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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2014)

  • Director: Hideo Kojima, Junji Tago
  • Writers: Hidenari Inamura, Hideo Kojima
  • Writer: Shuyo Murata
  • Publisher: Gamer Little Playground
  • Runtime: 05:26:39
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  • In the aftermath of the events of Ground Zeroes and the destruction of Militaires Sans Frontières (commonly abbreviated as MSF), Big Boss falls into a coma. Nine years later, he awakens and helps lead a new mercenary group, Diamond Dogs. Adopting the codename "Punished 'Venom' Snake", he ventures into Afghanistan during the Soviet–Afghan War and the Angola—Zaire border region during the Angolan Civil War to track down the men responsible for MSF's destruction. Along the way, he becomes reacquainted with his former rival Ocelot and encounters Quiet, an assassin and sniper with supernatural abilities. While he and Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller are initially driven to exact revenge, Snake soon unearths a plot by the Cipher organization to develop a new model of the Metal Gear system known as the ST-84 "Sahelanthropus".

    Following the destruction of MSF (Militaires Sans Frontières) at the hands of the Cipher, Big Boss falls into a coma. He awakens nine years later in 1984, where Cipher's assassin, Quiet tries to kill him. Big Boss is rescued by a mysterious man with a bandaged face calling himself Ishmael. While trying to escape the hospital the two become caught in the crossfire between Cipher's soldiers and the psychic Tretij Rebenok, "The Third Child", helped by his apparition, the Man on Fire. After a chase, Ishmael disappears, leaving Snake to continue his escape with Revolver Ocelot, now working with a new mercenary company called Diamond Dogs, founded by Kazuhira Miller as a replacement for MSF.

    While searching for clues about Cipher and expanding Diamond Dogs on an offshore platform near the Seychelles, Big Boss and his growing mercenary company become involved in the Soviet–Afghan War and the Angolan Civil War. Along the way, Big Boss recruits Quiet, who no longer speaks and has gained seemingly paranormal abilities; Dr. "Huey" Emmerich, a former MSF scientist suspected of being partly responsible for MSF's destruction; Eli, a spiteful British child believed to be one of Big Boss's clones and leading a band of runaway child soldiers; and finally, Code Talker, a Navajo expert on parasites forced to work for Cipher. Meanwhile, Big Boss begins to encounter the Skulls, deadly enemy soldiers who have similar abilities as Quiet. The Diamond Dogs also suffer a mysterious epidemic, losing many soldiers before it is contained.

    It is eventually revealed that XOF, a rogue faction of Cipher, was responsible for the attack on MSF in 1975 and that Major Zero has since lost control of the organization. Skull Face, the group's leader, sees Cipher's plan to unite the world for peace as the same as making it culturally American. To avoid this, he intends to release a parasite, in part developed by Code Talker, that kills anyone who speaks English. ...

    Did You Know? In contrast to previous Metal Gear installments, Kojima Productions conducted the voice acting and motion capture with English-speaking actors and stuntmen first. Facial motion capture was used for the first time in the series. The Japanese voice acting was dubbed over the English cast's performance afterward, in contrast to previous releases in the series, which had the characters' vocal and facial expressions lip-synched specifically to both, Japanese and English voice acting.

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