Awesome / Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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As the Grand Finale to the Metal Gear series, you're damn right there's gonna be tons of awesome moments.

  • As shown in all the trailers, Big Boss is finally done. He's done being betrayed, exploited, and hurt by the world that, despite him saving uncountable times, hates and reviles him and his men. He's done watching his men being brutally murdered. He's embracing the darkside, building his own nation, and crafting his own personal phantom to take revenge on everyone who ruined his life.
  • The scene near the end of the E3 2013 trailer, which shows Big Boss helping Kazuhira Miller, whom he had just saved from Afghanistan, who is now missing his right arm and left foot. Combined with the trailer's theme "Sins of the Father", this makes for an incredibly powerful scene.
  • Fulton Bombs. If you strap C4 or other weaponry to an object being fultoned, you can make a surface to air explosive.
  • From TGS 2014 gameplay trailer, you (Big Boss) can have Quiet shoot your hand grenade in mid-air to defeat a helicopter!
  • The reveal that the fully grown D.D. the wolf dog sports his own badass eyepatch to match Big Boss'.
  • From the co-op multiplayer trailer we have Snake rampaging around on a Mini-Mecha, some new features, such as a Fulton sentry turret and Ocelot striding through smoking wreckage, firing his revolvers.
  • You can infiltrate other players' bases and steal all their shit.
  • The fact that you can tackle missions in any way you see fit. This video shows four different, yet equally effective, ways to take out an enemy commander with methods ranging from sneaking in and capturing him alive to going in guns blazing from the helicopter's minigun to using a Rocket Punch Missile Cam to blow him up to strapping C-4 to one of his Mooks and then blowing him up once he reached the commander. The possibilities are endless.
  • The GamesCom 2015 trailer shows us another example of Quiet's Improbable Aiming Skills. This time, she's Sniping the Cockpit of a fighter jet. And succeeds. The slow-motion shot shows she put the bullet right through the pilot's eye.
  • The launch trailer has given us our first real look at Metal Gear Sahelanthropus. Fittingly for it's name, it looks like the missing link between Peace Walker and REX at first. Except if takes it a step further by transforming into a bipedal Humongous Mecha, stands (on bidpedal supports) 50 foot high, has weapons coming out of various areas of it's form (with what appears to be a railgun attached to its crotch) and it's primary weapon is a sort of gigantic whip that hardens into a nanosword, which is used to sprout tectonic shifts of land, destroying whatever is in it's path. Utterly bad ass.
  • Ishmael is a walking talking CMOA. Feats of his utter badassery include, setting Quiet on fire with a lighter, facing down the "Man on Fire" without any fear or hesitation, gunning down XOF soldiers left and right, and pulling off a Big Damn Heroes moment saving Ahab by ramming the above mentioned "Man of Fire" with an ambulance that he stole. Fitting, since he's the real Big Boss.
  • Ocelot's Big Damn Heroes moment. Dramatically pulling up on a horse as Venom Snake blindly tries to run down the road, he picks him up and manages to flee from The Man On Fire on horseback despite the monster burning down half a forest and only being held back by timed shotgun blasts from Snake.
  • As a fight between two Mother Base soldiers escalates with knives coming into play, Big Boss intervenes by grabbing the soldier's hand holding the knife and plunging it into his (Boss's) own shoulder, as the soldier falls back, speechless:
    Venom Snake: We don't draw weapons on comrades. Look around you. This is your family.
    • Snake and Ocelot's overall reaction after the situation is under control makes this scene even more badass. Ocelot casually takes the knife out of Snake's shoulder and then proceeds to assign scrubbing duty to the two soldiers, only to be stopped by Snake who scolds the two that their CQC is sloppy and tells them that before they go to the brig, he expects them at his quarters so he can retrain them. Yes, at Mother Base, two people pulling a knife on each other is treated as a childish spat with Big Boss and Ocelot being disappointed parents.
  • The first time Big Boss defeats the Skulls in combat during the Honey Bee mission. Despite being outnumbered and having no supernatural powers, Big Boss prevails because he's just that good of a soldier. After Big Boss eliminates the skulls, Miller can't believe what just happened, and comments "You really are a living legend!"
    • Know what's even more awesome? With the knowledge of The Reveal, you realize that you aren't Big Boss. You're YOU.
  • Eli is certainly not a pushover just because he's a kid, you can repeatedly slam and punch him around in his fight and he'll just get back up and keep coming for more while trying to catch you off-guard and hit you with surprise attacks. This makes it one of the few cases in the game where CQC isn't just an instant 'I win' button, forcing the player into pursuit and counter extensively - against what the cast ostensibly think is only a kid, at that. But that's to be expected considering he's The Determinator of the series, Liquid Snake.
  • Quiet is not someone you want to mess with. At one point in the game, she's captured by some soldiers, and put in a prison jumpsuit - as established in her introduction, clothes suffocate her and severely weaken her. She looks pale, sickly, feeble, and helpless, and at one point tries to pathetically crawl away from the soldiers to escape. One of them proceeds to drag her to a water container and sinks her head in, attempting to drown her. He seemingly succeeds and proceeds to unzip her pants to rape her corpse. Unknown to him, Quiet breathes through her skin and as soon as her pants come off, she gets part of her strength back. What follows is without a doubt the most visceral, violent, and brutal sequence in the whole game, maybe even the whole franchise. And considering the already high amount of violence displayed elsewhere in this game, that's really saying something. Words can't really properly describe the whole sequence. It has to be seen to be believed. Not that they didn't deserve it mind you. Snake even tries to help her, but she'll have none of it, and dispatches over a dozen armed men by herself, with nothing but her bare hands, later a knife, and near the end a point-blank headshot with a 50cal sniper. Don't. Fuck. With. Quiet.
    • Even before this moment she proves her awesomeness in this cutscene. Althought it's already been proven that she's a crack shot with a sniper rifle, it gets even better. Ocelot gives her a handgun and successfully shoots in between the spinning blades of a helicopter. That is how good of a shot she is.
  • There's a cutscene aboard Mother Base where Quiet attacks a soldier with a knife (we later learn that the man was carrying the vocal cord parasite and Quiet was trying to silence him so he couldn't spread it). This quickly leads to a couple of other Mother Base soldiers attempting to stop her, but Quiet easily sends them flying before she continues her attack on her original target. Suddenly Venom Snake shows up and pulls Quiet off of the guy. Quiet turns and attacks Snake, but he easily subdues her. Even though Quiet has supernatural speed and strength, not even *she* is a match for Snake in hand-to-hand combat.
  • The Kick the Son of a Bitch revenge the Diamond Dogs take on Huey. Despite leaving him alive and unharmed they purposely send him out on a leaky boat which can't take the weight of his precious robotic legs. and force him to dump them in the ocean.
    • And before that, we have Huey's trial for his crimes presided over by the Diamond Dogs. In a superb double-act, Ocelot and Kaz efficiently demolish Huey's protestations of innocence, leaving him a pathetically protesting wreck and the Mother Base personnel clamoring for his death.
    • Even Skull Face gets in on the act, quite ruthlessly tossing Huey down a set of stairs and chewing him out for his complete and utter lack of loyalty to anyone when he finds out that Huey is planning on crawling back to Big Boss. Not only that, but Skull Face's team are able to complete the work on Sahelanthropus' fully-upright bipedal mode without him, and have been able to use it as such since the game begins.
  • The Laser-Guided Karma delivered unto Skull Face. Already dying from Sahelenthropus' attack and pinned beneath a rubble, he's loomed over by Snake and Kaz, whom he begs to just kill him. Snake picks up Skull Face's own rifle and, after hesitating for a moment, is helped by Kaz in blowing off the same limbs he's deprived them of, before Kaz bitterly tells Skull Face to finish the job himself. Of course, it's Huey who actually does the deed, and creepily gloats about it immediately afterwards.
    • Even before this, the fact that the normally inflappable Skull Face is utterly taken aback by Mantis turning against him and taking over Sahelanthropus gives a rather satisfying tinge to the ensuing Villainous Breakdown.
  • In Mission 45 Quiet and Venom Snake manage to defeat an entire Soviet mechanized unit by themselves. The Soviets had no idea that they were going against a couple of the most dangerous soldiers in the world. Bullying a Dragon indeed.
  • Who's the Boss? YOU ARE!
    • Think about it on a Meta level: Venom Snake is simply a blank canvas; an empty figure whose actions will influence the way the world would come to view the greatest soldier of the 20th century. So every incredible rumor about Big Boss' abilities, the lengths that people like EVA and Revolver Ocelot went to reunite with him…the bulk of his heroics all come from you. Someone clearly loves the players of the Metal Gear series after all.
  • Meta example: The FOX Engine itself. Not only for its ludicrous amount of detail and features, but also how it manages to be flexible across multiple platforms from consoles to the PC. All the while retaining both performance and eye candy. Even more so, its perfectly optimized for P Cs, capable of delivering utterly gorgeous visuals, without requiring a super-computer with the budget of the pentagon behind it. Even relatively older P Cs can still run this game just fine, and still experience the same visual fidelity.
    • On an related note, when you tag someone, you can see them as a blue-ish X-Ray figure if there is an object between you and them. Pretty useful way to keep track of enemies out of sight, right? If you can see part of them, and an object is in-between another part of them - say, you can't see their legs due to your elevation - only the parts of them you can't see will be X-Ray'd. Whilst this sounds simple, anyone who has done any sort of shadowing or lighting systems in a game can tell you that this is insanely difficult to program and render, and in real time, too!
  • This quote
    Pequod: Pequod coming in hot! Find cover!
  • There is a hidden ending available if you successfully dispose of nuclear weapons in FOBs, as in ALL of them in known online space!! Since the ending is nigh-impossible to get unless every single MGSV player across the world banded together (Hell, Kojima even said that it's "Something that can only be done in video games", as if expecting the goal never to be reached or taken down a few seconds later), those who have seen it so far are either hacked the game files or watched it second-hand. If you are impatient, you can watch it from some of the YouTubers. Kojima's ultimate in storytelling and anvil-dropping of EPIC proportions.
  • Ocelot's interrogation of Huey in one of the cassette tapes has him delivering one hell of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Huey. In the tape, Huey finally lets it slip that he attempted to have Hal (his son who would later become Otacon) pilot Sahelanthropus. The disgust in Ocelot's voice is very obvious and the verbal beatdown he delivers is very satisfying. Hear it here.
    Ocelot: (Mockingly) You're still happy now. Changing your lies to suit the listener, and getting by on slipping through the cracks. Building layer upon layer of convenient stories until nothing means anything to you anymore. You're happy all the time, because you don't even notice you're doing it. Think hard. Who are you really? You're not a victim, and you're not the silent majority. You're a perpetrator. And a petty hypocrite. The real world doesn't make you suffer. It's the other way around!
  • If you S-rank a mission, Miller will sound like he's amazed by how well you did.
    Miller: Mission complete... and how! They're gonna tell stories about this one, Boss.
  • Skull Face gets an Offscreen Moment of Awesome in his backstory. It's implied that he assassinated Josef Stalin.
    • Skull Face in general, for just being so infinitely confident. Big Boss approaches him with a gun drawn? He turns toward him and boasts. His men crowd around to shield him? He pushes them aside and looks Big Boss dead in the eye. And that's not even getting into the casual way he got the upper hand on Zero, a man who had planned for almost everything and still lost his edge against Bis Boss darker half.
  • Despite not even appearing in the game, Solid Snake's reputation as the biggest badass in the series feels truer than ever when you stop and consider that he eventually kills every single surviving character in this game (with the exception of Kaz, Huey, and Code Talker).
    • During the final cutscene of the game, if you listen closely, you'll hear echoing gunshots in the background. That's right-just a few hours ago, a rookie agent was sent on a suicide mission armed with nothing more than his Beretta M9, his clothes and his cigarettes. And as you stare into the mirror, this inexperienced agent with only his Green Beret experience, special training and ingenuity to rely on is blasting his way through Outer Heaven and everything you can deploy to kill him-your beloved men, your elite mercs, even your giant mech-just to get to you, so he can take you down with his RPG-7. His name is Solid Snake, and he's winning.
    • In retrospect, it goes to show how Solid Snake is infinitely better than what his predecessors were. Big Boss and his allies, despite having an entire army at their disposal, chose to walk down a dark path that starts yet another cycle of hatred. Solid Snake instead chose to be genuinely good despite knowing that he is a mere pawn in the system who was massively outnumbered and manipulated at every turn. When he learned he is about to become a walking bio-weapon in the ending of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, he chose to blow his own brain out with a pistol before Big Boss interrupted him Solid may die cold and unremembered, but at least he understood the true importance of life, and was willing to give away his own for the sake of billions without any compromise.
  • That Kaz will go on to become a trainer for Foxhound after the events of this game; he goes from being a broken man filled with nothing but a desire for revenge, to a highly well-respected and beloved tutor. He made a promise to train Solid Snake and help him defeat Big Boss, and he actually did it - to the point where Solid Snake would not be the man he is in the first Metal Gear Solid without him.
  • The battle with Metal Gear Sahelanthropus. Throughout the entire game, as you further descend into villainy, you find out more about just how strong and dangerous this thing is. When you finally face it, it is a long and grueling battle, culminating in an absolutely heart-stopping Reflex Mode QTE where you have to shoot Tretij Rebenok as Sahelanthropus prepares to UTTERLY ERASE YOU WITH ITS RAILGUN AT POINT-BLANK RANGE! The entire fight also is amazingly atmospheric; not only does this fight truly capture the feeling of being an ordinary soldier against the mechanical demons that are Metal Gears, but it also creates a feeling of a final act of heroism from a man-turned-demon. And to top it all off, with the knowledge of The Reveal, you realize it wasn't Big Boss who defeated the biggest and most threatening Metal Gear in the series. YOU DID, AS IN YOU, THE PLAYER, creating the very foundation of the legend that is Big Boss. What better way to end the series than defeating the strongest of the titular Metal Gears?
    • All in all, each final boss for all four characters in the series tops every boss before them. Solid Snake and his fistfight with Ocelot, Naked Snake versus Metal Gear ZEKE/Paz, Raiden going against Metal Gear Excelsus and Senator Armstrong, and finally, Venom Snake fighting Sahelanthropus. Each of them face not only a very dangerous enemy, but an army's worth of soldiers and giant mech, and they all end up winning anyway. Just goes to show that no matter who you play as, when you reach the end of their character arc, it will go on a high note.
    • And overall, it leads to a hidden and heartwarming Aesop when you realize that in the end, all of them were normal men (Save Raiden in Metal Gear Rising). They were pure humans, no supernatural powers, no extremely powerful robots, no crazy skill that lets them manipulate nature; they're just human beings against all of it, human beings that decided to pick up weapons to fight for what they think is right. Even after seeing the depths of human depravity in this series, we see just what one or two men with willpower, training and a weapon can do, both good, and bad. Pretty awesome to realize at the end of the day, you're always just a normal human being against the most dangerous things the world has to offer, and you always come out on top.

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