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Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain First Review Released! New Trailer and Timeline Revealed, Game Receives High Score

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Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain

The first official review for Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain has just been released. It has received high scores from Jeux Video Magazine but, as expected, the game was criticized for being difficult to understand. Thankfully, a Metal Gear Solid Timeline has been outed along with a new trailer to tease us before the game releases a few weeks from now.

According to Gearnuke, the Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain review from Jeux Video Magazine has highly rated the game with a 17 out of 20.

Here is the translated review of the game via user GhostTrick from NeoGaf:

Gameplay? 4 out of 5

The Metal Gear game with the best gameplay, and with the most possibilities even though some aren?t that useful.

Graphics? 4 out of 5

Game looks clean. Although, it clearly shows its crossgen roots. Not the best looking game.

Sound? 4 out of 5

A lot of tracks from the 80s and a nice sound ambiance.

Length? 4 out of 5

A long playthrough (more than 40 hours) but one that can be tedious at times.

A rich gameplay but also some tedious missions, a plot which promises so much and delivers so few, MGSV is as impressive as it leaves you unsatisfied. A good game, but one difficult to understand. Could it be Kojima?s last mystery?


Spanish magazine HobbyConsolas has released their MGS5 review and scored the game 97 out of 100, praising it as the “best stealth game yet” which?has a plot that?will “destroy all expectations”, Gamingbolt reported.

Review Analysis

This is the first time that the Metal Gear series has introduced an open world gameplay and it seems that the pacing of the game has been affected. Most open world games suffer from introducing too many features and side quests that it bogs down the game. An example of this is the Assassins Creed 3, which reviewers panned because of numerous uninteresting additional features. In spite of this, the enjoyability of the core gameplay of MGSV seems to be intact.

Regarding the graphics, developer Hideo Kojima has used the Fox Engine which helps optimize the graphical prowess of the game and keep last generation versions look on-par with the current gen consoles. Judging from the trailers alone, it looks great for an open world game. The leap towards this current generation, however, doesn?t look as revolutionary when?Metal Gear Solid 4 released on?the PS4.

It is no secret that the MGS franchise has a convulted storyline, for which it has been both criticized and praised for. The game cleverly blends numerous bizzare fictitious elements, such as the supernatural and superpowers, with a real setting perspective such as the cold war and the destructive capabilities of modern technology. Despite all of these things, if you are able to piece the details, it all makes sense and Forbes seems to agree with this:

“Metal Gear?s story has highlights like the hand of your dead brother being used by another character who is then possessed by said hand to do its nefarious deeds, all the while trying to be a serious treatise on the horrors of war.

Crazy tangential narrative weirdness is something that has defined Metal Gear?s charm for nigh on thirty years. The interesting thing though is that, broadly speaking, it does all hold together in a structural sense.?

Telling a compelling story has always been an asset of the franchise as it employs numerous cutscenes that range from a short five minutes to nearly an hour long. MGSV, however, promises to offer shorter cutscenes this time around.

The game is terribly hard to understand if you just jump randomly in any of the games, thankfully, a timeline for the series has been recently released.

[Spoilers below!]

MGS Timeline and New Trailer

Metal Gear Solid Timeline

Metal Gear Solid Timeline. Photo lifted from Gematsu.

The first one in the timeline is MGS3: Snake Eater which tells the story of Naked Snake. He then promotes to the rank of Big Boss after he kills his wrongly accused female mentor, Big?Boss The Boss. You control Snake aka Big Boss/Venom Snake/Punished Snake in MGSV whom we might see turn into a villain at the end of the events of the game. The character you control in MGS1, MGS2, and MGS4 is Solid Snake who is a clone of Big Boss.

The Timeline weirdly omits MGS Portable Ops which Kojima?has stated was Canon for the franchise, Gaming Bolt reported. We can also see an arrow pointing upwards after MGS4: Guns of The Patriots, probably a hint that we?ll see more installments for the franchise.

A trailer has also been released saying that MGS5 will tell the greatest mystery since the first game first came out, Playstation Lifestyle reported. The trailer is in Japanese, however, you can turn on the translation to put up English subtitles.


Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released on September 1, 2015 for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.


The article accidentally interchanged the name of “The Boss” with?”Big Boss”. The article now reflects that Naked Snake’s mentor is named “The Boss” after being pointed out in the comments.

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