Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review

The road to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's release was tainted by the Kojima - Konami break up. The way I see it, it's like a divorce: Our parents Konami and Kojima parted ways and the kids (us) were left without hope. Also, our cousin P.T. got brutally murdered. Anyways, I kept asking myself is this was going to be one of the typical "the backstage drama is more interesting than the game itself" cases. The short answer: it's not. MGS V is bigger than any fight, argument or break up. As a matter of fact, it is the best video game I've played in a long time.

The first thing I noticed when playing the game is how beautiful it looks. The Fox Engine really impressed me. Faces are full of details like scars and wrinkles. Outposts, mountains and objects look lifelike. Lighting is phenomenal, and other things like rain, oceans and sandstorms look amazing. Framerate is also solid as hell. During my entire playthrough, I never experienced a bug or a crash. There's so much more I want to talk about, so let's put it like this: I don't think this game could look, or run any better.

Overall, I'm not sure if MGS V is my definitive game of the year (Fallout 4 still didn't come out). Gameplay wise though, this is the best game I've played on my PlayStation 4. It's just too good. There's something about the way this game interacts with the player, that's unlike any other game out there. Whatever it is, it works. This game is addictive. Even if I wasn't feeling it for the first couple of hours, it clicked. Now, I don't want to play any other video game.

One of the reasons why I only want to play Metal Gear Solid V, is the fact that this game is super deep. Not in a complex way. The premise of the game sounds pretty simple: go out there, do missions and build a mother base. But the things is, it feels like there's a real world inside the game. And this world's safety depends on me. It is in fact so deep, that it started ruining my real life. I found myself ignoring friends because I was thinking about the upgrades my helicopter needed. No game has ever made me feel like the whole thing is real, and I will forever love this game for that.

I also feel like this game should be called "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 2". Because it feels like Peace Walker's big brother. The same concepts, ideas and elements, but on a bigger scale (and with prettier graphics). And just like PW, The Phantom Pain has a massive amount of content. There's missions to do (50 main story mission, 157 side ops), prisoners to save, weapons to destroy, outposts to capture, animals to rescue and more. You must do all of this while taking care of your team and providing them with facilities, tools and support. And, you also have the online functionalities (which still aren't fully out). However, unlike other games, it never feels like you're forced to do most of these things. You can ignore them if you want, but you won't get the full Metal Gear Solid V experience. You'll still have a ton of fun though.

While I love this game, the story could be better. It's not a bad story or anything. It's actually pretty interesting and I thought they did a good job with the villain (or villains). Still, there aren't any: HOLY F*** moments in the game. As a Metal Gear Fan, that was a bit odd. The franchise is known to deliver these heart-breaking moments in every single game. But this one just didn't have that moment. It might have been due to the fact that MGS V really doesn't have a lot of cutscenes. Specially when you compare it to MGS IV. So yeah, Arkham Knight still has best story in 2015.

Now, if you're wondering: why are you giving the game a perfect score if you don't like the story!? Again, I don't hate the story. It's just not that memorable. But outside of the story, every single aspect of this game is perfect.

Verdict: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is everything it promised to be... and more. This is a gameplay masterpiece. I truly can't believe how good this game is. It grabs you, and it doesn't let you go. I'd go as far as to say that this is Kojima's finest work. It is also Playstation 4's best game. Go enjoy this gem. You deserve it.

The Good
- Gameplay Masterpiece
- Addictive
- Beautiful
- Deep
- So Much Content

The Bad
- Okay Story
Score: 10/10


  1. Arkham Knight still has best story in 2015??!?!?! Are f. real? What happened to Witcher 3? Also Arkham Knight's story was gross.

    1. Hey,
      I really like the Witcher's story, but I feel like Arkham Knight's was more focused. They're both fantastic though, so you have a valid opinion.