Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the prequel to the first game in its series, Metal Gear. These games were always based on stealth and had a deep, complicated storyline, and this fifth main installment(actually the 23rd if you count them all) is no different, which is actually a really good thing. You might think that by now the whole concept would have gotten boring, but actually now it is better than ever before, mostly because it is open-world.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain( #MGSVTPP) is simply amazing! The stealth, the detailed open world, the combat, the enemy AI, the buddies, the story, the main characters! They are all just great in such unique ways! So let's talk about all of them.
The Open World
#MGSV has a very detailed open world, featuring both Afghanistan and South Africa, two vast locations filled with enemy camps, wildlife and tons of things to do. Every bit of the map is different from the other, which gives the game a lot of free roam potential. There is never a bad time to explore, as it may make progressing through the game easier. For example, there is a mission in which you have to destroy some communication towers, but if you destroy them before starting the mission, it will end before Big Boss even gets off his helicopter. This is one of the greatest open worlds current games have to offer.
The Stealth and Combat
This game has an awesome stealth system. Certain suits offer better cover on certain surfaces than others, which means crawling is a very effective way to get in and out of an enemy base. The good thing is that if you get spotted you enter reflex mode, which slows down time and allows you to quickly eliminate the enemy that saw you, and even better, if you do not manage to kill that enemy, it's almost never a bad time to go in all guns blazing, as #MGS V gives you plenty of ways to take out enemies in...not so subtle ways.
Even though Big Boss usually likes to go into missions alone, who doesn't want a companion while sneaking into enemy bases? That is why Snake now has the access to four different companions:
- D-Horse: A trusty horse who can get Boss to different places really fast. He can be really useful when the helicopter's landing zone is far away from the objective area. He can also poop when the Boss wants him to... so that's something.
- DD( Diamond Dog): A dog that Snake can rescue during some of his missions. He can do a lot of useful things like killing, stunning, attracting and distracting enemies. He has an eye-patch too and you can also pet him!
- Quiet: She is a very skilled sniper that Big Boss captures at an early point into the game. She is not a human, although she very much looks like one. She can go invisible scout areas, provide cover and ricochet the grenades you throw while they are in mid-air to get them to go towards enemies(yes, she does have aim hacks).
- D-Walker: This is a robot made by Dr Huey Emmerich that is highly customizable, as he can have a high selection of weapons at his disposal like suppressed tranquilizing pistols or machine guns. He is also pretty good at getting Snake around the place.
These are all very useful and can be customized in many different ways, to the player's liking.
The Story and Main Characters
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a prequel to the original Metal Gear, the game that started it all. Does the story itself manage to satisfy its fans? I think it does. Yes, I know, the game does not have a proper ending and Chapter 2 was rushed, but in the end, I think that the game has enough story and plot twists to be considered a good one, even by MGS standards. And if you played all of the games and are not happy with the ending, then this should help.
As for the main characters, the voice acting is really good, even though a different actor is the one voicing Snake. Miller and Ocelot look more polished and unique than ever. They both look like badasses, even though Miller is missing two limbs.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a very good way to end the MGS series. It deffinetly is must have in every gamer's collection, which is really easy, as it is a cross-gen game, which means it is available on both Xbox 360, PS3 and Xbox ONE and PS4. I personally had a blast playing this game, even though I'm not the biggest fan of stealth games. I give it a SOLID(no pun intended):