Ok I played last night for 3 hrs and finally finished the main mission. I can see If I become good at stealth and running to rescue Chico and paz that you can finish in 30 min or less. But the game was meant to explore different ways to infiltrate the base.
First let me say I got cauggt by the first spotlight so I had fight. It will take me some time getting use to the new and improved snake abilities but I love the fact that I am not afraid to get in a gun battle since snake has great shooting mechanics. I font want to shoot because there is more reward to stealth than gunning down the enemy. I love snake fast running and being able to jump on objects and jump down and shoot while moving. I want t o figure out how to take gun out of eneny hands while in cqc and then shoot him.
The enemy is very smart and this makes the game fun and challenging. I wanted to explore the surrounding so this also contributeed to finishing in 3 hrs. I got a E grade but soon I can drop the significantly. I did more killing then stealthing.
I confess the graphics didn't blow me away probably since I watched a lot of videos. I can see in a yr the graphics will be superb with phantom pain. Now don't get me wrong the game looks really good especially the lighting effects. Oh the only vehicle I drove was the keep it felt like a jeep should feel..like a tank in mobility.
The main mission has high replay. Ok.. both cutscenes were great and I don't get those who say it's so gross. I think it's realistic war type situation and the thought was more gross then the actual scene. The trailer seem more grotesque then on the game. I think the shocker was the girl blowing up after thinking they took the bomb out. I also thought it was a stretch for paz to stand up after getting her guts ripped open to remove the bomb without anesthesia. This girl should have went into a coma.
What I would like to see in phantom pain is when u shoot the enemy fir instance in the leg they hobble off to hide and leave a trail ogle blood but they still shoot at u etc. The enemy moan and move around after being mortally wounded but don't think they shoot at you.
I give the game 8/10 and look forward to phantom pain. If u haven't played mgs before or in a long time then expect to take time warming up to new mechanics but they feel good the more u know how to use them.