ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Tonight, The Game Awards are on. This online-only event will see a jury of over 30 media professionals award video games in categories from Best Art Direction, to Game of the Year. We all have an opinion on who should walk away with some of the most coveted awards in the industry. For instance – even though I know it isn't going to happen – I feel Bloodborne deserves Game of the Year, but it's up against some stiff competition.

Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, Super Mario Maker, and [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985) stand in its way. Which of these titles has the potential to claim the top prize in a year of extraordinary quality? Well, if it's of any consolation, Metal Gear Solid 5 feels like a more accomplished game than this year's potential favorite: Fallout 4.

Metal Gear Solid 5 vs. Fallout 4

Metal Gear Solid 5
Metal Gear Solid 5

Fallout 4 was one of the most anticipated games in years. Bethesda put countless hours of work and devotion into a project that ultimately dazzled millions of gamers. However, this celebrated title has numerous faults, many of which will hopefully hold it back from clasping Game of the Year. Additionally, while tons of critics were falling over themselves to praise Bethesda's design, the user reviews for Fallout 4 paint a very different picture.

Fallout 4 on Metacritic
Fallout 4 on Metacritic

5.4 is extraordinarily low for a Bethesda project – or any game for that matter. Here's a shocking reference point for you – Duke Nukem: Forever has 5.7 on Metacritic. Seriously. This is indicative of several problems with Fallout 4; problems that even devoted fans of Bethesda couldn't overlook.

The game is rife with bugs, has terrible dialogue, gives little choice for players in conversations, and has an RPG progression system that fails to satisfy fans of the genre. Therefore, in the wake of disappointment for some, I offer you a game with near perfect gameplay: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Perfect Gameplay: The Mysteries of Metal Gear Solid 5

Metal Gear Solid 5
Metal Gear Solid 5

The things you can do in Metal Gear Solid 5! Some of the gameplay options here were thought to be myths, but know that everything I'm about to list below can be accomplished in The Phantom Pain. It'll demonstrate the depth of MGSV's gameplay – a depth that Fallout 4 can never achieve:

  • You can stun your enemies by throwing an empty magazine at their head.
  • While it's raining, if you knock over a power line and it connects with an enemy, it will electrocute them.
  • If you fatally wound an enemy, other guards nearby will come and comfort them, telling them that everything will be all right.
  • If you wear a chicken hat in the game, the difficulty is reduced. But if you die too many times while wearing the chicken hat, you can then put a lil' chicken hat on, which will give you no points for completing the mission and no one will notice you.
  • If you hide behind an enemy vehicle, you can trick an enemy helicopter into firing at your location, thus destroying the vehicle.
  • Hiding inside of a cardboard box reduces the effect of stun grenades – why not?
  • If you place a smoke grenade inside a vehicle and drive around in it, you won't be spotted.
  • You can fulton extract a bird in mid-air.
  • You can shoot a ladder out from under your enemy, making them fall and rendering them unconscious.
  • If you transport an enemy solider from one outpost to another, they'll give information on the new outpost when you interrogate them.

There needs to be an award at the Game Awards for the gameplay of Metal Gear Solid 5 – it deserves it.


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