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  • Blog Post: Spoiled Rotten – Video Games' Biggest Spoilers

    This article contains a giant list of video game spoilers for games such as BioShock, Final Fantasy X, and Red Dead Redemption. You’ve been warned. Games are full of great plot twists, but knowing these plot twists before you play the game can sometimes ruin your enjoyment of the experience. That... More
  • Blog Post: How To Get Your Missing Buddy Back In Metal Gear Solid V

    Some players were disappointed to learn that you permanently lose access to one of your buddies if you complete certain missions in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Well, thanks to a recent patch, you can now reunite with that buddy – if you know what to do. Warning! The article contains SPOILERS... More
  • Blog Post: Gaming's Longest Continuous Stories

    When you think about video game narratives, it’s a bit challenging to find many that contain single, perpetual narratives. To test that assumption, we’ve compiled a list of titles featuring lengthy plotlines and abundant canon entries. Each of these series will also have new installments... More
  • Blog Post: Spoiled! Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Analyzing the story of Metal Gear Solid V is like unpacking a dusty old box of tangled Christmas lights – once you think you've straightened it all out, you're still left with some burnt-out bulbs. Thankfully, several Game Informer editors have now beaten The Phantom Pain and have united... More
  • Blog Post: Take This (But Not That): What Works And What Doesn't In Metal Gear Solid V

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has become my latest gaming obsession, which is something that took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting much from it, but after sitting in on a video preview with Joe Juba about the game, I decided to pick it up. Since then, I've spent hours playing it nearly... More
  • Blog Post: Five Things Konami Should Add To MGS V: The Phantom Pain

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain came out earlier this month, and it is excellent – but it isn't perfect. Konami just revealed some DLC costume plans , but for fans who have already finished the game, new outfits don’t rank high on the list of things that could further enrich the... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Starting MGS V: The Phantom Pain

    After years of waiting, gamers are finally playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain today. In terms of depth and scope, this installment takes the series to a new level, which means fans have more Metal Gear to explore than ever. However, it also increases the chances that details and features might... More
  • Blog Post: The Good And Bad Of The MGS V: The Phantom Pain Strategy Guide

    I like to wring every last bit of entertainment out of games, which is one of the reasons I enjoy reading strategy guides. The Metal Gear series is notoriously deep, full of Easter eggs and alternate options; even after finishing The Phantom Pain, I was excited to get my hands on the strategy guide to... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Big Boss Get A Birthday Surprise In MGS V: The Phantom Pain

    At the beginning of The Phantom Pain, you are asked to enter your date of birth. While it doesn’t seem significant at the time, the game stores that information and treats you to an amusing scene when the special day rolls around. If you don’t want to wait (or mess with your system’s... More
  • Blog Post: Metal Gear 101: What New Players Should Know Before Playing The Phantom Pain

    The Metal Gear series has been around since 1987, and it’s been telling one long story the whole time. That’s great for longtime fans who got in on the ground floor, but someone who has never played Metal Gear might get overwhelmed by the saga’s complex history. If you want to play... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    The latest entry in the long-running Metal Gear series is finally upon us, so Game Informer's Joe Juba and Jeff Cork take a spoiler-free look at the weapons, buddies, and other features in this stealth-driven action game. The Phantom Pain is a huge game, so taking a quick look at it is difficult... More
  • Blog Post: I've Finished MGS V: The Phantom Pain – Ask Me Anything (Round 2)

    Update: On the eve of The Phantom Pain's release, I'm answering even more questions from our readers! Just ask me what you want to know, and I'll do my best to answer. As a reminder: I can not answer every question, particularly those that deal with significant spoilers. I will delve into... More
  • Blog Post: Editor Discussion – Why You Should Play Peace Walker Before Metal Gear Solid V

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is only about a month away, and it seems to be exploring new territory for Konami’s tactical stealth series. However, some fans may not realize that a lot of the mechanics in MGS V are iterations of concepts tested in Peace Walker. Originally released as a PSP... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Collector's Editions Of 2015 (So Far)

    As long as developers keep making big AAA games, they will continue to releases impressive and expensive collector's editions alongside them. This year has been home to quite a few already, with more on the way, and we're highlighting the ones that have caught our attention. Assassin's Creed... More
  • Blog Post: Five Lingering Metal Gear Questions The Phantom Pain Should Address

    To say that the Metal Gear series’ story is “complicated” would be charitable. Each installment raises new questions, and occasionally backpedals on answers you thought you knew. However, with Metal Gear Solid V on the horizon, the franchise has the opportunity to clear up any remaining... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Boss Fights You Should Have Lost

    Beating a tough boss is one of the great thrills in video games…but sometimes your victories don’t seem plausible. For the sake of the story and providing a satisfying experience, you need to defeat adversaries who are far beyond your characters’ capabilities. When you think about... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – How Kojima Leaving Could Be Good For Metal Gear

    Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima has said that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is his last game in the franchise. This, however, is not the last we'll see of Metal Gear, as Konami plans to keep putting out titles in the famous series. While the loss of Kojima will undoubtedly produce negative... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - What Metal Gear Should Do In The Future

    I’m a huge fan of the Metal Gear Solid series, and The Phantom Pain is at the top of the list of titles I’m looking forward to this year, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s perfect. Despite my love for the games and their quirks, I still think there’s plenty of room to improve... More
  • Blog Post: Our Favorite Games Of TGS 2014

    With all of the strange happenings on the show floor, it can be easy to forget that video games are still the stars of TGS. During our time at the show, we saw a lot of cool stuff from talented developers, but these are the titles that got us most excited for the future. Several games you might expect... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Metal Gear

    Freedom is precious, and that applies to our video games as well. For our July 4th features on freedom , I chose Metal Gear on the NES, a game that took me beyond what I expected from games at the time . I don't remember precisely what grabbed my attention about Metal Gear when it came out in 1988... More
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