The Phantom Pain reviews embargoed til Monday August 24

Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is coming to consoles and PC from September 1, 2015. It’s the first fully fledged Metal Gear game since Guns of the Patriots all the way back in 2008. So it’s kind of a big deal.

And we’re hoping that it will also be very good indeed. The first review came out of a French magazine yesterday and it scored 17/20 but it didn’t seem like a very in-depth breakdown of the game.

It also quite clearly broke the review embargo - which has been officially set at 9am on Monday August 24.

That’s just a couple of days away and a full week before the general release of The Phantom Pain.

That alone is good news - if a publisher is worried about bad reviews they normally place the embargo as close to release as possible.

It seems a large number of outlets have been out at review events recently. These are carried out in controlled enviroments to give people access to code as early as possible rather than posting out copies and hoping that people will have the time to play them.

Generally speaking they take place in large rooms full of consoles, with a huge focus on getting through as much of the game as possible. They’re pretty weird little get togethers, especially as a number of folks get close to the end game and you’re all trying to beat a game first!

More outlets will be getting physical copies as well so you should expect a glut of reviews from the bigger sites right on that embargo deadline, and plenty more impressions from smaller places after that. Mostly, we’re just hoping that it’s good at this stage.

Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is coming to consoles and PC from September 1, 2015.

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