Should you buy Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Day One Edition?

Along with confirming the release date for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami Digital Entertainment recently announced that the videogame will also be getting a Day One Edition. As the name suggests, the product comes with several extras for those who are preordering and buying the game early. So is the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Day One Edition worth buying or are you better off ignoring the bonuses and just wait for a price drop? Let’s check out some elements that may factor into your purchasing decision.

About Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

First off, let’s talk a little bit about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The game is the next installment (and potentially the last one if you believed the words of Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear franchise) of the Metal Gear Solid series. Although it is highly recommended that you play the previous games before starting The Phantom Pain from a story standpoint, you should still be able to enjoy the experience without any prior knowledge.

The biggest selling point for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is that stealth-based gameplay has been expanded into an open-world setting. As a result, players have numerous options to complete a certain objective from a mission. Kojima Productions also improved the A.I. of enemies, increasing their field of vision and making it easier to get spotted.

On the other hand, Snake has some new abilities as he can see his enemy movements behind objects after using his binoculars. He also has slow motion technique that comes into effect when he is spotted that will allow him to dispose of the soldier before the alert mode can be fully activated.

The above-mentioned mechanics were introduced in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The Phantom Pain is adding a bunch of new features, including a buddy system, day-night cycle, mother base management, real-time weather as well as the Metal Gear Online multiplayer mode.

So, even if you haven’t been interested in the Meat Gear Solid series before, The Phantom Pain is doing a lot of new and exciting things that should please new players as well as hardcore fans. We certainly believe that it will end up being among the best releases of 2015.

What’s Included in the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Day One Edition

If you are interested, you have the option of buying Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain early at full price or waiting until it is discounted. To entice customers to preorder or buy on launch day, Konami Digital Entertainment will be including several extras.

One of which is a small map showing off the game’s massive world. The in-game extras sound more exciting as you will get the following bonuses with the single-player campaign: Adam-ska Special Handgun, Cardboard Box (Wetland), Fatigues (Blue Urban Snake Costume) and Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver). Last but not least, you will also received a XP boost for the Metal Gear Online mode.

The good news is that these extras come at no additional costs as long as you preorder or purchase the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Day One Edition. With that said, the DLC items does not appear to all that essential in the grand scheme. So, it won’t hurt your overall experience if you decide to skip the Day One Edition and wait for the videogame to drop in price.

Final Verdict

While we certainly think that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is worth the price of admission, the extras included in the Day One Edition aren’t too essential. If you are a little tight on the budget and don’t mind being patient, you can certainly forego the extras and wait for the standard edition to get a price drop.

Of course, fans of the series should certainly pick up Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Day One Edition with all the free extras if they aren’t getting the collector’s edition (which has even more content but also has a higher MSRP). The videogame is slated for release on September 1st for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PC version is arriving on the 15th, two weeks after the launch of the console iterations. If you are interested, you can preorder the Day One Edition with this page on Amazon.