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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Action, Stealth
Set in 1984, nine years after the events of Ground Zeroes and a decade before the events of the original Metal Gear, the story follows mercenary leader Punished "Venom" Snake as he ventures into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and the Angola-Zaire border region to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces and came close to killing him during the climax of Ground Zeroes. (Wikipedia.org)
Franchise: Metal Gear
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the best in the series in terms of control, and abducting entire bases as Asia blares from your anachronistic iPod is the kind of hokey schlock that 2015 MGS should be doing. but it also feels like the engine would have been better served with an original property. it's the best Metal Gear -game-, but it's also the worst -Metal Gear- game. if the latter does not matter to you, it will be your favorite in the series. if the former does not matter to you, well, it's better than 4.
The most advanced and technically proficient Metal Gear is also certainly the worst on a narrative level. The ending sucks ass and ends the franchise on such a bummer note that I need to replay the good entries to wash the taste out of my mouth. The gameplay is solid(snake) enough to still make this worth playing for sure.
Solid gameplay mechanics, probably the best of the series, but instead of progressing through a series of new locations like the past games, MGS:5 asks you to repeatedly play through the exact same locations with different mission objectives. Add in the need to build Mother Base and Phantom Pain suddenly develops into a grind that I didn't enjoy and so I gave up and I don't expect to return. With the way Kojima left Konami, it's likely this is an underwhelming swansong for a great franchise.
I had fun for a short while. The stealth mechanics felt fresh and neat but the game drags on forever and places everything it possibly can in the way of doing the enjoyable stuff. There is way too much travel back and forth in the least exciting open world I've ever seen. I spent so much time collecting and developing unnecessary junk and the plot barely exists... I admit I might just be too attached to the older MGS style, but I found this made a good first impression and then became a chore.
Perfect gameplay and controls and you get to enjoy Konami spreading my sorrow to the heartless sea.
Avg Percentile 56.56% from 314 total ratings

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Genres: ActionStealth
Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami

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