When it comes to sandbox games, size counts. Much like the defining talent of a male porn star, a map with sizeable girth is what folks are after these days. And Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain aims to please with a world that is plenty big. So just how big is Hideo Kojima’s version of Afghanistan? About this big. You can’t see it, but I’m stretching my arms right now.
I like to think of 2013/2014 as the teething phase for all our lovely new hardware. Going forward into 2015 and beyond, I want to see games that really push the technology in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, games that make consoles scream and high definition TVs bleed pixels. And I highly suspect that one of those games, will be Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
I can clearly remember the first time that I ever played a proper GTA game on the PSP console. It was the original PS2 game (minus a concession here or there), playable right there in my hands and on the go. This was the future of gaming, I was certain. We’ve had a couple more of those games ported over in the years since then. And there might be another on the way.
So like, apparently there’s this game out there called Grand Theft Auto 5. And it’s like done really, really well. No, listen to me dude, this is a video game. That has made money. Lots of it.
We’ve had plenty of heroes in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. From the original backstabber Altair, to the fan favourite Ezio Auditore, Edward Kenway and that other guy, the franchise has had plenty of leads. But none of them have been this dapper.
Trophies, achievements and various other bits of digital showboating, gamers do not need this. But then again, I hold a trophy in Resogun that only 3% of other players possess so suck it. Whether you buy into them or not, Trophies are here to stay, with platinum being the creme de la creme of spending too much time playing a game. Just don’t expect MGS:Ground Zeroes to have any platinum trophies.
Where there’s a big game involved, there’s some big money involved. As well as a lawsuit or two. GTA V has already been hit with several and bounced back, leaving Lindsay Lohan looking even more desperate than usual. The latest court case for the hit game? One that involves the mob. Capisce?
There was a really interesting debate on The Repartee between The Escapist Editor in Chief Greg Tito; who gave GTA V a 3.5 out of 5 in his official review and Keza Macdonald, a Contributing Editor at IGN, who gave GTA V a ten out of ten in her review, concerning whether or not GTA V is badly written. Beware, spoilers!
If you’ve put down cash for a new-gen console, then you’re expecting that piece of hardware to blow your eyeballs out for the next couple of years. There’s some great games available that do just this, with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 titles being beyond gorgeous. If you’re playing on the Xbox One however, expect your taste of the next Metal Gear Solid game to be considerably less HD than on PS4.
I’m pretty keen to try Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Perhaps too keen, as I’m dying for even a demo of the game to be released, something which was practiced in the dark days of the industry when 90 megabyte tastes of games were seen as massive. Ground Zeroes is pretty much a demo that you’ll pay for, for that MGS slice. All two hours of it.
After a positive showing at E3, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain looks like one of the must-have games to own on a new console. But it’ll be releasing in two parts, with a prologue titled Ground Zeroes arriving before the main game. And there’s a reason why Kojima is doing that.
By now, most of the GTA Online kinks have been worked out, and I’m not just saying this because I happen to have hundreds of thousands of virtual dollars in the bank account of my main character. So with summer here, and the actual environment being too damn hostile to endure for the average gamer, what’s a beach bum to do? Go to a GTA beach party, that’s what!
There’s nothing in life that can’t be solved by throwing more money at it. And that’s why Waterworld won the Oscar for Bestest Movie Ever Shut Up You Guys. GTA Online has had a troubled start so far, and while Rockstar is working on a solution, it’s offering some money to tide the masses over with, in the form of a virtual stimulus package. But you’ll need to wait for that cash to appear.
You’ve got questions. I get that. When, how and why for starters when it comes to GTA Online. Well I’ve got the answers for you right below. Also, ignore the fact that I’ve been kicking your digital corpse in the ribs for half an hour now.
It’s a new month, and what better way to get into the summer spirit than to stay indoors and play some GTA V? GTA Online launches later today. Here’s how you’ll be able to unlock content with not just cash, but with reputation points.