A Hideo Kojima game, Metal Gear Solid V is the fifth official entry in the game series Metal Gear Solid created and directed by Hideo Kojima. This game was made by Hideo Kojima, and Hideo Kojima’s touch really shines through in every scene. Hideo Kojima puts a lot of love and thought into Hideo Kojima games, and you’ll find plenty of that here.
This Hideo Kojima game is different than past Hideo Kojima games in that it is now open world. This is different than previous Hideo Kojima-directed Metal Gear Solid games, which were mostly scripted and heavily story-driven. The lack of story focus in this Hideo Kojima game expands the gameplay in profound ways, but ultimately sets the narrative written by series creator Hideo Kojima back substantially compared to previous games. What used to be a series of events strung together through lengthy cutscenes directed by Hideo Kojima has been replaced with do-anything gameplay, expanding freedom but severely limiting the narrative potential of the story.
What little story there is is substantial enough to provide around 70 hours of Hideo Kojima-endorsed gameplay on your first run through, assuming you do all of the missions (not all of which are written by Hideo Kojima).
Overall, the evolution of gameplay is a worthy tradeoff for Hideo Kojima’s trademark series, but a better (finished) ending would have made the game a perfect 10.