GameRevolution: "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's release next week signals the end of Hideo Kojima's involvement with the Metal Gear series. It's a significant moment in the video game industry, as he has contributed several of the most well-regarded games in history. Knowing that time was working against him, Kojima made sure to put in every ounce of effort he had into making The Phantom Pain a fulfilling experience. Judging by the extraordinarily positive reviews of the title, he may have struck his mark.
Story has always been an important component of the Metal Gear franchise, enough so that fans have spent the last few years actively participating in discussion about the plot of the final Metal Gear game. Knowing this, Kojima made sure to include something that fans would find special."