It looks like you might have to wait longer than you thought to play Metal Gear Solid 5

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Is everyone ready to get stuck into what is allegedly Hideo Kojima's last Metal Gear Solid game in the early hours of Tuesday morning? Well try not to get too excited, unless you live within the region of Eastern Standard Time - the game will only open up for downloads when the clock strikes midnight in that timezone. Kept you waiting, huh?

This revelation came from the game's online community manager on Twitter. For us in the UK, this means we'll have to wait until 4am to even begin the download process, which isn't a phantom pain, it just hurts. This is why pre-loading is awesome. Why isn't this standard by now? 

Anyway, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is worth the wait, nudging The Witcher 3 aside to take my top spot so far this year when I played it on PS4. It's not only my favourite game so far this year, but it's also the best Metal Gear Solid game we've ever had. Inserting the series into an open-world opens it up for some incredible emergent moments, with each mission feeling different every time you tackle it.

It helps that it controls like a modern game and looks drop dead gorgeous, too. Talking about how sexy it is, I just imagined what these 4K screens must look like on a capable monitor and now I need a little lie down. Maybe it's time to upgrade my rig.

Watch the launch trailer again below and work yourself into a frenzy. Punch a mirror. Turn evil. Start your own private military corporation. Anything you can do to make the time go quicker.

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Shriven(1 day 9 hours played)
2 Years ago

Been playing Ground Zeroes. Kojima...Kojima you insane, wonderful bastard you.

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Turrican Avatar
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2 Years ago

I've had the game on PS4 since Friday. It's really fantastic. A new benchmark in AAA games. The options, the customisation, the freedom - it's an amazing experience.

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

I upvoted you for having good opinions.

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Flappers(2 days 2 hours played)
2 Years ago

Without spoiling anything, can you tell us how the monetization affects the game?

The sites that went to the review event conveniently left out any mention of it.

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

I left out any mention of it in all my coverage, too. Not because of some clandestine reason or anything like that - I just didn't see any microtransactions. I spent a lot of time with the game, too.

The only portion I haven't seen is the multiplayer, so unless they're all there I wouldn't worry about it. My guess is they're just there as shortcuts to unlock stuff, but there's no need to use them. Perhaps some cosmetic stuff in the multiplayer.

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Turrican Avatar
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2 Years ago

Well right now there isn't any. The servers don't go online until tomorrow so there's no multiplayer or online transactions to speak of right now

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nu1mlock(1 day 8 hours played)
2 Years ago

That's unfortunate as an earlier tweet said that it'll be available for download at 00:00 in New Zealand which meant that we could use a VPN to start downloading sometime after noon on Monday.

So, this sucks.

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Flappers(2 days 2 hours played)
2 Years ago

Meh, this doesn't concern me all to much. I've got work during the week, so I'm usually in bed by midnight anyway.

The plan was to play once I'm back from work on Tuesday, looks like that plan is still on.

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callumjsim(1 day 17 hours played)
2 Years ago

So have you guys had a PC code yet or just the PS4? I'm holding off on buying it until I'm certain the PC version is reliable, I played GZ but whether that finesse in a PC title carries over to a much larger and more detailed game is still to be seen... Although I did buy a first class ticket on the hype train

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2 Years ago

I haven't seen the PC version running yet. I'm not sure anyone has, to be honest. But, like you said, Ground Zeroes was a lovely port. Hopefully this is the same, but it's probably sensible to wait. Arkham Knight still hurts.

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nu1mlock(1 day 8 hours played)
2 Years ago

As always, it's always best to wait for reviews. However, the Fox Engine that they were using for Ground Zeroes ran great on PC and they're using the same engine for Phantom Pain.

It should be fine, but, like you said, it's still probably sensible to wait - just in case.

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2 Years ago

It is bloody stunning on PS4, though, so hopefully it'll look absolutely amazing on my GeForce 970.

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nu1mlock(1 day 8 hours played) replied to Kirk McKeand
2 Years ago

Don't you worry. If you think it looks great on PS4, just you wait. I assume you've seen the official screenshot comparisons they released?

PS4 looks bad compared to the PC screenshots.

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Flappers(2 days 2 hours played) replied to Kirk McKeand
2 Years ago

The game should run pretty well on that card, though I've found it to be quite CPU heavy (GZ that is). If you have a decent CPU, then I can imagine a great experience for you on that setup

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2 Years ago

Only complaint I have heard about is long traveling time with helicopter. Board helicopter, 20 seconds to air command, choose destination, another 20 seconds. Hopefully that will be skippable in a future patch.

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

This is true, but you can interact while this is happening. I often fired the chopper's gun at an enemy compound as I departed. It also adds to the game's sense of place.

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Turrican Avatar
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2 Years ago

I've personally had no sense of long loading times or inconvenience. Quite the opposite actually.

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subedii Avatar
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2 Years ago

So a few questions: I've only ever played MGS 1 and 2 (and Revengeance, which actually if you follow through all the codec conversations, does a surprisingly decent job of filling you in on the gist of what happened in MGS4's world events).

Will I be largely lost going into MGS5 without further info? I know that this is a prequel, but it still takes place after MGS3, with Old Snake, and maybe something to do with the Patriots?

Also, I seem to recall that PP also includes GZ as part of its package, is that true, or am I meant to get them separately? The Steam page says it's included if I pre-order, but is it included if I don't otherwise? I'd prefer to wait and see how the port's been handled (although I've heard that GZ was decent so maybe that's not a real issue).

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nu1mlock(1 day 8 hours played)
2 Years ago

I haven't played MGS since MGS2 so I can't answer any of the questions regarding the games themselves.

What I can say is that Ground Zeroes is only included as a pre-purchase and will not be included after release. It's still cheap though, I got it for €5 during the last Steam Sale so unless you're in a real hurry, you can still get it for cheap afterwards.

What bugs me with the game itself is that it seems to be all super high-tech while it's still in the 70's? At least that's what I gathered from Ground Zeroes where all the tapes and stuff was recorded in the 70's.

I'll most likely get the game anyway but I am, just like you, wondering if I can just hop in and understand everything (like Witcher 3 for example, you never had to play the other two to understand everything) or if I'm going to be all lost through it all.

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2 Years ago

In all honesty, the story is absolutely mental to me, and I've played every MGS game since the original PlayStation title. I wouldn't worry about it, though. Story takes a bit of a backseat in Phantom Pain - it's all about the stories you create. The actual plot, at its most basic, is just about Snake getting revenge for the events of Ground Zeroes, which you will get the gist of in the opening anyway. Revengeance is excellent, so props to you for playing that. Don't expect anything similar, though.

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subedii Avatar
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2 Years ago

I guess when I kept hearing it was "The Best Metal Gear EVAR!" I kind of presumed that meant the plot hadn't gone straight-up loco as the series had tended towards often times. There always seems to be this dissonance betwen the story wanting to be serious and wanting to be goofball crazy (Senator Armstrong good grief)

Honestly I think MGS1 was the most grounded of the lot, and that had genetically engineered super soldiers, psychics, and cyborg ninjas.

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2 Years ago

It would still be a phantom pain wouldn't it? I mean, the delay doesn't physically hurt anyone (unless they punch a mirror but even then it's indirect).

That said, I'm still fingers crossed for the plot twist where the game's actually about big boss being haunted by a phantom ghost of The Pain from MGS3, with ghost-hornets and such. It's actually all voice acted by Nic Cage and some Wickerman shit goes down.

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Fattox(4 days 15 hours played)
2 Years ago

4am for the UK? I think you mean 5am! ;)

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