Review – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - The Outerhaven

Gary Marston writes: "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain isn’t just another entry to Hideo Kojima’s world-class canon; it’s an ambitious statement of a video game. A game which begins with David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ clearly exudes a certain amount of confidence – and as the song’s powerful lyrics begin to raise early themes of existentialism and humanity, players will get their long-awaited first glimpse of Kiefer Sutherland’s Snake in action (upon second reading, I realise that sounds a bit like a euphemism). The song isn’t just bog-standard contextualising filler either; it is one of many cleverly constructed layers that develop throughout the course of the 50-hour campaign. The genius of Hideo Kojima strikes in emphatic style, making Metal Gear Solid V the standout title of the year."

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DogtagDuke19921188d ago

This game makes several disappointing compromises, actually. Snake says about 10 words in the entire thing, the story is depressingly absent as well. I am on mission 29/31 and Im still just running around the desert doing the same repetitive infiltration style mission over and over with no story to back it up. I expected an extremely detailed story like in previous entries and I got a shell of that. Yes, the gameplay is solid, but without a concrete and epic story, who cares? What baffles me most is that the first hour (escaping the hospital) is so freaking cinematic, epic, and story driven, yet as soon as you get into the open world, you just run around doing generic missions over and over. OVERALL, I give the game a 7/10. Great gameplay, but it lacks so much in the story department- which is tolerable for most other games except for the fact that this one has MGS written on the case and that should mean that you are in for one hell of a story-driven ride