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25 Best Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain Mods To Check Out
Metal Gear Solid V might have released a few years ago, but the game is still widely popular thanks to unique gameplay mechanics that set it apart from the rest of the MGS games .
However, having released so many years ago, many of us have played it over and over again…
So maybe customizing the gameplay could give it a fresh coat a paint?
Sure, let’s take a look at some of the best mods you can get for MGS5. All free, of course!
25. SnakeBite Mod Manager (Must-Have!)
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To get us started let’s look into a must-have item.
On its own, it’s actually a pretty useless mod.
The SnakeBite Mod Manager allows you to properly manage all of your mods, and it saves you the time and trouble of having to load them all one by one.
If you want to use one or more of the mods that I’ve added to this list, you’re going to need the SBMM. It’s free to grab and not too exciting, but definitely start with this before moving on.
24. Real Weapons Name Update
Look, I know that many people don’t really care about this, but true weapon nerds absolutely love watching all of the guns in the game named according to their real-life counterparts.
Sure, “Assault Rifle” is an extremely sexy name… but I think I’d rather have my weapons named in a more realistic way.
Now I’m not an expert when it comes to naming schemes so I don’t know why studios insist on adding fake weapon names, but I can tell you this: I love to see my enemies being killed with a real AK-47 in Afghanistan.
And this mod gives us that feeling every sessions of MGS5.
23. Turn Portable Toilet into Provisional Showers
Now this might be extremely simple, but it deserves a spot on my list.
I know that many of you MGS players want to look clean, but you hate returning to Motherbase time and time again.
This mod allows you to enter any portable toilet in the game and come out totally cleaned up. Not sure how but roll with it.
It’s annoying having to go back to the base after every successful infiltration because your fine white suit is all dusted up.
Now you can simply enter any toilet and it will have a shower installed (apparently).
Fancy, isn’t it?
22. Improved Combat Deployment
The only reason why I’m not ranking this mod in a better spot is only that it seems to be outdated.
However when it comes to utility, this is one of my favorite ones on the list.
I always hated having to wait between deployment missions, and this mod fixes that by allowing them to complete instantly.
I mean, not everyone wants to wait for a few hours to continue progressing in the game, Kojima. Jesus Christ.
21. More Animals – Africa
Is this mod necessary? Not at all.
Does it make the game more immersive? Hell yes.
The More Animals mod adds a ton of animals to Africa (shocking, I know).
Donkeys, zebras, and more – all of them will now be available and hunted as well, if you’re a sick bastard.
20. Maximum Resources
Are you tired of only collecting a few materials each time you harvest those rare resources?
With the Maximum Resources mod, the rarest harvest will yield 10 times as much as they do in the vanilla game.
Some might call it cheating. I call it making things easier.
No, those things aren’t synonyms, nor do they represent the same thing. Why would you think that?
19. Fulton Extraction 3000
Fulton Extraction 3000 is the ultimate cheat mod for MGS.
Basically, it allows you to press one button and have all the soldiers in the map instantly fultoned back to your base, which allows you to recruit them all and clear the entire map quickly.
You can also set the mod to have the fulton extract only one soldier at a time, or select which ones you want to extract by marking them one by one.
Why do the hard work yourself when you can get your hands on the Fulton 3000 and have it work for you?
18. High Rank Soldiers and Unique Characters
This mod allows all unique characters in the game to see their level increased, making them far more useful and helping you keep a truly unique Mother Base setup.
This includes all unique characters and soldiers in MGSV.
Why doesn’t this mod get a better spot on my list, you ask?
The reason is simple: the latest patch broke the mod, and the creator isn’t developing it anymore. Whoops.
Still pretty useful if you kept the older version! Although I’m rooting for an update soon.
17. E3 2013
We all know studios lie to us about the quality of their graphics whenever they’re presented to the public.
Watching those E3 videos of Watch Dogs will always remind me of one of the biggest betrayals in the history of the industry.
Nothing as bad happened with MGSV, but the game’s graphics were still much better in the E3 showing than the game release.
Well this mod aims to turn the basic shaders of the game into a version that resembles the one from the E3 showing, and it does a fine damn job of it.
16. MGSV Outfits Unlock
Unlocking stuff in Metal Gear has always been one of its most entertaining activities.
But sometimes the game takes it too far.
You can only finish as many missions in S rank before you feel like jumping out of a window, after all.
Well with this mod, you’ll have all of the custom outfits completely unlocked and able to be used whenever you like.
You don’t need to complete any more missions.
Yes, it takes the challenging part out of the game, but it improves its aesthetic aspect. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
15. Remove Time Limits
As I said before, one of the most annoying aspects of Phantom Pain is having to wait like an idiot for stuff to finish.
It makes me feel like I’m playing Clash of Clans, and I absolutely hate it.
It even takes away the pay-to-finish aspect, so I’m left waiting around like a fool!
Well this mod aims to remove all of the time limits from the game.
No, I’m not cheating; you’re cheating. Go away!
14. Outfit Refitting Project
I admit this wouldn’t be the first mod that I’d categorize as a must-have on my list.
But it’s surprisingly more useful than I expected it would be.
The creator of the mod used the simple technique of editing the vortex of the game’s outfits to make them all fit more closely to each person’s body type.
As such, you’re left with less saggy women’s outfits, as well as better-looking suits for Snake and other male characters.
13. Metal Gear V Unlocked
So if you’re a lazy bastard, or if you just lost your Phantom Pain save after all these years, you’ll want to take a look at this mod.
I mean, it’s not really a mod, as much as it is a save file that allows you to get all of the game completed to the fullest.
This is an ideal choice if you just like to mess around killing idiots with the best weapons in the game already unlocked.
Also a great save option to go around testing other mods with, so you don’t break your own save.
12. I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Reshade
Reshades are cool and make the game look refreshed. But they also drain a lot of your computer’s power.
In fact, if you want to install a shader, you’re guaranteed to see it consume a ton of resources and potentially lag your computer into the ground.
This mod completely changes the appearance of the game’s regions without the use of a reshade, which means that you’ll get to improve the aesthetic feel of MGSV without having to obliterate your GPU.
11. Infinity Suppressor
Suppressors break down too often.
It’s one of the most annoying things to happen in Phantom Pain.
We’ve all gone on a mission and tried to remain in complete silence during the entire operation, only for the damn silencer to break in the most unfortunate of times.
With Infinity Suppressor, that’s no longer an issue.
You’ll be able to ice as many fools as you like without any fear of the suppressor’s durability. A small but welcome change.
10. The Ultimate Phantom Pain Mod
If anyone ever made a list of things we’d like to change in MGS5, and turned it into a mod, this would be it.
You’re now allowed to move much quicker thanks to skippable helicopter rides, you can now add & customize more characters to your base.
Plus you can skip annoying waiting times, change the revenue system, and you can even customize player equipment in a much more comprehensive manner.
If you’re tired of waiting and you want your game to feel more like “your” game, this mod is absolutely worth checking out.
9. MGSV TPP Improvements
It’s hard to single out one improvement from this mod, as it makes the game feel much better overall .
In fact, if you’d ask me to pick one Phantom Pain overhaul to download and keep forever, I think this one would have a strong chance of being my number one choice.
From more development missions to many more soldiers and even the ability to obtain the Medal of Honor offline, this is a fantastic mod that revamps many of the things we didn’t really like about the original Phantom Pain release.
8. Mordib’s Side-OP Expansion Pack
Have you completed all the side missions in Metal Gear? If so, you’re like me and you’re probably bored out of your mind with re-playing it over & over.
You can only do the same missions so many times before you feel like jumping out of a window.
Well this mod adds a whole new bunch of missions to complete (50 in total) so you can expand your game experience during your next playthrough of Phantom Pain.
And it’s sure to keep you busy for hours.
7. Return of the Item Unlocker
The Return of the Item Unlocker mod lets you research and craft every single item in the game (including the unique ones that are otherwise unobtainable).
Focus on what you want and research it – leave the days of blocked items behind with this fantastic mod.
6. Multi Quiet Player Mod
Look, I really tried my best to leave Quiet mods out of my list.
There are just too many of them, man. You have no idea how crazy people get when you talk to them about Quiet (this has been the case ever since the game came out).
And with mods giving you the ability to have her completely naked during the entire game, things have just gotten crazier.
I’m adding this mod onto my list because, out of all of the top Phantom Pain mods that directly affect Quiet, this one is the only non-lewd one out of the bunch that’s worth it.
Crazy, I know, but this is a mod that I fully recommend to people who want to play as Quiet and customize her design. And it’s 100% SFW.
5. No Development Requirements
https://www.nexusmods.com/metalgearsolidvtpp/mods/316 Developing items has always been a fundamental mechanic of the game.
But sometimes requirements can be a bit too much for some players.
Getting your hands on so many resources can be extremely annoying and time-consuming, so this mod aims to remove that factor from the gameplay.
“No Development Requirements” basically allows you to research and develop items for free , which will keep Mother Base filled with new stuff without you having to break your back gathering resources.
That’s not how real-life works, but games shouldn’t feel like a chore anyway. Cheat away, boys.
4. The Man Who Sold the World
The Man Who Sold the World has come to be a song closely associated with Phantom Pain, given that it’s the outro song of the title and it fits our MC perfectly.
This mod, however, focuses on something different.
It allows you to play with Big Boss instead of Venom Snake.
Turn back time and return to your former self with the magic of game modding.
3. No More Timers
No More Timers is the ultimate timer remover mod for Metal Gear Solid V.
I’ve added plenty of these to my list, but there’s a good reason for it: we all really effin hate waiting around.
Seriously, this mechanic has to stop. It makes me feel like I’m playing a damn phone game instead of a AAA title.
In ant case, No More Timers removes all of the timers from the game .
No longer will you have to wait for building equipment, base platforms, or even deployments.
With this mod, everything gets completed with the click of a button.
You still need to have the materials on you, though. It’s not a cheat mod as much as it is a time-saving mod.
2. S Plus Soldier Mod Update
Not all soldiers in the region should be idiots, right?
Well this mod allows S+ and S++ soldiers to spawn in the game, which increases your chances of capturing them and recruiting them to your base. Hurrah!
No longer will you have to complete difficult tasks to get your hands on some of these useful boys.
Now all you need to do is be on the lookout for them as you explore Afghanistan or Africa – gotta catch ‘em all!
1. Infinite Heaven
Remember when I said if there was a compilation mod of the best ideas for the game, it would be The Ultimate Phantom Pain Mod?
Well, I lied.
This is the one you’ll want to get if you want a fully customizable experience!
It offers hundreds of customizable features and play modes, changes to Subsistence mode and Free-roam, customization options for all of your gear, vehicles… the list goes on and on.
Check out the mod’s download page for more details, but this is an MGS mod for the record books.
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The 10 best mods for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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- September 26, 2022
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has a ton of content for you to explore during its story. However, as is the case with any game no matter how big it is, at some point, you are going to run out of new things to see. With that in mind, we have sorted through the most downloaded mods for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for you. As with other communities surrounding PC games, the following list of mods will give you access to a wide variety of content that is not normally accessible. Here are the best Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain mods available.
Top 10 best mods for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Snakebite mod manager.
Let’s start out with a mod focused on making your experience much easier to handle, especially for those new to mod management. Snakebite Mod Manager is a great place to play with your custom mods in Phantom Pain without having to worry about making sure which file is situated where. Install or uninstall everything from one place or even use it to create your own mods. With this mod, you can launch the game, modify the current mods, or fiddle with your creativity to create something unique. This is a must for all of the below mods.
Infinite Ammo and Suppressors V1.12
For a more relaxed approach to Phantom Pain, you can get unlimited ammo, suppressors, and grenades with this mod. It also provides an added layer of customization by letting you choose the values of ammo/equipment to a specific number.
Infinite Heaven extends your gameplay with Phantom Pain through various customizations and features that can be toggled at any time. The mod allows you to replay side-missions, perform skull attacks in free roam, take part in Mother Base Invasions with multiple attack helicopters, and more. All of this is brought to you through a simple UI.
Multi Quiet Player Mod v2.3
The Multi Quiet Player Mod gives you the option to play the game as Quiet, with voice and character ability support to give you the ultimate Quiet experience. Anyone who is a big fan of the character will want to give this mod a try. Be sure to read the installation instructions on the download page properly before installing this mod.
No More Timers
This is a simple mod to get rid of the time requirement in various activities of Phantom Pain. Included items affected are researching equipment, building base platforms, and deployment. This lets you get right back into the game without needing to wait for these functions to complete.
Return of the Item Unlocker
The mod unlocks all the items in the game but unfortunately does not include items in DLC. Another simple mod that’s useful for saving you time and giving you resources to experience the game the way you want without running through the campaign with specific criteria met.
S Plus Soldier Mod
In the vanilla version of Phantom Pain, there is a limit to the soldiers you can capture and add to your Mother Base. With this mod, you can start gathering S+ and S++ without doing FOBs, in turn helping you quickly level your base.
The Man Who Sold The World
Who doesn’t love the classic Snake look? With this mod, you can play as the original Big Boss, complete with two different arm options to replace the bionic arm in the normal game. You can also customize your look with a mullet, bandana, ponytail, or various costume items.
The Ultimate Phantom Pain Mod
The Ultimate Phantom Pain lives up to its name by providing many aspects to the game to enhance your gameplay. A new game plus mode, the ability to skip helicopter rides, hardcore enemies, custom weather, and many other customization options easily earn this mod a spot on this list.
Unlock All Outfits
As opposed to the above mod which unlocks all items, this mod focuses on unlocking only costumes without having to go through with meeting the normal criteria for them. This is good for people who want to go through the standard unlocking process but want the unique skins before they feel they are done with the game.
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 10 Best Mods To Improve Gameplay
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain blends stealth and open-world gameplay, and adding these mods can make the experience even better.
Stealth and open-world have never really merged together successfully in the video game industry until Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain proved the world wrong back in 2015. While it felt like an incomplete game, in terms of story, its unique twist on its main genre and the open-world genre make it one-of-a-kind.
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True enough, there's nothing quite like it to this day. Thankfully, it's moddable enough on the PC platform to keep everyone interested, and with the Snakebite Mod Manager it's easier than ever for both new and old fans of this unique game to add a little more to it.
Updated April 11th, 2021 by Gene Cole: Official support for MGSV is long gone, but there's still a huge community around it that continues to add mods that change and improve the game. Modding is easier than ever thanks to tools like the polished and easy-to-use Snakebite Mod Manager , meaning any returning PC player of the game can get a whole new experience from their game to this very day.
10 Quick Start
This might not seem too valuable to players who already have a save data, but many things can go wrong with The Phantom Pain's autosave and many people may want to play it on PC after having first owned it on console . Starting it can be exhausting, though, as the first hospital level where you wake up can take a massive amount of time.
Thankfully, there are some easy mods like Quick Start that will let you start right from Mission 2, meaning you skip a massive amount of tutorial and story content that you may not need again. This doesn't even need the prior-mentioned Snakebite Mod Manager and simply needs you to replace the save data in your steam files, making it an easy way to get rolling into this game from scratch with other mods once you've refreshed yourself.
9 Anyone's Improvements
While this might be readable as a series of improvements that anyone could agree with, Anyone's Improvements is actually a compilation of mods from a skilled modder named Anyone. These give tons of upgrades from reduced item Development Times, to offline rewards, to even some more unique soldier skills for your base members.
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It essentially improves the balance of the game, with perhaps the best being an increase to resources you find so that you won't have to grind as frequently. It'll change the game fairly substantially, but in ways you won't necessarily notice if you haven't played the game before.
8 More Animals
Many people may not find the animal hunting sections of The Phantom Pain to be their cup of tea. Many are in extremely hard-to-find areas, and their spawn rates can be unbearably low if you aren't spending a large amount of time farming them.
This is what More Animals Afghanistan and More Animals Africa aim to fix, as it increases the spawn rates to make it feel much more like a natural wild area instead of an occasional burst of animals. It makes this entire section of the game substantially more playable, and enjoyable at last if you'd never tried catching wildlife before.
7 FOB Character Enabler
Tons of features in The Phantom Pain are tied into the multiplayer, and one of these includes the ability to play as your other action-oriented main characters. Quiet and Ocelot are only usually allowed to be used during FOB missions, and FOB Character Enabler lets you take on some actual missions with them.
This is a fantastic upgrade, as you can enjoy Quiet's sniping abilities and jumping while Ocelot has his weapons on hand for faster shooting. It's something that would be wonderful in the base game, but thankfully this mod gives you just as much freedom.
6 NO MORE TIMERS
One of the worst aspects of The Phantom Pain's Mother Base system is the research. It's time-gated through the game's base management system and makes players wait or do something else until they forget the upgrade or lose enthusiasm for it.
No More Timers fixes this small problem by doing what it says on the title. Every new item or upgrade can be acquired instantly. Most players have already spent too much time collecting resources for them, so getting them right away makes the game a much faster and more rewarding experience.
5 Beyond Ultra Settings
For a 2015 game, The Phantom Pain held up quite well and looks decent enough compared to the shinier next-gen titles. Still, some players might want to give the aging game a new paint job with the Beyond Ultra Settings , which adds just a bit more fidelity to the game's appearance.
The mod is a small touch-up to the already photorealistic graphics but adds considerable details such as missing shadows and more distant foliage. The best part is that the performance cost is little to none, meaning you won't need a fancier machine to enjoy these improved visuals.
4 Morbid's Side-Op Expansion Pack
Morbid's Side-Op Expansion Pack is easily one of the best mods in the game thatp rovide new content, rather than just improving prior missions. It's a mod that adds more missions that are unique and more varied than the vanilla ones, totaling to over 50 new ones to take on.
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This is even more than commendable considering how varied missions there originally were, and how most of them were repeated over the course of the game. It does require another mod called Infinite Heaven , but this adds a ton more new content as well that's worth just as much attention.
3 Immersive S++ Staff And Recruits
S++ soldiers and staff are the cream of the crop of this game, and extremely important in the endgame of The Phantom Pain. There are already several mods that add them in bulk and even make them ubiquitous but that could ruin the sense of progression and feel a bit cheaty.
Immersive S-Plus-Plus Staff and Recruits balances this out a bit by introducing more S++ or S+ prisoners with a natural feel, making them available as rewards for greater challenges rather than filling your base with them. This makes them appear more frequent yet still retains their rarity and the sense of accomplishment tied to recruiting them.
2 The Ultimate Phantom Pain Mod
When it comes to customizing The Phantom Pain experience, no other mod offers the same extensive number of options as The Ultimate Phantom Pain Mod . It's a collection of optional tweaks the players can choose to implement for tougher espionage, most of which you'd normally expect in DLC.
That includes New Game Plus , realistic time scale, hardcore enemies, custom weather, custom revenge system, and more to give it far more replicability beyond your first run of the game. It's an extremely simple set of inclusions, but they add a huge amount of depth to a game that already is astonishingly large.
1 No Deployment Costs
Deployment costs are another bothersome resource hog for the game which only seeks to prolong the grind. While it does make sense from a logistics perspective, it's not enjoyable for gameplay especially if players want to stay in the open world for long stretches.
That's why the standalone No Deployment Costs mod lets players have that feature without having to install bigger mods that tweak gameplay. With these mods, players can stick to doing what's fun in The Phantom Pain, whether it's kidnapping potential recruits or knocking child soldiers unconscious.
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