On http://wwwn.gamerevolution.com/features/best-of-2015-awards-game-of-the-year, it was determined that the winner is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. This game beat out first runner-up, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and second runner-up, Rise of The Tomb Raider along with seven nominees: Life is Strange, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Fallout 4, Halo 5: Guardians, Bloodborne, Undertale, and Pillars of Eternity.
So, what does this mean? As a non-gamer, I haven’t the foggiest idea. I couldn’t ask Nicholas Tan, the writer of this story, so, I did the next best thing! I asked my imaginary best friend, WIKI.
After going through my Diary and giggling, she slammed it shut and turned into a Gamer Diva. “Oh, My God! Have you been living in a cave? Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is just only one of the best open-world action-adventure stealth video games ever! It was developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One!” I made a mental note to ask Santa for a PlayStation 3 as I only have PlayStation 2. Yea, I know, I’m totally behind the times.
WIKI droned on. “It was released worldwide on September 1, 2015. It is the ninth and final installment in the series directed, written and designed by Hideo Kojima, who’s going to be my boyfriend, he just doesn’t know it yet! Here, let me show you his picture!” She then grabs my laptop and types in http://gamerant.com/kojima-virtual-reality-board/. Yea. He’s cute.
With me so far? Yea, me neither. Seeing my non-gamer deer-in-the-headlights glazed look, Wiki huffed and decided to continue my education.
“Okay, so the game is set in 1984. The story follows mercenary leader Venom Snake as he ventures into Soviet-occupied Kabul and the Angola–Zaire border region to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces which came close to killing him!”
Now this, I totally understand! Revenge! Yes! An eye for an eye! A tooth for a tooth! Oh, Hell Yea! I clapped my hands with glee. WIKI was not amused.
So, this is it in a very long, very big nutshell.
• Players take the role of Venom Snake and have to sneak from several points in the game world, avoiding enemy guards, and remaining undetected.
• Included in Snake’s repertoire are binoculars, maps, pistols, assault rifles and explosives.
• The Phantom Pain encourages players to progress through the game without killing, using non-lethal weapons such as tranquilizer darts to subdue enemies. Really?
• Players may traverse the game world with vehicles such as cars and tanks, in addition to traveling on foot or on horseback.
• Since certain locations are mountainous, players can opt to scale a rock face as a short cut.
• They may also call for friendly helicopter support against enemy soldiers in a combat alert or send commandos to scout a target area.
• Snake can also call on AI companions—including Quiet, a silent female sniper with supernatural abilities; D-Horse, a horse with a customizable saddle for carrying more equipment in the field; D-Walker, a manned, highly agile mobile weapons platform that can provide heavy weapons support; and D-Dog, a wolf pup raised and trained on the new Mother Base to assist him in the field.
• The companions’ abilities and their effectiveness will depend on the player’s relationship with them.
Wiki looked at me smugly. She knew she had me at “silent female sniper with supernatural abilities” and then tossing in D-Dog, the wolf pup was just plain showing off. Smart Ass. See if I sneak her any cookies at 12 am, anymore.
Anyway, back to Game Revolution. Let’s play a little game called Good vs Bad. Aw, come on! My neck is on the line here! My imaginary friend, Wiki, loves this game! Spoiler Alert! She likes the bad part. Go figure. I think she has a running bet with the Monster-Under-My-Bed on which is longer, Good or Bad.
• Has cool Trending Articles.
• Has Driver Update.
• Has a Community Page.
• Has a list of the latest cheats.
• Has a list of Hot Stories of your favorite games.
• Does not say how this game beat all the others.
• Players didn’t vote as far as I could tell.
• Story was very short, making me do some research.