Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is the latest release in the famous gaming series designed by the legendary game designer, Hideo Kojima. Expectations for the game have been sky-high ever since it was first announced back in 2012 with a trailer that attracted millions of views in a short space of time. The key question is, does it MGS 5: The Phantom Pain live up to these expectations and does it manage to successfully take the ultra-popular stealth series into the next generation of gaming as many hoped it would? Read on below for the definitive answer!
A More Open World Metal Gear Experience
Many of the previous Metal Gear Solid releases have had gameplay which is quite linear, albeit fantastic. In this regard, Kojima and has team have moved The Phantom Pain in a different direction with far larger maps and a more open gaming world than has ever been seen before in a MGS game. That’s not to say that they’ve turned the game into something like Skyrim as there’s still a clear structure to the gameplay. However, compared with previous iterations of Metal Gear Solid be prepared to be blown away by the sheer scale of the environments.
Staggeringly Good Graphics
When Metal Gear Solid was launched on the PS3 back in 2008, people could clearly see that this was a next generation title that displayed a range of graphical features with a fluidity that would not have been possible on the PS2 or Gamecube. The Phantom Pain delivers a similarly astounding next generation graphical experience with one small caveat: you need to be playing it on the PS4, Xbox One or a suitably powerful gaming PC to see the game in this light.
To maximise profits and reach as wide a fan base as possible, Kojima Productions have also chosen to release MGS 5: The Phantom Pain on the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Graphically, the versions on the old hardware look pretty good, however they can’t come close to the truly stunning lighting, shadows and textures offered on the next generation machines.
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Do Missions In Your Own Order
Due to the structure of The Phantom Pain’s storyline, you are given a surprising amount of freedom in deciding in what order to complete the missions that await you. In previous Metal Gear Solid’s this would have been unheard of, but this time after you’ve completed the first few missions you are free to choose which one to take on next after returning to the effective mission headquarters called The Mother Base.
Strong Story To Dive Into
Metal Gear Solid games have always had a strong narrative and, thankfully, The Phantom Pain has an exceptional storyline too that you can really immerse yourself in. Set in 1984 across both Afghanistan and Africa during a key period of the Soviet War you will find yourself drawn into a deep plot that ties in incredibly well with each and every mission you undertake.
The Final Verdict
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is an outstanding gaming achievement and one that should be top of every gamers must-play list of next generation games. Beautiful graphics, fluid gameplay and a clever story combine to create a captivating experience. With MGS 5: The Phantom Pain rumored to possibly be Kojima’s last game you owe it to yourself to play this gem of a game as soon as you can!