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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Has the Best Open World

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain marks an important transition for the series. Previous MGS entries allowed freedom within defined spaces, while MGSV makes the shift to an open-world sandbox design. The linearity of past games disappears, and Hideo Kojima's MGS swan song thrives on the lack of constraints. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain feels like an open-world sandbox game in which the game actually plays like a virtual sandbox. There aren't a ton of sidequests scattered over every square inch of the map. Instead, every situation in the game promotes creativity and thus the game shines in its open world design.

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ArchangelMike1109d ago

While I love MGSV as much as the next person, I think so far this year The Witcher 3 has the best open world. If we are talking open world games in general, then I think GTA V still holds that crown, not only becasue it is completely seamless - i.e a "true" open world, but also becasue it has the best "living" open world. MGSV is more of a huge sandbox than an open "world".

n4rc1108d ago

GTA would be mine... and watchdogs tried to copy it and failed but did add one really cool thing..

you never knew if a npc was an actual player following you..

Vegamyster1108d ago

I found the open world kinda bland, i would have loved to have had more larger bases in the vein of Ground Zeros to explore, most of the outposts are samey small villages and the missions/side ops that take place in them are pretty easy.

goathouse7741107d ago

I don't think the point was to have "the best open world," it was about creating an environment where versatile gameplay could unfold without constraint, and it's a success.