Top positive review
Short but very sweet taster of the much larger MGS V!
on 5 June 2017
Often derided as being 'too short' or 'too expensive' for what you pay, all those things aside you will find an excellent (if slightly inferior) level of what was perfected in MGS V. Similar to The Phantom Pain, this MGS has very little cut-scenes compared to its predecessor, and the Codec is largely restricted to helpful tips or advice, that being said, most of the narrative is shared via tapes you can find, and listen to during the mission, so there is more intrigue than is at first visually obvious. However, the ending is rather disappointingly short, and must've made the wait between both games excruciating!
Having completed the first (main, story-driven mission) I was rather surprised that there were close to 10 other missions, all based on the same level, but with different objectives, also, there are many time based challenges such as marking all the enemies in as little time as possible and so on. There is little of the trademark MGS whacky humour than usual, but one mission's ending in particular, breaks the forth wall in a particularly hilarious way! Indeed, the overall vibe and the strong suggestions of what goes on on the tapes is disturbing to say the least, and surpasses the darkest elements of previous games. Definitely not for kids!