It’s not yet been a week since Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain released, but it seems the game is reaching and exceeding most gamers’ expectations. Probably one of the mostly highly praised aspects of the title is its incredible depth, as it immerses players not only into the gameplay, but the story and characters as well.
Metal Gear Solid 5 is so good that many are calling it Hideo Kojima’s magnum opus – a beautiful, compelling game that caps off a fantastical world nearly three decades in the making. So it’s unsurprising that Kojima would remain active in the Metal Gear community, despite his falling out with developer Konami.
In fact, Kojima took to Twitter this week to share a couple bits of advice for gamers currently engrossed in the latest addition to the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Pls take a break time to time as this free infiltration exhausts you if playing for a long time.(cont)— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 3, 2015
Go back to MB between main missions, take a walk, or do the silly SIDE OPS to get mind reset.— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 3, 2015
It seems Kojima understands the toll sneaking around can take on gamers, and recommends they take a break and mix things up a little. And while he doesn’t say it outright, those who have been playing the game will quickly come to realize that taking a breather from the main story and doing other activities does more than just provide a change of pace. Doing side ops and spending time at Mother Base chatting with soldiers can greatly improve moral and benefit players later in the game.
It’s also important when playing a stealth-heavy game to run around and make some noise. Sure, sneaking around quietly can be fun, but it’s also taxing on a gamers’ patience, and there’s a lot to do in Metal Gear Solid 5, so it’s crucial that players pace themselves and maintain focus.
Based on some additional tweets from the mind behind the Metal Gear franchise, it looks like Kojima’s recommendations come from his playthroughs before the game released, because, according to him, he hasn’t played the game since it launched. Interestingly, his reasoning is that if he continues playing, he may find something that he wants to fix, and he would prefer to avoid that.
To tell the truth, since long ago I've stopped playing my game at home once it launched. I can watch someone playing just fine but (cont)— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 3, 2015
I can't do it by myself as I may find something I want to fix again thou I had played over and over during the development.— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 3, 2015
Some gamers may wonder why Kojima wouldn’t continue playing and just pass on any bugs or issues he may find to the team in charge of updates, but it’s important to remember that to an artist like Kojima, finding mistakes isn’t a simple experience. Rather, he has undoubtedly put his heart into creating Metal Gear Solid 5, so discovering issues now could prove to be discouraging and disheartening for the creator.
Fortunately for gamers, it seems Kojima’s many playthroughs previous to launch paid off, as the game is definitely exciting, engaging, and mostly bug-free.
What do you think about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain so far? Share your experience so far in the comments, and be sure to check out our guide on how to recruit Quiet in the game.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is available now for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.