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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by Konami






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  • Intense Violence
  • Sexual Themes
  • Strong Language
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 19.
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  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Developer: Konami
  • Category: Action , Adventure

Product Details:

Konami Digital Entertainment continues forth the METAL GEAR SOLID V Experience' with the latest chapter, METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Phantom Pain. Ushering in a new era for the franchise with cutting-edge technology powered by the Fox Engine, MGSV: The Phantom Pain, will provide players a first-rate gaming experience as they are offered tactical freedom to carry out open-world missions.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

A Legend Worth Waiting For
by Joe Juba

Bring Metal Gear's signature stealth into an open world focused on individual missions


The visuals look great and run smoothly, with some occasional texture pop-in when your focus changes


Kiefer Sutherland does a good job, but speaks so rarely that the change from David Hayter in the lead role feels more like a PR stunt than a new direction for the character


Some of the contextual commands can be finicky, but the basic stealth and combat mechanics are rock solid


Many missions feel like puzzles, forcing you to use your available resources to find one of many ways to complete your objective. Applying your rewards to building, expanding, and improving your base is an irresistible joy



Metal Gear is a member of video gaming's old guard. It has been consistently popular since its inception in the 80s, which is a rare distinction it shares with revered names like Mario and Zelda. Unlike its peers, Metal Gear has been telling a continuous story the whole time - a major strength and a strange weakness all at once. Invested fans adore the series for its narrative just as much as its tactical espionage action, but the sprawling story makes it intimidating for newcomers. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is different; it puts the saga of Big Boss and his sons in the background, emphasizing dynamic gameplay and a player-directed approach to progression.

The story is still important, but it isn't the driving force in this installment. As Big Boss, you build an army and work against a villain named Skull Face (introduced in the MGS V prologue, Ground Zeroes). The premise of building Big Boss' legend is interesting, and it evolves to include compelling and unexpected themes that I won't spoil. However, Kojima Productions' decision to offload key story information into optional audio logs means that major developments can occur without necessary context, only letting you learn more about them after the fact. As a longtime series fan, I would rather deal with a few more cutscenes than spend hours listening to audio tapes to get the proper background. Though all of the information comes together eventually into a tale worthy of the Metal Gear name, the ending didn't satisfy me, presenting few answers and a lot of questions.

The hands-off approach to storytelling is disappointing, but it also makes room for other elements of the game to step to the forefront. Without frequent interruptions for exposition, you're free to immerse yourself in the addictive mission-based structure. You are presented with a staggering number of missions (split into story-critical and optional categories), and you plan and execute a series of operations at your own pace. The freedom is great, letting you choose the activities and rewards that interest you. Extracting valuable prisoners, stealing resources, sabotaging communications - each type of mission has a different flow. Getting into a rhythm is easy and fun, and you won't run out of content quickly. I finished the game around the 45-hour mark, and I still have a wealth of things to do.

The transition to an open world is generally smooth, though getting around isn't as easy as it could be. One fast travel system is buried and not clearly explained; You have to grab vouchers from certain shipping areas (which are not marked on the map until you find them), then get in your cardboard box to get shipped from one discovered location to another. Your other option is to spend a lot of time watching Big Boss ride on helicopters as you travel to and from landing zones. These mobility issues didn't stop me from enjoying the game, but the inability to quickly and intuitively get to where you need to be is a weird and unnecessary problem that other open-world titles solved years ago.

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Taking place nine years after the events of MGSV: Ground Zeroes and the fall of Mother Base, Snake a.k.a. Big Boss, awakes from a nine year coma. The game resumes the story in 1984, with the Cold War still as the backdrop, which continues to shape a global crisis. Snake's journey takes him into a world where he is driven by a need for revenge and the pursuit of a shadow group, XOF.

The METAL GEAR SOLID development team continues to ambitiously explore mature themes such as the psychology of warfare and the atrocities that result from those that engage in its vicious cycle. One of the most anticipated games of the year with its open-world design, photorealistic visual fidelity and feature-rich game design, MGSV: The Phantom Pain will leave its mark as one of the hallmarks in the gaming industry for its cinematic storytelling, heavy themes, and immersive tactical gameplay.


  • Open-World game design allowing players ultimate freedom on how to approach missions and overall game progression
  • Fox Engine delivers photorealistic graphics, thoughtful game design and true new-generation game production quality
  • Online connectivity that carries the experience beyond the consoles to other devices to augment the overall functionality and access to the game

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stupid boring corny game Plot is boring. Gameplay BORING! Youre in a desert most of the time looking at sand and MORE SAND. The plot is so wack I dont even care about whats supposed to going on. Not only is the plot uninteresting and convoluted, the game is very hard which makes it not even worth trying because I have no connection to it. Oh yea sure I'll hide inside a box in the middle of the dessert. I played the originals back in the day, and this just doesnt compare. Things have changed indeed. I FELL ASLEEP SO MANY TIMES TRYING HARD TO BE INTERESTED IN THIS!
Date published: 2015-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING GAME IF YOU WANT WHAT YOU PAY FOR This game is outstanding on all respects. Its good in gameplay, graphics, sound, and even in its weird story. Its good because the game can keep you wanting more and make you feel excited to play it. It can also make you like the soundtrack too if you enjoy music from the 80's. Some of the cutscene's are a bit disgusting but that's what makes it different then other casual games. One thing about the game that is very cool is creating and building up MOTHER BASE. I absolutely love how you can create your own emblem and have it placed around your base to see, You can also wear it on yourself and your soldiers also wear it too! You should get this game if you want good quality out of gameplay and presentation of the world you play in.
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from should be GOTY!!!!! This game absolutely blew me away in every way possible.Metal Gear Solid V:The Phantom Pain is an outstanding piece of work. everything from the graphics, the gameplay, the story, and stealth, are all excellent. overall great addition to the series.
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hideo Kojima Delivers Once Again!!! Let me start off by saying that this game is amazing both gameplay-wise and graphically. The graphics on this game are off-the-charts. The gameplay may seem great at first but the stealth gets repetitive after a while. Overall this is a great game and I would recomend this game to everyone.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Master Piece GOTY GOTY theres so much to do in this game. the freedom on killing your enemies is so fun. theres so many weapons to pick from.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incrediable, but where's the story? This game truly is amazing in terms of graphics, solid gameplay, awesome music, voice acting and such. The story for me, however, fell flat because of 3 main reasons. It ended at Chapter 1, it didn't go enough into depth about the characters and finally it plays back burner to me. Honestly I focused more on the side objectives because of the amount of money you need. This game really requires you not to just think during a mission, but also in terms of funds. Every time you deploy it costs you, every time you use supply drop or even Fulton device an object it costs you. Its costs upon costs upon costs. While in all truth that is reality, this is a game. I found myself not using certain weapons or vehicles due to the cost of my deployment. While its easy to make the money back it really does get ridiculous how much weapon upgrades cost. You aren't able to customize your weapons until you get the gunsmith which requires 4 missions if I remember correctly. Its a cool feature which I spent most of my times, but was actually disappointed that you have to buy the weapon system in order to get the items. I mean you cant just buy a scope or a better suppressor, you had to buy a whole new weapon that could cost between 350k-500k. It honestly becomes ridiculous how much you spend just to get a simple upgrade for a weapon. The companions in the game are well done and very useful, but by far the dog seems to be the greatest asset due to his recon skills. Don't get me wrong, Quiet is very efficient giving covering fire and helping with bosses. To say simply the controls are solid and work great! Only a few times did I have some problems, but that's more due to the control design which you can change. Overall the game is done really well, but with a lack of story and replay value for me I just didn't have an urge to keep playing it. I beat it, but once its done there isn't much to do except replay missions and secondary's. While they just began adding FOB missions and multiplayer, honestly I just don't care after playing an FOB mission and found it to just repeat with everyone's base. Overall it is a fun play through, but if you don't already know some history about the characters and story you might be let down or even lost. Its sad they got an actor like Keifer Sutherland and made Big Boss almost never talk. Overall this is a fun game and while I was impressed with the gameplay I cant say this is a game Ill hold onto for long.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an action packed, thrilling, and funny game. From the start to the end this game keeps you wanting more. Big Boss has never been better and mother base has never been bigger. the metal gear series has been needing an open world and with this installment of the series we've gotten what wanted.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kojima Masterpiece without a doubt is a masterpiece to the game series of metal gear solid.Kojima is a legend at making video games, too bad this is his last game. people who had not play a metal gear solid start playing all of it.
Date published: 2015-09-16
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