The Phantom Pain’s Opening Mission: Hospital as Slaughterhouse and an Introduction to Trauma
This chapter provides the reader with an in-depth and sustained analysis of The Phantom Pain’s opening mission, the Prologue. This mission, a deliberately harrowing and disjointed narrative introduction into the game proper, at first seems to throw disparate elements at the player one after the next. However, careful consideration reveals that every element of the Prologue, from its acts of cruelty and shocking violence to its use of the song “The Man Who Sold the World” as its opening backdrop, serves a larger narrative purpose. The Prologue is the player’s first hint that the game will not play to expectations and that its major point of exploration lies in considering how years of violence and war have affected its main characters.