Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is taking up most of my gaming time these days. It's easy to see why it's gotten so many glowing reviews thus far.

For me, the biggest problem with the past games was that the story felt like a forced march. You made your way through a set amount of gameplay and were then asked to sit through long cutscenes. The balance between gameplay and cutscenes feels better here. This is thanks in part to how the game's structured. You're able to wander around for hours without interruption in the game's open-world, undertaking side quests or hunting down extras. Those cutscenes are still out there, waiting for you after you complete key missions. Until you embark on those missions, though, you've got plenty of time to dick around and just enjoy the mix of stealth and action that few people other than Kojima can deliver.

I'm still baffled as ever that Konami decided to get rid of Kojima and his team. I don't envy the guy who has to find replacements for them. It's not just that the Metal Gear Solid series is well-made - it's that the franchise has such a unique point-of-view. It's simultaneously a dark rumination on war and a slapstick comedy where you can don a chicken hat or sneak around in a cardboard box. I won't pretend that it's a perfect series but it's a singular one. Can another studio step in and replicate its feel without making their games seem counterfeit? I wonder whether they'll end up taking the franchise in a completely different direction rather than try to recreate it.

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Metal Gear Solid 5 mod uses Revolver Ocelot's model in place of Snake's pet wolf:

Holy fucking shit.This is amazing.-Debo

Posted by ED-E on Thursday, September 10, 2015


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