|"Kept you waiting, huh?"|
I'm still in the early game, so this might change, but Metal Gear Solid V has a couple features that raise it over most open world games for me. First, you can go back and play through earlier missions to clear side objectives you're pretty much guaranteed to miss the first time through. Second, the missions are discrete little games within the game, which means I can drop in to do one without getting lost wandering the Afghani wasteland for hours looking for plants. (Or I can do that too.) Third, the game adapts to your play strategy, so if you get comfortable headshotting guards, they'll start wearing helmets to force you to change up your style. Fourth, there is a crazy amount of different ways to do each mission, from pure stealth to crazy gun nut to full-scale army invasion to cardboard box surfing.
That all adds up to a game I'm unlikely to get bored of anytime soon, because I'll be playing it in short sips and I'm not likely to keep doing the same thing over and over again. That's important for something that'll probably take me sixty hours to finish.
Fourth, there is a puppy. This is his heartwarming story.
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Kazuhira "Kaz" Miller: Boss, this is the Fulton extraction system. You can use it to recruit soldiers and... did you just drug a dog and tie it to the balloon?
K: Boss? You just brought a wild dog onto our top-secret military base. Care to explain that?
Big Boss: PUPPY!!1!
K: Boss, it's been living in an Afghani war zone-
B: Hello puppy! Hello!
B: Who's a good puppy? You are! You are!
B: *squeals* Aww, puppy kisses!
Revolver Ocelot: Er, Boss?
B: IT'S THE CIIIRCLE OF LIIIFE
K: Sigh... Ocelot, get the dog a room and its shots.
B: Wait, what? You can't hold my puppy! You shock people's testicles for kicks!
B: YOU BETTER NOT HURT MY DOG YOU CRAZY TORTURING COWBOY BASTARD!!
K: Great, good, we're done. Can we get back to DID YOU JUST TIE A GODDAMN BEAR TO THE BALLOON