Video game review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (X1/PS4/360/PS3/PC)

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Every few years a game comes along that really raises the bar – as iconic creator Hideo Kojima evolves the Metal Gear Solid series in breathtaking style.

With this sandbox adventure he opens up this appealing world to newbies, while offering more than enough for MGS enthusiasts, with a deeply polished gameplay that redefines the stealth-action genre for a new generation.

You star as legendary mercenary Snake in 1984 Russian-controlled Afghanistan with the ultimate goal of rescuing your friend, but with unparalleled strategic freedom this is literally the tip of the iceberg in an open world boasting real-time weather, gorgeous photo-realistic graphics and online connectivity.

To put it simply this is tactical espionage at its best – where going in all guns blazing usually isn’t the best option – with this game truly making you think about every consequence.

The story might not have quite the depth as previous entries, but this fifth instalment has so much ingenuity one or two minor gripes are eradicated in a heartbeat.

A true gaming masterpiece. Rating: 5/5