Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Reviews

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is ranked in the 100th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
IGN
Top Critic
10 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2015

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is a gameplay marvel, rewarding intelligence and creativity in a way few games do.

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Essential
Sep 1, 2015

Hideo Kojima's farewell to Metal Gear Solid is a dream: the best ever stealth game, and the high point of a remarkable series.

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9 / 10
Sep 1, 2015

The best Metal Gear Solid game ever made, as it bravely reinvents both its gameplay and its storytelling to far greater effect than ever before.

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Sep 16, 2015

A new standard for open-world interaction, and an incredible sign-off to a spectacular, often infuriating, series. This is one of the most ingenious, lovingly crafted games of all time.

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9.3 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2015

Many missions feel like puzzles, forcing you to use your available resources to find one of many ways to complete your objective. Applying your rewards to building, expanding, and improving your base is an irresistible joy

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GameSpot
Top Critic
10 / 10
Aug 23, 2015

Kojima's open-world opus succeeds in delivering incredible gameplay and captivating storytelling.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2015

The Phantom Pain is a bittersweet but impressive send-off for the series' creator

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Yes
Sep 4, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V is the best Metal Gear yet, and has immediately become one of my favorite video games of the last few years. It's an impeccable stealth-action game, clearly inspired in all the right ways by modern series like Far Cry, and it's got a level of moment-to-moment joyfulness that kept me satisfied even when I was slogging through harder versions of levels I'd already beaten just to see the "true" ending.

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Sep 12, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V practically redefines the notion of what open-world gameplay can be.

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USgamer
Top Critic
Sep 2, 2015

The story loses a lot of momentum in the back half, and F.O.Bs aren't much more than a fun novelty, but otherwise it's a stunningly enjoyable game that almost perfectly integrates a sizable open world environment with solid stealth fundamentals and a huge arsenal. Even at its most frustrating, it's an incredibly absorbing play. We'll be talking about this one for a long time to come.

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Sep 3, 2015

To everyone who grew up with Metal Gear Solid, especially the ones who bought Zone of the Enders for the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an experience that will never be forgotten. While it is sad that we may never see another Metal Gear with Kojima's vision, he gave us one hell of a goodbye.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2015

Despite the fact that I hit a few snags along the way, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain feels like a simultaneous celebration of the series, and a decidedly new chapter. It's equal parts tough and flashy, and it's fitting that if this is Kojima's last Metal Gear, he goes out on a high note.

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97 / 100
Sep 7, 2015

The Phantom pain is the Divine Comedy of video games, the best infiltration adventure ever made and GOTY 2015. A true masterpiece and a perfect send-off to the man who sold the world: Hideo Kojima.

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9 / 10
Sep 10, 2015

The Phantom Pain makes a major departure from the gameplay of the earlier home console games, but it’s brilliant for it. The story loses its momentum half-way through and the boss fights can fall flat, but those are minor points compared to the outstanding open world that has been created for you to play in and the freedom to do so.

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9.3 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2015

Make no mistake, though, the Phantom Pain is excellent. It expands and enriches Metal Gear Solid without compromising the qualities that make the series so beloved. Despite the huge scope, hollywood talent, and technical flashiness, there's a subtlety to the Phantom Pain that's truly captured our hearts.

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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

A round work that will go down in the annals of the sector for its structure and balance in all its aspects. A brilliant closure that results in the most complete Metal Gear ever, and one of the most profound and inspiring titles in recent times.

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9.7 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

An unforgettable gaming experience, a unique world and an unmistakable style. Hideo abandons Snake with an all-in that emphasizes his courage and ambition.

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10 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2015

This isn't just the best Metal Gear game, nor is it just the best stealth game, it is one of the best games ever made.

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Sep 6, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will go down as the best-looking, best-playing, and most ambitious game in the series -- one that utilizes the new-gen hardware and the incredible Fox Engine to deliver both a visual masterpiece and more robust gameplay experience than its predecessors.

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9 / 10
Aug 24, 2015

A fitting swansong.

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