The Following journal entry contains LOTS of spoilers from MGS V: Phatnom Pain. You've been warned.
To put it short I think I have finally played MGS V to the point I can consider it done for a while. Nah I haven't completed all the missons - some side ops left and main ops ( on enhanced difficulity level - hell, I'm no masohist ). However got all the endings and finished Paz's side misson so I guess I'm good for now. What are mine expriences? I guess time will tell, or around second/third play through I will have better idea what I really disliked about it.
For now I can tell that gameplay-wise it is probably best MGS game I've ever played, and I'm saying that after finishing MGS, MGS2, MGS3 (which I adore), MGS 4 and Peace Walker. On the other hand there is plenty of things this game could tackle more of
story wise, further explaining what happened to Code Talker, Quiet, what about Skulls? Vocal Cord Virus taken by Eli and young Psycho Mantis? Remains of Volgin left in Quarantine deck? Sadly as much as MGS4 closed most of loose ends, partially MGS V answered some more but left plenty of more as well. So yeah I guess as far as story goes it leaves me wanting more. At least a bit more. Other niuance is well I hoped for another battle with Sehalontropus. I dig it's design and I wish we had another story related fight, because how it is, it remains as another loose end. Or I guess it was used to create Rex? No idea. So yeah, I guess there is sense of lost the way it was handled. Still the story bits presented were interesting if cut short. Some really powerful like that second virus outbreak where we had to eleminate our own people. Quets ending was quite touching too.
About "the Twist" hidden behind the true ending? Gotta say haven't expected it but for me it was great to put another layer into lore. Adding more that's beneath the Legend of Big Boss, personally I think it was great idea, to build around Big Boss' character giving more explanation of how he was able to return after seemingly dying in Outher Heaven incident, but actually building a nation in the meantime.
From what I've gathered, MGS V so far is rather divisive, some love it, some hate it. But I guess just like in most cases it's real value will be easier to tell after some time passes. Like many people hated MGS2, but it's still considered to be great game. Well don't ask me, I'm not a fan of MGS2 for numerous reasons, both story and gameplay-wise.
Anyway I can't believe I have spend slighlty over a month playing one game almost each day at least 3 hours daily. I haven't did this in years. Last time I recalled this happening was probably Okami, which was long enough to keep me doing that. I guess right now I can return to my usual routine which is focusing most of my leisure time to draw. As much as I loved playing MGS V I was aware of how much free time it took from me. So I am a bit sad I have finally finished but at the same time happy I concluded the story and now can do other things. But hell, it was worth playin' it. Each minute. Aside from fighting the tanks - hated them in Peace Walker hate them now as well.
Ah well, drawing time! Tomorrow I will post my, so far, last full digital drawing, and in a matter of week or two I hope to uplaod a BUNCH of my IRL sketches. I just need to get to this paticular routine again xD Anyway thanks for reading my lenghty entry, have fun this weekend and see you around
PS: Ah I mentioned almost nothing about "Brotherhooves Special (Social? I don't remember ). Personally I loved this episode, lots of humour and loved the sudden change to more serous and touching matters. Great mix if you ask me