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Fresh from the briefest of beta periods, Metal Gear Online for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has now officially launched on PC. It was just shy of a week ago when Konami announced it would be entering a beta period, but it appears as if any teething issues have been sorted out quicker than you can say La Li Lu Le Lo.
After yesterday's open-world face off, it's time for two more titans in the genre. This esteemed pair have both made it to their fifth iteration, and have been critically and commercially acclaimed for every one of their five outings. It's two of the most recognisable franchises in gaming today. It's Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain vs Grand Theft Auto V. What a showdown. 
Nuclear weapons are pretty hard to come by in MGS V. Once you get one you can stash it away in your Mother Base, away from would-be thieves; setting up base defences, guard posts and turrets. Konami wants you to disarm yours though. There’s a secret final cut-scene tucked away in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Konami has been busy letting players know that disarming all nuclear weapons will unlock it.
Konami has warned players there’s a game breaking bug in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain that will corrupt your game save and halt progression. This is a bit of a public service announcement basically, to make sure you don’t fall into this trap during your playthrough.
Despite performing great and being extremely well optimised indeed, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain comes with a frame rate cap on PC. Konami made the decision to limit the maximum frame rate to 60 frames per second, and up until now there was no workaround for PC gamers who wanted to unleash the full capabilities of their graphics cards.
When you think of Snake and Metal Gear Solid, you’re mind probably drifts pretty quickly to the iconic triangle, square circle and cross of PlayStation. Despite appearances on plenty of other platforms, Metal Gear Solid has been an icon for Sony’s line of consoles. It’s one of the highest rated series of all time, and finally we’ve been given a PC version day and date with the console release in the shape of MGS V. 12 year old me wouldn’t believe my eyes.
So Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is out, and everyone on your Steam friends list is busy playing it. The only problem is, what if it doesn't run on your rig that isn't full of brand new, top‐tier components? You know, a normal gaming rig that doesn't come loaded with a $1000 graphics card encrusted with priceless jewels.
Kept you waiting, huh? After years out in the wilderness, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has finally arrived. In fact for PC gamers, it's arrived two weeks earlier than we'd anticipated. It's Hideo Kojima's final flourish with the long-running,  bona fide crazy stealth-action series and on first impressions it looks like he's going out with a bang. 
Okay, stop whatever you’re doing, Hideo Kojima’s final Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer is here and it’s a beauty. The man’s indeniable talent for going from the sublime to the ridiculous is ably demonstrated by the heart-tugging opening three minutes, before seguing smoothly to a Metal Gear with a robot gun dick. Never change, Kojima. Never change.
UPDATE: Konami has issued a full statement on the matter, saying:
In the latest news that just doesn’t make sense, Konami has revealed that you won’t be able to pre-load Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain ahead of the game’s PC launch in just under two weeks, but you will be able to on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.