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  • Summary: Following the prologue METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN concludes the METAL GEAR SOLID V experience by following the story of the protagonist of the series, Big Boss (a.k.a. Snake). The METAL GEAR SOLID V experience is Creator and Director HideoFollowing the prologue METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN concludes the METAL GEAR SOLID V experience by following the story of the protagonist of the series, Big Boss (a.k.a. Snake). The METAL GEAR SOLID V experience is Creator and Director Hideo Kojima's first time incorporating open world gameplay to the groundbreaking METAL GEAR franchise. Expand
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  1. Positive: 84 out of 86
  2. Negative: 0 out of 86
  1. Aug 24, 2015
    100
    Kojima redefines the stealth-action genre showing a V for Victory. Good decisions, clear direction, deep gameplay, extremely polished... MGSV writes one of the most important chapters in the Metal Gear franchise.
  2. Sep 8, 2015
    100
    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is the apex of the series and a fitting way for Kojima et al to bow out: as one, as best, as Big Boss.
  3. Nov 10, 2015
    100
    The holy grail of world-building games, it’s argued, is a black box that lets players do as they like with minimal handholding. Pliability with just the right measure of accountability. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a tactical stealth simulation wrapped in a colossal resource management puzzle inside a love letter to theatrical inscrutability, comes the closest of any game I’ve yet played to realizing that ideal.
  4. Aug 24, 2015
    92
    The Phantom Pain is an unusual Metal Gear experience, one that not everybody may enjoy if they cling to systems of old. If they’re willing to adapt and accept this new way of exploring Kojima’s world however, they are going to be blown away, absolutely, and one hundred percent guaranteed. This new open world is one that is begging to be played with, in whatever way a player wishes.
  5. Sep 22, 2015
    90
    Still, I'm confident in calling Metal Gear Solid 5 the best game of the year, a vast undertaking where Kojima's reach hasn't exceeded his grasp, a game where a big story doesn't happen to you. Instead, you happen to it, slowly but surely. You may be surprised who you end up becoming.
  6. Sep 7, 2015
    90
    The game is a triumph in more ways than one, and while it’s not without flaws, it’s safe to say that Hideo Kojima and company have successfully adapted the core of Metal Gear Solid for an open world.
  7. Sep 22, 2015
    60
    It's kind of insane that the spiritual follow up to Peace Walker and easily the most ambitious Metal Gear title to date somehow winds up as arguably the least interesting entry overall, but there it is.

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  1. Sep 28, 2015
    10
    Once again, Kojima has sneaked up on us with a perfect game. This game is well-balanced with an open world and mission-based gameplay that youOnce again, Kojima has sneaked up on us with a perfect game. This game is well-balanced with an open world and mission-based gameplay that you can go at it on a series of sleepless nights or just casually play twice a week without losing the momentum and excitement. There is so much to do, so many possibilities and the franchise has evolved into perfection. I will shut up now, just play it and you'll see! Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2015
    10
    MGSVTPP has finally come and I can definitely say it was worth the wait , this game is a marvellous example of how to make a good game and itMGSVTPP has finally come and I can definitely say it was worth the wait , this game is a marvellous example of how to make a good game and it surpasses almost all of the games that have come this year . While the game is troubled by a not so great second part of the game ( when you reach Africa ) it's still fun enough to guarantee a purchase , Afghanistan is the thief of the show with a great opening in Cyprus leading into the war torn Afghanistan where Russia is fighting the Muhajideen , it's a good way to begin the game . Once you get your own Mother Base things get a lot more interesting but as I said once you reach Africa it dials back down a little . The gameplay is probably the best part of this game , the stealth is extremely fun and even going in guns blazing Is surprisingly fun for a game based on stealth . I loved the buddy system and being able to level up you partner , my favourite being Quiet as she can scout a base and inform you where all the important items are ( enemies , prisoners , turrets etc. ) . The Graphics are also phenomenal , it's a beautiful version of the Fox Engine and I wouldn't want the graphics any other way . Overall this is a fantastic experience that at the same time has a lot of flaws , you might be wondering why I didn't lower the score even though I had some major complaints and the simple answer is , everything else in the game is done so well the flaws are surpassed and forgotten , this game is a straight 10/10 with a fantastic everything besides as I said the few flaws . Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    V has come and so have I. Excellent presentation, amazing gameplay and a great soundtrack. Pick this up if you're a fan of the stealth genreV has come and so have I. Excellent presentation, amazing gameplay and a great soundtrack. Pick this up if you're a fan of the stealth genre or metal gear solid. RIGHT NOW Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2015
    9
    MGSV has fantastic and fluid gameplay which is highly addictive, it performs incredibly well (60fps 99% of the time) and looks great. The timeMGSV has fantastic and fluid gameplay which is highly addictive, it performs incredibly well (60fps 99% of the time) and looks great. The time you spend stealing materials and knocking out guards is endlessly entertaining but I did have some gripes. I loved MGS3 but I am definately not a fan of the series as a whole, for me the ideas behind MGS are much better than how they're executed... kind of like Bob Dylan. This was however a great experience overall. The story is minimal and a bit ropey but not without it's charm. Voice acting is a bit wooden and the script has some real cringe dialogue but Kiefer Sutherland puts on a good show even if he doesn't talk so much. There are a ton of missions although most are clones of each other with slight variations and the open world is pretty lifeless... Then there is Quiet which is Kojima's way of informing us of his sexual fantasies, a really bizarre character and a wasted opportunity. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2015
    8
    Look I love this game, but it has flaws. This score is not representative of this game when compared to the series. To anyone who gave thisLook I love this game, but it has flaws. This score is not representative of this game when compared to the series. To anyone who gave this game a 5 or lower because it didn't live up to metal gear as a series, screw you, the point of a review is to determine a single games quality, not to score it based off every other one in the series. Expand
  6. May 13, 2016
    7
    While the gameplay in Mgs5 is top notch, the variety to the way that the missions are given is always the same.
    Sneak in.
    Grab thing. Sneak
    While the gameplay in Mgs5 is top notch, the variety to the way that the missions are given is always the same.
    Sneak in.
    Grab thing.
    Sneak out.
    And while the game may be a huge open world, it doesn't feel like a living open world.
    Within my first play-though I learned where the best place to harvest resources and where to find the best men to recruit.
    It doesn't take long to learn the spawn times either, which normally spawn within half a hour.
    And while a few of the characters where great,(code talker, Huey, Quiet, Eli, Paz) the main stake characters of this beloved franchise felt like hollow representations of themselves from pervious game (Snake, Miller).
    The worst offender of this is by far ocelot.
    They completely butched ocelot within this game.
    While In other games he comes off as zany and a bit of nut job, in this instalment he comes off as a monotone soulless client Eastwood wannabe.
    And the story my god the story.
    I have one thing to say about this heap of **** story that makes me want to puke.
    Less is not more Kojima, more is more.
    As a long time Mgs fan I just can not express just how much of a disappointment the story was.

    While the game was overall a disappointment. I still enjoyed the gameplay and the companion system which was a nice welcome edition to this franchise.
    If you are a long time Mgs fan avoid this like the plague.
    If you new to this franchise and have just come off call of duty or hitman:absolution or the latest thief title, go for it!
    I'm sure it will be right up your alley!
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  7. Nov 1, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The twist sucks alot. Like alot alot. Its really bad. So bad i don't even know what to say Expand

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