Release Date: September 1
Consoles: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows PC
Why We're Excited: Other entries in the storied covert ops franchise have been called “the last,” but this time, Elvis has really left the building. Legendary game designer and series mastermind Hideo Kojima had a complete falling out with Metal Gear Solid developer Konami earlier this year, resulting in the removal of his name from The Phantom Pain’s box art as well as the cancelation of the feverishly anticipated Silent Hills project. Coupled with Konami’s shifting focus onto mobile games and pachinko machines, all signs point to this truly being the end of Metal Gear Solid.
If The Phantom Pain does close the series, it’s a doozy: Kojima made a big design choice to move the stealthy gameplay to an open world for the first time, and reviews have earned overwhelming praise. Pick this up and celebrate one of gaming’s most iconic franchises and the passing of an era.