Metal Gear Solid V Triumphs With 3 Million Copies Shipped Worldwide

As you might expect following a flurry of positive reviews, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is off to a fast start. It released to Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One less than a week ago on September 1, 2015, and like its predecessor, has shipped over 3 million copies worldwide.

That figure comes from an advertisement with Japanese lettering. It was first spotted by a NeoGAF forum user who screen captured the ad and uploaded it to Imgur, a free image hosting service. There's reason to believe the figure is accurate.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Not only did Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots sell just as many copies during its first week on the market, but Phantom Pain is currently the top selling game in the U.K, according to data provided by sales monitor ChartTrack, Gamespot reports. The majority of those sales -- more than 72 percent -- have been for the PS4.

Some of Phantom Pain's success can be attributable to NVIDIA bundling it with select graphics cards and laptops, though that only accounts for shipments on the PC. A bigger reason is the hype and enormous anticipation that built up leading up to the game's release.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phatom Pain Screenshot

What followed after its release was an overwhelmingly positive reaction by reviewers. However, most of the early reviews were from journalists who attended a controlled review event by publisher Konami. As we pointed out in a separate article, they were expected to binge play the title in four or five days in what was effectively a God mode.

We're not concluding the reviews are inaccurate, but if you're considering a purchase and researching the title, you may want to pay extra attention to more recent reviews to see how they compare to the earlier ones.