Game of the Year #6 – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Talk about a throwback. With a high polished sheen and silky smooth 60 fps frame rate, Metal Gear Solid V is the best running version of Metal Gear Solid you will ever come across. Some have critiqued the game as not being “enough Metal Gear” but all the hallmarks of the genre and Kojima are there. The biggest disappointment is more or less the game will never be finished. Released with two chapters and a promise of a third, Metal Gear Solid accomplishes everything it set out to do with the stealth and action genres but never finishes.
It is the unfortunate reality that this game was in development for quite some time, and Konami was rather fed up with all things AAA game development came with by the end of its development cycle. Hideo Kojima and his team may be brilliant, but they certainly are not timely. I am not saying Konami was right to shutter the studio and treat their workers like cattle, but I do think Kojima probably bit off a bit more than he can chew with this game. Maybe one day an unofficial third chapter will be released to finally finish the tale of Snake.
With a rocking ’80s soundtrack, Metal Gear Solid V comes in at no. 6 on my game of the year list.
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