Early impressions of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on Xbox One

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is finally here, and for better or worse, it could be the final Metal Gear Solid ever made. Controversy marred the build-up to MGSV’s launch. Long-time director Hideo Kojima has reportedly been ousted by Konami, following internal conflicts. Similar reports say that Konami are treating staff at Kojima Productions with an unfairness, pending dismissal once the game ships. Konami have been scrubbing all mention of Hideo’s name from the game’s marketing materials, right after cancelling a high-profile Silent Hill reboot helmed by Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. What a mess. Going into this review, I had to wonder if the reported drama at Kojima Productions would have an impact on MGSV’s quality. At this early stage, it’s hard to claim that it has. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is damn good, but I do have concerns.