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YMMV: Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain
Author's Saving Throw: There was quite a bit of backlash when it was announced that Ground Zeroes would be fairly short compared to other titles in the series. In response to this, Konami lowered the game's price shortly before the game's release to compensate for this.
The Alert theme that plays during the daytime Ground Zeroes trailer captures the intensity of the action quite well.
Base Breaker: Fans are divided over Kiefer Sutherland replacing David Hayter as the English voice of Big Boss. This was made worse after the announcement that Hayter would apparently not reprise his role as Solid Snake for the Deja Vu DLC mission.
Broken Base: Media relating to Ground Zeroes has invited this, given that the game brings massive changes to the formula, such as adding lens flare, slow-motion takedowns, more action focused gameplay, tagging, and more of an emphasis on regenerating health. To be fair, regenerating health has been part of the series since Metal Gear Solid 3 (though it was dependent on stamina).
Fans seem to be divided over the game being divided for publication. Some think Ground Zeroes will have enough content to stand on its own and will hold players over until the sequel comes out, while others think that the game should be released as a whole instead of letting Konami publish what they see as an extensive demo for The Phantom Pain.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Near the end of the VGA 2012 teaser, a chopper is brought down by a giant flying whalethat's on fire. This seems to have been explained as a hallucination that Big Boss saw during the attack due to the psychic influence of a masked figure. It is also meant to be a reference to Moby-Dick, especially with the game showing Big Boss going into revenge before reason.
Epileptic Trees: Given that this is a Metal Gear game, these were bound to spring up.
The New Coke◊ theory. Hideo Kojima cast Sutherland as Snake. After a series of rather teasing tweets* "I just hope I don't lose my voice"; "I think I feel laryngitis coming on...", Snake's previous voice actor David Hayter compares Sutherland to New Coke via Twitter. There has been a long-standing theory that the 1985 New Coke was a ruse to spur sales of Coke Classic. * Officially denied by the Coca-Cola Company but acknowledged as a worthy strategy if they had ever been clever or risky enough to think it up in the first place. Therefore, Sutherland is New Coke, Hayter is Coke Classic, Kojima is using this to create buzz for the game and all three are in cahoots.
On that note, Sutherland also said that there was a plot-related reason for the voice change, and that there would be "a secret that is actually really cool" in regards to the character. Cue renewed speculation on how David Hayter could potentially be making a cameo in The Phantom Pain.
There are also a number of off-the-wall theories that post-coma Snake isn't actually Big Boss, but really Gray Fox. Or Decoy Octopus. Or another clone.
A number of the "new" characters invite a lot of speculation, racking up a lot of theories that they're younger versions of characters that appeared in other Metal Gear games. Specifically, Ishmael is believed to be either Gray Fox, Decoy Octopus, or Solidus Snake, Quiet is believed to be Sniper Wolf's mother, a descendant of The End, or both, Eli is believed to be Liquid Snake, the unidentified doctor is believed to be Kio Marv, and the man who administers one of the interrogations is believed to be Roy Campbell (and that people are only mistaking him for Master Miller). Another one of these guesses was confirmed to be true before the release of Ground Zeroes. The masked boy is indeed Psycho Mantis according to Game Informer.
Fan Dumb: The casting of Kiefer Sutherland as Snake has unfortunately invited this. There is a noticeable increase in fans that suddenly hate David Hayter's vocal interpretation of Snake after it was announced that Sutherland was on board to play the part, never mind that up until that point, he was widely considered to be one of the best voice actors in the series. On the other end of the spectrum, there are a number of fans that refuse to play the game because of the change in voice actors, many of which attack Kojima, even after Hayter stated that, although he would have liked to keep voicing Snake, he thought it was perfectly acceptable for Kojima to hire someone else to go in a more artistic direction for the series.
In Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Miller describes Big Boss as being a monster.note In context, he was really talking about his superhuman strength. One of the trailers shows him (or someone that looks like him) administrating the torture of Huey, with Big Boss nowhere to be found, a sign that his actions at the time were Not So Different.
Hate Dumb: The backlash against Quiet's appearance can come across as this when you consider that other action girls in the series have dressed similarly◊, without any of those characters causing similar controversies.
Heartwarming Moments: Punished Snake putting Miller's sunglasses on shows that Big Boss still cares for his friend, even after all they've been through.
The fact that both DLC campaigns (Deja Vu and Jamais Vu) are console-exclusive missions for separate consoles hasn't exactly sat well with a number of people - especially considering that both are highly anticipated.
It's Short, so It Sucks : People that have played the beta version of Ground Zeroes have expressed concern that critics will find the game short in comparison to other games in the series. However, Kojima has said that The Phantom Pain will be one of the biggest titles in the series, which would mean that this would not apply to the game proper.
The debate over this was rekindled when the March 2014 issue of Game Informer said that they finished the main story mission in under 2 hours, and when it turned out that speedrunners that knew what they were doing and skipped all of the cutscenes completed the game in 5 minutes.
Narm: Kiefer Sutherland's delivery of Snake's Catch Phrase comes across as this, given that it sounds rushed.
Kojima mentioned on a podcast that he wanted the horses in the game to periodically defecate. Yeah.
Tainted by the Preview: The English Ground Zeroes trailer was met with this in regards to the voice acting. Complaints were mainly targeted at Sutherland's bored-sounding voice (further adding to the Hayter controversy) and Skull Face sounding like someone trying too hard to sound cool.
Unfortunate Implications: There has been a slight media backlash to Kojima's intentions for Quiet in the game, which he initially stated that he had told Yoji Shinkawa to design as a "more erotic" character, which wasn't helped when he tried to correct it as him meaning "sexier" partially due to wanting to increase merchandise sales surrounding the game. Ironically, one of the people who was offended by the character's appearance helped design Cortana, a stripperiffic character.
Visual Effects of Awesome: The FOX Engine is perhaps one of the most advanced development platforms available to date, being composed of several novel state-of-the-art software tools and compatible with highly sensitive 3D scanning equipment. The primary aim of FOX is to achieve photorealistic visuals, and it comes damn close at times. And this can still run on seventh generation console hardware, in addition to eighth generation hardware. However, the visual effects became noticeably stunted between older trailers and more recent trailers, and the seventh generation graphics are somewhat blurry.
What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Zigzagged with Kiefer Sutherland, who is doing the motion capture for Snake and is voicing him in the English version. A number of fans think that he's the right kind of actor to voice a character like Snake, but find his vocal performance to be rather flat (though his motion capture performance is more widely liked). On the other end of the spectrum, there are a number of other fans that are happy with the change - some citing Hayter's performance in Peace Walker to be weaker than it was in Metal Gear Solid 4, and others simply accepting Sutherland as Big Boss so long as Hayter still voices Solid Snake. There are also a number of fans of Hayter that are annoyed that, given that Sutherland was hired to revitalize the series, Snake's Japanese voice actor isn't being changed for the same reason.