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    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Game » consists of 19 releases. Released Sep 01, 2015

    The final main entry in the Metal Gear Solid series bridges the events between Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the original Metal Gear, as Big Boss wakes up from a nine-year coma in 1984 to rebuild his mercenary paradise.

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    For the Man Who Sold the World 0

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. After establishing a story over the course of almost three decades, the Metal Gear saga is probably seeing its last untold chapter, at least under the jurisdiction of Hideo Kojima. However, this is no ordinary swan song. The Phantom Pain is Kojima’s “Symphony No. 9,” a monumental finale before the series is put to rest. While the game may still isolate certain partitions of the fanbase, The Phantom Pain’s progressive take on open-world ga...

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

    A Masterpiece of Espionage and Emotional Resonance 0

    In the world of video games, few franchises have achieved the level of acclaim and notoriety as Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid series. Over the years, this legendary saga has managed to captivate gamers with its intricate plots, complex characters, and innovative gameplay. The culmination of Kojima's vision, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, is nothing short of a magnum opus, seamlessly blending espionage, narrative depth, and emotional resonance into an experience that sets a new standard ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 0

    I've always found the whole movie-game hybrid schtick of previous Metal Gear games like Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater to be a little off-putting, which is made worse by the fact that the story of the Metal Gear franchise itself is convoluted and hard to follow especially with its out of order timeline, and that's not even mentioning the fact that clones that are eventually thrown into the mix. Those same story issues carry over to The Phantom Pain but this is a different type of Metal Gear ga...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain 0 Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear franchise, is an auteur. Playing something he’s made feels like tapping into his brain. His style is instantly recognizable to anyone who has played his games or witnessed the way he markets his work. They tend to have wildly over the top stories, a strict adherence to certain parts of reality and wanton disregard for others, a large focus on music, the specific type of visua...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    MGSV The Phantom Pain is nearly perfect! 0

    Warning: **spoilers** throughoutWhere to begin with MGSV The Phantom Pain? There is just so much here to pull from. If you include Ground Zeros in the conversation – like you should – you are left with a lot of game to discuss. Although the story beats are fewer and farther in between compared to previous installments in the series, there is still plenty there to debate, discuss, and think about. And that is what MGSV did for me; it made me think. Not only about the storyline and how...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    A game suffering from an identity crisis. 0

    The Metal Gear series is one my all time favourites, and The Phantom Pain was promised as its ultimate chapter, a final coda that will refine, reimagine and put to bed all things Metal Gear. Right off the bat, it is certainly not that. In many ways this game is as ‘Metal Gear’ as ever, but in many other, fairly significant ways, this is something else entirely, and not perhaps the game that Metal Gear fans were expecting. Expectations should perhaps be left at the door when reviewing...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    The Little Detail 0

    That is what does it for me. It gets my engine revvin'. Boy howdy has Hideo Kojima always paid attention to the little details in his games, but The Phantom Pain takes the cake. Rain makes Snake's footsteps harder to hear while mist and sandstorms distort visibility. I can call ol' Pequod to come extract me, or I can simply climb onto a shipping container and quickly fulton myself out. There are so many options within this game that I inevitably forget all of my options, and only until I am dea...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    When East meets West 0

    (For reference this was played on a PS4)Metal Gear Solid V synergises the best of Japanese and Western game design to the point where it is one of the best playing games that has been made. Like most things in life it has its highs and it has its lows. Several story revelations are not as satisfying as I'd like, and the game at times felt quite empty; devoid of story or variation.The Boss wakes up after 9 years in a coma from the events of Ground Zero's and must enact his revenge on cipher and ...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Can something be a disappointing triumph? 0

    There is this notion in some videogames where if you play up to a certain point, that's when things really start getting good and the "real game" kicks in. Usually I mark these as a videogame having a poor opening, not immediately passing judgment on a game can pay off in the long run if you stick with it and in the case of Metal Gear Solid V, I honestly can't pinpoint the exact spot where the game became a disappointment to "you know, it's actually pretty good." While the gripes I had at the s...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Finding change in a Metal Gear 0

    Hideo Kojima's probable last hurrah at Konami is, independent of the quality of the game, one of the most interesting case studies in terms of game design and development of the last decade.In recent years, much has been discussed about the decline of the once influential Japanese game. Masters like Miyamoto, Sakaguchi, Mikami and other prominent names like Kojima himself, were responsible for many of the breakthroughs that captured the imagination of modern developers that when were kids wanted...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Mini Review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 0

    MGSV keeps the unique charm of the previous games while also turning it into the best playing Metal Gear so far. First up the gameplay has been carried over from Ground Zeroes. Which fits in perfectly with the open world shenanigans you can get up to while playing through this game. Even though this is a stealth game the moments where I got caught were still fun thanks to the amount of tools they give you to deal with enemies. Blasting my way through a base with a grenade launcher is just as fun...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. 0

    Before I get to the review I would like to address a few things:The ethical issues at Konami detailed by Austin earlier this year ( These working conditions are unacceptable and put a black cloud over the game. Despite this, these issues will have no effect on the review of the actual game. I included this piece because it is very much worth bringing issues such as this into a much larger conversation.I started this review about 2 weeks after the game came out and have be...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Great Expectations: MGSV 0

    PrefaceI spent three weeks with this game and have now completed the main story arc (as well as its “epilogue” arc, as some are describing it), and this review is intended as a dialogue to speak my mind about every aspect of the game post-completion. There is SO MUCH I want to talk about. I encourage you to turn away now if you don’t want any plot points revealed, because I will touch on a lot of things that could be considered spoilable.Those of you that have completed the ga...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Video Review - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 0

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain means a lot of things to a lot of people. Its the last in the Solid series for fans, its the final game for Kojima Productions, and its probably the last big budget game from Konami publishing. With all of that riding on its shoulders, it would be easy to assume the game would be a mess but that is not the case. Its certainly not perfect, but the highs in V are enough to overshadow any of is short-comings. For more information, check out the VIDEO REVIEW: ht...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review (PC) 0

    If you'd prefer to watch the following review instead, here's the youtube link:Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review (PC)The Metal Gear Solid games have been trail blazers when it came to the art of conveying message to an audience while disguised under clever and exceptional gameplay design. A series that has held the attention of many players from the moment a snake swam out f a submerged capsule and made his way into our lives. The series, having held relevancy over the span of 17 yrs w...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Review 0

    After Ground Zeroes, I had mixed expectations going into The Phantom Pain. I didn't like the new, more serious tone at all. The plot devices in Ground Zeroes were gross, insulting, and exploitative by any measure. To top it all off, the idea of an open-world Metal Gear game based off the generally agreed upon weakest entry in the core series, Peace Walker, didn't sound in the least bit exciting.One hundred and twenty hours of gameplay later, I can say without hesitation this is the best game I h...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Metar Gear Solid: The Video Game 0

    Let it be known that I am a huge fan of the Metal Gear Solid series. More than that actually - it's my personal favorite series of all time, in any medium. This will be as objective of a review as I can possibly make it. After pouring some 75 hours into this game, after painstakingly watching every trailer in feverish anticipation (which spoiled a ton of stuff), I've reached this conclusion about Metal Gear Solid V: the Phantom Pain; first, there's Metal Gear Solid V, the legacy of the series,...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Art Imitates Life: MGSV:TPP & The Tragically Great Game 0

    METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN has you playing as Big Boss, a.k.a. Ahab, a.k.a. V. a.k.a. Venom Snake, a.k.a. Punished Snake, a.k.a. Big PUN.and it's an ambitious game, even for a metal gear, and before I go into it, I’m going to discuss the previous (only MGS, no love for MG and MG2) entries a little (for posterity and because I think it is interesting). The first metal gear solid was a big shift in the gaming world. Games had previously attempted to have competent narratives but no...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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