It was in September 2015 when the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain hit PlayStation 3 and 4, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox One and Xbox 360. Developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami, this action-adventure stealth game is the ninth installment following Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.

Hideo Kojima is known for his outstanding direction of the Metal Gear series, but the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain goes a step ahead in its seriousness. The previous games from the kitty were known for their routines, but this installation marks a significant difference. You can witness a massive overhaul of Metal Gear’s clunky tropes and damp mechanics. Albeit it’s still a game about creeping into bases, killing guards, and fighting battles, the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is nothing less than a gust of fresh air for gamers.

The gameplay of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is set much before Metal Gear Solids 1, 2, and 4 but after the third part. It features a character named Punished “Venom” Snake, who revives from a nine-year-long comatose after the events that took place in Ground Zeroes.

Jack Bauer, the chief character of the game is somber, not very talkative, and bears two horns on his head. He is accompanied by his four buddies—a robot, a horse, a canine, and a sniper called Quiet. You will love the way the game has been optimized on a technical level. The missions of the game are designed in a fashion that you would want to replay it in multiple ways possible.

The second part of the game involves an array of missions that are a notch higher in difficulty. You get settings like “stealth only” or “extreme.” Even without these challenges, the game can be tricky and tough. Don’t be surprised if you find some interesting built-in semi-cheat settings.

Talking about the combat paraphernalia of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, you will find a plethora of abilities, arms, vehicles, gadgets, and sidekicks at your disposal. You need to, however, meet quite a few criteria to grab them. Nonetheless, the range of options and strategic decisions certainly makes the arsenal extremely meaningful and relevant when you step foot on the field.

The verdict

The gameplay systems of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is indeed meatier and richer than any of its sister installations in the series. The organic nature of the game’s open-ended missions allows you to create your own memorable experiences, with little deviation from stealth. The story has emotional power and a compelling reason explaining the pointlessness of warfare. You may, however, find the length of the series a little to dragged-on. You can go for it if you wish to experience superior game mechanics, flexibility in weapon use, and a smooth blend of gameplay modes.

Here’s the trailer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. You can check out our store here and find this game. Do add to your collection this year!

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