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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, is highly anticipated for several reasons. Firstly, it’s another outing into the world of tactical espionage that arguably kicked off the stealth genre, a ‘next gen’ one at that, which promises to be the best experience yet. Secondly, Kojima, the mastermind behind the franchise, and Konami, the publisher, parted ways with each other. I’m not here to talk about those politics, but my point is: you can bet that Kojima wouldn’t leave his beloved series behind without making his final project something truly special. Lastly, and this is probably the most important reason to be excited (and possibly the scariest), we will finally know the truth behind Big Boss (Naked/Punished/Venom Snake), and find out what made him change from legendary hero to, well, the Big Bad Boss we encounter later in the overall Metal Gear story.

And what a story It has been, filled with more plot twists and surprise revelations than a hundred M. Night Shyamalan movies combined, taking 28 literal years to tell. I’ve honestly wondered whether Kojima planned it all from the very beginning, or whether he has been making everything up as he goes. Regardless, The Phantom Pain is his swansong, and by the mouldy, overused cardboard box of Snake, is it spectacular!