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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain cover
Kojima Productions
Fox Engine
Release dates
Windows September 1, 2015
Metacritic 91
OpenCritic 92
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Subscription[1]
Microtransactions Boost, Currency, Free-to-grind, Infinite spend, Unlock[1]
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Genres Open world, Shooter, Stealth
Vehicles Off-roading, Tank, Truck
Themes Africa, Asia, Cold War
Series Metal Gear
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Metal Gear
Metal Gear 1990
Metal Gear Solid: Integral 2000
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance 2003
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2014
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 2014
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015
Metal Gear Survive 2018
Metal Gear (MSX2) 2020
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol.1 (series)
Metal Gear Solid Δ: Snake Eater 2024

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a singleplayer first-person and third-person stealth game developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami. It is part of the Metal Gear series and chronologically takes place after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and before Metal Gear.

The game was released on September 1, 2015.

General information

PC Report
GeForce Graphics Guide
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Only the Steam installer is included.[2]
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The Definitive Experience also available.
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The Definitive Experience also available.
Green Man Gaming
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The Definitive Experience also available.
Humble Store
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The Definitive Experience also available.
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The Definitive Experience also available.
All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[3]

Version differences

The Definitive Experience includes all DLCs and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Basic Appeal Pack For Metal Gear Online.
Battle Appeal Pack For Metal Gear Online.
Dance Appeal Pack For Metal Gear Online.
Cloaked In Silence Expansion pack for Metal Gear Online.
Fatigues (Naked Snake)
Hero Appeal Pack For Metal Gear Online.
Jumpsuit (EVA)
Parade Tack
Sneaking Suit (The Boss)
Sneaking Suit (Naked Snake)
Western Tack

Game data

Custom music can be added to <Steam-folder>\steamapps\common\MGS_TPP\CustomSoundtrack in .mp3 format[4]

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\287700\local\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/287700/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\287700\local\
Steam $HOME/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/311340/remote/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/287700/pfx/[Note 1]
Save game data location is shared with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.[5]
Save data from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes can be "uploaded" (imported) with associated bonuses.[6]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.
Camera settings.
Camera settings.

Field of view (FOV)

Extract mod to installation folder[citation needed]
  1. Download the mod
  2. Extract the contents inside the game installation folder
  3. Edit fov.cfg with your desired horizontal FOV.


Causes Metal Gear Online to crash on Startup.

High frame rate

By default, enabling Adaptive V-Sync in the driver control panel will disable V-Sync entirely on a 60 Hz display. Unlocking the framerate will fix this.
Edit config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open TPP_GRAPHICS_CONFIG in the text editor of your choosing.
  3. Change the line "framerate_control" : "Auto", to "framerate_control" : "Variable", and save the file.
  4. On some configurations make sure that "Windows Timer Resolution" is set 0.5 ms for more stable 100+ higher FPS on high end cards. Tutorial on how to do that here


If you make any changes to the graphics options in-game, this preference will be reset. To avoid accidentally doing this, Set TPP_GRAPHICS_CONFIG to Read-Only in Windows.

Ambient occlusion

Force HBAO+ (Nvidia only)[7]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Select the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain profile.
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility value to 0x00180000.
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to High Quality.
  5. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled.
  6. Press "Apply Changes" in the top-right corner.


In-game AO needs to be disabled.

FXAA tied to effects post processing level

By default, you cannot disable FXAA while using Extra High post processing.
Alter packed game files[8]
  1. Download MGSV_QAR_Tool.
  2. Extract it to the master folder inside the game installation folder
  3. Hold Shift and right click the master folder and pick Open command window here
  4. Type MGSV_QAR_Tool data1.dat -r then press Enter.
  5. Inside the newly created data1 folder find gr_init_dx11.lua open it in your text editor of choice.
  6. Ctrl+F to find the FXAA settings {settingName="PluginFxaa",settingTable={{name="G7",EnableFilter=1},{name="G8E",EnableFilter=1},{name="Default",EnableFilter=1},{name="Off",EnableFilter=0},{name="Low",EnableFilter=0},{name="High",EnableFilter=1},{name="ExtraHigh",EnableFilter=1}}
  7. Change name="ExtraHigh",EnableFilter=1 to name="ExtraHigh",EnableFilter=0
  8. Save the file, then go back to the Commandline Window and type MGSV_QAR_Tool data1.inf -r then press Enter.


As of patch 1.02+ Use the same steps to modify gr_init_dx11.lua in 00.dat file in the MGS_TPP/master/0/ folder instead.


Controller settings.
Controller settings.
Control settings.
Control settings.
Keyboard settings.
Keyboard settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Can't use NumPad or symbol keys.
Some of the iDroid controls use Q and cannot be remapped, which creates a conflict when using a ZQSD control scheme on an AZERTY keyboard. It's easier to just switch your keyboard to QWERTY.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Under Control Settings, Mouse Sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Partial support. Left-clicking enters highlighted menu option while right clicking backs out of a menu.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Presets only. Action and Shooter.
Controller sensitivity
Under Camera Settings, Camera Speed.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
DualShock 4
PlayStation button prompts
Use the DualShock 3 and 4 button icons mod.
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth)
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Option to adjust volume of custom soundtrack only.
Surround sound
Choice between foreign languages or full (all speech) subtitles.
Closed captions
Full subtitles on speech only, no true CC.
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by AR Team, download.
English audio can only be selected if the language is set to English.
Fan translation, download.
Unavailable if language is set to Japanese.
Unavailable if language is set to Japanese.
Unavailable if language is set to Japanese.
Japanese audio can only be selected if the language is set to Japanese.
Brazilian Portuguese
Unavailable if language is set to Japanese.
Unavailable if language is set to Japanese.
Unavailable if language is set to Japanese.

Issues fixed

Player will involuntarily move in a random direction indefinitely

This glitch occurs both on foot and in vehicle.
Has a higher chance of occurring if the user frequently uses the Steam overlay and chat while in-game.
Can trigger on any key press not just movement keys e.g. call key
Tap WASD[citation needed]
  • Tap in the direction you are moving to stop.
  • Pausing the game, tapping WASD (up, down, left & right for controller) then un-pausing will reset all camera and movement control back to normal.

Shadow bug occurs when using Alt+Tab in Fullscreen mode

Minimising the game (Alt+Tab ) while using Fullscreen mode may cause shadows to become artifacted.[9]
Method 1: Change to a lower resolution, apply, and then, change back to your desired resolution[citation needed]
Method 2: Restart the game[citation needed]

Might corrupt save game files

There are plenty of reports on the web about complete loss of progress due to corrupted saves. Konami itself had acknowledged as much under certain circumstances,[10] but it seems like it can happen at various times and still does.

None. Either replace save game files with manually backed up ones, or with those from someone else.

Can't throw magazines / grenades underarm or lightly when using keyboard & mouse


You need to hold left click for half a second before releasing. Too fast or too long will result in an overarm throw. See for timing example.

Constant micro stuttering

Disable Shader Cache in Nvidia Control Panel[11]

White screen after starting the game

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.

Game won't start / MFPlat.dll error fix

The MFPlat.dll error occurs on N/KN versions of Windows when the Media Feature Pack is not installed.
Download the file for your version of Windows[citation needed]

Install the Media Feature Pack (Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7).

Game boots to black screen and freezes

Disable screen overlays, like Nvidia Shadowplay[12] and Nvidia GeForce Experience

Significant performance loss when using Fulton or helicopter

Lower the Effects setting[citation needed]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer
Mother Base raids. Part of singleplayer campaign.[13]

Connection types

VR support

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise

Build a Forward Operating Base (FOB) without invasions

You must have not already completed the FOB mock infiltration tutorial.
Permanently play offline with an FOB[citation needed]
  1. Begin Mission 21. Shortly after beginning, Kaz will tell you Mother Base is under attack (Mission 22).
  2. Accept and successfully complete Mission 22.
  3. Create an FOB when prompted.
  4. Alt+F4 when prompted again to perform a mock infiltration.
  5. In Windows, bring up Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
  6. Right-click on Outbound Rules and create a New Rule.
  7. Click Program, Next.
  8. Enter the path to the game's executable (e.g. %ProgramFiles% (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\MGS_TPP\mgsvtpp.exe), Next.
  9. Click Block the connection, Next.
  10. Check all boxes, Next.
  11. Enter a name, Finish.
  12. Load the game and play offline.


Save data will continue to be synchronized by Steam Cloud. Only communication between your game and Konami servers is blocked.

Remove mission intro credits

Remove credits from mission intro[citation needed]
  1. Download
  2. Extract the Zip folder
  3. Go inside your "0" folder located here: (Steam\SteamApps\common\MGS_TPP\master\0)
  4. Backup your 01.dat
  5. Replace your 01.dat with the extracted One

How to open Metal Gear Online directly from a desktop shortcut

How to open Metal Gear Online directly from a desktop shortcut[citation needed]
  1. Ctrl+ Shift+Esc to open Task Manager
  2. Click the details tab
  3. Right click the headers
  4. Select Select Columns
  5. Enable Command Line
  6. Launch MGSV
  7. Launch Metal Gear Online.
  8. Wait for the game to fully load to the Press Enter Key screen.
  9. Alt-Tab to Task Manager
  10. Right click the mgsvmgo.exe process
  11. Click Open File Location and Windows Explorer will open
  12. Right click mgsvmgo.exe
  13. Click Send To
  14. Click Desktop
  15. Alt+Tab to Task Manager
  16. Ctrl+C the mgsvmgo.exe row. Paste it into Notepad and then copy the line that looks like /AppData 99c85cdbf2c837d50d37c82af2c85874f6x4987c837d5f2c837d5f2c837d5f2
  17. Win+D to get to the Desktop
  18. Right click the desktop shortcut to mgsvmgo.exe
  19. Click Properties
  20. At the end of the Target field, paste the data you copied from the Command Line field in Process Explorer. The Target field should look something like "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\MGS_TPP\mgsvmgo.exe" /AppData 99c85cdbf2c837d50d37c82af2c85874f6x4987c837d5f2c837d5f2c837d5f2
  21. Click OK
  22. Right click the shortcut
  23. Click rename
  24. Rename the shortcut to MGO or whatever

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4460 3.4 GHz
Quad Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 28 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: