Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
While Metal Gear I fans will finally have gotten their hands on Ground Zeroes by the time you read this, the major draw of this two-part stealth-action adventure has always been the second half: the enigma that is The Phantom Pain and the open world of 1984 Afghanistan that promises to bring players the series' trademark tactical espionage action in a way they've never experienced before.
The mid-'80s backdrop and the expansive frontier of Soviet-occupied Afghanistan is the perfect setup for Hideo Kojima to deliver another one of his twist-laden tales. What's more, you can count on him to not shy away from the political nature of this loaded setting. Don't forget than in the original Metal Gear Solid, Kojima commented on the plight of the Kurds when the rest of the world had forgotten them as soon as American forces rolled through Baghdad in the Gulf War. He illuminated the angst and humiliation former Soviets faced after the collapse of their mighty empire instead of simply turning them into cartoony villains. (OK, so he did trot out a Russian colonel who could summon Force Lightning along the way, but it was nuanced Force Lightning!)
America has spent the last decade embroiled in Afghanistan and the cold heart of central Asia--and you can bet Kojima will have something of substance to say about it in The Phantom Pain.