. It's not that much of breaking announcement, but I'm sure that Pro Evolution Soccer fans think it's important

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 releases on PC, PSP, PS3, and Xbox 360 later in the year.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

No one could have anticipated that the ending of the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow would reveal that the game's main character, Gabriel Belmont, was also the series primary antagonist, the lord of the night, Dracula himself. With a twist like that, you can't say that developer Mercury Steam wasn't trying something new.

"When we set out in 2007 to reimagine Castlevania and do something new with it, it was a very risky proposition and we were all very nervous about it," said producer Dave Cox. "With the Lords of Shadow universe we decided very early on that we wanted to tell the story of Dracula, but felt that Dracula had never been properly explained, and his story had never been properly told."

While the first game detailed, Gabriel Belmont's fall from good, the new game will show how he took on the persona of Dracula and subsequently becomes the primary villain within the Castlevania mythos.

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