METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN – Starter Tips

Tips for Newcomers

There is no “correct” way to play this game. It’s all a matter of your level of ambition and degree of curiosity.

You get rewarded when sneaking – quite handsomely so – PERFECT STEALTH, NO KILLS. And you get penalized when going “pew-pew” – because of COMBAT ALERTS.

In most missions, you go slow and clear MISSION TASKS, or you go quick for an S-rank. When you’ve upgraded your gear – and your skills – you’ll find you can actually do both in the same run.

Until D-Dog becomes available as your buddy, you’re at a massive disadvantage in terms of stealth. Just clear those early missions as best as you can and return for a replay with D-Dog later on.

Try to finish all Afghanistan Missions (Missions 1 to 12) – no matter how – and then replay the game from Mission 1; it’ll be a totally different experience.

And do yourself a favour and clear Side Ops: They can be a tedious grind, but they will allow you to experiment with tactics without penalties.

And remember this: Sand storms are your friends. Empty magazines are your friends. D-Horse can also be used as a decoy, a place to hide, a place to put a stunned enemy, and as a road block. Look for dumpsters and portable toilets to put stunned enemies so that they don’t get found. Going in at night time early in the game isn’t necessarily a smart thing – you’re new to the game and now you can’t see a damn thing.

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I turned my love for games from a hobby into a job back in 2005, since then working on various gaming / entertainment websites. But in 2016 I finally created my first website about video games – Gameplay Tips. And exactly 4 years later, Game Cheat Codes was created – my second website dedicated to legal game cheats. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices.

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