For someone who hasn’t invested in the Metal Gear series at all, I’m impressed that the works of Konami and Kojima were able to convince me to get this very impressive game. As a teen I had always heard of Metal Gear but it never appealed to me, maybe it was the complicated story line or the fact that your character had a crazy beard, I wasn’t sure (I was probably jealous of his strong beard game). But anyway, I ended up playing the very similar, less bizarre Splinter Cell games. To be honest though, I never truly understood what they were all about either, I’m sure if I played them all now I might just understand. Now that I’m an adult, I feel strong enough to approach Metal Gear, which I have realised whilst playing The Phantom Pain doesn’t matter because it turns out nothing makes sense anyway. Good job Kojima you madman.
The main story is very serious, you deal with nuclear weapons, massacres and body mutilation it’s actually quite depressing, however the game is still able to slip in a fair number of silly elements which I know for a fact is a continuing theme throughout the series. If you’re into that then this latest installment want disappoint, want to send sheep or hedgehogs flying into the air using fultons? You can do that. Want to force your horse to defecate on the spot? You can do that. Want to beat up your Mother Base staff to raise their morale? You can do it. In The Phantom Pain everything is possible, almost. That’s one of the big positives for me with this game, I love sandbox environments and you have that. You can approach most missions however you’d like, you can choose from a range of buddies (who all have their own unique skills), your equipment, character, vehicle, everything. You can literally go in sneaky without any alarms or you could go in guns blazing, it’s up to you. Personally, I prefer the stealthy option, until I do something stupid and trigger an alarm, then I go loud. I usually die when that happens anyway.
I haven’t finished the game as of yet but it still makes my Game of The Month for that very reason, there’s a lot of content here, you can get at least 40 hours gameplay for the average gamer. As a newbie to the Metal Gear universe I must say I’m very impressed and enticed to play more. I totally recommend this game to anyone who loves stealth games or even if you’re looking for something different from the generic shooter, you should give this a go.