Tony Polanco from The Koalition writes:
"Ever since the release of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, series creator Hideo Kojima has said that each installment in the franchise would be his last. It got to a point where it became a running joke, and when he said that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would be his final game in the franchise, no one took him seriously. After the fallout he and parent company Konami had however, Kojima’s promised departure from the series has indeed come. Despite the drama, I can think of no better way for Kojima to leave the franchise he created. The Phantom Pain is not only one of the strongest entries in the franchise, but one of the top games of this year."