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MGSV: TPP Review Roundup - Kojima leaves us with GOTY

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a testament to the incredible legacy Hideo Kojima leaves fans. It received perfect, or near perfect review scores from almost every game critic. Even if you're not a fan of the Meal Gear franchise, you should play it because of what it resembles in gaming history.

TL; DR Roundup

  • MWEB GameZone "A Kojima Masterpiece"
  • Examiner 5/5 "...the best game of the year so far."
  • Destructoid 9/10 "... it's classic Kojima."
  • IGN 10/10 "The Greatest Soldier of the 21st Century."
  • Game Informer 9.25/10 "...a testament to the importance of taking risks."
  • Kotaku "...best Metal Gear yet."
  • Metal Gear Informer 10/10" "..does what all games should try and achieve..."
  • EGM Now 9.5/10 "...the crowning jewel that stands atop the rigid structure..."

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - A Kojima Masterpiece | MWEB GameZone

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There is just so much to do, so much to explore.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is as big a conclusion to a franchise as you're going to get. Polished gameplay mechanics, detailed progression systems and overall spectacular visuals underline what could be the one of the best open world games out this year. The Phantom Pain is a great technical and gaming achievement. Just don't expect much from the plot.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PS4 review: Kojima is perfect once more | Examiner 5/5

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the best game of the year so far.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain keeps you on your toes, guessing and wondering what will happen next, however, if I have one gripe with the game’s story it’s that the cutscenes are thrown at the player in massive helpings. For example, you will have just played through four missions, which would equate to a little more than a few hours, with no cinematics and then all of a sudden the game will toss 10 or 15 minutes of cutscenes at you with little gameplay mixed in. It’s not exactly the pacing I was hoping for in that regard, but the fact that cinematics are just as fun to watch, as the game is to play, helps make up for the lengthy pauses. The single-player experience is reason enough to purchase The Phantom Pain alone.

Review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Happy trails, Kojima | Destructoid 9/10

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it's classic Kojima.

In terms of my assessment of the plot from start to finish (which all told took me roughly 40 hours to beat), it's definitely not one of my favorite entries, but it does a good job of closing a number of storylines and providing us with a few revelations of its own. Despite the fact that I hit a few snags along the way, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain feels like a simultaneous celebration of the series, and a decidedly new chapter. It's equal parts tough and flashy, and it's fitting that if this is Kojima's last Metal Gear, he goes on a high note.  

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Review - Tactical Espionage Excellence | IGN 10/10

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The Greatest Soldier of the 21st Century

The Phantom Pain is the kind of game I thought would never exist - one where every minute gameplay detail has true purpose. Its lack of story focus is sure to be divisive for the Metal Gear faithful, but the resulting emphasis on my story, my tales of Espionage Action, easily make it my favorite in the series. There have certainly been sandbox action games that have given me a bigger world to roam, or more little icons to chase on my minimap, but none have pushed me to plan, adapt, and improvise the way this one does. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain doesn’t just respect my intelligence as a player, it expects it of me, putting it in league that few others occupy.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - A Legend Worth Waiting For | Game Informer 9.25/10

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a testament to the importance of taking risks.

Hideo Kojima’s original Metal Gear was a top-down, screen-by-screen stealth title. Compared to the massive and ambitious world of The Phantom Pain, it’s hard to believe both games are products of the same creative mind. A series can’t survive this long without evolving, and The Phantom Pain is a testament to the importance of taking risks. An open world, a customizable base, a variable mission structure – these are not traditional aspects of Metal Gear, but they are what makes The Phantom Pain such an exceptional game. The gameplay, storytelling, and protagonists in Metal Gear may shift with each new installment, but Kojima’s ability to surprise and enthrall gamers remains unchanged.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain And It's Friggin' Great | Kotaku

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best Metal Gear yet

After more than 30 hours with the newest Metal Gear Solid, I’m convinced that Phantom Pain is the best Metal Gear yet, a game with extraordinary scope, inimitable style, and some of the most satisfying sneaking and creeping I’ve ever performed either in a video game or IRL. Particularly diehard fans might be miffed at how far The Phantom Pain has strayed from the formula established by Hideo Kojima’s first few Metal Gear Solid games, but in my eyes, just about every change is welcome. Older Metal Gear Solids had baffling controls, odd camera angles, and an incomprehensible story. Metal Gear Solid V has easy controls, a great camera, and… an incomprehensible story.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain review | Metal Gear Informer 10/10

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does what all games should try and achieve

This is not the biggest sandbox you’ll ever play in. But it absolutely has the most toys you can play with. For a series that has been around since 1987 to constantly reinvent itself and stay relevant is an accomplishment in itself. But to totally break what you expect a game can do for you emotionally & mentally – and at the end of the day have fun with it and give you legitimate joy – is something special.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain review - Dogs of War | EGM Now 9.5/10

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the crowning jewel that stands atop the rigid structure  

Even Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s missteps show a certain boldness that is absent from the big budget games space. It is unafraid to experiment, not just on the franchise’s structure, but on mechanics readily established as standards in the industry. Delivering the most realized open-world stealth game to date in addition to the customizability for players to approach every challenge however they see fit, The Phantom Pain not only changes the rules of the Metal Gear Solid series, ultimately altering the trajectory of the franchise, if it does continue, while simultaneously changing the idea of what can be accomplished with an open world game, both narratively and mechanically.

Thanks for the memories Kojima!

Meal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases worldwide on September 1 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. South African gamers can pre-order the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 bundle. Remember it's exclusive to Takealot.com, and yours for R6799.

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