The situation with Hideo Kojima and Konami is frustrating, the story of a creator stifled in favor of a bottom line. Despite that stifling, despite his creation not even being finished, though, Kojima managed to bring his team together to create their best work yet – and it seems like pretty much everyone is in agreement. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the best-reviewed game of the year.
Metacritic released its end of year lists, and Metal Gear tops the list of games newly released this year. Grand Theft Auto V narrowly edges it out, but it’s a (stellar) port of a game, not a new release. All three current-gen versions of Metal Gear are in the top 10 best-rated games, with the Xbox One version narrowly edging out the others. Also in the top 10 are all three versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne, and indie darling Undertale.
Metacritic notes that only 14 releases – 10 if you combine the different platforms for each title, 12 if you discount downloadable add ons, and 10 if you remove re-releases – made it into the 90+ Metacritic score club this year. The number’s quite similar to last year, suggesting that while there was a huge stack of big releases this year, critical opinion of many of those games is more divided than it has been in the past. It’s worth noting, though, that the early years of the previous generation were a bit more subdued as well, so it’s difficult to tell at this point what that means for the systems.
At the very least, though, Hideo Kojima can sleep soundly knowing that even his unfinished games are better-liked than just about anything anyone else can do.