Konami Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Last updated date: June 11, 2019

DWYM Score
9.4

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We looked at the top 1 PS4 Games and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, The Guardian, Push Square, Polygon, GameSpot, Games Radar, Kotaku, Game Rant, The Zombie Chimp and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best PS4 Game you should buy.

Overall Take

Konami "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" is an open-world game, letting you choose your own path. The graphics provide mesmerizingly realistic visuals, and the ability to choose between solo and online team gameplay modes makes it appealing to many gamers. However, you may find the missions repetitive after playing for a while. In our analysis of 170 expert reviews, the Konami Konami Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain placed 6th when we looked at the top 24 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.5
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
4,296 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Offers both solo and online team play. Open world format has a huge map to explore, and engaging cutscenes between addictive, nonlinear gameplay. Graphics are vivid and crisp with great scenescapes.
- BestReviews
It is, unquestionably, my favorite Metal Gear to play, though I do wish its story delivered as many memorable moments as its sandbox empowered me to create for myself.
- IGN
August 24, 2015 | Full review
Unlike so many other open-world games, this field is not littered with meaningless trinkets and treasures (although, if you do find a diamond in the rough, it will contribute to your company’s purse).
- The Guardian
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a hallmark of excellence in tackling open world gameplay, with its creative approach being reflected organically through your own actions.
- Push Square
September 28, 2017 | Full review
The second best piece of tech in the game — certainly the most fun to use — is the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system.
- Polygon
September 1, 2015 | Full review
The Mother Base aspect is rewarding and engrossing, extending the scope of the game beyond the battlefield
- GameSpot
October 18, 0201 | Full review
Staggeringly deep open-world with huge variety of strategies and item upgrades
- Games Radar
September 16, 2015 | Full review
For all that’s changed, The Phantom Pain has one big thing in common with other Metal Gears: It is both profoundly stupid and incredibly provocative.
- Kotaku
The inclusion of Mother Base means that in this particular adventure, Big Boss has more resources and help available to him than in any other Metal Gear game that came before.
- Game Rant
Other features, such as the reflex mode and first-person aim camera also carry over from Ground Zeroes. The game also adds buddies to assist you on your missions, and are also adaptable with your gameplay style, as you can choose to equip them with lethal and non-lethal equipment.
- The Zombie Chimp
January 13, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
toryline is somewhat stale and disappointingly short for a popular series’ swan song. Some missions feel repetitive.
- BestReviews
As nice as that might be though, I’d rather have the “problem” that Guns of the Patriots had, where there were “too many” awesome moments and plot twists.
- IGN
August 24, 2015 | Full review
Managing and supporting your forces is both addictive and compelling, though indulging in the game's online features may lead to some frustratingly unfortunate technical issues
- Push Square
September 28, 2017 | Full review
Elsewhere, The Phantom Pain's story is captivating, oftentimes a bit messy — and almost wholly absent for a good portion of the early game.
- Polygon
September 1, 2015 | Full review
Pacing issues towards the end of the game momentarily halt your momentum
- GameSpot
October 18, 0201 | Full review
Intense pacing from initially daunting to incredibly tough
- Games Radar
September 16, 2015 | Full review
The open world in Metal Gear Solid 5 may create some issues with pacing in terms of the plot, but as stated previously, it does help the game achieve some of the best gameplay the series has ever seen.
- Game Rant
If you are frequent headshot hitter, the enemy will be issued with helmets. If you sneak through enemy lines, decoys will be issued will alert the enemy upon attack.
- The Zombie Chimp
January 13, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has brought a new edge to the Cold War, and in 1984, a one-eyed man with a prosthetic arm appears in the country. Those who know him call him Snake; the legendary mercenary who was once swept from the stage of history and left in a coma by American private intelligence network Cipher. Snake is accompanied by Ocelot, an old friend who saved him from attack when he finally awoke. Now, Snake's former partner Kazuhira Miller is being held by the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Snake must undertake a solo mission to rescue Miller and prove to the world that the legendary mercenary is not dead and gone. That first step will lead to a path of vengeance against the very Cipher that slaughtered so many of Snake's men, and to a battle that will embroil the whole world... What started in Ground Zeroes must finish with "V". Metal Gear Online (MGO) returns as the online multiplayer mode for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Developed by Kojima Productions' studio in Los Angeles, MGO offers players the chance to conquer enemies in an online battlefield. MGO represents the third iteration of the popular multiplayer game, redesigned with the familiar gameplay and aesthetic styling of its companion single-player campaign. With a focus on Tactical Team Operations, the game features a class system that more uniquely defines the strengths and abilities of player characters on the battlefield. Key characters from the series, including Venom Snake and Ocelot, will also make appearances in the anticipated multiplayer feature.

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An Overview On PS4 Games

  • If you haven’t played Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” in a while, it may be worth a relook. The award-winning game has undergone a recent revamp, taking it in the direction of a role-playing game. However, it’s still technically a stealth game, requiring the player to master the ability to sneak up on opponents.
  • When it comes down to it, many of today’s top games excel at worldbuilding. With Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” it’s all about the map. This version has the largest and most connected map in all the renditions. You’ll find even when you’re out in the middle of the desert, there are plenty of awe-inspiring views. The game will take you deep into the heart of Egypt, immersing you in the ancient culture of the country.
  • The open-world Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” also offers a sizeable map, with mesmerizing landscapes and photorealistic graphics.
  • If you’ve played “Grand Theft Auto” before, you’re probably already familiar with the meticulous detail put into the graphics. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” has realism all the way down to weather and lighting effects. This lends authenticity to the experience that makes you feel as though you’re truly a part of that world.
  • One of the best things about Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition is that it helps you grow as a player. The game takes note of moves that you haven’t yet used and coaches you to complete them in order to become better at virtual combat.
  • One new feature that will enhance your experience with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. It also adds Mother Base to your adventures, which means Big Boss will have more resources than in previous Metal Gear games.
  • Storylines have become huge in many of today’s PS4 games, but many of them have a problem with growing repetitive over time. As with previous iterations, Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” has an engaging storyline. However, some find the quests are repetitive over time, and you may find that finding the loot is too easy if you’re a more experienced player. Missions with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” can also become repetitive. Although the story is captivating, it doesn’t seem to have as many twists and turns as other open-world games. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is all based on auto heists, which provide plenty of adventures without a complex storyline. The quests in Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can also become repetitive.
  • Although Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” repeats itself over time, it’s important to note that you drive the storyline in open-world games, and this game gives you plenty of opportunities to make it your own.
  • If your setup supports 4K resolution, you may want to sway toward Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” which offers 4K gameplay as an option.
  • Lack of responsiveness can become frustrating with any game. The controls with Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” can feel a bit awkward at times. That means combat can tend to feel unnatural, with attacks not landing quite the blow they feel like they should.
  • Many players prefer the spirit of competition that comes with playing others. Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” offers both solo and online team gameplay options.
  • For gamers on a budget, Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is the best option, selling for less than $20. Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can be found in the $20-$30 range. But the Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition includes a season pass, which expands your gameplay options.

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The PS4 Game Buying Guide

Your PS4 is all hooked up and ready to go. Now you just need the perfect game to get you started. If you’ve owned a PlayStation before, you probably have a few favorites of your own, but it can’t hurt to take a look at what’s out there. You may even find that a game you tried in the past has improved so much in recent versions, you’ll want to try it again.

With so many PS4 games available, though, you’ll first need to narrow down the type of game you want to play. There are role-playing games, abbreviated RPG, which are among the most popular. RPGs kicked off with games like “Dungeons & Dragons” and continue today with popular options like “Final Fantasy.”

The vast majority of games will fall under the action header, which includes the many shooter games you find when you’re looking around. This genre also includes fighting and combat games like “Street Fighter” and “Double Dragon,” as well as stealth games like “Assassin’s Creed Origins.”

Another video game category that’s popular with many players is open-world games. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” falls into this category, as does “Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” With an open-world game, you’re free to move around a virtual environment, choosing how you reach particular goals. These games have become increasingly popular as gamers seek to feel as though they’re part of an adventure, rather than just competing to win.

There are plenty of factors beyond gameplay, including the visuals on the screen in front of you. You’ll want to spend time in a world that’s immersive, rather than one that takes away from the experience. If you have a 4K TV, you’ll find your options are narrowed considerably since not all PS4 games are built to render at that resolution. Some games also have technical glitches that slow down response time, a flaw that can be extremely frustrating if you’re just trying to enjoy some game time.