Why 'Metal Gear Solid 5' Still Isn't The Best In The Series


"With the release of Metal Gear Solid 5, one of the most storied, stalwart series in the video gaming industry comes to a close. It does so in classic, absurd style, with a sprawling, endless take on its classic stealth gameplay, a tour de force for newcomers and longtime fans alike. It’s the biggest game in the series by a long shot, with by far the most intricate gameplay, most extensive weapon systems, and a sense of freedom the series has never had before. But, for me, it’s still not the best game Hideo Kojiima has given us yet. That honor will always go to the original Metal Gear Solid on Playstation."

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DanteVFenris6661764d ago

It would be if not for the terrible 4th And 5th act. Though those acts added diversity the first 2 acts were a lot better in my opinion.

darren_poolies1764d ago

What? The fourth and fifth act were amazing!

Kleptic1764d ago

yep...completely lost...I haven't played MGS4 in half a decade...but I do remember the second half of that game being arguably the best single player experience i've ever had...

DanteVFenris6661764d ago (Edited 1764d ago )

The fifth act took 5-10 mins to complete. Excluding the cutscenes. Not that I hated the fourth but it was very different than the rest of the game. Where robots became the primary enemy. And those grenades that stunned robots became I must have. I grew to like it but i didn't enjoy my first play through only later did I realize it made the game a bit more diverse.

The fiths act only saving grace was the epic fight against liquid. That was one awsome fight to end it. However the entire level for act 5 I think I've sped run on it in a few minutes

BloodyBorne1764d ago (Edited 1764d ago )

I haven't played MGSV yet, but from what I've heard, it doesn't have as many of the big wow, story driven moments that the more linear versions of the past MGS games have had.

I have played Ground Zeroes, and it by far, has my favorite gameplay mechanics of the series.

And I agree...despite what some folks say about the cutscenes, (which every MGS game has had length cutscenes and dialog) MGS4 was incredible.

If you are a die hard MGS fan, the cutscenes are integral to the experience.

81BX1764d ago

Ive only played the nin mg games and a bit of patriot, this game isn't a let down by far but it certainly didnt warrent all the hype. Its a solid experience though.

MysticStrummer1764d ago

"If you are a die hard MGS fan, the cutscenes are integral to the experience."

Not necessarily. I'm a die hard MGS fan since MGS1, loved the story and cut scenes from the past titles, and there are very few games I'd buy over a new Metal Gear if they released on the same day, but I'm absolutely loving MGS5 despite it's apparently light story. If Kojima announced he was making another MGS with this exact same story to gameplay ratio I'd still be there on day one. Having said that, until I finish this game and have all the evidence for a comparison MGS3 remains my favorite of the series. The only one I didn't find to be amazing was MGS2, and it still had many very cool moments.

seanpitt231764d ago (Edited 1764d ago )

Loved them all but 3 and 4 are my favourites. Mgs 5 is probably my least favourite I just don't like how it's set out. It's totally different from the others I always new with it being open world it wouldn't be a story driven game as much as the others was.

DanteVFenris6661764d ago

So far I like 4 the most than 5, than 3. The only reason for that is because I hated the controls. In that you couldn't properly aim. The shooting mechanics were done terrible. If not for that it might beat 4 but it's hard to say

Timesplitter141764d ago (Edited 1764d ago )

For me:
- MGS1 : Best setting, ambience, innovation
- MGS2 : Had great gameplay at the time but today doesn't really stand out in the franchise anymore
- MGS3 : Best story hands down, also had great mechanics like healing, hunting and camouflage. MGS3's story was the simplest in the franchise and also the most effective. There's probably something to learn from that.
- MGS4 : While not the best story, had many of the best "moments" of the franchise (microwave corridor, fight with ocelot, cyborg raiden, REX vs RAY, death of Big Boss)
- MGS5 : Best gameplay, although I still think it would be better if there was a greater focus on stealth, and you couldn't easily get away with shooting everyone

Overall: MGS3 was my favorite because story, characters, gameplay, boss fights, "kojimaness" and easter eggs were all nearly flawless.

I also think the ultimate MGS game would be MGS5's controls/mechanics in a MGS1 kind of setting (solo infiltrate a large enemy base where the entire game takes place, with no outside support aside from codec calls), and a story as good as MGS3's

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aaron58291764d ago

yeah man, 3 is the best for me story wise... gameplay, i have to give it to 4, and peacewalker, and 2 and ori and V, eff it... i love mgs.

SuperBlunt1764d ago

You cannot be serious about the gameplay one. There is no way what you said could be percieved as a fact

Timesplitter141764d ago

I didn't like the gameplay in 4 that much. Having access to the weapon store at all times kinda removed the sense of danger.

They handled this better in MGS5 because it feels like it works better with the whole open-world/base management aspect of the game

slappy5081764d ago

GOAT- took me a while, game of all time presumably what it means.
I agree
I rank 3,4,5,2,1.. They are all all great games, really

Gamehard1764d ago

GOAT = Greatest of all time :) it applies to anything that can have a ranking system lol.

equal_youth1764d ago

The story might not be on par with the best in the series but the gameplay is definitely the best in the series. I would have wished for better and more memorable boss-fights and a better bridge between the other games but where the story fails the gameplay satisfies.

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