With less than a month to go before Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain comes out, fans of the long-running tactical espionage series are undoubtedly excited at the prospect of soon being able to play. Gamers’ enthusiasms are undeniably warranted, especially after the split between its creator Hideo Kojima and Konami threw the entire production into question. Not to mention, with tons of hype surrounding the game, and with yesterday’s over-the-top footage from the title’s Gamescom trailer revealing some familiar faces from the franchise – including a young Psycho Mantis – anticipation for the game’s availability is now at a fever pitch.
Furthermore, ever since Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was officially confirmed during at the Game Developers Conference 2013 a little over two years ago, fans of the series have been expecting nothing less than to be blown away by the game’s graphics, as the project is built with the most up-to-date version of Kojima Productions’ Fox Engine. Now, Konami is giving gamers a taste of what kind of visuals will be offered up for MGS5, by releasing the technical specifications for all platforms of the stealth-driven title, and the results are surprisingly varied.
As of today, should graphical capabilities be fans’ foremost concern, it appears as if the best console for Metal Gear Solid 5 is the PlayStation 4. To be specific, the game’s rendering resolution is 1080p on PS4, and 900p on Xbox One, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions perform at a much lower 720p and 30 frames-per-second. However, it’s also worth mentioning that the PS4 and Xbox One versions both run at an extraordinarily impressive 60fps. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that it’s still unclear as to whether or not the next-gen consoles are capable of maintaining the frame-rate. Plus, PC gamers should be happy to find out that the Steam version carries 4K resolutions.
At any rate, if all of Metal Gear Solid 5‘s examples of in-game action are any indication of what’s to come – last month’s extended gameplay trailer quickly comes to mind – fans of the series should be delighted with the final product. And if players feel as if they aren’t getting enough bang for their buck with main campaign in the base title, The Phantom Pain‘s inclusion of an online multiplayer component ought to give them something interesting to look forward to.
Come what may, with a complex geopolitically-themed plot involving Snake’s attempts to stop Skull Face from acquiring nuclear weapons, there’s sure to be plenty of thrills in store for anyone playing the game. Bearing that in mind, those gamers among us who have been following the franchise since its beginning will likely be satisfied once Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain can finally be experienced first-hand.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is set to release on September 1, 2015 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.