I am a huge fan of the Metal Gear series and desperately wanted to love Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain but I have to admit to being turned off by the whole affair. The first five hours of gameplay were great, exploring the open world and building Mother Base was thrilling, but after that, it grew tiresome and became a grind. Performance issues with the frame rate kept pulling me out of the moment and long lasting server issues mean I have been unable to play the multiplayer at all. I had hoped that Hideo Kojima’s final Metal Gear game would wrap up the franchise nicely but instead we have a disjointed and unfinished plot. With only three real “boss battles”, most of the gameplay comes down to a formulaic method of “approach, survey, shoot”. And that just isn’t Metal Gear to me. The franchise ends, not with a bang, but a whimper, and that might just be the saddest piece of gaming news I have ever heard.