Konami Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Last updated: January 16, 2024


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.

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In our analysis of 161 expert reviews, the Konami Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain placed 3rd when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers 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.
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
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).
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.
The second best piece of tech in the game — certainly the most fun to use — is the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system.
The Mother Base aspect is rewarding and engrossing, extending the scope of the game beyond the battlefield
Staggeringly deep open-world with huge variety of strategies and item upgrades
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.
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.

What reviewers didn't like

toryline is somewhat stale and disappointingly short for a popular series’ swan song. Some missions feel repetitive.
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
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
Elsewhere, The Phantom Pain's story is captivating, oftentimes a bit messy — and almost wholly absent for a good portion of the early game.
Pacing issues towards the end of the game momentarily halt your momentum
Intense pacing from initially daunting to incredibly tough
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.
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.
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