Is Metal Gear Solid V incomplete or is Hideo Kojima just crazy? I’ll assume the latter and dance at the edge of sanity deciphering the Phantom Pain’s narrative via the Cold War and its residual effects on modern history. Full spoilers for the Metal Gear series.

What This Video Is About:

  • The origin of Big Boss and how it relates to modern geopolitical conflicts
  • Kojima’s thoughts on American foreign policy during the Cold War and War on Terror
  • An explanation of phantom pain and its effects in both Metal Gear and reality
  • The meaning of the Phantom Pain’s ending concerning morality and perspective in war

If you like this video, consider checking out Generation Kill by Evan Wright (as well as the HBO show), Games without Rules by Tamim Ansary, The Fog of War, and anything by The Clash... because they’re the best band ever — obviously.