Going into the year, it appeared as if the fight for the ‘Game of the Year’ title would come down to a duel between “Batman: Arkham Knight” and “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”. At this point it seems both those games may be pushed to fight for third place as the highly anticipated and more recent front runner “Fallout 4” looks to have scored a serious challenger.
“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” hits stores on Tuesday and reviews have now been unleashed by dozens of outlets. The results are nothing short of astonishing with the game getting the highest Metacritic score of the year so far for a new game with 95/100.
That puts it ahead of “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” (94/100), “Bloodborne” (92/100), “Pillars of Eternity” (89/100), “Ori and the Blind Forest” (88/100), “Batman: Arkham Knight” (87/100) and “Her Story” (87/100) not to mention remastered titles like “Journey” (92/100), “Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin” (89/100) and “Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – New ‘n’ Tasty” (87/100).
Set in 1984, the game follows the mercenary leader Punished ‘Venom’ Snake (aka Big Boss) as he ventures into both Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan War, and the Angola-Zaire border region to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces and came close to killing him during the climax of events in last year’s prequel mini-game “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes”.