Cinelinx - " Metal Gear Solid may go down as one of the greatest franchised ever created while under Hideo Kojima. Yet, The Phantom Pain seems to be his last creation with the series and he sure did go down with a bang. The Phantom Pain takes story mechanics of previous games and blends them with a new open world approach to make one epic masterpiece of a game. While hardcore fans of the series will be thrilled with the clues and connections to other games, new comers will have no problem jumping right in. If anything this is a great starting place for new fans of the franchise, but it does leave a tiny bit of emptiness for life long fans."