Review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Will Divide Die-Hard Fans [EGMR]

EGMR writes: "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain left me conflicted as a die-hard MGS fan. It certainly has some of the best gameplay of this entire series, and it's easily one of the most intelligent, player-driven and amazing open world games this generation so far. It offers a phenomenal amount of content and runs like a dream, which is bound to embarrass other triple A titles. Yet being so deeply invested in this story and series it left me feeling underwhelmed and disappointed at how minimal the story is, and how it didn't feel like a farewell. It may leave you looking for and wanting more out of the story, which has not happened before in the history of this series. The result, despite being astounding to play, felt like a core part of the experience was missing. The Phantom Pain may not be Kojima's cinematic and narrative masterpiece, but it is close to that purely as a video game experience."

The story is too old to be commented.
Abby19421160d ago ShowReplies(1)
Timesplitter141160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

I think rating this game is a question of what you think a 10/10 represents.

For some people, a 10 means the game has no flaws. MGS5 definitely has flaws. Its open world is a bit lifeless, the franchise's signature boss battles were almost absent, and its story felt incomplete. If that is the way you rate games, then an 8 seems about right.

For others, a 10 means it's one of the best games available right now, and it raises the bar for future games. And in that respect I'd give MGS5 a 10. Some flawed games are just better than games with no flaws. The positive aspects matter too, not just the negative

Tody_ZA1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

Thanks for the opinion, respected and appreciated.

I'm not against giving games 10, I'm a full supporter of using the entire scale, from 1 right through to 10. I've given quite a number of games a 10 in my time, which includes God of War III, Limbo, Street Fighter IV, one of the Uncharted games etc.

MGS3 is the easiest 10 I'd ever give in my life, and it's my personal favourite game of all time. Most of the MGS games for me would have scored close to that. It's my favourite game franchise, and it's been that way since I was a kid.

Most of my issues with TPP were story related, as someone who has been invested in this series since the beginning and even played all the side games, including Portable Ops and Peace Walker, and played each game in this series multiple times over. Hell, I have access to PS3s just because of my MGS Legacy Collection, and literally no other reason.

Because story is half the reason to play an MGS game, and one of the biggest reasons this series has produced masterpiece after masterpiece, it had important weight in the score for TPP.

As far as the gameplay is concerned, TPP is brilliant, and often puts other games in the genre to shame. But the story and structure was where I felt disappointment, and with some decisions taken in that regard.

It's all explained in the review.

HaydenJameSmith1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

I've heard the same thing from many long standing fans, there will be a lot of people defending it cause there just getting into the series or cause it's a Hideo Kojima game but the flaws are apparent to most real fans...

As you said its mainly with the story, I was led to believe that this game would bring the series full circle ande explain the things fans have been asking for years... it hasnt really done that. Then there is the lack of boss fights, lifeless world, lack of closure at the end due to it being cut.

Don't get me wrong I still think the game is fantastic but your review is fair and ackoledges the flaws. Also MGS3 is my favourite one out of the series too...

Hueynewton20121160d ago

We also don't have a clue whats in store regarding the future of this game meaning possible story DLC that be be already completed and put aside for later release. I believe in this team and think there's more to come.

Eterna1Ice1160d ago

Now they're gonna be mad about an 8, lol.

Neixus1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

diehard MGS fans are mostly 20+ years old, so not really :)

The thing that makes me and other MGS fans mad, is when people complain about silliness and the ''supernatural' stuff in the game. Everything is explained in the game if you listen to the tapes.

Tody_ZA1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

The 'silliness' and 'supernatural' stuff are a massive reason why the games are awesome and unpredictable.

If it wasn't for the 'silliness' and 'supernatural' stuff, we wouldn't have had some of the best boss fights ever created in gaming, such as Psycho Mantis (MGS1) and The End (MGS3) to name a few.

It's where the game series becomes more than just about a super soldier.

On top of that though, those people who complain about it are fairly warped on priorities because this IS a series where there are human clones, dodgy life-altering nanotechnology, Cyborg Ninjas and whatnot.

Sarah_Ch1160d ago

I just finished the game and completed all missions . And I think the game deserve 9 out of 10. What I didn't like 1-boss fights were easy tho only quite one was good enjoyed it a lot.2- And it's kinda repetitive.

oIITSBIIo1160d ago (Edited 1160d ago )

I'm in episode 32, the game so far is 8/10 for me as well, I'm not sure why it got many 10/10 scores.

Show all comments (23)
The story is too old to be commented.