Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain review

During a four day review event at the Konami Los Angeles studio, Carlos Fregoso (crimsonfox) had the opportunity to play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain extensively on behalf of Metal Gear Informer. Here is his spoiler-free review of the game.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review, by Carlos Fregoso

This review is written entirely by a fan of the series for the fans in the series. And anyone else who is interested: I would first like to Thank Hideo Kojima, Konami Studio’s L.A. & their amazing Online Community Manager Robert Peeler for extending their invitation to us here at Metal Gear Informer to play the game. I would like to say a special thank you to the Q & A staff who were an amazing help with learning the ins and outs: Luna, Byron and Wiston. For years we have followed every development on the series. From gameplay footage, trailers, screenshots, clothing, figures, statues and so much more. This website has built a great community for fans of this incredible series that couldn’t be nicer and more informative to be a part of. All veterans of this site will know what I mean. So my last thank you will be to Metal Gear Informer itself. Thank you for the years of hard work and all the time you put into building this site & community. It’s been a site for fans, by fans and it shows. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent Metal Gear informer for this event, The Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain Bootcamp 2015. Now, Let’s begin…

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Let me start off by saying this will be a spoiler free review, written as a fan of this series speaking to fans of the series. I absolutely refuse to ruin this game’s story or pivotal plot points.

This is not the biggest sandbox you’ll ever play in. But it absolutely has the most toys you can play with.

First off, the game’s audio. The work done in this area is what all Metal Gear fans want. It successfully sets the mood and atmosphere for the decade it is set in. The original music is very unique and varies from deeply emotional to tense sounds that build and heighten the immersion like only this series can do. The sound design is incredible, from series trade marks like the sound of foot steps on different surfaces to even the smallest details like Big Boss breathing. For those of you worried about the possibility of the iDroid, or even some buddies making too much of a racket often, all audio cues serve a purpose. The audio in particular for the cutscenes are impressive. After the infamous “They played us like a damn fiddle!” line in Ground Zeroes (it probably sounds a lot cooler in Japanese) no one was more worried about the material being cringe worthy in key moments that are supposed to establish a dark tone. Then Robert Atkin Downes speaks his first lines and I literally said to myself: “Holy shit, this is going to be amazing.” His extreme emotion along with the soundtrack will make you say the same. Piers Stubbs’ work as Eli will make you look at children with his demeanor differently, his voice definitely sets an amazing bar for young voice actors in conveying rage and other emotions. And as for the man himself, Big Boss, voiced by Kiefer Sutherland: he brings intensity and a very firm leader’s deliverance to every line of dialogue he is given. Never has Big Boss been so assertive and sure of himself. His work with the character is truly astonishing. What can be said about Troy Baker that hasn’t been said? This man brought Ocelot as a character in full circle. He has the ability to make you smile with his amazingly badass delivery every time, especially during the cutscenes in which he makes an appearance.

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The cassette tapes expand on the story for the audience that wants to go in even deeper. There isn’t any information on the cassettes that isn’t intriguing. For the fans who want to spend time with the tapes you’ll have plenty to listen to, which thankfully are given to you and you don’t have to explore every environment to find. Of course not including music tapes which have to be collected by the player out on the field. They vary from the average two minute cassette to the far and few between ten minute cassettes which all paint a very vivid picture with added dramatic ominous tones and even background audio depending on where the cassettes conversation takes place, making them all great to listen to. Also, if interested, you can pull up the iDroid’s control function with R2 (while in the cassette menu) and skip ahead line by line so you can just read the text if you don’t want to listen to the whole conversation. It’s entirely up to you.

There isn’t any information on the cassettes that isn’t intriguing.

Which brings me to my next topic, gameplay. As a fan who watched all the gameplay trailers, absorbed countless hours of gameplay analyses and knew everything there was to know, I still had no idea what I got myself into when I started playing. To the people who are concerned about the sizes of the maps – let me assure you: This is not the biggest sandbox you’ll ever play in. But it absolutely has the most toys you can play with. I have never seen a deeper skill tree for various equipments, weapons and gadgets in any other game. The limitless combinations for load out & buddy pairing makes this game replayable for years to come. Every buddy has legit tactics to suit a variation of play styles and just make every mission that much better. The way you can use them to mess with guards or distract them is one of the most enjoyable parts of the game. And the number of buddies is perfect considering all the other aspects you have to manage. The ones you are given and the ones that are optional add a great layer to you as a player.

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I will also say getting comfortable with your play style will backfire on you. The game’s AI adjusts to you and it isn’t a gimmick. Not personally, but while at the event I spoke with others about the way they were playing and how all of their techniques were eventually turning on them. It makes you try new things that you normally wouldn’t try because you figure: “Hey, this works for me I’ll keep on doing this”. Wrong! Personally, I would recommend trying out all of your buddies and deploy ASAP unless you strongly insist on doing missions on the preset 0600 or 1200 time options because you’re more confident. Don’t confine yourself to one play style, one load out or one buddy. This game does what all games should try and achieve, being genuinely good at making all of your options fun. Nothing is in there for the sake of being there. All of the items are great to play with, and in trying out all the options my favorite technique was constantly changing. The Fulton Recovery Device is another area where people had concerns about making the game easy. The Fulton doesn’t start off as a “pickup everything in sight device”, in fact I wasn’t able to Fulton a vehicle until 22 hours into the game. The Fulton doesn’t even have to be used often to recruit men either, if you’re not interested in using the Fulton on every soldier you see. Right after missions – depending on your score and on other factors – recruits will volunteer for Diamond Dogs (your personal army) and want to fight along Big Boss based on the kind of soldier you are, once again leaving it up to player choice. The vast Mother Base management mechanics are also given to you in a very helpful and easy to understand way. There isn’t just a blimp on the top right of your screen for a few seconds and if you miss it, oh well. The game aids you in understanding the management of your base at first. And it’s all necessary. You’ll be thankful the game did. While there’s a ton to do, nothing feels overwhelming. By 10 hours in you’ll be flying though all of your menus sending your men on missions, developing new weapons and outfits, and designating your recruits to your R&D, Support, Intel and Medical platforms. Making you feel like Big Boss in every aspect of the world you inhabit. All of your platforms can be built upon to incorporate more recruits. They can be upgraded up to 4 times to support more of your recruits (This isn’t even covering your FOB). The more in a unit, and the higher their ranking the better they are able to assist you. For example, if you further develop your Support platform you can order air strikes, they can gas out areas making it easy for you to run in undetected or provide cover fire via chopper if you’re in a pickle. Hell, they’ll even send you ammo when you’re in a gun fight and run out of it like a chump. And calling a resupply mid firefight can be exhilarating and a visual spectacle, with smoke and gun shots all around you. The game starts off at a slower pace and you do missions for about 14 hours with a few big developments. This gives you time to learn the systems through and through. Then you hit a certain mission and it absolutely takes off in the story department. When you get there you’ll understand what I mean. So take your time in the environments, do the side op’s don’t rush through anything. Listen to all your tapes and enjoy all the sights and sounds the game gives you.

This game does what all games should try and achieve, being genuinely good at making all of your options fun.

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Speaking of visuals: when it comes to graphics and performance of the Fox engine, it’s as 60 frames per second as 60 frames per second can get. And for a game of this scale it’s beautiful, in both day and night, dusk and dawn. There were 2 instances where I had some frame rate drops, but the first didn’t happen till 29 hours in – on a very big stage with tons of particle effects, fire, dust and other effects going off like crazy. The best part was that the frame rate drop was less than a second long, it was so quick I had to make a note of it. And it didn’t happen a second time until 41 hours in. All in all, when it comes to frame rate, the game is insanely astonishing. The only issue with the engine is the draw distance during the day when moving on D-Walker (personal mech) or D-Horse fast enough. But it’s also not an issue, which I know sounds ridiculous. It doesn’t have the problems Ground Zeroes had where enemies at 300 meters would pop in 3 seconds later. That’s been fixed. The only pop in you get here is from vegetation. The engine works in a way that no traditional pop in exists. In the Fox Engine everything fades in. When you see things coming in they never come in too late. They are always vague enough to be made out in time to not screw up your line of sight or sense of direction. And at night these effects become even less noticeable because the map is dark, basically making pop in a lot harder to spot. It’s hard to explain the way this looks when you’re playing because no other engine works in this way. And I’m interested in seeing how other engines might make adjustments to their own because of this. It’s baffling to see in action, the game has so many different interiors and styles, from bases to outposts, and even things that have been done before like cracks in the walls or sweat and dirt on character models look incredible. Gashes and bullet holes in enemy soldiers aren’t normally this pretty to look at. The facial capture is also a wonder to look at in cutscenes. The subtle nuances on all the main characters’ faces really convey the message they are trying to get across with just their face. It works better than a lot of people might think. It’s used often enough in video games today that everyone kind of just expects it. But with the story and situations this technique really gets the message across. With the use of close up camera angles you feel like you’re there and makes you want to reach out to the characters, rub their faces, and say “everything will be okay”.

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One issue I had with the game (which is most likely an engine situation) is the time it can take to go from one mission to the next. Between side ops you can’t just fly to another side op. You always have to go back to your Air Command Center (ACC), your mission and management area. Or travel across the entire map and go through all the outposts and enemy patrols to get to the other side op. So if you do a side op on one end of the map and want to do another on the other end you have to return to your ACC, choose your load out, and go back again. Which makes sense from the story side of the game. You can’t just be flying everywhere over bases and out posts. The problem with this is the load time from your ACC to the Mission Area. Every time it takes about 35 seconds to fly in and jump out to start your mission. Plus the time you spend choosing you load out, buddy, time of operation and landing zone. The time really adds up when you play long enough. I think it might be the level loading so the helicopter ride in takes a little while longer to cleverly hide that fact.

But with those few negatives there is 100 positives. Kojima-san treated this like the last Metal Gear Solid. He went all out and pushed the story to absolutely heart breaking and mind bending new heights. As a personal fan of this series since 1998 when my older brother (Mahalo bro) rented a PlayStation from a local video store I have been attached to the story. As I grew older, the franchise grew older with me, taught me lessons of life I couldn’t get in any other form. And this game is no exception. When you put it down, the story will stick with you. It could easily stand up against any TV or movie. When I started playing the game I told myself every time something happens that totally blows my mind I’ll make a note of it. At 00:05 into the game it happened, it happened again and again to the point where I gave up keeping count. but the last thing I saw that blew my mind was exactly 44 Hours and 13 minutes (In the interest of time I won’t type down every one) I played a total of 44 hours 16 minutes and 7 seconds and I had 38 percent of the game completed. Saying this is a big game is a understatement. This game is bigger and more ambitious than any Metal Gear Solid game before it and it changes your perspective on what any game can be. Especially on what a 60 USD game should be. For a series that has been around since 1987 to constantly reinvent itself and stay relevant is an accomplishment in itself. But to totally break what you expect a game can do for you emotionally & mentally – and at the end of the day have fun with it, and give you legitimate joy – is something special. The team that worked night and day to make Kojima’s dream a reality and Mr. Kojima himself deserve every award they’ll win for this game. All the acknowledgment in the world. All the recognition in the world will belong to them. Since November of 2004 I have said “Metal Gear Solid 3 is the best game ever made and nothing will ever beat it”. Today August 23rd 2015 I can say without a other thought that Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is the absolute greatest video game ever made… If you ever enjoyed a Metal Gear Solid game in your life. If you are interested in the series now and are thinking about getting this game. Stop thinking… the end.

For a series that has been around since 1987 to constantly reinvent itself and stay relevant is an accomplishment in itself. But to totally break what you expect a game can do for you emotionally & mentally – and at the end of the day have fun with it and give you legitimate joy – is something special.

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Rating-10-out-of-10

For those hungry for some more, on August 24th check out @crimsonfox_MGI on Twitter and get your questions ready. He’ll be answering questions for an hour from 10:00 to 11:00 PST / 13:00 to 14:00 EST / 18:00 to 19:00 GMT, any questions you have except for story and plot questions.

Lastly, a big thanks to everyone who visits this site and takes part in the community. For helping this site become what it is, and for making this an enjoyable place. It wouldn’t be the same without you guys!

  • snakeitachi

    10/10 FUCKING GLORIOUS. You’ve made the wait for September 1st even harder. Can’t wait!!

  • I’ll be back in a half hour to talk for a bit with all visitors of Metal Gear Informer! Hope you enjoy the review

    • Javier Hünicken

      Crimsomfox, you’re fucking awesome man!

    • Golgari

      Yes! 😀

    • Raven_Sorrow

      Carlos, thank you for this! Really! I felt every word as if i was saying them myself. Great job! I doubt i’ll ever read a better review in my lifetime. You are awesome man! Thank you again and to all who made this possible :’)

      • Thanks dude, I didn’t even want to go into mechanics to much because there are some, one in particular that blew me away was so deep it was insane that it’s totally optional! I didn’t know about the feature at all. I want everyone to find these things on their own. It’s totally insane.

        • Raven_Sorrow

          That’s what I’m talking about! XD Damn you are making this wait hard! I cant wait to find them out XP

    • Arestras

      Now I’m really hyped! Thank you 🙂

    • Tye

      Found some new footage of the game, I’m curious since you mentioned the fade in for vegetation, does the ps4 version look as good as this gameplay or is this PC footage? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcO2ifCdHCg

      • That’s on ps4

        • Shalashaska

          As long as enemies wont pop up when i run into their faces, im cool with it.

      • MrVux007

        he was mostly refering to pop-ins…the vegetation for ps4 and pc will be the pretty much the same (depending how close you are to it ofc,since PC has better drawing distance)

      • Shalashaska

        WHAT IS THAT MECHANICAL sound when he peeks? :O

    • Alex

      3 quick questions.
      A.) Did you experience all the narrative content the game has to offer? I read a hopefully false rumor that review copies locked away a certain thing.
      B.) Do you think the Saga’s narrative ends in a satisfying spot/way, or do you feel more exploration is necessary? Does the Saga really come full circle?
      C.) You said narrative tapes are given to you as you progress and looking for them is not required, but are there any unlockable ones like from Peace Walker?

      Thank you so much for this. Your comment of MGS3 and MGSV made me literally cry tears of joy when I read it. That was the absolute best case scenario this game could’ve ever had for me. I feel our attachment to the series is very similar (since there is a very wide variety of fans’ attachment) and we may even be around the same age or so. God bless man, this read like if I had went to the event and wrote a review lol.

      • Lars Mølgaard Hansen

        Did you ever found out if the endings are on the disc

    • Shalashaska

      Thanks alot man, GREAT work at the review. Great to get a fans view and all and most of all, wonderful job at keeping the secrets. Great work, man. Love and respect.

  • jack_coban

    omg omg omg omg omg OMG!!!!

    • ddmaster

      “Someone get a paper bag this young man is hyperventilating.” *hands jack a paper bag* “now just breathe slowly….on second thought I may need it back” *starts breathing in the bag*

  • Alex

    Based Kojima

  • Chris Estevez

    Me reading all this reviews:

    • ddmaster

      Yep! The hornets have been freed.

    • Shalashaska

      Them REVIEWS. Make. Me. Moist.

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  • Golgari

    IGN – 10/10

    • Gatsu

      OMG :O !!!

  • Mauricio Acosta

    OMG!!!!! Wahooooo!!!!!!!!!

  • Silverius

    You feel it too don’t you?

  • NakedSnake85

    We did this for Mr Kojima
    Metal Gear Music (including my self) joined forces with Donna Burke & James Horan. both of em were amazing : )
    Proud and happy being a part of this ! check it out 😉

    • Ishmael

      Happy Birthday Hideo.

    • James Raskalov

      Tell everyone they did a great job. I almost had tears in my eyes listening.

      • NakedSnake85

        i will ! ; )

    • Snake

      just to sey i cry… thank you kojima for all

    • ddmaster

      Not everyone earns that and its never just given. It’s takes a truly special individual to attain this level of love and respect from such a massive multicultural fanbase. Kojima-san, go with the grace of God, whoever you hold that to be, the admiration of your peers, if you have any peers lol, and above all the love and loyalty of your followers.

      PS can’t wait for his next project to come out and hear him say “Kept you waiting huh?”

      PPS HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOJIMA!

    • Jonathan Vasquez Mena

      ty kojima :´)…..

  • ibolito

    Thank you for this review. It’s a bit short but it’s understandable, you can’t say to much without spoiling us. You made an incredible work, it was a pleasure to read. Thanks again man.

  • grapes9h5

    10/10’s all over the internet!!! SNAKE!!!!!!

  • Mr. Sir Shpee

    Fucking. Called. It. 10s everywhere, and the occasional 9+. Holy shit. It’s happening. I can’t believe it, it’s finally here.

  • NakedSnake85

    The phantom pain
    best game ever made
    You feel it too? dont you?
    dont you?
    10s everywhere : ) : ) : ) : ) : )

    • Gatsu

      Definitely…I’ve been said that for 3 years already and TPP getting 10/10 at sites like N4G, but some don’t believe me there >:(. Game of all Times!!!

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  • Tye

    Strange you mention vegetation pop-in when there seemed to be non of that in the last alternate routes Afghanistan trailer. Really hope they weren’t showing off the PC version pretending it was the ps4 version. Either way the game is looking amazing and these reviews are great.

    • Like I said it’s very hard to spot out. And only really happens when you’re moving ahead very fast. It’s very hard to spot at night.

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  • John Rhogan

    I cannot wait to play this game. Yong has an audio review on his youtube channel.

  • Gatsu

    Amazing and well written review Carlos brother, thank you so much! I’m so fcking hyped right now O_O…

    I love what you said about the voice actors and Kiefer :), his voice is awesome and definitely is gonna kick ass with Big Boss on the quest for revenge. Gonna take my time to enjoy this masterpiece…

    10/10 is just what I’d expect and I can’t wait to get mind-blowed again and again in just a FEW DAYS! OH MY GOOOOOOOD <3.

    • He is more vocal in cassettes early on but when he does speak. I found all of his lines were done very well.

      • Gatsu

        Crimson was it that you guys couldn’t see the ending of the game? I need to know how emotional it is O_O. Im guessing better than MGS3!

        • I’m not commenting on story *seals lips* even my progress

          • Gatsu

            I understand XD >_<…

          • No Place For Hayter

            Lol, nice one, I approve ( ‘ ‘ )-b

  • Alex Lopez Manriquez

    DON´T WATCH THE MGS:TPP LET¨S PLAY VIDEOS!! I ONLY STAND A MINUTE: first greg with pealer from konami bla bla ,advance few secs, then just watching the results screen I feel weird in my guts, then start the cutscene with Miller in the chopper and I FREAKING STOP!!! seriously hold it , let´s be honest, sept 1st is “official” release but is a fact that stores as get it, sold it so JUST WAIT

    • FZJanimated

      hahaha happened the same to me lol , i jus skipped a few minutes and there was that scene

    • Alex Lopez Manriquez

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcO2ifCdHCg JUST MISSION 4: C2W no narration 18 min is case you´re tired of hero´s way

      • JablokoMoloko86

        Sry man. 1 sept i will play it by myself 🙂

    • Shalashaska

      Shit man… Why did you say this.. its tempting… ITS TEMPTING… STOPP MMEEEE.

      http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/9/90916/1912316-hulksmash.gif

      • Schmojima

        do yourself a favor and DON’T watch it! You will be better off, trust me!
        (I just watched 60 seconds than it really annoyed me and I want to experience it first hand for myself!!)

    • Mr. Sir Shpee

      To be fair, it’s nothing we haven’t seen in trailers from what I could tell. Just some dialogue we’ve heard combined with some shots we’ve seen.

  • Gatsu

    HOLY SHIT

    TPP reviews:
    MGI 10/10
    Gamespot 10/10
    IGN 10/10
    Respawn Ninja 10/10
    EGM 9.5/10

    YEAAAAAH + MINDBLOWN O_O, makes me happy to see it getting such fantastic scores <(^O^<). Kojima and his team deserve this!

    • Alex Lopez Manriquez

      Hobby Consolas (spain)
      97/100

      • Alex Lopez Manriquez

        GT Reviews gives 9.3 , spoiler FREE 10 min review check it …or not

  • Haan

    FUCK.YEAH.

  • FoxTamerMGO

    A song made by fans to Kojima in his birthday 😀 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=16NH9YaF6iw

    • FZJanimated

      lol what is that donna burke ?

      • FoxTamerMGO

        Yeah, she’s participating.

  • NakedSnake85

    10/10

  • jack_coban

    WTF!
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    • Gatsu

      😀 😀 😀 😀

    • This is the most accurate thing Ive ever seen

      • jack_coban

        So after releasing MGO3, which technically is a part of V, all those 9er scores should ultimately turn into a 10… am I correct? 🙂

    • Gatsu

      Destructoid 9/10 😀

      • jack_coban

        They gave The Witcher 3 an “8”… so… 😀

        • Gatsu

          9 lowest score so far ,.

    • ddmaster

      HALLELUJAH!!!

    • One more: 😉

      • jack_coban

        I’m so proud right now…

    • stagueda

      Pure awesomeness in the making 😀 or in this case already made 😛

  • James Raskalov

    I hope that once this game’s released, this community stays around.

    • NakedSnake85

      ofc we will
      Loyalty to the End : )

    • J_muse72

      It will, because me and Gatsu will stick around for sure.

    • Gatsu

      Don’t worry it will :D!

      • James Raskalov

        Good. This is a fantastic community.

        Even if I don’t speak much, I feel like everyone here is connected, y’know?

        • Gatsu

          I know=) and It’s ok not everyone comment 24/7 :D, thanks for being here!

    • FZJanimated

      well give it one more year at least ,im sure everyone will come here to talk about stuff they discover and discussion about the final chapter of MGS saga ,well at least i will do that xD

    • ddmaster

      Loyalty to your comrades.

    • No Place For Hayter

      I’m not leaving, there is many friendly arguments to be had about the fine points of TPP 🙂

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  • J_muse72

    I love you all my fellow MGI comrades! I am in tears…the wait is almost over…look at what an amazing family we have!

    • Gatsu

      I LOVE YOU TOO BRO, /hug <(^O^<) ! Wow such incredible emotions now, omg…

    • ddmaster

      Group hug! This is a very intimate non-gay moment.

    • No Place For Hayter

      *HUG*

  • NakedSnake85

    Konami have seen all the positive reviews of Metal Gear Solid V and have decided to cancel its release

    hahah :p :p
    seems like a Konami thing to do :p
    seems legit 😛

  • NameUndecided

    CONGRATULATIONS, KOJIMA PRODUCTIONNNNNSSSS!!!!!!

    I can’t wait! 🙂

  • Can’t WAIT! Thanks so much for the review! Hope you had a blast with all of the MGS fans!

    • Watching Yong’s reactions while he was playing was awesome haha

  • Raven_Sorrow
    • SchmittLenin

      The higher ups being like “Shit…”

    • Shalashaska

      lol man this made me laugh so hard.
      They all be like “Why did we just do our bs.. “

    • as

      oh god i miss these series

      Hopefully the maker make another one for mgsv!

  • Golgari

    Damn it. The wait is over guys. I can’t believe that.
    Crimson, you did a fantastic job. Amazing review.

    • Gatsu

      Goddamn, yeah it’s so hard to believe. We have been waiting so many days for this moment….
      Just few days more :D… I hope I don’t have a heart attack when start the game lol, because of all the excitement.

    • It was my pleasure. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s opinions.

  • NakedSnake85

    Im watching greg millers playthrough rigt now..
    i love every moment.. It looks and feels incredible..
    O
    M
    G

  • Gatsu

    The Phantom Pain will be remembered for many years to come and it is what Kojima was hoping for.
    It will go down the history as the best game ever made. I hope every player in the world will play it or they’re gonna miss something spectacular for sure.

    Listening to Yong’s video makes me super hyped.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Of course I’m still going to rip apart the game for things I love and hate, lol.

  • ddmaster

    I’ll definitely be refering all my friends and gaming co-workers to this very web page and read your review. God you just seriously Pulp Fictioned my hype for this game right in the chest.

    • Pulp Fiction is my favorite movie of all time. I’ll this comment and cherish it forever xoxo

      • ddmaster

        Quentin is simply the best. Can’t wait to get some Hateful Eight.

  • Michael Montanez

    I love this review! thank you so much for it but I only have one question. Is the body double theory true? are we truly playing as Big Boss and no one else? Other than that I love the review and it seems this might top MGS3 as best metal gear game! But I would love official confirmation from my favorite MGS website if we are truly playing as Big Boss in Phantom Pain?

    • *stares*

      • Raven_Sorrow

        XD

      • No Place For Hayter

        Yeah, NO SPOILERS, lol.

      • Michael Montanez

        I think that confirms it then *sigh* that stare! =/

        • It really doesn’t.

        • No Place For Hayter

          What crimson said, it really dosn’t, it is a stare of “Are you seriously asking for spoilers?” a stare of shame, not one of confirmation in any form.

      • Shalashaska

        Im telling you nlw, seriously, if that theory was true, I will be really angry -_-

        • No Place For Hayter

          I’m sure you won’t be, because if it is true the way the story does it and reveals it will be awesome 😉

        • Michael Montanez

          a sentence in gamespots review kinda confirms it. Also Greg miller in his review said fans guessed a major twist months ago =/ i still have faith the story can be amazing and great. crimson is a fan and he says MGS fans will fucking love the story. Im trusting him

          • Shalashaska

            Yea.. i read a legit spoiler that suggested it too. That is why im gonna do EVERYTHING i can before the end because if the end pisses me off with “youve been playing as someone else than big boss” I will fucking explode and go crazy, i might break the disc really.

          • Michael Montanez

            I know exactly how you feel! the MGS2 twist may have gotten me angry but this is going to far…and unnecessary for his final game, the game of BB turning into a demon =/ fingers crossed

          • Shalashaska

            Yea.. exactly.. I want to play and see big boss’s turn into demon.. i dont want some major twist in the end :/

          • No Place For Hayter

            “Also Greg miller in his review said fans guessed a major twist months ago”

            The body double theory has been around for years not months, though he might not know that.

    • ddmaster

      Loose lips

  • No Place For Hayter

    Thank you so much for the only review on the internet I will read, written by a fan for fans, thank you so much crimsonfox for putting together a none spoiler review for us , thanks comrade ( ‘ ‘ )7 can’t wait to play the game myself.

    Also looking forward to getting my mind blown by the story over and over again, lol.

    • I didn’t even want to spoil mechanics and other areas of the game. But tomorrow’s Twitter Q and A I will cover more if I’m asked.

      • No Place For Hayter

        Yeah the review is a great general telling and feel for the game ( ‘ ‘ )-b

    • MichaelPayneV

      I usually don’t like reviews mad by fans for fans, they are all the time 10/10 because they are fan-boys, while on the other hand Crimson has genuine reasons for the 10/10, really professional, well done!

  • Hussain Alkhalaqi

    Greatest fears right now are : 1- dying before I get to finish the game 2- My pc that handled Ground Zeroes surprisingly well, disappoints with TPP 3- Since there isn’t a pre-load option for steam, I’m afraid steam servers will get overloaded with the amount of downloads at once and the game fails on launch day for PC.

    Other than that, I’m hyped to the maximum.

  • Gatsu

    Yong: “The boss battles are some of the coolest shit I’ve EVER SEEN! Like holy shit!”

    Holy shit :D:D…

    • He ain’t lying.

      • Gatsu

        <(^O^<) (>^O^)>

      • J_muse72

        No shit 😀

  • G925

    How is the story? Its listed as the weakness of the game on other review sites

    Gameplay and Open world seem to be great as expected but I’m really worried about the story

    • Gatsu

      I’m sure it’ll be still amazing, but maybe feel different when you spend a lot of time in open world environment. In older games kept running to story cutscenes when they were linear.

    • For fans like us here that followed it everyday for years. The story is fucking amazing. Although some of the revelations and big moments happen in cassettes.

      • Shalashaska

        This is exactly what I was worried about a couple of months ago.. A little bit too much relying on the casettes .. no problem though.. im sure the gameplay covers up for it

        • Definitely, Gameplay is the biggest part of the game. You’ll enjoy the story even more.

      • G925

        Thanks for replying!

        A few other questions if you don’t mind:
        Are there still enough cutscenes? I don’t mind cassetes but I always liked the cutscenes in previous MGS games even when they were very long.

        And how much does BB talk? I have heard that he behaves like a silent protag. Did it affect your enjoyment of the game?

        • There are tons of tapes.I listened to them like codec calls I’m the ACC or at Mother Base right after I was awarded them. The cut scenes in particular are fucking awesome. Some of them get you terrified some of them make you say what the Fuck! (In the best way possible) and some are holy shit moments. They’re all good though. Big Boss is comparable to Mad Max in Fury Road. But when he speaks you understand why his men take his orders. It didn’t effect my enjoyment, I liked to hear when Big Boss decides to step in.

  • Kalypso

    Is there anything that adds replayability to side ops?

    • No Place For Hayter

      From what I know, different gear, different approach, getting higher rank, completing the additional objectives which you could not see the first time, etc.

      • JablokoMoloko86

        day and night cycle playthrough ( just to se differences in graphics or soldiers patrols ).

    • tons

  • Gatsu

    Yong gonna give his real review some time in the future, when he’s ready to do it.
    But was nice 30min impression.

  • Janeo

    It’s really great to read a review from a true fan, I read some reviews on other websites and they all loved the game and gave it a perfect score as well but I couldn’t feel the love they had for the series, it’s so easy to tell how much you love the series just by reading this review. Other reviews have complained about story but reading this I feel like metal gear fans like us will love the story and love going deeper into the story with cassette tapes.

    • That’s what I wanted to get across, Thanks old friend.

      • Gatsu

        Yeah, Yong also mentioned that some Side Ops and Cassette Tapes are important for the story part, I will definitely check them all :D. You can enjoy playing a bit slower too crimson when September come :), no time limits ^^.

      • ddmaster

        As with any rpg, time to scour the countryside.

    • Darby Crash

      I surely will. Ground Zeroes tapes has been consumed by all the times I listened them.

  • Hussain Alkhalaqi

    gameinformer gave the game a 9.25, which is nice, but is bothersome because they gave the Batman Arkham Knight a better score of 9.5, how is that game anywhere NEAR this?!

    • No Place For Hayter

      Reviews and review scores from normal places mean nothing.

    • Arkham Knight was a awesome game when it came out. Then this game comes in and changes the “game” if you know what I mean.

      • Gatsu

        Games…have changed.

      • PhantomSnake

        Plus Batman is more tailored towards the general audience and more mainstream. I actually traded Arkham Knight in lol.

    • Shalashaska

      Lol then we have an issue when ign scores it

      2/10 – Too much content. Mind blown to smitherins. Cant go through it so i’m rating this less.

      • vic boss

        Idk if this is the official one but it already got a 10 in ign.

        • Shalashaska

          Lol yea i saw that too.. best thing to come out of IGN in the past decade xD

    • No Place For Hayter

      http://i.imgur.com/WcjByAS.jpg

      Special note: God Hand is a fricking amazing game 🙂

      • Hussain Alkhalaqi

        I… I dont even.. I played God Hand back in the day and was addicted to it for a good week or two, how could they possibly do this? Faith Lost on that site.

        • No Place For Hayter

          Hopefully it loses your faith in 95% of all reviews and the reviewers 😉

          We know and trust crimsonfox ( ‘ ‘ )7 and we know and trust his opinion and so his review is enlightening and important.

    • PhantomSnake

      Game Informer staff has a bunch of fanboys dedicated to certain series. The more fanboys Game Informer has for a particular game the higher the score.

    • ddmaster

      The superhero hype is very strong right now.

  • JablokoMoloko86

    http://media.giphy.com/media/mBFJme8XwXrUY/giphy.gif

    7 days left…

    Monster Energy Drinks supllies – Check
    Food – Check
    Pre-Order Not Canceled – Check
    Cell phone turned off – Check
    Black curtains in windows – Check
    Friend List full of MGI users to protect FOB – Check
    Reviews – Check
    Ps4 software and hardware – check
    Deleted all games from ps4 -check
    Ground Zeroes 100% – Check
    Internet -Check

    I am ready 😀 I know you too MGI : )

    • No Place For Hayter

      2 week vacation check.
      Beverages check.
      Black out curtains – in progress

      lol

      • Gatsu

        Muahahahhaa same here XD.

      • JablokoMoloko86

        and yes , vacations – check 🙂

      • PhantomSnake

        Don’t forget the tissues for various reasons lol

        • Shalashaska

          *wink wink* Them tissues will be REALLY salty after all of us are done. All of us, individually.

  • CrazyGuy207

    Does anyone have that MGO list? I want to write down my stuff but can’t find it over the 1000 comments.

  • No Place For Hayter

    I have a question @crimsonfoxMGI:disqus in there any story in the audio tapes you felt like should have been a cutscene? did it feel like Kojima cut back too much on cutscenes and pushed to much of it into the cassette tapes? or did he only have additional none necessary information in the cassette tapes?

  • Shalashaska

    wait.. u say that to get to another side op you gotta get to the copter.. cant u just use the fast travel systen with the cardboard box and fast travel near to the next side op?

    • No Place For Hayter

      A chopper would be easier as it takes you exactly where you need to be, best guess lol.

    • cklambo

      I think the box only works on motherbase.

  • Dean Bošnjak

    Just wanna know if the story really delivered. Some sites are saying the game is awesome and that only the story is a negative. As a metal gear fan, this seems unimaginable to me. Can you share your exp? Is the story really not as good as in previous tittles?

    • No Place For Hayter

      That is if he got the full story, which we don’t know 🙁

    • Gatsu

      Yes crimson said it’s fucking amazing, also the boot camp players maybe didn’t see the ending of the game if I remember correctly. At least I think Yong mentioned that.

    • You have nothing to worry about.

      • Dean Bošnjak

        Awesome! Now I can go to sleep. Really appreciate everything you’ve done for us!

    • ddmaster

      Believe in the Kojima. After all, it’s why we’re all here.

  • Hussain Alkhalaqi

    I also have a silly question for @crimsonfox , in a video of Kojima’s MGS development, Kojima said that he’d want the water tanks that are above the toilets to be able to leak down once shot, have you tried doing so and if so, did it work xD?

  • No Place For Hayter

    I suppose in all this awesome review and hype is a good time to post my cover for TPP 🙂

    Of course when I finish the game and more art is available I will make a new cover to more accurately represent the game, but before release this is the best I can make, with a bunch of special metaphors in the cover too 🙂

    http://i.imgur.com/RYLkw4m.jpg

    And here is the download links for the covers themselves so you can print them off for yourselves.

    PS3 http://www.mediafire.com/view/dgcf0absoo382qn/MGSV-TPP-PS3_COVER.png
    PS4 http://www.mediafire.com/view/n73pphrg2wgdf4z/MGSV-TPP-PS4_COVER.png
    XBOX360 http://www.mediafire.com/view/8e19ayncv02qc05/MGSV-TPP-XBOX360%20COVER.png
    XBOXONE http://www.mediafire.com/view/99tb4ghe1hftrzl/MGSV-TPP-XBOXONE_COVER.png

    I don’t have a PC one as I don’t know if there will be a physical and if there is what kind of case it will have and what kind of format it will be on.

    • Gatsu

      That is very cool!

    • RoderickThe13

      Awesome! Love that picture, thanks a lot.

    • Alex

      Amazing bro!
      The tweaks made it much better!

      • No Place For Hayter

        Yeah, I really like the clean look.

        Just printed off mine (first time printing off a custom cover >.<) took a few tries to get it right and I cut it out a bit odd, but great enough for now. Now I've got TPP on my shelf LOL.

    • glitchbomb

      Nice! Thanks man!

  • Shalashaska

    I have read that the story has its issues.. i think that the issue isnt the gameplay story itself.. my bet is that the game relied too much on the casetters for story telling and thats something different than what we are used to.. haha will miss the long as hell cutscenes about wars and what not…this game is alot like peacewalker..

    • Gatsu

      Well the cassette tape replaced codec but I like listening to them :).
      There was much story related things in codec too.

      • No Place For Hayter

        The biggest thing between the codec and cassette for me is time frame, for codec you are living and partaking in it, but for cassette tapes you are merely reliving an event already taken place, and for anything important or special it makes all the difference, after all video games is also a visual art, cassette tapes reduce the artistic expressions to simple audio with no visual or interaction.

        • Chem

          exactly, i hope there is a good balance between cutscenes and tapes, i mean, there are some especific topics that sould be in cutscenes, and there are others that could be in tapes and cause the same impact, like “the secret tape” in PW, i don’t know you guys but when i heard that tape i was like “WTF MILLER!!”

      • Shalashaska

        You know why i’ll like it more than codec… i can listen to all the codec type conversations while im moving around rather than stopping all gameplay.. Tapes in peacewalker had Snake talk in them too like a codec conversation so im guessing that will be the same case here .. just that he’ll universally be more quiet

    • Chem

      differences between reviews may be explained because it’s a unique experience for each player, it depends on how you play, like Kojima said, some reviews said the story is great

      • No Place For Hayter

        It also might do with the cassette tapes, it is possible the story at some points makes no sense because the player never listened to ANY cassette tapes.

        • Chem

          exactly, also i wonder if the reviewers have saw the “secret ending” that konami restricted, maybe that can influence the review score?

          • No Place For Hayter

            Yeah it definitely can, a story without a solid ending, can feel much weaker as it builds to something but does not finish all it started.

          • Hussain Alkhalaqi

            What if that “secret ending” is indeed, a solid ending, no really, I’m talking Solid Snake Showing up and whatnot, like we only ever dreamed of xD

          • Shalashaska

            the secret ending in PW was kaz talking to cipher so im pretty sure this game’s ending will be bigger 😀

          • Chem

            yeah, i agree, i have a friend that once told me that he felt that peacewalker story wasn’t that good, then i realise that he did not reached the second ending, after he completed he changed his mind

  • GUN®

    Breaking my radio silence seeing as it’s a special occasion, I’ve read a couple other spoiler free reviews and I have to say I’m slightly concerned about the story based on what people were saying, Greg Miller in particular talked about it a lot (not the story, but the quality of the story).

    I’m a little concerned that too much of the story is in cassette tapes rather than cutscenes and that because of this it’s impact will be lessened.

    Still super hyped to see all the 10s and 9.somethings though, I’m probably just being paranoid because the wait is nearly over.

    Back to radio silence.

    • Hussain Alkhalaqi

      We share the same thought, dammit Miller, thankfully I didn’t watch the Let’s Play of his, he shared some information that I would’ve loved to not know on his review.

      • GUN®

        I didn’t watch the let’s play either. I thought his review was ok though, I guess there was one thing he said that was kinda spoilery for me but everything else I was ok with.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Agreed, that has been my only unknown concern for TPP. I want to experience the story, not listen to events already past in cassette tapes, in an audio heavy game like TPP I won’t be able to stealth and listen to story at the same time >.<

      • GUN®

        No way I’ll listen to them in the field for the same reason as you, I’ll listen to them at motherbase or in the acc.

    • Cipher

      I can say I am a bit worried about the story
      but brother crimsonfox’s review gives me some peace

      anyhow I plan on listening to every goddamned tape

      • ddmaster

        Hear, Hear!

  • No Place For Hayter

    There is no doubt in my mind the story will be amazing, but how I get that story has me worried >.< I want to play TPP not get "TPP Audio Drama".

    • Hussain Alkhalaqi

      Haha nailed it!

  • kuaikukia

    Great review. Best Review I ever seen. So happy seeing others reviewer article give such a high score as well. Can’t wait to experience all these awesomeness brought by Mr Kojima and his crew.

    Congratulation to Kojima production

  • Ryan Locke

    I think the reason they relied so heavily on cassette tapes this time around is to make it more realistic, and so that the cut-scenes are more cinematic and amazing. The fewer of something we want there is, the more we’re going to value and admire it, so maybe thats why more story is in cassette tapes than cut-scenes.

    • Shalashaska

      True that. He really wanted to go full out with the one camera angle thing and add nothing more : )

    • Hussain Alkhalaqi

      That’s a great way to look at it, I’m already seeing myself listening to the tapes I’ve acquired as I’m sitting in the chopper, circling my own mother base and enjoying the visuals, so immersive.

    • No Place For Hayter

      As long as anything important is a cut scene yes, you can’t stick vital information in an optional cassette tape. Also it isn’t very realistic if it includes Big Boss, to be realistic we would have to see and be apart of the conversations or events, not listen to them afterwords when Big Boss already experienced them,

      • Ryan Locke

        That’s a good point, but I think most cassette tapes will be of other people and not big boss

        • No Place For Hayter

          Like in GZ, that works perfectly, as it would be odd to view that as a cutscene when the character we are playing as isn’t there, lol.

  • Tyler Torgersen

    Thank you so much crimsonfox. This made my day:) HYPE!!!

  • thetrooper1989

    I just came home from a hellish work shift, totally exhausted and decided to look up the Metal Gear Solid reviews. It feels good man, it feels good :’) *sobbing profusely* Thank you Gatsu, Nyxus, and CrimsonFox for making this site possible. Its been one hell of a ride, we’re almost there.

    • SholidOnline

      8 days…

  • Shalashaska

    Man im seeing so many reviews and WOW.. shit if this game isnt GOTY, Something is really wrong with this world… Kojima must be like this right now

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/ca5edaa90e1e082c9478825c43f7e58b/tumblr_msw0o4zZDz1sz5bjmo1_500.gif

  • Tye

    Also are motorcycles in the game at all?

    • Alejandro Nogales

      I hope so, maybe they want us to discover and enjoy it ourselfs

    • SholidOnline

      I want to find out myself. So should you. No spoilers.

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  • Kingtos

    Wow, that sounds freaking spectacular! Thanks, Crimsonfox for a very well written review.

  • SholidOnline

    Why are cassette tapes being questioned in these comments? Did you not listen to these in Peace Walker? You’re missing out if you did.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Because in PW they were optional briefing tapes, in TPP they are vital to the story, ALSO the cassette tape format works wonders on a portable format where you can start a tape stick it in your pocket and listen, it was designed as a portable console mechanic, but it works against a full fledged console game because it isn’t portable and people aren’t going to be doing anything else, the game has their full attention all the way through.

      • Shalashaska

        I like the cassette tape idea though.. i will miss the awesome scenes explaining story elements but i like that i wont have to pause my game for codec type conversations… spend time just fultoning and knocking shit out while listening to tapes for fun 🙂

        • No Place For Hayter

          Yeah cassettes are a great idea, but not for important necessary story.

          • Shalashaska

            Lol so true neither can i.. thats why when i listen to tapes in gz , i always go full on bat shit crazy gunner mode. xD

  • Tyler Torgersen

    Im curious to know if there was a snow level in any way shape or form. please let this be a reality T.T

    • Shalashaska

      @crimsonfox Please spoil this for us man :'(
      or just tell me 😀 😀 😀 hehe

      • Ishmael

        For gods sake no! WTF is wrong with some guys here? You’ve been waiting so long, but you’re unable to wait a few days longer to find it out yourself. Thats so foolish!

    • No Place For Hayter

      Now now, I know we really want spoilers, but lets not, lol. Lets just assume there won’t be and be pleasantly surprised when there is. Of course if there is it is not as big as the main two locations.

    • Tong Ninja

      From the reviews I read so far, Africa and Afghanistan are the only main big maps in TPP.

  • vic boss

    With all that has happened to Kojima with konami I can’t imagine how he will feel when the game finally comes out, the last meeting he’ll have with kojima productions, and when the game finally gets applauded for being a masterpiece and receiving all the awards. I’ll just say thank you Kojima for giving us the best gaming franchise in history ever.

  • Ahmed Googi Salim

    YES YES 😀

    • No Place For Hayter

      We really need a full artbook, that way we can get full scans of the Shinkawa art, I hate having half complete art pieces, lol.

      • Ahmed Googi Salim

        Haha thanks for the welcome. hopefully the game guide will have some of shinkwas art or they should release a whole art book like rocksteady with all of the arkhams series artwork.

  • PhantomSnake

    All the other sites are reporting 10/10 across the board…Take that doubters. Lol.

    • No Place For Hayter

      YAAAAA! But were there any doubters?

      • PhantomSnake

        spread around on other sites there were quite a few doubters I seen. Most of them were Call of Duty fanboys or people who are ultra sensitive. Some of the people even went as far as cancelling their pre-orders due to the debacle with Konami. None the less I stayed strong to my commitment to Kojima and how I know I will always trust him to make a Superior game in quality and content. In the game development world Kojima is God and Kojima Productions was his Mount Olympus/ Heaven.

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  • PrinceHeir

    Can’t wait for next week 🙂

    • No Place For Hayter

      I KNOW! I’M DYING HERE, lol.

      Long time no see (I think) ( ‘ ‘ )7

    • ddmaster

      That is real. Gotta rip this from youtube.

  • Alejandro Nogales

    7 days……..just 7

  • Ottomansmack
  • PrinceHeir
    • Alejandro Nogales

      Wow, what’s the meaning of all that!!?????

  • Hussain Alkhalaqi

    I’m calling it, when there are only 5 days left, people are gonna be tweeting and saying “V days to V”

    • No Place For Hayter

      Well, now we will. Also at launch everyone will be saying “V has come to”

      • Shalashaska

        lol and when we all see Quiet, we all will be like “V all came too”

        • Hussain Alkhalaqi

          hahahahahahahaha!

  • Alex

    I wonder if this site would be considered legit enough for MetaCritic lol.
    Of course, that should never be a goal or anything.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Probably not, lol, after all we really don’t do reviews, lol.

  • 6god

    My heart gets heavier and heavier and heavier with each review I read. Shaking at the very thought that this game will be in my arsenal 6 days from now. Thanks to crimsonfox for this very well structured and intriguing piece. Albeit this is the last Metal Gear Solid that Kojima will play a part in, it does not make feel sad. Quite the opposite really, I feel overwhelmed with joy that MGS has given me countless hours of fun since I was a small child. Now, where’s my Phantom Cigar…

    • Shalashaska

      I feel your pain.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Yeah, feel the same way.

      Oh and nice job sneaking in a while back comrade ( ‘ ‘ )7 glad you have been with us, lol.

      • 6god

        To tell the truth, I only found out about MGI about 3 months ago. And I think I have checked this site multiple times a day since then. Pleasure to be here.

        • No Place For Hayter

          That’s cool, specifically I responded to you last week and didn’t notice it was your first comment, lol, I guess a week is “a while” for me, lol.

          • 6god

            Seriously?! I can’t believe I missed your comment. I wasn’t ignoring you I swear lmao, I apologise.

          • No Place For Hayter

            I’m pretty sure you responded, back, don’t worry, lol.

  • Alex

    All the nods to the fans and community here hit right in the feels.

  • soon.

    • No Place For Hayter

      So soon I don’t think I will make it, my excitement and mixed emotions might send me into shock, lol.

      • Yea we all have to be careful. No slip and falls, drive safely, if it’s raining don’t risk a lightning strike… may as well just stay locked indoors to maintain safety parameters.

      • JJBYACH

        Medic! *Cue music*

  • No Place For Hayter

    I’m not a cursing man, but the first word out of my mouth after the story for TPP, will be..

    “Fuck”

    And that’s it, lol.

    • ddmaster

      Why that?

      • No Place For Hayter

        Because that covers both a good or a bad reaction, lol.

        • ddmaster

          Ah , I see what you said there.

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  • Ryan Locke

    Has anyone heard anything about the app that goes alongside tpp? I would LOVE to get started on it :/

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  • Schmojima

    Thank you so much for this awesome review! It was a real treat to read and I knew I could rely on MGI to give their readers a spoiler-free review! Thank you for that…a lot!

    Goddamnit – 7 Days, 15 hours. *-*

    • No Place For Hayter

      When the TPP releases I will look at it and ask “How long has it been” and it better answer down to the hour 😉

  • Hussain Alkhalaqi

    Guys, I just heard a gut wrenching rumor, I almost throw up I’m not joking, because I felt so fooled and lied to, if it happens to be true, I’m canceling my pre-order, apparently the F.O.B system, has paywall, you need to pay real money in order to be able to create the F.O.B and invade other F.O.Bs, I’ve never in my life wished something wasn’t true, please if someone finds something good to say about this I’m begging you tell us.

    • Schmojima

      Nah, c’mon. Where do you get your info? (Why should it be true?)
      I mean, this would be really shitty of Konami, but I could live without to be honest…just in case, I mean! (I obviously want to try FOB out!)

      • Hussain Alkhalaqi
      • Hussain Alkhalaqi

        It’s bigger than that, it’s the fact that they obviously said that EVERYTHING can be unlocked without microtransactions, then pull this off, and the fact that they never ever mentioned this on the F.O.B gameplay presentation, telling you this will come out as part of the game to fool you into believing that you won’t have to pay for em, for all I hope this article is wrong, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Konami pulled this shit.

        • Zielicious

          well either that’s true or not, i buy mgs v for the single player, FOB will be a bonus for me, but hope we don not need to pay for it

    • kuaikukia

      damn, I really thought we could have at least 1 FOB base for free. I guess that’s Konami

    • No Place For Hayter

      If that is true I completely agree on your reaction, but I’m not an online man so it won’t affect my experience, I say that now but if it is true god knows what else they have done >.<

    • korruption

      I’ve never once considered the online part, hell I may never even play it. Even so, Konami can sit on a jagged knife.

    • MichaelPayneV

      I suspected that months ago from Angry Joe’s interview!

    • Hussain Alkhalaqi

      Alright so Ken-Ichiro Imaizumi, The Senior Producer at Konami, said that MB (the currency that you pay real money for) can be earned by completing missions, and with that you purchase your F.O.B, I don’t know how to feel, relieved that we can do it but at the same time, it seems like they’ll make it extremely grindy so you just give up and buy the FOB quickly….

      • Ishmael

        Well this is kinda disappointing, even through it doesn’t surprise me too much. Seems like i have to grind for my FOB then, well then it may be.

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  • Daburcor

    This review is the only one I’ve seen that held any weight for me. Though all of them were filled with heaps of praise, this one came from the heart of a fellow MGS diehard, not a professional journalist. A fan. If I weren’t already ridiculously excited for TPP, this review would have sold me. People like Crimson Fox – people like us – they’re the ones Kojima Productions set out to please, and now there is no doubt in my mind that they will (as if there ever were).

    LET’S ALL HIBERNATE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST!

    • No Place For Hayter

      Can’t hibernate for only one week, we must suffer the wait, lol.

      • Mr.Pony

        I’ve been doing complete MGS detox, but had to go see the scores for these reviews, now it is even harder to wait! (Btw does the review by Crimsonfox have any spoilers?)

        • No Place For Hayter

          Nope, none, not even for gameplay, read and enjoy 🙂

  • JJBYACH

    I have officially lost all respect for Polygon, I would laugh about it say u guys should go read it for laughs but it has potentially huge game ruining spoilers, I literally would of never expected that twist, on top of that they continually mocked Kojima: called him a hack, trying to be funny, brought SWJ parade in, and just being such fucking click bait.

    TPP as a 5/10, lol.

    • silentspeed13

      really? they gave it a 5?!

    • MrVux007

      they gave it a 5???
      yep,Polygon is going into my black list now

      • silentspeed13

        time to team up and take them down!

        • No Place For Hayter

          I just avoid giving them any traffic.

    • Zubairu

      that’s one big deep fall for Polygon never ever going there again

    • MichaelPayneV

      Polygon, you mean the guys that change scores months after release? LOL.

    • Hussain Alkhalaqi

      I think you’re mistaken, they gave 5.5 to ground zeroes, but they haven’t yet decided on a score on the phantom pain, you sure about your information?

    • crispy123

      caant find the review anywhere, you sure?

  • Golgari

    https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/635700184903643136

    Guys, today is a Hideo Kojima’s Birthday. Be sure to say him Happy Birthday on tweet. Also, he is not done with the gaming industry. Not even close.

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  • Mr.Pony

    Just droping by for this:

    IGN 10/10
    Gamespot 10/10

    • FOX

      İts a miracle to get 10 from gamespot. GTA V got 9. Game of the decade

      • Mr.Pony

        A miracle that Gamespot gave another 10 after The Witcher 3 and even more of a miracle both sites giving the highest of scores to the same game.

    • Venom_Sina

      In 2008,both IGN and Gamespot gave MGS4 a “10”.
      Now in 2015,both of them gave “10” to MGSV.
      History repeats itself!!!

      • Mr.Pony

        MGS going full circle indeed

  • Zubairu

    Thnx for this great spoiler free review!

  • FOX

    KEPT YOU WAİTİNG HUH!

  • MichaelPayneV

    Guess who I just saw in the sky?

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      wut ? wut? i cant see anything a snake skeleton i guess?

      • MichaelPayneV

        Snake on D-Horse.

  • Y Jebai

    I am so glad that my concerns about the story are now put to rest! When I read a different review that said the story’s pacing was slow, I kind of expected it to be bad, but I am so glad that it is this great. Thank you for this amazing review. Yours and YongYea’s will be the only reviews I’ll read/listen to until after I finished playing the game. Now I’m even more excited!!!

  • MrVux007

    to sum up my reactions while reading this review:
    1)”….o my last thank you will be to Metal Gear Informer itself. Thank you for the years of hard work and all the time you put into building this site & community. It’s been a site for fans, by fans and it shows. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent Metal Gear informer for this event, The Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain Bootcamp 2015.”
    http://img.pandawhale.com/bpNnw3-han-solo-salute-gif-9r1i.gif

    2)”…Then Robert Atkin Downes speaks his first lines and I literally said to myself: “Holy shit, this is going to be amazing.” His extreme emotion along with the soundtrack will make you say the same”http://s1.favim.com/orig/150308/black-and-white-dr-house-face-funny-Favim.com-2543990.gif

    3)”…There isn’t any information on the cassettes that isn’t intriguing”
    https://38.media.tumblr.com/6072690d212bbf2bef07648dc8a02101/tumblr_nawpl2wG501tq4of6o1_500.gif

    4)”…But it absolutely has the most toys you can play with.”http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b350/YoNoSe/jack-nicholson-nod-final_zps0576191a.gif

    5)”The game’s AI adjusts to you and it isn’t a gimmick.”
    http://worldviralz.com/media/uploads/1434021479.gif

    6)”….it’s as 60 frames per second as 60 frames per second can get. ”
    http://cdn.ientry.com/sites/webpronews/article_pics/baleooooppp_1410233.gif

    7)”….One issue I had with the game”
    http://media.giphy.com/media/MYLJQQv78eQpO/giphy.gif

    8)”Kojima-san treated this like the last Metal Gear Solid. He went all out and pushed the story to absolutely heart breaking and mind bending new heights.” https://d.gr-assets.com/hostedimages/1397054926ra/9224471.gif

    9)” 10/10″ http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/257423i450CA8BFA1A9D844/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&px=-1

    10) “Lastly, a big thanks to everyone who visits this site and takes part in the community. For helping this site become what it is, and for making this an enjoyable place. It wouldn’t be the same without you guys!”
    https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=http%3A%2F%2Fimgur.com%2FklBiayS.gif&key=CfO8kIJDxERr8G8BoLX6ng&w=600&h=250

  • J_muse72

    The game is already finished!
    Why are we still waiting?
    Just to suffer?
    Everynight I dream…that I am playing The Phantom Pain.
    Like it’s in my hands.
    You feel it too don’t you…?
    This waiting…just won’t end!

  • VenomSnake1974

    One week!
    Feels like the end of an era…

    • MichaelPayneV

      You fiddle it too, don’t you?

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  • MichaelPayneV

    After seeing Greg’s let’s play, now i’m mad that Ground Zeroes was cut from TPP and sold separately, if you watched the Video you will know what I mean.

    Please don’t spoil for others.

  • kuaikukia

    Lol. Snake join into fighting game.

    apparently someone makes a mod replacing character skin as MGS4 solid snake

    • Zubairu

      Hahaha luv them pc mods

  • silentspeed13

    I just want to say thank you all of the metal gear informer community, I joined this community a little over 7 months ago and in those seven months ive come to love every person ive met by chating or laughing at the many gifs or just by simply visiting and looking at everyone interact was amazing. Everyone here connects in a way that only fans of the series can. 1 and a half years ago I had no clue what a metal gear game was, or why the people who loved it harmonized with each and loved the series as much as the next fan. My first metal gear was metal gear solid peace walker, and since then I have played every single game except for metal gear 1, metal gear solid portable ops and metal gear 2 solid snake. And here I am, 1 year later a metal gear fan and hyped for the last entry in a series that has been around for 28 years and til 1 year ago I just found out about it. The wait has been long and painful and here we are, just 8 days away from Kojima’s last masterpiece. thank you everyone ive met here. just wish I could have met you all sooner. 🙂 One final salute to all of you and to Kojima!

    • MichaelPayneV

      Welcome aboard.

    • Gatsu

      I salute you back!

    • No Place For Hayter

      I’m glad you found out about MGS and found us to share it with ( ‘ ‘ )7 glad to have you with us, so close to the end.

      P.S. Play Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, out of the three you haven’t played it is the best, the first Metal Gear is very basic in gameplay and story (the story is so old it doesn’t fit with the rest of the MGS series) and portable ops is a timeline filler cheap story downgraded version of PW, so I wouldn’t touch it considering you have played PW. But MG2 is amazing in both story and gameplay 🙂 that is if you are okay with an old game like that.

      • silentspeed13

        I sure will. out of the 5 games ive played including Ground Zeroes, Metal gear solid 3: Snake Eater is my absolute favorite. Seeing Big Boss end his mentor’s life was one of the most emotional scenes ive ever seen in a video game. Im not ashamed to say that I cried like a Japanese school girl. Big Boss is my favorite over Solid Snake. My favorite boss fight was Solid Snake vs Liquid Ocelot in MGS 4 just the the music alone and the nostalgic flashbacks speak for itself. My favorite moment would be when Big Boss returned and made peace with Solid Snake and smoking there last cigar together. here’s my list if I had to rate them all.
        1. Metal gear solid 3: Snake eater
        2. Metal gear: solid
        3. Metal gear solid: Peace Walker
        4. Metal gear solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
        5. Metal gear solid 2: Sons of Liberty
        6. Metal gear solid V: Ground Zeroes
        The saga comes to an conclusion next week. Here’s hoping that Metal gear solid V: The Phantom Pain replaces my number 1 spot!

  • Danny Patten

    Did anyone hear something if Dubai broke the embargo? yesterday that was floating around but wasn’t 100% confirmed.

    • bigboss92110

      hey i live in dubai…………….i don’t think the game is allowed to be sold otherwise I would have got it

      • Shalashaska

        HIGH FIVE NEIGHBOR! and Yes.. its a hoax .. No one is allowed to sell it before 1st .. all the online markets start shipping the game in UAE only after 30th so its obvious that they arent allowed to sell it before 30th 😛

      • Gatsu

        Thanks for the info brother.

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  • Schmojima

    NICE SCORES!! And MGI just among all the other great gaming sites! <3
    (Fuck Polygon, if this 5 out of 10 score is true) <-too lazy to check

    • Danny Patten

      Can you link the site where this is shown please? Thanks in advance!

    • Add Vandal.net – 9.8/10

    • Gatsu

      Take that doubters! Game of the Universe right here :).

    • Shiragama

      Add german website gamepro with 92%

  • MrVux007

    HOLY CRAP…could this be the MGS3(note the sneaking suit,also ive seen some ofscreen gameplay screenshots that resemble it,so it could be another outfit) flashback in the trailer??? Kojima posted this

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNKCEQZVAAA-QrX.jpg:large

    • MichaelPayneV

      Wait, so MGS3 flashbacks will be in Fox Engine? Doesn’t that go against what Hideo did in MGS4?

      • MrVux007

        ” Doesn’t that go against what video did in MGS4?” what video are you refering to ?

        • Danny Patten

          I think he means Hideo^^

        • MichaelPayneV

          Establishing that in the MG universe things look like their game graphics, thus the PS1 MG:S nightmare.

          • MrVux007

            idk,we shall see soon enough ^^

          • GrayFoxWasTaken

            That was a fun easter egg for a level that was left out of reviews !

      • SNKtheStampede

        Not if it’s something we didn’t see in MGS3. I don’t remember what info we gathered so far about flashback, but could that be a post MGS3 flashback? Could that be playable? 7 days left till we know! Hopefully gamestop will dispatch it early so it arrives in my hands one day earlier.

        • MrVux007

          ehem,a little reminder

          • SNKtheStampede

            Oh! Totally forgot that… -_- But this excludes nothing right 😉

    • MichaelPayneV

      He better use Hayter’s voice here!

      • MrVux007

        i think it will be just a transition….showing Big Boss walking in the hallway,showing his transformation from major MGS titles :MGS3,MGS:PW and now MGSV (gz & tpp)

        • silentspeed13

          this^^

      • No Place For Hayter

        Yeah, that has been one of my concerns from the beginning are the flash backs going to be re-voiced by Kiefer?

    • SNKtheStampede

      Whoa!!

    • Shalashaska

      Hmmm.. It could be during Peacewalker.. notice the bandana.. As far as i remember, he didnt wear the bandana so damn low in mgs 3 xD .. and the plus.. the beard.. and the age.. he looks like how he looked in the peace walker .. or it could be a variant of the sneaking suit in TPP itself 🙂

      • MichaelPayneV

        Nah, he actually looks 30 years old here!

      • MrVux007

        the sneaking suit is from MGS3,bandana is positioned like the previous game…the beard and the face model is the same as TPP (without the scars)

    • GrayFoxWasTaken

      it would have to be a shot from the plane after… say, isnt the boss’s voice actor supposedly in the game?

      • Shalashaska

        Could be flash backs.. could be the Mammal Ai pod from peace walker

        • MichaelPayneV

          Is not PW!

          • Shalashaska

            I get that.. im just saying it could be either or BOTH. 😛

          • bigboss92110

            u live in dubai too …… Awesome 🙂

        • GrayFoxWasTaken

          Could be both

    • Venom_Sina

      I think it’s a flashback scene.Snake’s face doesn’t have them scars that 1984’s snake has.

      • MichaelPayneV

        Plus he looks like a kid here!

        • Venom_Sina

          That’s right.He’s much younger than MGSV Snake.Maybe we go back even before 1964?

          • Venom_Sina

            Oh,I’m sorry,his right eye is blind.This can’t be before 1964!!!

          • MichaelPayneV

            If The Boss bossfight is playable in MGSV I will flip the funk out.

          • Venom_Sina

            I never heard the phrase before!!!That means you will be happy,right?

          • MichaelPayneV

            Fukking autocorrect, I meant “flip the fukk out”

            Yes, that means that I will be happy!

          • Venom_Sina

            I will be happy,too.Thanks for the clarification.

    • stocchinet .

      The one he’s wearing is the mgs 3 sneaking suit (like the boss one but black)

      http://www.reservoirtoys.com/8470-thickbox_atch/metal-gear-solid-3-naked-snake-sneaking-suit-version-sixth-scale-figure.jpg

      notice the knife position and those straps on the shoulders

  • Danny Patten
    • korruption

      That would not surprise me a whole lot. Konazi seem to really enjoy constantly pissing people off

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  • James Sunderland

    Great review! I can’t belive Metal Gear Solid 5 is releasing next week! This is the best franchise in the history of videogames, Snake Eater is the best MGS imo, and this is even better!? I need to lay down, i feel dizzy…

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  • LegendarySnake51

    Well awesome review, thanks to all MGI members and all the staff! Keep up the good work all! Please MGI members add me on PSN and Steam! ID: LegendarySnake51. Your rewiew was posted on my MGS Fan Club on Steam! My group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/mgsfanclub
    Reviews article: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/mgsfanclub#announcements/detail/43136313127652170

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  • MichaelPayneV

    After reading the Reviews:

  • JJBYACH

    The gamespot review was surprisingly good, you can tell he is a fan who understands the significance of TPP in the series and how it impacts everything.

    “It delivers on its promise, revealing how Big Boss came to be the man many people know him to be, but the path is one nobody could have seen coming.”

    Yes. This is good, isn’t it.

    • Gatsu

      Yes it’s what I want to know but with a path nobody could see coming omg O_o !
      I’ve always liked Gamespot’s reviews :). Need to read it too as I didn’t read every site yesterday.

    • markr96

      “It delivers on its promise, revealing how Big Boss came to be the man many people know him to be, but the path is one nobody could have seen coming.”

      i actually got goosebumps at that, holy crap what kinda story is this gonna be, i cant wait! now im away to read the gamespot review haha,

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  • SNKtheStampede

    All these years waiting, and these very last days are the toughest. But that’s different from other games, even from previous MGS. I feel like a suspension in time, a religious anticipation, there is joy but apprehension too, because we know the majestic end of an era is coming our way. I foresee the mystic observance wich we will feel when launching the game on our systems for the first time. You feel it too, dont’t you?

  • H’m

    Thanx for the great review crimsonfox, this was a joy to read 🙂

    • MichaelPayneV

      I she what you did there, Boss.
      PS: Remember when we used to both have The Boss as avatar, and when my nickname was Venom Snake!

      Yes, because of me you people can’t get “Venom Snake” as nickname!

  • MichaelPayneV

    To those saying that the new screen is not MGS3!

    • GrayFoxWasTaken

      It looks more like PW to me personaly, but it could be right after the gameplay ends in 3

      • MichaelPayneV

        GZ IS Peace Walker, this one looks like Named Snake, and not Big Boss!

        • GrayFoxWasTaken

          Snake in pw has the more shaggy beard and looks older than mgs3 snake. Mgsv (gz & TPP make mgsv) snake bridges the gap between mgs4 old snake and mgs pw snake.

          • MichaelPayneV

            What i means is that in a realistic world, PW and GZ are just separated by less than a year, so he looks different because he got buffer ever since he started accepting the title of Big Boss, he got confident, in PW he was depressed, even 10 years later, do what we saw in GZ was a really healthy strong and confident 39 years old Big Boss!

            Point is, that is Operation Snake Eater young Kiefer Snake!

          • GrayFoxWasTaken

            No, he looks different because he has a completely different character model. He isnt big boss, he is snake. He rejected the name boss because the boss betrayed him when she put down her gun. I also dont believe he “bulked up” between peace walker and GZ, his new model is just a little bigger. I like the new design for snake personally

          • MichaelPayneV

            Huh…whatever.

  • Gatsu

    Good morning superb MGI community =).

    Our dear crimsonfox aka Carlos asked me to remind you all to check twitter today on 24th. He’ll be doing another Q&A for one hour. The times for zones are 10:00 to 11:00 PST / 13:00 to 14:00 EST / 18:00 to 19:00 GMT, any questions you have except for story and plot questions.

    • MichaelPayneV

      Roget that.

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  • Golgari

    For people who are afraid of Microtransactions:

    Don’t freak out.

    https://twitter.com/Ken1555/status/630571490786717697

    • Gatsu

      I don’t :D, yea I read that long time ago.

  • H’m

    So has anyone watched the greg miller video…???

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      im watching it now why ? if you want to alert it now is the time!

      • Gatsu

        Michael watched it at least and warned people of something, don’t remember what is was but he posted it yesterday here.

        Definitely not gonna watch it yet…as the game is so close, I might just wait a liiiittle longer to do the emotional journey myself :).

        • Le Guy who drowned quiet

          im watching it what id he warn tell me!

          • Gatsu

            I don’t remember, lol. But maybe he reply to you :).

          • MichaelPayneV

            O.K. imagine if instead of the GZ cut scene, was the GZ mission, wouldn’t the experience be improved?

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            Ah I understand the flashback right!

        • MichaelPayneV

          No, no, all I said is that at some point in the video I got sad that the GZ mission is not part of TPP, that instead where I think GZ was supposed to be played in TPP plot, instead we have a GZ cutscene. This is not a spoiler really, but if you consider it spoiler feel free to delete this comment!

    • Danny Patten

      I watched both and they are glorious…if the would shut up or a few minutes lol

    • MrVux007

      i wont watch it…ive seen enough gameplay videos to persuade me,now all i need to do is sit tight until November 28-th (for me)

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  • Cipher

    Big Boss from Portable Ops , with the Fox Engine!

    damn i hope he recreates the fight with the Boss with that too

    • MichaelPayneV

      Snake Eater, not Portable Ops.

      • Cipher

        Well PO and SE have the same sneaking suit
        but to think it , it’s most likely BB from the game he made

        • MichaelPayneV

          No, they don’t!

        • MrVux007

          they dont have the same sneaking suit mate

          • MichaelPayneV

            For once I 100% agree with you.

          • but the po suit and the peace walker suit are the same , aren’t they ?

          • MrVux007

            In visual department?

            -they had some similarities but to a keen eye,you will notice they are not the same (i will post a pic for better comparison)

            In practical department? they are also not the same:

            -the mgs3 sneaking suit was made mostly for “sneaking”,and self-preservation https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/34d8e252cd25876c9de52b9fabb36cf28c0bd100b6f9ff18aa3a46a1ade266ef.png (it was made of a special bulletproof fiber and provided effective heat and moisture insulation, reducing both injury and stamina loss for the wearer..and a good ammount of camoflage)

            -mgs:po sneaking suit was a prototype of mgs3 sneaking suit made by the FOX unit,and its main use was for combat (also for sneaking)…the suit was known as “Close Quarters Combat Enhancer Suit”which from the title,you can make your own assessment that it was made for improving the users use of CQC and for fair amount protection

    • MrVux007

      thats a sneaking suit from MGS3

      • Cipher

        I’m not sure but , this is PO suit it looks similar

        • MrVux007

          they are similar,but not in the shoulder and neck area

          • Cipher

            aha ,thanks for clearing that

          • MrVux007

            no problem Sir 🙂

  • Gatsu

    So a metacritic score of 95. Nice :).

    • BlankAzure

      yeah ive been keeping up with that too so awesome with how high the score is
      still super excited

    • H’m

      gametrailers review is pretty good plus they dont show no new footage throughout

  • Venom_Sina

    I want to thank all MGI staff for this geat review,especially Nyxus and crimsonfox.Thank You,guys.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      this the future of mgi btw are you cardboardboxengineer sine you both are iranian?please dot be angry?

      • Venom_Sina

        Yes,we are both Iranian and No,we are two different persons!!!Why should I be angry?

  • H’m
    • korruption

      This requires further scientific study!

  • Jon Givens

    7 Days mah brothas! SEVEN DAYS!!!!!

  • Gatsu

    It’s quite amazing that TPP is Kojima’s first (and maybe last) open world game and it’s getting such incredible praises :D. They really end his saga with a big bang, like nuclear.

    I love these last words of Gamespot review:

    “After dozens of hours sneaking in the dirt, choking out enemies in silence, and bantering with madmen who wish to cleanse the world, The Phantom Pain delivers an impactful finale befitting the journey that preceded it. It punches you in the gut and tears open your heart. The high-caliber cutscenes, filled with breathtaking shots and rousing speeches, tease you along the way. Your fight in the vast, beautiful, and dangerous open world gives you a sense of purpose. The story is dished out in morsels, so you’ll have to work for the full meal, but it’s hard to call it “work” when controlling Big Boss feels so good, with so many possibilities at your fingertips.

    Every fan of Metal Gear has their favorite game in the series. For some, it’s the unique gameplay quirks, memorable set pieces, or specific plot points that dictate their adoration for one game over another. When
    defining the best Metal Gear game, things get trickier, but with The Phantom Pain, that problem is finally resolved. There has never been a game in the series with such depth to its gameplay, or so much volume in
    content. The best elements from the past games are here, and the new open-world gameplay adds more to love on top. When it comes to storytelling, there has never been a Metal Gear game that’s so
    consistent in tone, daring in subject matter, and so captivating in presentation. The Phantom Pain may be a contender for one of the best action games ever made, but is undoubtedly the best Metal Gear game there is.”

    • SNKtheStampede

      Gamespot review is very good, well written and spoiler free. I enjoyed reading it.

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  • JJBYACH

    New gameplay video of mission 5 – No cutscenes, no commentary, no story spoilers just pure gameplay

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gcO2ifCdHCg

    • Golgari

      I recommend watching this for everyone. This is much better than Gregg’s Miller attempt with Let’s Plays. This one has No Spoilers and shows a gameplay from a casual/regular gamer perspective.

      It’s really good. Watch it.

      • Ishmael

        no thx.

      • Schmojima

        This was actually really good!
        But now it’s over watching gameplay videos!!

    • JohnnyAB

      It’s kinda ironic that Donna’s voice annoys people while it actually arouses me LOL

    • Tong Ninja

      Cool!
      Love the sound effects and ambient music in the game! 😀

    • FZJanimated

      i though they would fix kaz non-stop dialogues in the middle of missions… reallly he have to tell you twice “put bomb here ,but how you do it is up to you! ” i get it kaz…hell he even explain you again what a c4 is … ugh

      • Early on this is the case. The early missions help you out more.

        • FZJanimated

          but why he have to repeat the same thing 3 times ?
          13:25 / also he explain you what a C4 is and how to use it… jesus christ
          14:05 / again ” explosives should take care of it ,well enough ,how you do it is up to you ”
          14:55 again ” explosives should take care of it ,well enough ,how you do it is up to you ” “

          • The first time Kaz is confirming that what you’re looking at it in fact what you need to destroy. When you take out the c4 it’s one of your options and he explains it. Then again it just assists you telling you how to detonate it. Some people weren’t holding R2 and triangle. They were pushing them in that order. It’s just trying to assist you. And newer players how to get it done. Like I said this is very early on. Later on you’ll be tapping L1 for additional Intel more often because you’ll need it.

          • FZJanimated

            i hope so :/ , it was something really annoyed me in Ground zeroes , i hope there is a way of turn off his dialogue or something ,but if there is not a way to turn him off , i would just play loud 80s music in the idroid i guess .

          • I’m with you on the flaw in ground zeroes. But it’s not the situation in TPP.

      • JohnnyAB

        I understand what you mean, but it’s also a confirmation that what you’re doing is in accordance with the mission objective.
        Ex: you place the c4 too far out, Kaz says nothing.. you blow it up, and no confirmation of target destroyed.

        • FZJanimated

          … is not that complicated to put a bomb in the target ,is it ? at least i dont need that kind of confirmation if i do something wrong …well , i do it again.

          • JohnnyAB

            Exactly.. you don’t get a confirmation if you do it wrong, only if you do it right.. See what I mean?

      • JJBYACH

        So true. I wonder if BB kept hearing Kaz saying “I’ve sent the VI’s to your I-droid” when he was in a coma.

  • H’m

    hey guys awhile back i purchased this figure

    https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7561/15896539276_bcfb6043a2_b.jpg

    but as you see in this image also,

    http://cdn.breathecast.com/data/images/full/23527/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain.jpg

    i just wanted to know if anyone knew if ingame we can have this look, scarf up and goggles on

  • BOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB

    Is that Egoraptor/GameGrump’s Arin in that photo? Crazy but awesome that he was invited to this thing!

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  • MichaelPayneV

    My tip for having the best MGSV experience:

    Don’t play GZ before TPP, start TPP, and when the eventual GZ flashback shows up, skip it, play the GZ mission, then continue where you left in TPP.

    Thank me later, 8 days later!

  • Cesare Di Maio

    “C2W” mission

    • Cesare Di Maio
      • Schmojima

        Hell, no! I tuned in for like a minute, but I want to experience Mission No. 1 for myself extensively. Thanks for the link, but thats too much info for me right now. ;D

      • JablokoMoloko86

        I think he is playing mission 3? ( miller ). He avoided hospital mission and Kaz resciue mission. When we see his playthrough the mission starts in the heli with Kaz inside so…
        As I rememeber mission 1 ( hospital ) , mission 2 ( afganistan Kaz ) , Mission 3 ( Mother Base come back ). Maybe I am wrong or maybe hospitall and rescuing Kaz is ONE MISSION. Correct me if I am wrong please.

        • Cesare Di Maio

          no thats the 1st mission, you have to get info, rescue miller and go back to MB, in the video you finally see the skulls in action
          0 – Awakening 1 – Phantom Limbs ecc…

    • korruption

      Yes ok Gimpy. We know the fucking “explosive should take care of them well enough,” especially having planted them twice already!!!

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  • JJBYACH

    As one of the biggest fans of the game Life is Strange – this was one of the greatest things I have ever seen in my life.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cGQVnUk2Hu8

    • korruption

      Hella yea (ugh…)! Despite the dialogue going beyond levels of excessive pop culture parody (minus the humour), Life is Strange is fucking awesome!

      • JJBYACH

        I think the writing is what makes it so special – it’s so endearing and quirky, the continuous shifts in tone are made twice as impactful as a product of this – I could go on and on, I just love it so much…

    • FrankWhite

      Teens become Hipsters lol.

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  • Javier

    This is from a spanish site. A beautiful review with 0 spoilers.

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  • Solid PhoeniX

    Does anyone know which of the reviewers has actually finished the game? . . .I don’t mean 100%. . I mean the main missions. I read the review on Game informer and the person said he finished the story. He didn’t spoil or anything but he did say how long it took him

    • stagueda

      Greg Miller from Kinda Funny Games, and at least Peter from Gamespot finished the story at least, the main “Skullface” story, the thing is Greg Miller stated that there were mini stories that he hadn’t finished so i suppose that there are buddy stories that you can finish even after finishing the main story and that when ou close them there will be a secondary “final” ending, at least this was my interpretation of his review

  • Dropping a Davy Crocket 2 here:
    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/metal-gear-solid-5s-online-pvp-mode-locked-behind-/1100-6429981/

    More microtransactions and micropayments to get more ocean (space memory) to make your FOB bigger.

    ¬_¬

    • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

      I though it was make clear that only in game GMP was required only?. FFS! This is really getting to me now. Can’t wait for the MGO3 ripoff! I shudder to even think about.

      • Danny Patten

        That leaves out a tweet tho, that states that you can acquire the currency required to purchase those plot, can be collected or gained ingame! I will look for the tweet now but don’t get your blood pressure up^^

    • http://i.imgur.com/EEnmesA.jpg

      Thanks God. I hope he didn’t mean GMP, lol…

  • Danny Patten

    After reading 10+ reviews I have noticed a trend.
    The mostly say that it doesn’t conclude the story of Metal Gear.
    I’ve to ask myself if those reviewers are just plain blind to the fact that only PW and MGS3 happen prior to TPP or they just blatantly ignore this fact. If you watch the first video of Greg Miller (on Gamespot) you will hear him talk about Olga Gurlukovich. He will say that she is dead. NO! She will be dead in 20 years…
    And I think that these inconsistencies in the reviews just get more attention than they actually deserve.
    TPP will answer only a “couple” of open questions remaining from MGS4. The whole story concludes in MGS4 though. This fact just gets ignored almost everywhere.

    Sorry, I had to get this off my chest.

    • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

      I agree. I think Kojima will leave at lot of the unanswered questions open to one’s interpretation. The cinematic’s have been woven into the gameplay itself. How can they knock a game for doing that?

      • Danny Patten

        Exactley my point. I mean how many books have you guys read that answer all the questions? I read quite a lot and I’ve yet to see a book (story) that does that to my expectations.

    • No Place For Hayter

      This also creates the problem of people not rating or judging the story by its own merit, they are faulting the story with their own preconceived notions.

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  • korruption

    Damn, and I thought doing any of the daytime ops in GZ was too intense for me. I love Kojima’s work and hugely respect all he’s done, there is no-one who can compare to him at all… But I gotta say, I think this game may prove too much for me to handle.

  • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

    The game that inspired kojima when creating MGSV’s open world, Red Dead Redemption. Got a 9.8 by IGN and quite a few 10/10’s. Would you say that RDR had a GREAT STORY!? NO! it did not. No even close. But I enjoyed it. A truly great game. It’s world was so well crafted detailed and with gorgeous graphics. I just wanted to live in it.

    Getting to my point. How can IGN give TPP a lower score? MGS has a far richer world and has all the benefits of RDR and more. You can be sure the TPP story is much much better too. I think a lot of reviewers are reading into this to much. They are judging it on past linear cinematic MGS titles without looking at what it really is. A game changer. TPP sounds like NOTHING I’ve ever played before.

    • FOX

      RDR did have a great story and still one of the best game ever made and so is TPP. İGN gave it 10/10,how can it be low? They didt say the story is bad they just sad its pacing slowly,so calm down and wait for september 1

      • ShalashaskaWasHerSon

        RDR had a great story….. REALLY?. I actually found it unoriginal, slow and full of too many cliches. Also the ending I saw coming a mile away and it disappointed

        • To reach their own, RDR story was awesome to me.

        • FOX

          You may be the only person to think that it didnt have a great story. All lot of people liked it better then gta because of its story

        • vic boss

          I guess it just comes to opinions , for me I didn’t foresee the RDR ending , it actually shocked me and I thought was really sad. And for me it was a great game like a gta but in the wild west. I really liked it and the dlc undead nightmare too.

        • PhantomSnake

          RDR was a great game even though the end pissed me off lol.

        • No Place For Hayter

          I found it great (each to his own), It was like a GTA plot in a western, I found it to be original, while it did have some cliches it is not what most of the story was. You have certainly lived your life experiencing different stories than me because I don’t see a story like in RDR often at all, and due to the interactive nature of the video game format it really elevated the end portion of the game,

        • G925

          And thats your opinion but stop pretending as if it were a fact

    • Ishmael

      the story of RDR was great and up to now the best rockstar games has pulled out yet.

    • G925

      Wut? Red Dead Redemption has one of the greatest video game stories ever…have you even played it..

  • PsychoMantis18

    Pity he didn’t get to finish the story….

  • willworkfortoys

    Thanks for the review!. I’ve read a few of them and they all seem to impress on the same strengths and minimal weaknesses. It is going to be a long week. Has anyone read anything about the best way to play through the game? Most open world games seem best to play through the story then go back and finish all the side missions but this seems like it could be reversed, intertwined, or we may not really have an option depending on how ‘necessary’ side missions are. Any thoughts?

    • You should do all the side ops and take your time. Missions later in the game won’t show up unless you have completed a certain amount of side ops. But their are side ops that if you miss them you can miss entirely new mechanics. So it’s really best to take your time and enjoy every crevice of the game.

      • willworkfortoys

        Terrific! That’s the exact kind of answer I was looking for. Thanks again!

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  • Amar Asghar

    Crimson fox what can you do at mother base? In what ways can you interact with your troops?.

    • Whoop their asses and raise morale. You can physically see all your men on all of your separate platforms. Find posters for use with your cardboard boxes. Find hidden diamonds for additional GMP in super hidden spaces. Do the extremely difficult target practice side ops on each platform. You can check out all the animals you extract in a very cool way that I’ll leave up to you to see. And a few other things that are pretty neat.

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  • MattleGear!

    Guys, sorry if this aint the place for it, but dont forget to add ur Aliases and gamer tags to the list for members to add each other on there Consoles and PC!! Only a week away o/

  • solideater

    I just like to know if the story lives up to the expectations for the fans… as the reviews are showing that it is the weakest and takes a backseat in MGSV

    • MattleGear!

      A true fan will love the twisted plots, and i’m sure u’ll love it. fuck the reviews

    • JJBYACH

      It’s all a matter of how they played the game, and how well they know the franchise. The story was split into several avenues for consumption due to the open world game design to alleviate the narrative trappings that occur with the genre. Take the reviews with a grain of salt, but here are some of the best ones i’ve read- from fan perspectives:

      http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain-review/1900-6416224/

      “Phantom Pain’s story; the dark themes and subject matter like disenfranchised youth being forced into combat call for a serious tone, after all. The gravity of the game’s encounters leaves you on the edge of your seat, with a racing pulse”

      “Though The Phantom Pain’s story is impressive enough to enjoy on its own, when linked to other games in the series its importance is elevated for fans who have followed the journey for the last three decades.”

      “It delivers on its promise, revealing how Big Boss came to be the man many people know him to be, but the path is one nobody could have seen coming. Getting to this part of the story takes time, and requires patience. In the lead up to the finale, you need to spend an hour or two replaying older missions on a higher difficulty setting in order to unlock the last story missions.”

      http://www.egmnow.com/articles/reviews/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain-review/

      “forfeits long-winded conspiracies for a clear villain and to-the-point storytelling, while still leaving plenty of twists for players to try and unfurl. Frankly, I have never been as emotionally affected by any piece of entertainment, video game or otherwise, as some of The Phantom Pain’s final moments.”

      Not every review is a fan and will understand the significance of TPP on the entire franchise – look for reviewers you trust and are knowledgeable on Metal Gear – like Crimson and Yong and prioritize their opinion over some guy who doesn’t even know Big Boss becomes a villain later on.

      • solideater

        Thanks for getting my hopes up, those useless reviews had me worried as this is story is the last piece of the puzzle in MGS Saga and don’t want to be disappointed 🙂

    • FZJanimated

      i think the story is fine ,but the game have the same format like peace walker so the story itself is not very well told in cutscenes , you have more details about stuff with the audio tapes . beside mi sure most of the reviewers had to rush a little bit to get in time for the reviews ,to get the full picture of the story you will have to complete 100% the game ,like peace walker (well im guessing here )

      • No Place For Hayter

        PW had no important story in cassette tapes, only additional information, I recently replayed through PW and listened to zero cassette tapes and I missed nothing.

        • Ishmael

          thats not true. what about paz tapes? they were in fact very important to understand the story and her decisions.

          • No Place For Hayter

            They are important to get a deeper understanding of her character and her actions, but are not important to the main story itself. She was not who she said she was and she back stabbed MSF, that is what is important, not her internal struggle.

          • Ishmael

            dude, her actions affected the whole story from the beginning to the end and they even caused to GZ and The Phantom Pain.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Those are separate games though, that makes those few cassette tapes important to the main plot of other games but not important to the main plot of PW.

            My point being, in PW you didn’t need the cassettes, where as TPP you might HAVE to listen to some of them to get the story instead of simply adding more, like for example instead of having a cutscene of Paz betraying us we get a cassette tape and if we didn’t listen to it the fight with ZEKE and Paz would make far less sense.

          • Ishmael

            well, i guess we don’t find common agreement on this one. i understand your point that the player would gets a lot of the story in PW, GZ and so without listening to the tapes, BUT, and this a very important point, the player does not understand the reasons WHY paz or the protagonists we will get to know in GZ and TPP handle the way the do. it’s like taking a book, but only looking at the pictures. They don’t get the full story. And i think peoples motives, thoughts, attitudes and motivations are highly important to every story. So i don’t understand how you can say they are not. They are the essence to me.
            but nevermind.

          • No Place For Hayter

            It’s cool, I understand and agree they are important, I just disagree that they are needed in order to understand the story.

  • as
  • as

    Kojima is our Snake.Konami is our Patriots.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY,KOJIMA-SAN!

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  • Mister_Glass

    Who is everyone in the photo?

    • muaddib

      I see Crimsonfox, the big one, Yongyea, the japanese one, Greg Miller, the bald one, i think, i don’t know how his cancer doing, and Egoraptor, the bearded one, theeeeere
      Is it me or Egoraptor grew up too much? Didn’t knew he started to lifting

  • No Place For Hayter

    I don’t know about you guys but I’m going to enjoy really looking into each moment of the game to see the theme of Race and Revenge, that is what is great about Kojima and MGS it always has a message and theme, but everyone praising the story does not mention its themes or messages and how well it builds those into the game, I will be doing that anyway when I play the game though 🙂

    • Hussain Alkhalaqi

      Hell I’m just going to role-play big boss, the game’s immersion’s gonna help with that 🙂

  • AYE, Yong!

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  • DavidHSnake

    !!

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  • Lackooo
    • Lackooo

      There’s a typo on this PS4, it says “molybdeum” instead of “molybdenum”.

  • James Raskalov

    With the use of close up camera angles you feel like you’re there and makes you want to reach out to the characters, rub their faces, and say “everything will be okay”.

    I love this website.

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  • Solid Snakes Revenge

    This was a great read thanks for all your work crimson Fox. I loved the fact that you said mgs3 was your fav game before this. It’s mine as well so I really can’t wait to get my hands on tpp.

  • Hussain Alkhalaqi

    Since Kojima’s using a lot of 80s songs, I’m really hoping and looking forward to sneaking in a post, then hearing, from a far,” I NEED A HERO, I’M HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO ‘TILL THE END OF THE NIGHT “, thinking about it gives me goosebumps xD, if it’s not in the game then oh well, I can always upload it to the game.

    • PsychoMantis18

      That would be hilariously awesome.

    • korruption

      Saints Row 3 made me hate that song.

      • Hussain Alkhalaqi

        how come ? xD I’ve never played any of the Saints Row games.

        • BlackDevil06

          In the final mission of SR3, this song is on a loop. Hearing it once is okay, having it on a loop for 15-20 and it gets annoying.

        • korruption

          1 and, especially 2, are masterpieces, 3 and 4 slid balls-first off the trail and landed in D-horse shit.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Couldn’t resist reading the review but have to say i’m really disappointed. Crimson Fox seems like a lovely guy and I mean no disrespect in saying this BUT this would fit the description of a ‘Fanboy-review’. While professional reviews can offer a (reasonably) fair insight into the strengths and weakness of a game overall through structured critique, this came across as messy, misguided and ultimately self-serving. I’m not saying I could do better but I believe that Nyxus could’ve of, and I hope to see his review in the future.

    I visit this site at least daily and absolutely love it (and Nyxus’s writing) but I feel I can’t take away anything from this review other than that it satisfied a fan (glad you loved it though, Crimson Fox).

    • That’s why I pointed out it’s is a fan review. But also as a gamer at the end of the day, I was blown away by how much content is available with the 60 dollar price tag. And how well put together everything is. Compared to other full priced games this title puts then too shame when it comes to what’s available. Thankfully other and way more professional outlets share my opinion, so I know I’m not crazy haha. Hopefully when you play it you share the same type of feelings. Really though, thank you for your feed back. This is my first article ever and I realize it’s not the best written, so thank you.

      • PsychoMantis18

        Is it your first article? Well good job and sorry if I came across as an arse-hole. Probably due to my unrealistically high-expectations for this site.
        Did you end up getting to finish it?

    • ObsessedGeorge

      Well, we are fanboys that visit this site everyday and share the same passion and enthusiasm, did you expect anything else? We love everything Kojima related and it shows on crimsonfox’s review. I personally loved his review and got hyped even more. I’ve writen some reviews for sites in the past and l think his writting is very good for a first timer.

      • PsychoMantis18

        Yes, I did expect something else.

        Being a fan and a fanboy is different. A fan can still use critical thinking and assessment (bias or no) but fanboys by definition tend to gush and skimp on the evaluation part and would rather draw attention to their own feelings rather than the ‘thing’ they’re a fan of. A fan can offer an opinion of worth while a fanboy does not, it’s just a show of enthusiasm. Crimsonfox is quite clearly a fan and one worth hearing, but I believe this review was not a very decent picture overall on the game, which is what I was after. This is why I called it a ‘fanboy review’. It’s an alternate opinion and I was not trying to pointlessly criticise him. I have no problem with him, or his views; it is the review I have an issue with, and a small one at that.

        I don’t think anyone has given you a like yet so allow me, as I believe this is what you’re fishing for.

        • ObsessedGeorge

          Are you kidding me? I replied to you fishing for “likes”? What am l, 12? 🙂 I just said that the review is written from a fan for fans. It’s just what we wanted to read as fans, that our favorite game will be amazing.

          • PsychoMantis18

            Well, you do sound like a 12yr old. I am a fan and it was not the review I wanted to read, so I made a comment on it. Then in you swooped….

  • MAG V Supreme

    Shout out to CrimsonFox for his dedication, spent 4 days playing MGSV TPP and this review is only a piece of his dedication to stay focus and enjoy this game and give a great Review. I happen to be one of the reviewers. also I happen to sit close to Crimsonfox and we kept looking at each other during play with facial reactions you cannot fake. LMAO good times and it was a pleasure meeting Crimson fox who is a true MGS Fan and cool dude to know. That said its Mag V bro, congrats on a awesome review. Your FOB isnt safe… lmao

    • Chale, when FOB gets started you better watch your back fish!

  • Dillon Bartkus

    Do we know if the ranks you get after beating a mission unlock anything? Or are they just for achievement purposes?

    • From what I understand the higher the tank the more emblem customization options you get. Along with GMP and Heroism points

  • Shalashaska

    I made up with my gf and then I caught her cheat again.. I thought i would be more happier as this game gets closer but now I know that I’ll only be happy when I have started playing.
    Cant wait to treat myself to some kojima medicine for all of my heartbreak. Lol i sound like a gay Shalashaska.

    • Hussain Alkhalaqi

      Sorry to hear that, friend.
      Hopefully The Phantom Pain is gonna be enough to hold your phantom pain.

    • ObsessedGeorge

      Oh man, sorry about your relationship. Now you will be trully consumed by the game. Time for rage and revenge! 😉

  • PlayStation4Life!

    HYYYYPPPPPEEEEEEEE !!!!

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  • Lars Mølgaard Hansen

    Crimsonfox I really nned to know someone. i assume you can tell me, since you donøt spoil anything at all. I’ve heard a rumor that the true ending isnøt included on the game disc. Now I am offline on my PS4 and just want to know if I will be able to see all the endings, including true ending/if there really is one) even when I am offline. My worst nightmare would be if one of the endings or both wasn’t include on the disc in the final version released in stores and maybe released in a patch instead. As i said I am offline on my PS4 and unable to download anything and I also don’t have Ground Zeroes. WIll i be able to see all the game has and also the ending and true ending

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  • BlackDevil06

    Crimson, how’s the soundtrack like? Is there anything epic like the Peace Walker theme, excluding the PW Medley from the equipment screen?

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