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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. Nov 4, 2015
    10
    i love metal Gear solid Franchised i first placed first on on ps1 i loved it now 5 came out its awesome i only played 2 hours into it and ii love metal Gear solid Franchised i first placed first on on ps1 i loved it now 5 came out its awesome i only played 2 hours into it and i got hook on it

    the Graphic is awesome voice acting incredible stealth mechanic tops

    i cant wait for 6th installment if the will be one fingers crossed but if ur not metal gear fan i suggest picking it up u wont be disappointed
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  2. Sep 2, 2015
    10
    This is definitely not just the best game in the MGS saga, but one of the best action games ever created, period. It's a sublime masterpieceThis is definitely not just the best game in the MGS saga, but one of the best action games ever created, period. It's a sublime masterpiece that should be taken as a reference of how games can evolve without hurting its core feeling. Props to Hideo Kojima and his awesome team! 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 6, 2015
    9
    Metal Gear Solid 5 is a fun, addictive, and extremely deep experience, and I have enjoyed my 70 + hours with it. Which makes it even moreMetal Gear Solid 5 is a fun, addictive, and extremely deep experience, and I have enjoyed my 70 + hours with it. Which makes it even more disappointing that the story isn't given much attention, and doesn't act as a satisfying conclusion to this incredible series. Expand
  5. Sep 19, 2015
    8
    Good game, MGS lived up to the hype it was surrounded by. Gameplay (while sometimes repetitive) is very good. If your into story drivenGood game, MGS lived up to the hype it was surrounded by. Gameplay (while sometimes repetitive) is very good. If your into story driven stealth gamed then this is the game for you Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2016
    7
    This is a pretty good game overall, but while playing I kept thinking it will somehow turn into the classic MGS games I love. It did not,This is a pretty good game overall, but while playing I kept thinking it will somehow turn into the classic MGS games I love. It did not, which made me hate this game. As a game, it was cool, but as a MGS game, it is a big disappointment. This game will be great for those who have not played MGS. It is basically a spit in the face to the MGS fans. I love MGS from PS1 to PS3 Guns of the Patriots. All are classics to me. Even Peace Walker stayed true to the cannon. You can enjoy this game if you don't try to compare it to other MGS games. Expand
  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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