Benz Eye View: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Pros:

The graphics (particularly, the FOX Engine) are beautiful.  The characters and environments look so life-like, it is amazing.  There are a few cracks here and there, but not enough to detract the gorgeous-looking world of Mother Base, Afghanistan, and Africa.

The gameplay is amazing as well.  There are numerous ways to complete missions like sneaking your way into the base, or fight your way into it.  You have numerous amounts of buddies (characters you like to bring into the field with you), guns, items, etc. to assist in these missions.  I barely use many the options I have, and I still want to experiment how to beat a mission.

Metal Gear Online is awesome.  It may a few maps and modes, but I did enjoy what I have.  Bounty Hunter is a typical team deathmatch, but you can fulton enemy members in order to keep your side’s team tickets increasingly better than your enemy’s.  Cloak and Dagger has one side trying to steal the other side’s data discs (this one is my favorite).  Comm Control has one side trying to download intel while the other side tries to stop them.  They are both fun as long as you have competent teammates (who can ruin the fun if they are not).

Cons:

While there are many great parts, the story feels incomplete.  There are many plot lines that are never resolved, making certain parts of the story confusing, especially when you link them to the rest of the Metal Gear Solid games.  In fact, I heard that one story-heavy mission and a third chapter was not included in the actual game (may end up as DLC, but highly unlikely due to Konami and Hideo Kojima’s current relationship).  In fact, the ending may end giving a very divisive reaction as it has a pretty good twist, but it is also a bit insulting and confusing.

There is so much to do in this game that it is probably too much.  The biggest thing to do is the side ops (or side missions), and there are so many of them.  However, it becomes repetitive when side ops are similar to the others.  Basically, the side ops can be kill a group of soldiers, capture a high-level soldier, save prisoners, destroy tank units, etc.  It gets a bit annoying when you need them to level up your character and Mother Base.

Speaking of Mother Base, it is your home base that you frequently go to for rest and relaxation.  Another function is to keep the soldiers’ morale in check.  However, there is nothing much to do in there.  It feel empty despite a few soldiers patrolling here or there.  You will eventually find another way to keep the soldier’s morale up without visiting Mother Base, so there is really not much point visiting anymore.

Overall:

Metal Gear Solid is my all-time favorite video game series (although, my favorite video game of all time is Star Fox 64).  I started becoming a fan of the series when I played Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes on Nintendo Gamecube when Blockbuster was still popular.  Unable to play the games due to various reasons, I watch MGS2 to MGS4 online in order to follow the story since it is one of the biggest reasons why the series interests me.  It wasn’t until I own a PS3 and when Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection was released did I finally get to play the rest of the series myself (with the exception of Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops since I do not own a PSP).  When Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was released, I was excited to play, but I was disappointed on how short it is.  Now, we have Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain; the game that fans have been waiting for in a long time…and it is amazing.  Hideo Kojima and his team (Kojima Productions) deserve all the credit in making this game.  I have spent a month playing this game, and it is one of the best games I have ever played.  The gameplay is great (although, there are a couple of things that do bother me about it), the story is well done (if not exactly my favorite of the Metal Gear franchise), and the graphics are beautiful (though I have seen some things that do need work in my PS4 copy).  I hope Hideo Koijma is proud of his work despite no longer working with Konami.  There are some flaws that are enough to not make this game a 10/10, but with all that it has, it is still remarkable that they managed to do all of this.  I hope Hideo Kojima does well, and I cannot tell you how much I recommend this game to anyone, especially to Metal Gear fans.

9/10

Well, this is fun.  What do you think of this video game review?  If you like it, let me know.  I do have an idea for another video game review.  Keep in mind of one thing, if I am going to do video game reviews, do not expect too much of it like my movie reviews.  I cannot afford many video games at this moment, they take much more time than movies, and I do have things to do in my life right now.  However, I am still willing.  I hope you enjoy my first attempt at reviewing a video game.  Thank you.