Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain has had its fair share of criticism, but this discussion between two best-selling Japanese novelists might give you a fresh perspective.
Good speculation of MGSV TPP by 2 Japanese best-seller Novelists. https://t.co/0UuSlTgV0Z
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) November 20, 2015
Kojima posted a link to the conversation between Manabu Makime and Hitori Nojima - the author credited with the novelisation of the Metal Gear Solid games.
The two men talk about the series' history and fans' tumultuous reactions to the various changes that have been introduced over the years, before moving on to Metal Gear Solid 5.
"I've completed MGSV, including all the SIDE OPS," says Makime, "but when I finished the main missions, I found myself thinking, 'Kojima-san, why would you do this?' And I realized he must have felt a need to betray players' expectations. So if everyone's clamoring for this kind of a story, then his thought as the creator must have been, 'How far can I turn this on its head?' And when I say 'betray', I don't mean as a 'screw you' to the players, I mean he must have relished the opportunity to create in a way that diverges from everyone's expectations and lets him tell a more interesting story."
It's worth a read for the different opinions and insights the pair offer, even if you find yourself disagreeing with their interpretations.