www.theverge.com - 1 year ago

I would hate Metal Gear Solid V were it anything but a video game

My favorite video game this year is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Were it anything but a video game a movie, a book, a television show, a Vine, anything really I would despise it.

The game doesn't conceal its warts. An espionage adventure, set in Afghanistan and a vague location in central Africa in the 1980s, it treats historical real world conflicts with the subtlety and complexity of a sledge hammer, casually aligning its perverted and non-sensical conspiracy theory plot alongside events that led to the deaths of thousands across the globe. As social commentary, it's shallow at best, and repugnant at worst.

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