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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Gameplay But Incomplete Story

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    FOXHOUND
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    Metal Gear Solid V is the sixth game in the Metal Gear Solid franchise (excluding Portable Ops) and the eighth game in the Metal Gear saga. You play as Big Boss, known now as Punished "Venom" Snake in 1984, nine years after XOF destroyed the Mother Base for the mercenary group Militaires Sans Frontières. Your mission is to rebuild Mother Base, rebuild your mercenary group now known as Diamond Dogs, and take revenge. With you on your journey is Kaz Miller and Revolver Ocelot. Together, you will rebuild and take your revenge... if the story was totally completed and comprehensable. The Metal Gear saga has had an interesting story line which MGS1 and MGS3 had the best story to MGS2 where you have very little clue as to what is going on. It has been known to be a cinematic experience with hours of cutscense and interactive gameplay. Metal Gear Solid V changed this. Much like Peace Walker, missions are set up much like episodes. The 45 minute cinematics are gone and are replaced with short scenes. In my opinion, the cinematics helped drive the story along. It gave you information about the world and what is going on (MGS2 and MGS4 probably had too much information). In this game, the short episodes didn't make it feel connected. It felt disjointed and unnecessary. The later scenes tended to be better connected, but by then it was too late. One scene upon returning to Mother Base had Ocelot training soldiers to shoot. Be goes off on some dialogue on how to forget Hollywood and become real soldiers. That's great but it felt unnecessary and had no connection to anything. Most of the story elements take place in tape recordings which unlock as you go along. These recordings are essential to listen to in order to understand the story, who the main players are, and the affect you are having. It can be hard to want to listen to them when all you want to do is blow up a Soviet outpost. The story also felt like it relied on the other games to fill in the gaps. This is NOT a game for a first time Metal Gear player. You desperately need to understand the world this game is set it. Elements of the game make sense only when you recall experiences from the other games. For example, EVA or Big Mama mentioned in MGS4 that Big Boss's legend was mixed with truths, exaggerations, and lies. The ending of the game seems to support this idea, especially since Big Boss was in a coma for nine years. Things like that can make it hard to understand the story. The biggest sin of all is that it is not complete. News has circulated of the split between series creator Hideo Kojima and Konami. I do not know if Kojima decided to cut out sections or if Konami forced the game out too early (though it was believed that Kojima missed deadlines and was over budget), but a whole chapter of the game is missing. The ending of the game did not tie up any loose ends. It created more. Events happened in the game that had no resolution. The collector's edition has a bonus disc which has rendered cutscense, voice acted, and concepts for an episode 51, which while probably not the full idea behind the chapter would at least help resolve some plotholes. Despite its short comings, the gameplay is amazing. The best of any previous Metal Gear game. It is an open world set in Northern Afghanistan and Central Africa. You are given main story missions and side missions to complete. It is easy to get side tracked in finding more soldiers, materials, and destruction. It can feel repetitive at times, but to be honest, I really liked it. The game also has no true difficulty changes (some later missions are the same as earlier missions in extreme difficulty or added limitations). The enemies change their equipment based on your playing style though. This makes you adapt your play style. I would body shot a guy with darts so they started to wear body armor. So I shot them in the leg so soldiers got leg protection. Then I aimed at the head. Steel helmets came next along with face guards. Also, guards are smarter. Their not great but will call in for support and be in constant contact with CP if there is an issue. You have to play smart or be ready to see a Game Over screen. Finally, the graphics are fine. Current gen would be better than last gen, but the game is functional on a PS3. Just be ready for a lower frame rate. Overall, I enjoyed the game. I have played every Metal Gear Solid game. Their are some major story concerns along with an undeveloped section of game out there. I would recommend this game to Metal Gear fans or at least people familiar with the world. If you haven't played any Metal Gear game, go get Metal Gear Solid 1, play that, then pick up the other ones before looking at this game. I hope this review is helpful to those people who are interested. Overall ranking of Metal Gear Solid games from best to worst. My opinion. MGS1, MGS3, MGS:PW, MGSV, MGS4, MGS2

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent game for MGS newcomers/longtime fans

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    mitchell1237
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    As a huge MGS fan, I actually missed the insanely long cutscenes from previous titles as well as the focus on the story. But the core gameplay and open world are so good, I can easily look past it. The "Freedom of Infiltration" Konami talked about when they announced the game is no joke. There is no limit to how you complete the levels. Side Ops missions are equally as fun as the main story missions, and the payoff for completing them is excellent. The FOB Online mode was honestly a waste, and I would play the game "offline" most of the time just to avoid the annoying messages that my base was being attacked, forcing me to stop whatever I was doing and go fight off the invasion. The graphics actually look excellent on PS3 when playing, but the cutscenes look a bit awkward since they were downgraded to the standard 30 FPS from the PS4's 60 FPS (this is to be expected). The story, while not emphasized as much like I mentioned earlier, is still excellent, but it will leave newcomers to the game pretty confused as it makes references to previous titles like MGS3, Peace Walker, and even some nods to MGS1. But since the game is not entirely stealth-based (although it is highly recommended), it is easy for newcomers to MGS to play through this game, although I would seriously recommend playing through the other games, or at the very least be very familiar with the story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Such a fun game!

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    GamingPete
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    This game is crazy fun (spent so much time already just doing side missions instead of the actual campaign), but I'm sure there are plenty of reviews out there already telling you that. What I can say is I am playing the game on PS3, the older system, as I do not have any next-gen consoles. And the game plays just fine. The graphics are great, game runs great, sure there is some texture pop-in (bushes appear magically) but that is not an issue for me. I've seen youtube videos and do notice graphical difference but those things do not bother me. If PS3 is your only option have no worries because this game is still fantastic!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hideo Kojima game at its finest

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    Borgs
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    If you're familiar with the Metal Gear Solid series, then you already know what you're getting into. For those just starting out, I would recommend backtracking to previous Metal Gear releases to be able to appreciate the full Metal Gear experience, because these games are sort of related in terms of storyline and their character development. In a nutshell, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a stealth action game, where the main character needs to get from A to B, or doing missions, without being seen. The game treats you to the best visuals and cinematic sequences along the way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MGS V Is Superb

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    Rick
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    MGS V is one of the best titles of the year. The game allows you to play it however you'd like, giving you multiple ways to complete missions and plenty of tasks to do to add to the replay value. If you play this game to completion it will take you over a hundred hours. Unfortunately though, despite the game being jam packed full of content the game's ending may leave you unsatisfied as apparently the final mission was cut from the game, so some story lines are unresolved and may stay that way. However, the solid gameplay makes up for the weak story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Someday I may actually play it

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    Dane
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    I bought this on uber clearance for $10. I already bought my son the Xbox One CE with the Solid Snake robot arm. My kid has had a lot of fun with this on Xbox One. I am sure the PS3 game can't hold up to the Xbone version but clearance is a powerful motivator. I already have the Legacy Collection for PS3 so this completes my Metal Gear collection Of course the only Metal Gear game I have played was Metal Gear Solid on the original PlayStation. That was eons ago. Maybe I will play another game in the series someday too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Metal Gear Solid

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    PurchaseFreak
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    I have to admit, ever since the first Metal Gear games came out, I was never interested in playing any of the games my friends had when they were released. Thanks to Metal Gear Rising : Revengeance, that game got me interested in Metal Gear Solid V and I am amazed at the awesome graphics and gameplay these recent games have. So realistic and very lifelike details. I'm a very picky gamer, but I got this awesome PS3 game at a sale for around $5! I look forward to playing this for sure. Awwww yeah!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Game. Great Experience.

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    mcquaid
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    This game is great. Every Metal Gear Solid game offers something new, and packs some mind twisting storylines that has fans playing for hours and The Phantom Pain is no different. No longer will you spend hours listening to your codec. It's all done through a radio that is integrated into regular play. The stories experience has a very different feel to it when being compared to the other Metal Gear games, as well as the game play. Everything has been brought up to par with new game standards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Masterpiece

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    Courage808
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    Probably one of the greatest Metal Gear Solid games I've ever played in my entire life. Even if you're new to the series, it's a great action/stealth game. The freedom to tackle any mission you want any way you want is the best part about the game. Go in guns blazing or without a trace. Seeing as it is an MGS game, fans will appreciate the throw backs to previous games, the compelling story, and riveting game play, all not without the occasional quirky MGS moments. This is my new addiction right now. 5/5

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good gameplay, but feels unfinished

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    Metal Gear Solid V has polished, fluid gameplay, that is fun to play, but unfortunately the end of the game is a mess and it's obvious that a lot was cut out of the final game before it shipped. The second half of the game has little variety and repeating missions and the ending happens abruptly and without warning. The gameplay is strong enough to make up for a lot of its shortcomings, but it is still a heavily flawed game. I like it, but I would recommend picking it up discounted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have masterpiece

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    josepr
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    Probably one of the greatest Metal Gear Solid games I've ever played in my entire life. Even if you're new to the series, it's a great action/stealth game. The freedom to tackle any mission you want any way you want is the best part about the game. Go in guns blazing or without a trace. Seeing as it is an MGS game, fans will appreciate the throw backs to previous games, the compelling story, and riveting game play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    The changes made to the title were not needed.

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    darkn2742
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    Though I do like this game. They should of stuck with the original way of picking supplies and weapons to use. The new system is somewhat complex and a little confusing at times. I also think the whole "grading" system at the end of a board is somewhat ridiculous. My personal opinion with the changes they made makes this just a little bit better then Metal Gear Rising.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Challenging yet fun game

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    MrReviewer
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    The Metal Gear series has had multiple entries throughout the years, with many of good quality. This title is of no exception. The story, music, controls, and graphics are all excellent. The game is challenging, but in such a way to encourage you to learn how to get better. I strongly recommend this game, you likely won't regret getting it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Huge MGS Fan!

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    jaykay
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    Love this series! Picture/Movie quality suffered on PS3.(Don't own PS4) Only reason I got it on PS3 and not PS4 is because I would literally have just gotten this game only and did not wanna waste money on a PS4 for that. But after playing this on PS3 its definitely a better idea to get it on the next gen console.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a great game for advance players

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    tony
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    The story mode is fun and challenging to play with it. I actaully spend more time on xbox one. I am really enjoy it with my friends with this game. It requires strong skills to play with it. I also own the xbox version. there is not much difference in term of contents. I will just keep one copy. lol

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great addition to mgs

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    kc87d88
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    Kojima did well on this new game. The open world feel is like the AC franchise but better. This game will take awhile to finish (I'm about ten hours in and only at 5% completion even though I've been doing side ops). Good graphics and gameplay. Cut scenes are like a movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's Amazing!! Go get it!!

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    Baneone
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    This is the Metal Gear Solid game that you have been waiting for! If your a MGS fan its a must buy, and if this is your first time you won't be disappointed. Go out and pick it up today!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to a classic franchise

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    MrGoodGame
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    Metal Gear Solid V really raises the bar in terms of an open world game. Where as other games in this genre resort to being just a bunch of fetch quests Metal Gear Solid truly feels like an open world and provides lots of possibilities for completing missions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GAME OF THE YEAR!

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    Rorschach
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    This game is definitely my pick of game of the year. I bought it on ALL platforms and the amount of content you get in this game and the scale of overwhelmingly great. Familiar with the series or not it is still a must own and very easy to pick up and play. MUST BUY!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Online mode has not been up all year so far!

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    spunkie
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    I think the game is great so far. I can not enjoy this game fully due to the online construction that is going currently. The online mode has never been turned on and I can't play it due to whatever it is they are doing. Other than that the game is still great.

    I would recommend this to a friend