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  • Summary: The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has brought a new edge to the Cold War, and in 1984, a one-eyed man with a prosthetic arm appears in the country. Those who know him call him Snake; the legendary mercenary who was once swept from the stage of history and left in a coma by American privateThe Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has brought a new edge to the Cold War, and in 1984, a one-eyed man with a prosthetic arm appears in the country. Those who know him call him Snake; the legendary mercenary who was once swept from the stage of history and left in a coma by American private intelligence network Cipher. Snake is accompanied by Ocelot, an old friend who saved him from attack when he finally awoke.

    Now, Snake's former partner Kazuhira Miller is being held by the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Snake must undertake a solo mission to rescue Miller and prove to the world that the legendary mercenary is not dead and gone. That first step will lead to a path of vengeance against the very Cipher that slaughtered so many of Snake's men, and to a battle that will embroil the whole world...

    What started in Ground Zeroes must finish with "V".
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 8, 2015
    100
    I can’t believe the amount of content squeezed into this beautiful created masterpiece.
  2. Sep 12, 2015
    100
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the best playing entry in the series, and while it’s not going to wrap up the entire story in a neat little bow, it’s a technical marvel that works beautifully as a playground for espionage.
  3. Sep 17, 2015
    100
    Metal Gear Solid V is the best playing game in the series by a long shot. You choose where and how to do missions, and if sneaking isn't your thing that's fine too. The base-building is a good addition, and ties into the story and world superbly. The story is a slow burn, but goes out with a bang.
  4. Sep 3, 2015
    92
    MGS5 is an enormous open-world adventure, a monster of a game that can entertain for months.
  5. PC PowerPlay
    Sep 30, 2015
    90
    It might not be the best Metal Gear Solid game ever released, but it's certainly the bravest and most interesting. [Oct 2015, p.53]
  6. Sep 16, 2015
    90
    Flawed in many, many ways, but none of those ways impact a glorious, emergent, open-world experience.
  7. Oct 8, 2015
    77
    Metal Gear Solid V is amazing at times, and I enjoyed playing it, but there are so many embarrassing blunders and contradictions. Rich tactical gameplay vs an almost dead world. Fun HQ management and interesting characters vs an unfinished narrative and boring side quests. In some regards, this is a huge step back from previous Metal Gear games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 336
  1. vgm
    Jul 17, 2017
    10
    I enjoyed this game very much the +60 hours I played and I really think it is one of the best Metal Gear Solid games. The stealth mechanicsI enjoyed this game very much the +60 hours I played and I really think it is one of the best Metal Gear Solid games. The stealth mechanics are sublime and very fluid, the soundtrack is as good as usual in this franchise and the characters are very charismatic. It's also worth mentioning that the graphic engine is really well optimised; I played the PC version and I didn't notice any frame rate drop at all even with very high graphics settings (considering my PC struggled with the medium settings of other contemporary games like Rise of the Tomb Raider).
    It's a pity that the game feels kind of unfinished because of the repeated missions (with some difficulty changes) during the second half of the game. It doesn't help either the fact that the story is a bit incomplete and, despite having an ending that emotionally connects to the fans, there are some missing connections with the rest of the games.
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  2. Nov 9, 2015
    10
    It is an open-world game with a vast variety of features that you can unlock them as much as you can. The amount of customization impressed meIt is an open-world game with a vast variety of features that you can unlock them as much as you can. The amount of customization impressed me so much, that is you can edit every little detail of your weapons, buddies, helicopter, Motherbase, FOB etc.
    The best part of this game is that, it's an stealth game. It means that it challenges your skills to infiltrate places including FOBs. You have to make tactical decisions based on enemy guards equipment and they will adapt themselves to your strategies. For instance, if you shoot them all in the head, they will wear helmets.
    In case of story, I don't want to spoil it; however, I have to say it is outstanding in comparison to other games I have played. FOBs are the online part which I liked it so much; but bear in mind that Konami is not as eager as EA to support the online servers specially when we talk about long-term support.
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  3. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    I can say without a doubt that MGSV is the GOTY,maybe fallout4 can beat it.
    They missions are fun and well designed.Open world gameplay fit
    I can say without a doubt that MGSV is the GOTY,maybe fallout4 can beat it.
    They missions are fun and well designed.Open world gameplay fit well with MGS style.
    The cutscenes are epic as **** the characters are deep and interesting.Troy baker done a damn voice job again,Mother base let you keep your own crew to develop weapon or go on missions.The enemy AI is pretty smart.They know how to find you and eliminate you.There is so much fun messing around in the battlefield and mother base.The whole game is just addictive that will makes you don't want to leave you computer for weeks.
    Still exploring the game,but in my scale this game is already the best game I played this year,even better than Witcher3(I cannot believe).
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  4. Oct 14, 2015
    8
    Great game, really, but after 20 hours of gameplay they make you do the same missions again in harder mode, which is a bit boring... But IGreat game, really, but after 20 hours of gameplay they make you do the same missions again in harder mode, which is a bit boring... But I loved playing it in the beginning, it's worth the try. Expand
  5. Jul 5, 2020
    7
    One of the best sandbox, but a very lacking open-world, weird story, overall a lot of potential, not bad nor great.
  6. Oct 18, 2015
    6
    This was a game there was tremendous hype for and while i was certain it couldn't live up to the hype it got certainly wasn't expecting this,This was a game there was tremendous hype for and while i was certain it couldn't live up to the hype it got certainly wasn't expecting this, Anyway i'll start by telling you what this game did right.

    + Great gameplay: gameplay is probably the best in the series but i feel like a few things are lacking, such as a cover button and silently disabling devices such as cameras and antennas.
    + Weapon variety: There's a **** of weapons and custimizations for those weapons, now while i mostly stick to a select few the fact that the choice is there is really good.
    + Graphics optimization: I was always at a stable 60 fps and it looked amazing, the fox engine sure is one of the best optimized engines out there
    + Fluent and fun combat: The shooting feels good and (most) of the sights are good in first person.
    + Cutscenes (part 1): The cutscenes are really beutiful and impressive, however (see part 2)
    And here are some neutral things that i'll let you decide if they're good or bad.
    + Non-lethal: the choice of non-lethal is far more than "more score" and "better karma", because of the fulton extraction system that lets you basicly steal enemy soldiers and use them to improve is a great feature.

    ¤ Motherbase: some might find micromanaging annoying in a stealth game.
    ¤ Bland empty world: The world has basicly zero secrets and fun stuff/fun areas, some might apreciate teh sandbox feel though.

    And now for the negatives... (There are alot)

    - Boring story:In the MAIN story of Metal gear solid this has teh **** plot. And while thats understandable to some degree with chapter 2 because it was rushed, chapter 1 was finished completely and still sucked storywise.
    - Boring characters: Kinda goes in par with boring story but i feel this "deserves" it's own minus.
    - Cutscenes (part 2): There was a suprising lack of cutscenes which is one of the things MGS is famous for, i can understand decreasing cutscene amount/length by a bit but the lack of cutscenes is just horrid.
    - Repetetive missions: The first mission and maybe like 5 scattered missions are fun but the rest are horrible, boring and repetetive.
    - Trailers: The trailers are amazing and gave away practically portions of every cutscene in the game and just flat out lied about "Not shying away from controversy" and "Dealing with controversial issues".
    - Venom Snake (protagonist): He's boring and unlikable and doesn't talk much at all, compare him to Naked snake or any other snake really in MGS.
    - Lack of orchestral soundtrack: They usually have some form of the iconic MGS theme or boss music, hey atleast we got some sweet 70's/80's hits.
    - Controls optimization: menus are the worst part but generally control wise, this is a bad port.
    - Taboo subjects: This game lacked them even though promising them, even ground zeroes was more taboo with listening to Paz being raped to look for background clues.
    - Quiet: While MGS has had sexy and skimpy-clad characters like EVA Quiet feels different in a bad way somehow (not her costume, her general character) and was pure fan service or trying to spark controversy to increase sales.
    - Bland mission enviroments: generally sucky and lack of inside enviroments.
    - Side ops: These are so bad they should be removed good god.

    The pacing is horrible and so are alot of other stuff but the gameplay and tiny details are so greatly done, and thats why i give it a 6/10.
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  7. Dec 7, 2015
    0
    Empieza excelente, y despues decae terriblemente.
    Repetitivo, es la mejor palabra para describir este juego. Casi la totalidad de la
    Empieza excelente, y despues decae terriblemente.
    Repetitivo, es la mejor palabra para describir este juego. Casi la totalidad de la historia, se basa en extraer gente con el globo, volviendo a los mismos mapas, y hasta inclusive viendo las mismas cinematicas y dialogos.
    No se porque no hicieron un buen sistema de viaje rapido (el que es con la caja nadie lo usa porque es muy complicado de hacer), tener que ver la misma animacion del helicoptero, esperarlo a que llegue o aterrice, ver las mismas cosas del iDroid, ver el mismo selector de equipo, y hasta tener que ver los creditos tantas veces, inclusive te spoilea al principio los personajes que van a aparecer en el capitulo. El mismo juego te spoilea!! Para los que vimos el trailer antes de que saliera, es un resumen del juego, sacaron las escenas mas importantes de todo el juego y lo metieron ahi, no hay nada nuevo.
    El mapa, totalmente basto e inmenso, tan aprovechable, pero vacio. No hay mas que tierra y rocas en las zonas donde no hay bases militares, haciendo innecesaria y hasta inutil la expliración, sin sentido.
    Lo mismo con la base madre, imposible de recorrer siquiera entre tantas escaleras cruzadas y tubos que no conducen a ningun lugar, nada de nada para interactuar mas que un baño portatil.
    Las texturas del juego, totalmente mal hechas, haciendo que el caballo se frene cada dos segundos, o haciendo que tu personaje se ponga de pie de la nada, haciendo que te detecten (esto ultimo no lo voy a criticar en realidad por la complejidad del mapa, que me parece entendible y aceptable).
    Y lo que mas me duele, sobre todas las cosas... la historia.
    Vaya y pase el resto, pero que desastre la historia. Sin decir un solo spoiler, es un juego en el que sacaron la mision final, solo dios sabe porque... No hay batalla de jefe final, ni momento emotivo, ni nada que se le paresca a los juegos anteriores. Te obligan a hacer la primera mision toda de vuelta, solamente para agregar 20 segundos de cinematica sobre el final, revelando algo mas que absurdo y que le quita toda gracia al juego.
    Sin mencionar que deciden como medio de explicacion de la historia, estos "casettes" que nadie escucha, tediosos, aun peores que leer notas en los videojuegos.
    Estoy muy decepcionado, desde MGS3 que uno empieza a usar a Big Boss, le agarra tanto o mas cariño que a Solid Snake, y una entrega en el año 2015, con esos graficos y tanto presupuesto encima, uno espera algo conmovedor, trascendente...
    Y como si fuera poco uno cuando termina, entra a internet para ver criticas y demas, y se encuentra con que el juego fue cortado, que habia una mision mas con jefe final pero por algun motivo fue eliminado, muy posiblemente para acortar el presupuesto y cumplir con el tiempo de lanzamiento, codicia de dinero, que habia un capitulo 3, lo cual tendria mucho sentido, pero tambien fue arrancado, y suplantado por un copiar y pegar de misiones que ya habiamos hecho, pero en modo dificil.
    Me llevo la amargura, y sabiendo que nadie va a leer esto, aprovecho para descargarme, poniendole esta nota que no se la merece, se merece más, pero es necesario un balance en ese puntaje.
    Es obvio que por mas que de nuevo digan que este es el ultimo MGS, no lo va a ser, por un motivo meramente comercial, espero que el proximo vuelva a ser lo que era, que no vuelvan a este metodo de capitulos y episodios, metal gear siempre quiere innovar, por eso es el mejor hoy, y por mas que no me haya gustado el juego, me parece bien que prueben, nada mas que les salio mal...
    Aun asi, como analisis de juego, fue una decepcion, y todo lo que tengo para decir.
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