I overran my ISP’s monthly bandwidth cap, so I have been playing METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES (allcaps are essential), instead of playing The Witcher 3 and Assassin’s Creed Unity, which are next.

MGSV:GZ is growing on me. I angrily struggled through my first play of the the base mission, as I didn’t understand many of the basic principles of the game. The sight range of guards and the usefulness of the tranquiliser pistol were the main ones. However, now I have a grip of how the game works and since I switched to a gamepad, I’m enjoying it far more.

What’s most impressive about the MGSV:GZ is how the game strictly defines a set of world rules, and lets the player get on with it. Gameplay shifts between continual reloads caused by careless mistakes to emergent moments of brilliance.

In one side mission I was trying to assassinate two renegades. I was stalking one, entirely surrounded by guards, when suddenly up drove the other renegade in a jeep. I only had a few seconds to react while they snatched a few words, so I lobbed a grenade and killed the pair of them simultaneously. The game marked me with a poor performance score for the mission, but the moment of detonation was perfect.