Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has divided critics and fans. On the one hand, some say it’s a wonderful game, fabulous for different factors. On the other hand, some consider it a superfluous and useless chapter for the Metal Gear Solid saga.
In fact, it is a particular work that has both strengths and weaknesses. However, if you consider yourself a true gamer, you should try it. Why? Well, find out in my review of MGS V: The Phantom Pain (which is also on sale right now).
The man who sold the (Open) World
Let me begin with the strengths of the game. Without a doubt, the map of Metal Gear Solid V is wonderful in every detail. After the fantastic “incipit” of the game, in full Kojima style, you will find yourself in front of an open-world to explore.
However, it is not a single map, but two areas that you will explore throughout various periods. Each zone will have a different eco-system and you will have to adapt based on the location of the map. Remember that you will also have to take into account the day-night cycle, since you can choose the best time to do the missions.
Honestly, this is something that amazed me the first time I played Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Firstly, because until now no MGS has been conceived to be Open-World. The closest thing to this concept was the wonderful jungle maps of MGS III: Snake Eater.
Secondly, because the first game area is very big, and I mean very BIG. I didn’t expect Kojima & Co. to have created another map to discover. You will not forget the fabulous experience of traveling through amazing landscapes. they will leave you speechless.
Metal Gear Solid V: What about the gameplay?
Metal Gear Solid V from a gameplay point of view has brought some innovation to the saga. For example, in this chapter, there is a lot of stealth, but it is not a fundamental factor in ending missions. Of course, hiding in the bushes and stunning enemies, in most cases, will be the easiest way to follow. But not the only one.
In fact, much will also depend on the “partners” who will support you during the missions. That’s right, you can choose different companions who will accompany you on your journey within the map.
You can decide to be accompanied by the beautiful Quiet (photo above) an infallible sniper or choose the trusty D-Dog. Moreover, you have to think that you can even use the D-Walker, a mini Metal Gear that will help you during the onslaught.
In any case, I advise you to always prefer stealth actions, because facing enemies as in a frantic FPS could only make things worse.
Missions and History: The Phantom Pain’s Weaknesses
Now it’s time to analyze what I think the flaws of this videogame are. A lot of gamers have complained about the number of repetitive and trivial side missions brought by Kojima’s latest game (you know what I mean).
The so-called “Fetch Quests” are not a novelty to the Japanese master, since even Metal Gear Solid V is full of it. The thing that I found particularly frustrating is the fact that you will NOT be able to progress unless you complete a certain number of side missions.
At first, it may seem exciting, but as time goes by, stealing data from a patrol leader or destroying an enemy checkpoint will just seem boring. Honestly, it seemed like an unnecessary stretch. At times just the curiosity to carry on the story made me continue to play.
Of course, some may think that this game can “close the circle” but from an author like Kojima, I expected much more.
Metal Gear Solid V: Is it worth playing?
Despite everything, it’s really worth playing Metal Gear Solid V. If you’re a fan of the saga then, you’ll appreciate even more the numerous secondary characters.
You should know that the game is also very longevous since the single-player campaign combines a nice multiplayer mode. The latter is based on the protection of your Mother Base.
If you want to find out more about the game, then you have to try it. The Konami Sale is the perfect opportunity for that. However, if you want to enjoy the complete experience, I recommend Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Edition, that you find on our store, which also includes MGS: Ground Zeroes, a sort of prologue.
Ultimately, return to Snake’s shoes and defeat the Phantom Pain!