The first few critics have spoken and the early indication is clear:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain could be the highest-scoring game of the generation so far.

According to Metacritic , there are only 7 counted reviews thus far, but the average is 95, and it includes two perfect scores from both IGN and GameSpot . There is no counted review yet that comes in below a 9.

Now, this isn't exactly uncharted territory for the franchise, as the previous entry – the amazing Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriots – sustained a whopping 94 average even after 82 counted reviews. Historically, MGS is one of the most beloved IPs among critics so it's not exactly a surprise to see sky-high scores for the new installment. Hell, if it ends up averaging anything below a 9, many will call it a disappointing performance.

But perhaps more importantly, MGSV might be the game that finally, at long lost, embodies that vague, troublesome, yet oft-discussed term, "next-gen." Some claim we've already seen it this year with either Bloodborne or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt . However, just from a personal perspective, I think From Software's PlayStation 4 exclusive just missed the mark in terms of overall excellence and the significant problems facing The Witcher 3 at launch absolutely couldn't be ignored.

And while Batman: Arkham Knight is indeed fantastic (and the only major 2015 release that has scored a 9 or above at PSXE), I'm not sure I'd call it "next-gen." It really was just more of the same, only better than ever before. Given the scores we're seeing for MGSV, is it not only the likely Game of the Year, but also the first title that really strikes people as being something new and special…?

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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souljah92
souljah92
5 years ago

I stand corrected y'all, THIS is the game that's tighter than gods butthole.

Underdog15
Underdog15
5 years ago

That analogy doesn't even make sense.

souljah92
souljah92
5 years ago

Every party needs a pooper that's what you areeee, party poopeeerrr

FAREEZ
FAREEZ
5 years ago

Johnny Sasaki/Akiba is the pooper…

Kevin555
Kevin555
5 years ago

Was there ever any doubt? Noone makes games quite like the man himself. Cannot wait to get into this game.

JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
5 years ago

Not dying at all now is high on my priority list.

Breadlover
Breadlover
5 years ago

I'm not going to read any other review until I read PSX Extreme's!!!!


Last edited by Breadlover on 8/24/2015 12:20:05 AM

newchef
newchef
5 years ago

i feel like an asshole for not liking this series, i just never got into it and at this point i dont have any interest which sucks cause this is the only real big game coming out soon

pillz81
pillz81
5 years ago

That's ok. At least you aren't shitting on the games or Kojima, like he shit in their cereal, like other people I know.

FAREEZ
FAREEZ
5 years ago

Solid score for this solid game…

La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo

JackieBoy
JackieBoy
5 years ago

7 days 14 hours left when I type this.
After that, no other game matters, only MGSV.
Need to finish SC2:WoL on brutal. Fast.

Godslim
Godslim
5 years ago

wow some high reviews….now im more excited haha

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
5 years ago

I said it from earlier this year – Game of the year.

Beamboom
Beamboom
5 years ago

Ars Technica have a really favourable review too. This game is a winner!

Temjin001
Temjin001
5 years ago

It's gonna be great! More evidence that greatness is hardly tied to high powered processing anymore.

What does Batman not feeling 'next-gen' have to do with anything when MGSV is a game that exists also on last gen consoles?


Last edited by Temjin001 on 8/24/2015 9:57:03 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

MGSV is only on PS4, X1, PC

Temjin001
Temjin001
5 years ago

You forgot PS3 and X360 😉

FM23
FM23
5 years ago

We get it, you're not feeling Bloodborne!!!Haha One of the many "great" games this year.

MGSV will be a beast though!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

Konami is gonna hurt after this without Koji making top score games.

Godslim
Godslim
5 years ago

yeh big time! The mgs games are his babies!

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
5 years ago

IGN's perfect score sure got me excited over it, with one exception.

The "minus" marks were for the story, I am not quite sure how to take that.

I will wait for Ben's take on this.

Shams
Shams
5 years ago

Bloodbourne, though not as ostensibly next gen as the other titles, in my opinion, is the most thoroughly engrossing and lovingly crafted of the games so far despite being less exhaustingly ambitious in scope. It was not about immersing one in a largely empty world, but about making every corner matter.
Next gen in my mind is a game that simply cannot be ported to last gen consoles, no matter the extent of the graphics downgrade, with all on screen assets, gameplay and mechanics surviving the transfer. Therefore, in my mind, Arkham Knight is quite possibly the first truly next gen game. Witcher 3, while also sharing a similar status, simply wasn't polished enough, in my mind for me to tolerate a playthrough, though it is obvious it offered more.


Last edited by Shams on 8/25/2015 12:27:55 AM

Underdog15
Underdog15
1 year ago

That analogy doesn&#39t even make sense.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
1 year ago

Konami is gonna hurt after this without Koji making top score games.

Godslim
Godslim
1 year ago

wow some high reviews….now im more excited haha

newchef
newchef
1 year ago

i feel like an asshole for not liking this series, i just never got into it and at this point i dont have any interest which sucks cause this is the only real big game coming out soon

pillz81
pillz81
1 year ago

That&#39s ok. At least you aren&#39t shitting on the games or Kojima, like he shit in their cereal, like other people I know.

Godslim
Godslim
1 year ago

yeh big time! The mgs games are his babies!

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
1 year ago

I said it from earlier this year – Game of the year.

FAREEZ
FAREEZ
1 year ago

Solid score for this solid game…

La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo

FM23
FM23
1 year ago

We get it, you&#39re not feeling Bloodborne!!!Haha One of the many "great" games this year.

MGSV will be a beast though!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
1 year ago

MGSV is only on PS4, X1, PC

Temjin001
Temjin001
1 year ago

It&#39s gonna be great! More evidence that greatness is hardly tied to high powered processing anymore.

What does Batman not feeling &#39next-gen&#39 have to do with anything when MGSV is a game that exists also on last gen consoles?

Last edited by Temjin001 on 8/24/2015 9:57:03 AM

Temjin001
Temjin001
1 year ago

You forgot PS3 and X360 😉

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
1 year ago

IGN&#39s perfect score sure got me excited over it, with one exception.

The "minus" marks were for the story, I am not quite sure how to take that.

I will wait for Ben&#39s take on this.

Shams
Shams
1 year ago

Bloodbourne, though not as ostensibly next gen as the other titles, in my opinion, is the most thoroughly engrossing and lovingly crafted of the games so far despite being less exhaustingly ambitious in scope. It was not about immersing one in a largely empty world, but about making every corner matter.
Next gen in my mind is a game that simply cannot be ported to last gen consoles, no matter the extent of the graphics downgrade, with all on screen assets, gameplay and mechanics surviving the transfer. Therefore, in my mind, Arkham Knight is quite possibly the first truly next gen game. Witcher 3, while also sharing a similar status, simply wasn&#39t polished enough, in my mind for me to tolerate a playthrough, though it is obvious it offered more.

Last edited by Shams on 8/25/2015 12:27:55 AM

souljah92
souljah92
1 year ago

I stand corrected y&#39all, THIS is the game that&#39s tighter than gods butthole.

FAREEZ
FAREEZ
1 year ago

Johnny Sasaki/Akiba is the pooper…

souljah92
souljah92
1 year ago

Every party needs a pooper that&#39s what you areeee, party poopeeerrr

Kevin555
Kevin555
1 year ago

Was there ever any doubt? Noone makes games quite like the man himself. Cannot wait to get into this game.

Breadlover
Breadlover
1 year ago

I&#39m not going to read any other review until I read PSX Extreme&#39s!!!!

Last edited by Breadlover on 8/24/2015 12:20:05 AM

JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
1 year ago

Not dying at all now is high on my priority list.

JackieBoy
JackieBoy
1 year ago

7 days 14 hours left when I type this.
After that, no other game matters, only MGSV.
Need to finish SC2:WoL on brutal. Fast.

Beamboom
Beamboom
1 year ago

Ars Technica have a really favourable review too. This game is a winner!