Is Metal Gear Solid V An All-Time Classic?

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Last week, Konami released Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the newest and much anticipated installment in its acclaimed franchise of video games. Officially the fifth title in the series, the game is called “The Phantom Pain” and the original reviews have be downright jaw-dropping. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a game draw 10 out of 10 scores from so many different outlets, but Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain appears to be in a league of its own.

I’ve had a chance to spend a little time with the game and can confirm from my experience that the hype is well warranted.

Metal Gear Solid V Is A Graphical Masterpiece

Exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation 4 console, Metal Gear Solid V is one of the most stunning visual games you will ever lay eyes on. Series creator Hideo Kojima developed something called the “Fox Engine,” which powers the game’s incredible graphical design. Fox Engine uses Physically-Based Rendering (PBR) in order to generate ultra-realistic effects and textures. With this engine, the amount of detail captured with lighting and shading are nothing short of astounding. The character models are beautiful, to the point that one attractively rendered female character named “Quiet” has already generated a huge online following.

Gameplay At The Core Of Metal Gear Solid V

So we know the game looks great, but what about the gameplay? Obviously this is the heart and soul of any title, and the reason you’d want to lay down your hard-earned cash to pick it up. Fortunately, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain excels in this regard. Compared to previous Metal Gear games, this installment scales back on the cinematic cutscenes and story-driven aspects, which many gamers will probably appreciate. (The franchise has a reputation for long, long cutscenes that take that player out of the game.) What you’ll find here is pure tactical espionage bliss, driven by sharp controls and exceptional game mechanics. Never before has the act of sneaking around and avoiding detection felt so natural and lifelike.

These Metal Gear Solid V Reviews Are Amazing

Vince Ingenito of exclaimed that The Phantom Pain “doesn’t just respect my intelligence as a player, it expects it of me, putting it in a league that few others occupy.” Peter Brown of GameSpot opines that the latest Metal Gear Solid “may be a contender for one of the best action games ever made,” adding that it’s “undoubtedly the best Metal Gear game there is.” Both reviewers tagged the game with a perfect 10 out of 10 score.

This is the kind of high praise reserved for historically great achievemenets in video game creation, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain appears to be just that. Pick up a copy, hook it up to your VIZIO Smart TV, and enjoy the espionage excellence.

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