'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain'

Kaz and Punished "Venom" Snake honor fallen comrades in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain."

Konami

(For: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows)

Maximalist as ever, Hideo Kojima hits his highest highs (exhilarating stealth, a silkily realized open world) and his lowest lows (Chapter 2, Quiet) in what, likely, will go down as his last effort in the series that made him a legend. It's also incomplete — another result of the falling out with publisher Konami that exiled Kojima from making another "Metal Gear." But that imperfection, that irreconcilability of its extremes, may be what best qualifies "The Phantom Pain" as the polarizing developer's swan song.

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Features editor for The Citizen.