Revenge best served in a cardboard box
It’s 1984; David Bowie’s at his peak, Ghostbusters hit theatre and a war is raging in Afghanistan.
And Diamond Dogs are out for revenge.
“Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain” stands as the last game in the series, but it refuses to fade out without notice.
The game starts after an incident that’s left Big Boss in a coma for 9 years. He’s attacked in a hospital, and gets thrown back into the battle field. He’s on a mission: Find the men who put him down for 9 years.
For any veteran of the franchise, the familiar gameplay styles adapts from “Ground Zero” and “Peace Walker,” some of the previous games.
For new players, be ready to learn quickly.
The game starts with you staggering through the hospital, trying to get out with the help of a stranger who’s been “watching over you.” It acts as a tutorial. But after the basic are learned, you need to act fast, and this heavy stealth game forces you to.
The game itself is open world, taking place in both Afghanistan and Africa. The world is yours to explore, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be careful. Enemies will see you if you’re careless when running or riding your horse.
The story will be confusing to players new or old, but run with it. It’s a ride worth taking. It doesn’t work well as a standalone title, story wise. The game calls references forward from every single other Metal Gear game.
Knowing that, I recommend new players at least pick up “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero” before tackling “The Phantom Pain.” It makes the world seem less daunting. Plus, you actually start off liking Big Boss.
The best part about the game? It was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, so if you haven’t upgraded, you can still experience “The Phantom Pain.”
My final thoughts? I’ve loved these games for years, and this being the final title to the series, I had high hopes. None of them were dashed.
The game is solid and for those who enjoy war titles or stealth titles, “Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain” is the game for you.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your cardboard boxes and eye patches and go get some revenge.