Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today launches METAL GEAR ONLINE, the dedicated, squad-based multiplayer component of its best-selling METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN title for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One , and Xbox 360. The PC version remains on course for a January launch.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the last hurrah for creator, writer, and director Hideo Kojima. While certainly more stories might be told in the Metal Gear universe, Hideo Kojima will not be a part of it, following his departure from Konami. It’s a story that fills the missing chapter to Big Boss’ rise to villainy. But The Phantom Pain also serves another purpose, to deliver a different kind of Metal Gear game that is set in an open world, which has been unheard of in a game of this nature. It will no doubt be divisive among fans of the series for years to come, but one thing is for certain: it is unquestionably the best playing Metal Gear game in the series. It is also one of the best games of this year.
The Phantom Pain takes place in 1984 and continues the story of Big Boss following the events of Metal Gear Solid 3, Peace Walker and Ground Zeroes (other games in the series are set in the future beyond Phantom Pain). Will you get more out of the game’s story had you played the aforementioned games? Of course. But do you need to play those games to play Phantom Pain? Absolutely not. And I say this as a huge fan of Metal Gear who has played all of the mainline games of the series.
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the highly anticipated conclusion to the METAL GEAR SOLID V Experience, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, will be released worldwide starting September 1, 2015.
Metal Gear Solid has not been seen on PC since the release of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance back in 2003. With no indication that the games in-between will be coming to the platform, we get Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. This marks the return of the series, at least going forward. And what a triumphant return it is.
The Belmont’s can never catch a break. Almost every branch of the family tree has someone involved in darkness and fighting of Dracula in some shape or form. And unfortunately, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD is just as cursed. Being ported to PC doesn’t do it any favors amongst its numerous other problems.
I’ve had a love affair with the Metal Gear Solid series ever since I first played Metal Gear Solid close to 15 years ago. It was one of the few console games of that era that really showed that depth of story telling that I was used to from PC gaming for many years. I grew a little disillusioned with the series with the infamous bait-and-switch in Metal Gear Solid 2, but fell in love again with the back-to-basics Metal Gear Solid 3, and have been enjoying every entry in the game ever since.