Rich at GameSpew writes: "Last Tuesday saw the release of what for many will probably be the game of the year, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The latest entry in the highly regarded Metal Gear series, it was undoubtedly hyped beyond measure thanks to a constant barrage of media coverage about the game itself and the apparent fallout between its creator, Hideo Kojima, and his employer Konami. With mainstream press attending camps to review the game, before launch day it had already acquired a bewildering number of glowing reviews awarding the title 5/5 and 10/10 scores. You’d honestly believe it heralded a new age of videogames given the amount of praise bestowed upon it.
Released on the same day, and therefore pretty much sent out to die, was a new game based on the Mad Max film franchise. Developed by Avalanche Studios of Just Cause fame, review copies for this title were sent out for the day of release, meaning that reviews trickled through shortly after its muted launch, and whilst they weren’t terrible, they also didn’t paint the game in a great light.
Two open world games, both with their own unique take on the genre, created by talented developers. One met with universal praise by the mainstream press, the other, apathy. So what gives?"