Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain Review Scores: Critics Praise Great Story, Can Be Overwhelming, Taboo Themes Too Much?

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Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain review scores are pouring in and critics predominantly agree that overall, MGS5 is a solid game from developer Hideo Kojima.

According to Gamingbolt, the overall ?’Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain’?reviews point that the implementation of the open-world gameplay is spectacular despite being overwhelming at times. They also said the core mechanics feels solid and enjoyable. MGSV however was panned for telling a sparse story.

Here are all the MGS5 review scores we found so far:

IGN: 10/10

Gamespot: 10/10

Destructoid: 9/10

Press Start: 9/10

GameInformer: 9.25/10

Gametrailers: 9.3/10

EGM: 9.5/10

Metal Gear Informer: 10/10

Daily Dot: 5/5

God is a Geek: 10/10

The Telegraph: 5/5

Trusted Reviews: 9/10

Examiner: 5/5

PSU: 5/5


Based on the Metal Gear Solid 5 review from various websites, critics found the freedom given to players to be quite overwhelming at times. The map size is not the only thing overwhelming in the game but also the number of ways you can tackle your missions. While there are amazing set-pieces that can happen in the game, none of those are scripted as you can direct your own master-plan on your missions.

IGN?s review pointed that MGSV has a bountiful of concepts that it wants players to grasp to the point that they feel the game to be ?intimidating? and ?almost overwhelming?.

?It?s almost too much, especially given the relative linearity of previous Metal Gears. But what initially appeared to be an overly dense tangle of features to fiddle with instead unravelled into a well integrated set of meaningful gameplay systems that provided me with a wealth of interesting decisions to make.

Story and Taboo Themes

MGSV seems to be the most divisive game from the franchise. MGSV tackles taboo themes such as child militia, the cost of nuclear proliferation, torture and executions.

?The Phantom Pain depicts such subject-matter head-on but presents them with unveiled brutality, reminding you that any order we know today came at the cost of someone else?s freedom and happiness,? Gamespot stated in their review.

Critics however praised how MGSV tackles these ?taboo themes with grace?. However, they panned how the latest entry is sparse in story. They criticized how MGS5 makes players interpret what happens in the story as it leaves many unanswered questions, Gamingbolt reported.

Where To Start?

If you want to get?into the MGS franchise but don?t know where to start, I personally recommend playing first MGS3: Snake Eater as it is chronologically the first one in the series. You’ll also get to play as Naked Snake before he becomes Big Boss and the game still holds up to today with great camouflage features whilst in the wilderness that makes the game unique from the franchise.

A MGS?timeline has also been released recently along with a trailer that hints what we can expect from the game.

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

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