Many are saying it's the hands-down winner, and they're convinced no other game – even ones that aren't out yet – will be able to touch Kojima's latest masterpiece in the 2015 Game of the Year race.
But is that really true?
Well, so far, from a statistical standpoint, it is. Currently, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain holds a 95 average at Metacritic, the highest average for any game this year (not counting remasters, HD upgrades, and various re-releases). Only Bloodborne and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are close, as both hold a 92 average.
At this point, many would put Batman: Arkham Knight in the running as well. Looking down the road, perhaps the only game capable of going toe-to-toe with MGSV is the hotly anticipated Fallout 4 ; historically, this series has scored off the charts (with the exception of the merely average Fallout: New Vegas ). Other big titles include Assassin's Creed Syndicate , Star Wars: Battlefront , Mad Max , Call of Duty: Black Ops III , Need for Speed and Just Cause 3 . But it's unlikely that any will score in the mid-90s.
But here's the more interesting question: In your mind, which will be most deserving of the best overall game of 2015? Will it indeed be MGSV? Or will you retain a very soft spot for the likes of Bloodborne , The Witcher 3 and Batman ? Can we really say the new MGS has this prestigious award all locked up?
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain