MR BLACKMAGIK of the DRM Gamecast writes, "It's only fitting that the franchise that popularized stealth, has returned to revitalize the dying genre. The culmination of a franchise that has spanned nearly 30 years, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a masterpiece like no other. As with most open world games, The Phantom Pain can not be simply stuffed into one genre. It's an RPG as much as it is a stealth or action game. Due to the sheer amount of content in the game, my review will be broken into two parts. Part 1 will focus on stealth, while Part 2 will focus on story elements, Mother Base, FOB, etc. Sit back folks, this is one hell of a ride."