ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Metal Gear Solid 5: the Phantom Pain. As of now, it is currently a little over two weeks away from its official release date for the XBOX One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. The amount of time that I've currently had with the game doesn't even amount to two hours, but if you're a fan of Metal Gear Solid, I think you know what you're in for.

When the first 3D Metal Gear game arrived on the Playstation I didn't really know what to expect. I had one friend in particular who was insisting I played it, telling me stories of some of the incredible moments he witnessed in Kojima's masterpiece. Having really only played childish games up until this point, like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Rayman or Earthworm Jim (all of which I adore), Metal Gear Solid was my introduction to the world of adult Video Games and I suppose it has shaped how I look at the industry today.

Metal Gear Solid 5
Metal Gear Solid 5

In Review - Playing Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

In review, the Metal Gear Solid franchise has emotional significance for a lot of us. Hideo Kojima took the art of the industry to places it had never gone. A lot of people have attempted to replicate his style, but it's tough to get inside the mind of one of the most eccentric and genuinely crazy auteurs gaming has ever seen. With [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985), Kojima walks away from the series that has come to define stealth in games and it'll be a big loss.

If you've gone through the series with Kojima, played every instalment, understand the circumstances he finds himself in, and really love Metal Gear Solid, the Phantom Pain will be an emotional experience. Its Kojima at his most eccentric, ridiculous, brilliant and innovative. Metal Gear Solid 5 is my most anticipated title of 2015, the end of an era is upon us and from what I've experienced and what other gaming publications have stated, it's a fitting end for Snake and Big Boss.

Metal Gear Solid V: the Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: the Phantom Pain

What's Your Favourite Metal Gear Solid?

The level of customisation available in Metal Gear Solid 5 is incredible. Your missions give you more freedom then we've ever been accustomed to in this series. The voice acting is incredible, the visuals are mind-blowing and the plot-points that I've witnessed have been remarkable. I sincerely hope that Kojima has the stamina to maintain the level of quality that I witnessed throughout the entire campaign. I'm struggling to imagine how he can top the conclusion of Metal Gear Solid 4, though. That fight with Liquid Ocelot, hearing the music of the whole series, playing the opening section of Metal Gear Solid again. All of it was perfect, and the level of fan service was unprecedented. Can Kojima blow us all away once more?

Metal Gear Solid 5
Metal Gear Solid 5

Metal Gear Solid is probably my favourite title in the series, most likely for nostalgic reasons, whereas Metal Gear Solid 3 is probably the best game in the series. Here's hoping that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain can equal its level of genius.

Are you excited for the release date of Phantom Pain? Are you a lover of the Metal Gear series? Be sure to let us know where you stand in the comments and which game is closest to you! Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain gets its release date on September 1st. Hyped doesn't even come close to what I'm feeling. Kojima, you've kept me waiting.


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