Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is being hailed as the game of the generation, and a fitting end to Hideo Kojima's reign at the helm of the long running franchise. But while the game itself might be a masterpiece, the online mode is something else entirely.
There are two aspects to the online part of MGSV; Metal Gear Online which doesn't arrive until October and an already released Mother Base element. Basically it allows you to create other bases to help bring in additional resources for use in the single player game. It adds a strategic element outside of the main gameplay as these Forward Operating Bases can be attacked by other players, forcing your hero to go into battle against another human.
It all sounds like it should be good fun, bar the fact that it's also home to microtransactions where you can spend real-life money to beef up your base, but it's hard to know right now because the mode is essentially broken. Performance in these areas has been slow, with Konami forced to strip back some features in order to keep the game up and running. It's possible to access some parts of this side-game right now, but connections are shaky and it's all a bit of a mess.
Unfortunately all of this online rubbish can also have a negative effect on your single player game, with menus constantly seeking for online content which isn't readily available. Thankfully you can fix that problem by heading into the menus and disconnecting the game entirely. It doesn't make any difference to the single player and should speed things up considerably. Thanks to Eurogamer for the tip.