Brendan Holben at GameCloud Australia writes:
"In a strange way, “The Phantom Pain” turns out to be quite an apt description for this game. We’re profoundly aware there’s something missing here, and it’s possible we won’t be truly satisfied. There are a few glaring issues in The Phantom Pain that could have sunk it, but in the end the incredible sandbox gameplay is just too good to dismiss. The series has always been about bombastic plots and super-refined gameplay, so the sting here is that Kojima’s swan song had to be compromised for the worse. Don’t get me wrong: The Phantom Pain is a brilliant game – I’m just grieving what could have been."