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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Masterpiece

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    sushinoms
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    I’m currently about 20 hours into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hideo Kojima’s farewell masterpiece produced by the infamous pachinko makers, Konami. And already, this is shaping up to be arguable the best Metal Gear Solid installment yet. Already known for its refined sneaking and stealth mechanics, MGSV: TPP somehow further builds on the control mechanics of its MGS predecessors. This is probably some of the most exhilarating sneaking experience I’ve had in any game. That is to say that the prior Metal Gear Solid games only allowed me to take one relatively predetermined path from point A to point B with some obstacles and structured sequence of events in between. The Phantom Pain is designed to be a whole lot more flexible, replacing the chapters and segments of old with an expansive list of selectable "episodes". This is familiar territory to those who have played the PSP prequel, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. There are also many side operations, which you may complete using one of the many Mother Base recruits in place of Snake. Unlike any of the Metal Gears before it, this is truly a vast open-world just waiting to be explored. And that’s going to take some time. 20 hours in and it doesn’t even feel like I’m close to making a dent in terms of the story's plot (which has some amazing plot-twists by the way and Episode 23 is my favorite thus far), something I'll look forward to over this long weekend. Kojima, himself, often encourage players to tackle missions using different tactics. One may opt to stealth their way past all enemy guards and security cameras and complete the assigned tasks undetected like a ghost, or go in full Rambo with guns blazing and bombard the enemy camp with Michael Bay levels of explosions. Each is viable in their own right. Bringing along a companion in the form of a horse, a mechanical D-Walker, a dog, and the silent female sniper, Quiet, further enhances the experience in unexpected ways. The game, however, does encourage a more pacifist approach, where it’d be more beneficial for the player to NOT murder every enemy soldier they can find. With the return of the largely satisfying Fulton recovery system that was first introduced in Peace Walker, Snake can kidnap unconscious enemies and Fulton them back to Mother Base, where they’ll be repurposed into your personal soldier slaves. Sometimes, it’s the level of attention to details that truly sets this game apart and beyond many others. I can no longer fulton enemies or prisoners of war while indoors anymore. (People don’t just past through roofs!) In a different scene, I would tranquilize an enemy guard from afar, only to realize that they had died by the time I reached them. Apparently, they fell face first into a puddle of water and drowned. :( On the other hand, there also happens to be some small gripes I have with the game. For one thing, the aim and fire buttons are inexplicably swapped to the trigger button and vice-versa for the binoculars and codec buttons. This is particularly strange as Ground Zeroes on the PS3 still had the aim and fire button mapped on L1/R1 respectively. And there’s no settings option to change this otherwise. Another slight quirk is the absence of codec conversations between characters, a staple of the Metal Gear series. Instead, this has all been replaced by cassette tapes that Snake can playback while on a mission. Pray that Kaz or Ocelot doesn’t radio you (which happens often), or their audio will overlap with the cassette tape. A lot of props should go to the Fox engine’s ability to optimize the game from a technical standpoint. The Phantom Pain runs at a locked 60 fps on the PlayStation 4 console and even during parts of the game that had heavy action and explosions, the game held its own and hardly ever stuttered. Combined with Snake’s great animations, this locked framerate makes every action in MGSV feel perfect. Crawling on the ground, suppressing enemies in CQC. EVERYTHING looks and sounds great. This is everything the final installment of the Metal Gear saga should be and more. Despite Kojima parting ways with Konami Productions, I will still look forward with anticipation to whatever new projects he’ll helm next……(even if it’s not Zone of the Enders 3).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good collectibles, but 1/2 scale arm :(

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    zennacko
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    I'll review only the collectible part from this Collector's Edition, as there are plenty game reviews around. First, this CE comes in a box that imitates leather, but it's just paper, and with a non-removable Diamond Dogs logo (because the best things always stay on Japan.) Inside the box, you'll find the 1/2 scale arm, packed in a way that it won't break even if the mail guy kicks the box. And on the other side of the box we have the Steelbook with a Blu-Ray full of extras, and a spoiler, so it's recommended that you only watch that AFTER you're done with the game. And the game disc itself, that comes in its own retail case. Inside the retail case of the game, aside from the obvious game disc, you'll find the map of the game areas, with hints. This is the same map as the Day One editions have. The PS4 CE, however, lacks the DLC from the Collector's Edition, so you can email either Best Buy or Konami, with proof of purchase, and they should email you your Collector's Edition DLC in a few days The Arm is fully articulated, meaning that you can move the hands and fingers pretty much like any healthy human being can move theirs. Which also means that kids and rebel teenagers might make the arm "flip the bird" wherever it's displayed. This arm, however, can hold a PlayStation 4 controller. Sure it's not the full scale arm that all western fans wanted, but it has almost everything its big brother has, except that the fingers, except the thumb, look too flimsy to me, seems like you can break them easily if you apply enough force. Overall, this is one of the few CEs in the market that is totally worth what you pay for it, which is why it sold out really quick. And even if it wasn't worth its price, collectors would still buy it, as it means both Metal Gear Solid Series and Hideo Kojima's farewell from Konami.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing game... ho-hum special edition goodies

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    avex
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    So, I'm not a die hard MGS fan, like a lot of people. I played the first two, skipped Snake Eater, played 4 because it was one of the major titles on a next gen console (at the time), and Peace Walker was an afterthought for me since it was on the PSP. I played the offset titles, like VR missions, the 3DS card games and revengeance/rising. But, I didn't really look forward to MGSV because I really didn't have the time to dedicate to stealth based games (I'm the type of player that likes to study the AI's movements, so the hours rack up for me and these types of games). The week leading up to launch, I noticed the high ratings the game was receiving. Now, a lot of the games I pick up, they usually go in the backlog unless it's something I really want to play... so I figured let's see what all the hoopla is all about. The game started off in typical Metal Gear faire, very cinematic, not so much engaging gameplay. Once into the meat of the game, I really enjoyed how the game was laid out. Missions are done in a episodic fashion, I can alert guards and survive/win firefights. From what I've experienced thus far, the game is really fun and I'm anxious to see how the story unfolds. Now, for the special edition items. The replica bionic arm is pretty 'whatever'. Had it been the 1:1 scale, like what was offered in Japan, I'd probably be more psyched about it, but after opening it, I threw everything back in the collector's edition case and left the game out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing GOTY! Best game I have ever played

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    Alexoi
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    It is a little sad knowing this will be the last Metal Gear title Kojima will be working on. The open world gameplay may be a little different from the usual MGS style but the gameplay is so addicting and enjoyable. There is so much to do in this game. You got your main missions and over 150 side missions. The freedom to play any mission is what this game exceeds in. You can go in pure stealth or guns blazing and the amount of weapons and gadgets you unlock is overwhelming. The ability to customize your weapon is also a nice addition. If you are not doing any missions, you can explore the open world and capture enemy outposts and small guard posts or you can even extract animals like bears. The "bionic arm" feels pretty cheap but it's a great piece to put on a shelf and look at. Japan is getting a full scale arm while the U.S only gets half size. The metallic case is nice and comes with a bonus disc inside that has extra content. Sadly the metal case only has one disc slot so it cannot hold both discs. All of the DLC was included in one easy to use PSN code so that was nice. It also included a hard plastic box with a "Diamond Dogs" logo on the front and included a fairly large Map of the areas in the game as well. If you like Metal Gear Solid V, you definitely will love the Max Mad game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Long Time Fan - Disappointed with Story

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    Russell
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    I just finished MGSV on the weekend and I was truly disappointed that the story was incomplete. As a fan of the series, I wanted more! Loved the new Fox Engine and the open world environment. The buddy system and the extra perks such as vehicles, air support,and fire support were good to have. Now what I didn't get or didn't like is that fact that I did not connect with the characters and I didn't care for them at all. Kiefer Sutherland barely talked. The missions became repetitive and a lot of them have no involvement in the story. Later in the game, you replay missions in higher difficulty which I think is a waste of time. It just felt like they did that to fill the empty void. AHEM* The missing chapter that's included in the disc in the collector's edition. MGS was known for it's creative storytelling and memorable characters, but I didn't really get that in this game. We waited for a long time for this, but it's truly a disappointment for long time fans. Who knows maybe we will get DLC for Chapter 3 or events leading up to the original Metal Gear (MSX). Other than that, I'd recommend this game for the genre, but for those who waited for this will be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mad Max Fury Road 3D Great movie

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    DarkCloud
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    Well, I made a mistake trying to review this item previously if you want my true review it's under mad max fury road 3D, I accidentally reviewed the wrong product, sor I'm hoping it will be noticed and switched over and this part will be deleted, but since I made a mistake here is my review of mad max fury road 3d sorry for the confusion, as 3D movies go, purely outstanding! It is one of the best 3D movies I have seen in a long time, stuff Flies out of the TV it's not just about dynamic which seems to be most of the 3D movies lately, no this one is a true 3D movie, and Tom Hardy couldn't play a better Max, this Mad max is extraordinary, epic till the end, action packed, and everything we love about mad max and the wasteland if you are looking for a good action 3D movie, look no further, This is the one for you, don't rent it, just buy it you will not regret it simply An epic movie

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I been waiting for this.

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    hb670
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    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is without a doubt a modern classic. It is a game that dares to push boundaries and to be truly ambitious where far too many developers and their series are far too comfortable stagnating with each iteration of their respective series. Whether you are a long time fan of the series, a newcomer, or even someone who found previous titles in the series weren't really your thing, or just outright disliked them, I implore you to try this game, really try it. I say this because it is one of the only instances in gaming history where a series has made such an incredibly and surprisingly massive leap forward, not only for the series itself, but more importantly for gaming as a whole. This is the kind of game that sets a standard, this is the kind of game that's merits can not be simply measured by the sum of it's parts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool collector's edition.

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    Stark
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    This is my review on the whole collector's edition of MGSV, not just the game. Though I haven't completed the game yet, I can say that it lives up to all the high praise it has been receiving. For the collector's edition, you get the half scale replica of Snake's arm and not the full scale (Japan exclusive). Because it's a half scale, it can be a little underwhelming for those expecting a bigger cool factor. There is also a collectors tin case and exclusive packaging soft box which are decent looking, and the game along with a map and a few other digital goodies. I wouldn't agree that it's worth the $100 Konami is asking for, but it's good for collectors and for those who have GCU. Thanks to GCU it was $80, which I believe is a respectable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game is great! Collector's edition could be better

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    JosephYuman
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    Hideo Kojima's last hurrah for the Metal Gear Solid series is this generation's masterpiece of gaming, I am only a few hours in but if that intense intro does not sell you to dive into the game check yourself for a pulse **SPOILERS** MINOR a Psycho Mantis like solider, flame drenched super solider and a fiery unicorn!! all in the beginning! **END SPOILER** The extra $$$ for the collector's edition is only for serious fans, the 1/4 scale hand isn't all that cool once taken out of the box, I'm not even displaying mine. I have yet to view the extra blu ray disc it is labeled to have spoilers for the game so for purists I would not even bother watching beforehand. The other extras have yet to be used since the online functionality of MGSV is not up yet as of this Friday during release week.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Review for collectors edition contents

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    kdc1203
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    The game is great, but you knew that. For the collectors edition to be worth it, IMO, you need to be excited about that behind the scenes documentary. If you don't care about it, pass this up because the arm and DLC isn't worth the extra $40 or more to me. The arm will not hold anything over a few ounces without the fingers giving and dropping the item. It has a cheap plastic feel, seems it would break if a little pressure is put in the wrong place. It's currently holding one of my smaller shaving brushes (that cream handle is 32mm x 38.5mm) since it wasn't strong enough to hold a straight razor. The outer box is nice cardboard, but still cardboard and nothing fancy. You can get a bigger, better map in the collectors edition strategy guide if you want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best open world espionage action game

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    RobotReese
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    MGSV is simply put a masterpiece. Kojima and the guys on his team who developed the Fox Engine really out done their selves. Please go buy this game. This game isn't heavily invested in story nor has 20 minute long cinema cutscenes like previous Metar Gear games. Also there is no hand holding. There is no right way or wrong way to complete missions. It is entirely up to you. Want to be sneaky and not be seen you can do that. Want to just blow up the whole base you can do that too. You can play this game using any strategy that you want. Also it is beautiful to look at. This game will keep you busy for the next 6 months. It is a very meaty game and you will get your money's worth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool little Collectors Ed

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    SolidWander
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    While severely lacking compared to the Japanese release, this is still a neat little box for the serious Metal Gear fan. While the bionic arm is a smaller scale, it still makes for a fun little conversation piece (and can still hold a controller!). The steelbook has a nice cover and the extra disc has some nice little insight into the final (unfortunately cut) act of the game. I'm sure if the huge split between Konami and Kojima hadn't occurred this set would have a lot more going on with it, but being Kojima's swan song for the series I'm glad we got anything at all. Regardless, this is a quality little set for your money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get This Now

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    JJohn
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    I'm not the biggest fan of the Metal Gear Solid. I did play Metal Gear Solid 4 and thats all my background. I did have a bit of a hard time keeping up with the story. However as I played to the game it was easier to get into. The gameplay is the best part of the game for me. It stealth done right. The Steel case is really great. The basic case also is great because its different than the retail case, its looks great without the big DAY ONE on the cover. The arm is the best part of the product, it looks great by my TV, Shelf, bathroom, kitchen, basically anywhere it looks great. It you didn't get the Collectors edition still get the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Game, Creepy Mechanical Baby Arm

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    Xero
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    Metal Gear Solid 5 somehow managed to maintain everything that was great about the old games, and bring it to an open world type game. This was a great trip down memory lane, it's just a shame if anymore iterations of the series are released they'll never be the same. I'm not sure I'd suggest getting the collector's edition over the standard, as the replica mech arm was a bit underwhelming. I think the steelbook was definitely cooler, but that's about all there is to this edition, minus some DLC you'll probably be able to buy later from PSN. Either way, if you're looking for a great game for your PS4, this should be high on your list.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game, large maps to explore

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    Rokai
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    This game took me away from other time consuming games (Destiny and all those addicting phone games). It's got a little bit of exploring added onto the Metal Gear experience. Not so much that you're wandering aimlessly, but just enough to feel like you can do anything you want in context of the missions ahead of you. The only two cons I can think of are the way stories are told are mainly through "cassette tapes" but that's not really anything new here, and the other is that codec calls aren't really a thing anymore. Storyline is the usual mix of crazy/serious that makes this series awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All time high, all time low

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    JoeDoe
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    The gameplay has reached perfection in for Metal Gear Solid. The fluidity and control makes playing a video game never more fun in the open world environment. However, storytelling has left an bad taste in my mouth with the story really picking up and becoming interesting at the end but then the game itself ends with a ending that left me wanting even more content-wise and, especially, story-wise. The online component, FOB, felt tacked on and not that much fun to play. MGO currently needs to fix the issue of hosts leaving mid-game and not being able to earn exp to level up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic collector's edition!

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    Smokey
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    Metal Gear Solid 5 is the last MGS game as we know it, directed by Hideo Kojima. This will be Kojima's final game from Konami and it's a perfect send-off/love letter to the 2 decade old series. Absolutely stunning visuals, great gameplay, epic storytelling. My game of the year. The collector's edition is amazing. So lucky I got one! The bionic arm statue is movable and looks awesome. The blu ray DVD is well done and the game & DLC is top-notch! Worth every penny! Long Live MGS & Long Live Kojima!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Game

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    Fongul
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    It would be ludicrous to assume Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will appeal to everyone, but it is absolutely the best game in the series – and one of the best games we’ve ever had the privilege of playing. It’s an incredible exercise in scope and player freedom, rewarding you for playing with, mixing and modifying its core mechanics. This might well be Kojima’s last ever Metal Gear, but he and his team at Kojima Productions are going out on the highest of highs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game, fun collector's edition

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    Spork
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    The game is fantastic, one of the greatest games of the generation by far. The collector's extras are some additional weapons and camo outfits, a leather box, steelbook case with making-of DVD, and of course, the arm. The arm is smaller than you'd think, but well made and more articulate than I expected. You won't be able to use it for much than light posing or holding small items (mine is clutching a small Hot Wheels car) but it makes a nice figurehead for a shelf.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Collectors Ed.

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    ApocalyptikF3AR
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    As soon as i heard about this collectors edition, i had to get it no matter what. Being a MGS fan since the beginning, i thought it would be a nice to get this. It includes a dvd, steelcase, the game and big boss's prosthetic miniature arm. It would have been great if we received the actual size replice instead of a mini version but at least i only had to be less then actual retail price since i have the gamer's club. Well worth the money, great for any MGS Fan!

    I would recommend this to a friend