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METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN [R18+]

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PS4, XBOX ONE / $109.95 / OUT NOW

Traditiona­lly, this stealth-action series has been defined by its extremely well-directed story moments, yet The Phantom Pain largely ditches scripted scenes for an open world where player choice and emergent gameplay are at the forefront. As a result, the latest Metal Gear Solid is easily the series’ best, with a stealth system that pushes the player to plan, adapt and improvise their way through each encounter. A masterpiec­e.

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