Top 10 Games of 2015 – 4
What can be said about this game that hasn’t been already said before. What maybe the last chapter in one of gaming’s most venerated series, helmed by rare creative talent with a team of near peerless developers, hamstrung by the industry’s most demented publishers. The final product that is MGSV is perhaps one of the greatest games ever made and one I’m thankful I decided to pick up after pigheadedly choosing Mad Max over it (that’s the closest Mad Max is getting to a GOTY List)
After finally taking the plunge and trying this game I was treated to one of the finest action games ever made. Learning the many nuances and quirks of the game took time, time that I thought I’d be bored or annoyed at what I saw as needlessly awkward Japanese development practices. But instead, I found a rich and layered game that kept me playing for weeks on end. Missions were perfectly designed, encouraging multiple approaches and play styles. The story while bonkers was understandable and has a surprisingly human and affecting one at that.
With some of the best stealth gameplay in the business playing TPP is like trying to solve an ever more elaborate puzzle that you yourself are making more complex with your own actions. Favour headshots and guards will wear helmets, likewise with body shots. Each new challenge, each new obstacle becomes something for you to study and monitor until you know it’s weaknesses.
Metal Gear Solid 5 – The Phantom Pain is perhaps one of the best games ever made. In a year of such instant classics such as Bloodborne and Witcher 3, TPP stands above them by being breathtakingly amazing in almost ever regard. This top ten list is a record of my favourite games of the year, not of what I judge to be the best if it was such a list then there is no doubt in my mind that The Phantom Pain would stand at the number one spot.