Three features that should be added to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is rich in content: there are dozens of sidequests, hundreds of items to develop, many hidden items to collect, struts to construct, and an almost infinite amount of ways to play through the missions and experiment by combining different buddies with different tactics, weapons and infiltration techniques. Even so, there are three features that really seem to be missing, and it would be great if those could be added in a future update.


Theater Mode

Several past Metal Gear games have had cutscene viewers, or ‘theater’ modes, which allows you to play the cutscenes again without having to replay that mission. Metal Gear Solid 2 even allowed you to swap character models in all kinds of ways, so that you could have Solidus fight a middle-aged lady instead of Raiden, just to name an example. Oddly enough, MGSV has none of these options, which is especially regrettable because of the way the game’s structure works. Because some cutscenes are only triggered under certain circumstances, there’s no way to see them again unless you start a new save file. But wouldn’t it be perfect if there was an option to view all the cutscenes you’ve unlocked in any way you want? There could be a preparation screen similar to the mission select, in which you decide what characters will fit what roles, the time of day, their outfit, etc. This would give players both the option to revisit their favorite scenes as well as play around and create some crazy new ones.



Photo Mode

Being able to take pictures in games through a dedicated photo mode is something that has gained popularity theses past years. Several games added this option through an update, like Infamous Second Son and Shadow of Mordor. Of course, most platforms allow you to take screenshots during gameplay and cutscenes, but the advantage of a photo mode is that you can freeze the game, move the camera around any way you like, as well as remove the HUD and other obstructing elements. In other words, have more flexibility with your framing and angle. Being able to capture any moment in this game any way you like would be fantastic. This game really seems to be made for it.



New Game Plus

The Phantom Pain is designed as an open world game, allowing you to go through the missions how and when you like. The downside to the games’ structure is that you can’t really play through it again unless you create an all new save file. Many games now have a mode called ‘New Game Plus’, which gives you the option to go through the story another time while keeping some of your progress. In the case of this game, this could mean resetting your missions and buddy bond, but keeping your developed items and expanded Mother Base. Of course you can already replay every mission as it is, but giving this option would provide a bit more sense of progress. Another problem with selecting missions is that some of the cutscenes will only happen once in the game, so you won’t be able to see them again with your existing savefile. Having the ability to start a new game would be a good feature to have for those who want to experience the entire story again from beginning to end.


Seeing these three things added down the road would be awesome. Many of the games in the series have been rereleased at least once, often with more features and advanced options, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility, especially now that we live in an era where post launch support through updates is completely normal. And Konami seems to be serious about their support, so hopefully, we see this happen some day.

  • hunner

    I played through MGS V’s story 3 times. Had to create 2 new accounts just to do so. MGS V desperately needs a NG plus mode

  • I can live without first two, but NewGame+ is a must for me. But this is hard to implement for the Stealth game because compared to RPG you just add beefy enemies and increase their stats but here you need to make improvements with the AI and rules in general which requires a game designer……

    • Well, MGS4 had it. You could start a new game and when you met up the MKII you received all your previous weapons and Drebin Points.

      • Mr.Pony

        The only problem with starting a new game for me is the FOB part and the guns from Grade 6 up. Those weapons are pure grind and losing them is a really bummer, so if they added a new game plus where those weapons plus the FOBs were kept intact (but only available when you completed mission 21 or unlocked the grade 6 weapons) would be fine for me. Aside from the FOBs and the more advanced grade weapons i would like to reset everything, i would want to rebuild diamond dogs from the ground up again.

        • Yeah developed items would be carried over, same for FOBs probably since those are used for the online component.

  • Plissken

    #4. Co-op

    As for wishful thinking things I’d like, Kingdom of The Flies and David Hayter voicing Ishmael/Big Boss in mission 46. That would’ve been mind blowing if Keifer voiced Big Boss in the prologue and then changed to Hayter in The Truth mission

    • Dr. Miles Manners

      Nah. Hayter isn’t Big Boss in MGS4. The problem was giving him the same voice as Solid Snake for the sake of marketing.

      If anything not having David Hayter anymore is one of the good things this game pulled out.

      • JoJo

        Nope. If it’s fine to have Otsuka as Big Boss in MGS3 and then MGSV, that criticism falls short.

    • Spectralbuttplug

      mindblowing yes but i hate hayter


    If I could add something to the game I would add a commend to buddy system. If You choose “stay” to DD after a little time He starts to wander by himself. I would add first “stay” and choose “go” when You want. DD should stay in the same position as long as You said to him. Not go everywhere He want.
    And battle with Floating Boy. I waited for it for whole game! and there wasnt fight with Him 🙁

  • No Place For Hayter

    It really ticked me off to not have a theater mode, there isn’t much story and to even see it again I have to replay whole missions when I only want one cut-scene, even PW (which TPP is 2.0 of…. in some aspects) has a menu to re-watch any cutscene.

    • Mr.Pony

      If they added a theater mode my phantom pain would cringe every time i would get to the chapter 2 cut-scenes, maybe its for the best.

      • Other Metal Gears also have large parts of the story told in the CODEC, but that didn’t stop MGS2: Substance and MGS3: Subsistence from having a theater mode. Also, MGSV already allows you to play back all the cassette tapes, so having the cutscenes as well would be nice.

        • Mr.Pony

          oh yeah PW had both indeed :p well If they did they implement the theater mode maybe could throw in the GZ cut-scenes too since they are not that many

    • SaladinSilver

      Youtube exists for a reason you know…..

      • No Place For Hayter

        Haha, you are so right….. what a sad world we live in.

  • Dr. Miles Manners

    Mind blowing to think that MGS4 had everything listed (except the theater mode). You know, the previous numbered game.

  • ThreeMadFrogs

    Even having multiple save files would be a great start. The fact that there’s only 1 save file was a poor choice by the developer/publisher.

  • Big Bosch

    Yes to theatre-mode!
    It’s kinda ridiculous this wasn’t added at the start to begin with

    • Preston M Simpson

      OR in MGS4! WTF???? That’s the best part?

  • Kitty

    Is there some mgs fan who compose music ? i have a service witch can be usefull for all fan of The boss

    • Spectralbuttplug


      • Kitty

        I have found a beautifull music in MGS3 witch is not in the BO…

        from 4min25 to 8min35

        I think maybe the only way to have it is to re – compose it … with audacity there still have some voices..

        • Spectralbuttplug

          unfortunately his remixes are pretty upbeat

  • John Rhogan

    It would be nice to have new game plus. Every Metal Gear game has had that option.

    • Solid Snakes Revenge

      Not really the first two. You just unlocked special items when beating the game. You didn’t get to keep any of your guns and items you had on the previous playthru.

  • Ralexion

    Yeah, I wanted a theater mode since the beginning.

  • Mr. Sir Shpee

    NG+ would be great. I still really want a co-op feature, even if it’s tied into MGO and is comprised of 2 to 4-player missions separate from TPP.

  • RJRO

    I would really liked combat hallucinations, i mean he has a shred in his head, even the doctor says any hit in the head could cause hallucinations, but he only gets blindcolor(witch i really like when it happens).

    • Mr.Pony

      From the videos mission 51 used the colorblind thing really well, you have to shoot XOF soldiers with Eli in the middle of them but since you can’t see the colors properly you end up shooting him too

  • Biggy

    Except the Man behind the game is out

  • Venom_Sina

    I have an idea for Theater mode:PS4’s share ability,lol.

    • MrVux007


    • Spectralbuttplug


  • XIFF-5

    Didn’t they say that they will provide selfie camera to MGO3?
    What happened to that?!

    • scarecrow

      Maybe in an upcoming DLC/update. It’s on the code, also the preset chat of MGO hints the Camera item or selfie mode.

  • SNKtheStampede

    Theater mode is the most urgent in my opinion. The first time I saw ELI departure scene I was wearing skulls camo and completely missed Venom facials… I had to rewatch that on youtube.

    • Jav

      Same here

    • Venom_Sina

      It won’t make any difference,cause Venom has the same facial expression most of the time.

      • SNKtheStampede

        Touché. The best facial animations I could appreciate are those that he does on the chopper before landing. Those are absolutely impressive. You can see single muscles contract.

      • Spectralbuttplug

        really nigger?

  • Xilurm

    I was thinking about NG+ the other day. It would be awesome as long as you could keep your staff and developement items. I really like playing as the DD soldiers sometimes.

  • Tong Ninja

    Yeah, a cutscene viewer for TPP would of been great, so I don’t have to resort to watching it on Youtube all the time haha. New Game Plus as well.

    Another great feature that would of been cool to see in TPP is the ability to revisit Camp Omega (Ground Zeroes map) for some special side-ops / missions. 🙂

  • Kol Leqejza
  • Hina

    Did they even add an exit option from online to campaign yet?…

    • Solid Snakes Revenge

      There’s been a way for a long time. Bottom left hand part of the touch screen button thing on ps4. Actually it could be the bottom right I can’t remember but there is a way.

  • cklambo

    In this day and age do we still need a cutscene viewer? What the game needs is a proper ending. And co-op.

    • There are plenty of reasons to prefer a cutscene viewer over Youtube. Most people would rather watch the cutscenes on their tv / sound set than on their computer, right?

      • cklambo

        I play on pc so thats not a problem for me but I can see that reason.

      • Full Options

        Youtube vids are compressed, and even in HD. Won’t beat real-time rendering at all for now. At least for me.

  • Preston M Simpson

    Next, they need to delete those damn repeat missions and make A Quiet Exit possible to beat. Oh, and mission 51.

  • Full Options

    A level editor… =O

    😀 well, at least a basic one that let place soldiers, few items / weapons, on existing landscapes… That would rock, but what an impossible dream for now… xD

  • Campaign co-op/pvp, custom mission menu where you can create your own side ops, make combat deployments playable missions where you fight alongside the npc troops you choose.

  • FZJanimated

    another thing they should add… “demon snake ” as his own thing, like let me choose if i want to be a bloody mess or be normal … im still trying to figure a way to get back to normal… is a pain

  • Edwin Chauca

    The way I would do new game plus is everything needs to be Carry over except for: buddies they need to be unlocked as in the original walkthrough but once they become available all the outfits and bond needs to be like the original run, story mementos like scarf, kids diamond needs to be unlocked as you progress same for story cassettes and the yellow label side ops and move the Paz side ops to the yellow label ones make them become available instead of the 12 recycled old missions story

  • Ruhcaleb

    Cooperative mode.

  • UNCMoose187

    MGS 5 just needs an actual story/campaign next time…this open ended nonsense is great if it had actual structure and cohesiveness…

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