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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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Score distribution:
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 805
  1. Apr 26, 2016
    10
    This game is amazing point blank period. The attention to detail the replay value the story the side missons this game is the best next genThis game is amazing point blank period. The attention to detail the replay value the story the side missons this game is the best next gen game period. There is so many different things and ways you can go about playing this game it just blows my mind. And it really puts your brains snd skills to the test. People giving this game average scores do not know a masterpiece if it slapped them in the face and that is what this game truly is i rarely come on here to score games but this is a stand out and it needs to be treated as such Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    The best game I've ever played.
    All in this game is perfect.
    It's not just a fanboy's point of view, this game will change your future.
    The best game I've ever played.
    All in this game is perfect.
    It's not just a fanboy's point of view, this game will change your future.
    Thanks Mister Kojima for this jewel.
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  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. Oct 28, 2015
    9
    I have been waiting so long for this game to come out. I am a long time MGS fan, ever since the first ones. I have been so excited for thisI have been waiting so long for this game to come out. I am a long time MGS fan, ever since the first ones. I have been so excited for this game, I just knew it was going to be epic. I got it the minute it came out, and after putting 300 hours into it, I thought it was about time to write a review. I must admit, the game lacks story, but it is there, and it is epic. The gameplay is better than ever, and the missions get somewhat repetitive, but that didn't stop me from having fun with it. It's a shame Konami cut chapter 3, however I would hope they release it as DLC in the future. I absolutely love the soundtrack in MGS, and this game maybe doesn't have memorable tracks such as Snake Eater or the MGS2 Main Theme, but it has some pretty awesome songs in it. The cutscenes are also awesome, I like when he punches the mirror out at the end of mission 46. MGO3 I've also had a lot of fun with. I've met my fair share of friends online so far, and I've had some great matches. Overall, 9/10. I wish I could give it a 10 but the story just lacks. Great game, though! Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2015
    8
    I've played 20 hours. It is a splendid mixture of PW and GZ. Such varied gameplay what want to replay the missions over and over again.I've played 20 hours. It is a splendid mixture of PW and GZ. Such varied gameplay what want to replay the missions over and over again. Improvement platforms are at the highest level. No time explain, I have to get back into this game again. ^_^ Expand
  6. Sep 12, 2015
    7
    while every part of the game is pretty much functional and solid so does the game fail to excel in any way for me. there are better games forwhile every part of the game is pretty much functional and solid so does the game fail to excel in any way for me. there are better games for "lethal" stealth, there are better games for "ghost" stealth, there are better games for all out combat, there are better games for management and so forth. the only real thing i can say it does really, really well is the blending of these games.

    the game itself suffers from the ordinary predicament of open-world games, where the world is big but boring and dead and the game gets repetitive quickly.

    the story is what you would expect from a comic-book that has been running a slight bit too long "the evil doctor skullface (yes, the villains name is skullface) wants to make a macguffin to genocide people for world domination, it only gets worse from there and they tell the story with a straight face. of course, while the story might be a bit... bonkers, so can there be some enjoyment derived from it anyway.
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  7. Oct 24, 2018
    0
    No one that have played metal gear 1 2 & 3 can rate this game 10 if u do u lie. I deleted after 3 hours gameplay.

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