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  • Summary: Ground Zeroes showcases Kojima Productions' FOX Engine, a true next-generation game engine which promises to revolutionize the Metal Gear Solid experience. The first Metal Gear Solid title to offer open world gameplay. Ground Zeroes offers total freedom of play: how missions are undertakenGround Zeroes showcases Kojima Productions' FOX Engine, a true next-generation game engine which promises to revolutionize the Metal Gear Solid experience. The first Metal Gear Solid title to offer open world gameplay. Ground Zeroes offers total freedom of play: how missions are undertaken is entirely down to the user. Unrestricted stealth: Imagine classic Metal Gear gameplay but with no restrictions or boundaries. Players use intelligence and cerebral strategy to sneak their way through entire missions, or go in all guns blazing. Each will have different effects on game consequences and advancement. Multiple missions and tasks - Ground Zeroes boasts a central story mode and Side-Ops missions ranging from tactical action, aerial assaults and "covert" missions that will be sure to surprise. Ground Zeroes users will benefit from a clean in-game HUD that shows the minimal amount of on-screen data to give a more intense gaming experience. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 26, 2014
    85
    It may be a prologue, but it’s a damn good one.
  2. Mar 20, 2014
    80
    Whether or not this brief glimpse into the future of Metal Gear Solid is worth 20 or 30 bucks is up to you, but I can say without any hesitance that Ground Zeroes displays the biggest evolution of the series seen since the original Metal Gear Solid on Playstation, even if that evolution only lasts for a short, fleeting instant. Bring on The Phantom Pain.
  3. Apr 15, 2014
    80
    Ground Zeroes is a tough recommendation. Yes, it contains all of the Metal Gear Solid goodness fans are hoping for, but clocking in at a total of three hours of gameplay (including the side missions) for the $29.99 price tag feels like a developer being presumptuous and arrogant, almost daring a fan to refuse.
  4. Mar 18, 2014
    50
    As a potential preview for what Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain might do to revolutionize the series’ classic stealth-action, Ground Zeroes is an intriguing, bite-sized playthrough. As a $30 retail disc and $20 download, however, it’s a concerning, unwelcome step for game development—and it’s nothing close to a complete, finished product.
  5. Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Konami should really give a raise to the genius who came up with the idea of selling what is basically a demo version for $29.99. You see, there is only one mission in Ground Zeroes. I was gawking around and taking screenshots, and I still managed to beat it in less than 90 minutes. You can do it in 30 even if you don’t skip the lengthy cinematics.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 46
  2. Negative: 13 out of 46
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    One of the best games to come out in recent memory. All the negative reviews are a bunch of idiots that don't even own the game. I beat theOne of the best games to come out in recent memory. All the negative reviews are a bunch of idiots that don't even own the game. I beat the game once on normal and I have only completed 10% of the game. Yet there are people on here that say the game is only 90 minutes? LOL
    There is one main chapter and 5 side ops, also there are collectible and lots of things to do in the base on the main mission. The story takes place right after Peace Walker and really leaves you scratching your head and wanting more at the end. If you are a MGS fan THIS game is for you! $20 is a steal for all the content. It is just like peace walker in the sense that you can play tons of extras from the main menu. There are diary entries from Paz, and several other cassettes from Kaz and Huey.
    The only real complaint I see with this game is the length to price ratio, the gameplay is solid and the graphics are amazing considering its on 7 year old hardware. Completely blows any title from last year out of the water even though the main mission is quite short. But with the extra ops, all the collectibles, reputability and extras, this is easily worth the $20 price tag.
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  2. Mar 23, 2014
    10
    Like Keyshen said, ignore the reviews saying it's a 2 hour game. You beat it in 2 hours and you get 9 or 10% complete on the main screen, andLike Keyshen said, ignore the reviews saying it's a 2 hour game. You beat it in 2 hours and you get 9 or 10% complete on the main screen, and a bunch of new side ops and challenges open up. There are things to collect, timers to beat, and nearly unlimited objectives. On top of this, there is a global scoreboard for many statistics, adding an additional layer of challenge. How long can you drive a vehicle on 2 wheels? How far away can you tranquilize enemies? How far can you launch an enemy with an explosion? These statistics and more are submitted and compared online globally. You won't believe how fast someone completed a mission, or how far they have driven on two wheels. These are the finer points of the game that give it legs since there is no multiplayer.

    Is this a full-on Metal Gear title? Nope. It's a prelude to Phantom Pain and it takes place directly after the events in Peace Walker. Peace Walker is heavily referenced from the beginning so I highly recommend you play Peace Walker HD to get caught up (and to see where a lot of the "new" gameplay elements came from). Kojima was already adjusting Metal Gear to play like this with Peace Walker, but nobody considered it a full blown entry in the series because it was PSP-only for a while.

    At any rate, if you're a fan of the series, this is a cheap entry fee to experience the new Fox engine and the improved controls for yourself. Once you have beaten this 100%, you should be ready to take on Phantom Pain.
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  3. Mar 18, 2014
    8
    I feel like all of the new features that make Ground Zeros new and interesting have come at the costs of all the features that make a MetalI feel like all of the new features that make Ground Zeros new and interesting have come at the costs of all the features that make a Metal Gear Solid game feel like a Metal Gear Solid game. Despite all the new freedom of an open world, much of how you interact with the world is gone. There is no longer knocking on surfaces, or an inventory of an sort. Move, shoot, and CQC are your only interactions, and they made it far too easy to shoot your way through problems. Snake's health now regenerates on it's own as fast as a Call of Duty game, so there's almost no consequence to getting seen. The open world aspect means there is a lot more to explore now, but without an inventory or anything to find besides new quests, which only serve to burn time. In terms of characters and story the lack of a codec means you only get anything from the people you directly encounter, and having Kaz describe to you what you are seeing through your binoculars. The overall tone of the game is very dark and lacks the suspense, mystery, and sense of humor found in previous games. Overall I am hugely disappointed in this game, but it's not completely broken. Expand
  4. Jun 2, 2014
    7
    FYI, I rented this game for X360. However, it didn't seem like that version was popular, so I'm reviewing the PS3 version. My first glimpse ofFYI, I rented this game for X360. However, it didn't seem like that version was popular, so I'm reviewing the PS3 version. My first glimpse of MGS5 at the Microsoft E3 2013 Conference got me excited. Even my older brother who only plays sports games (and not much either) said it was sick. To hold us off, they decided to release a $30 prologue to the game with a 90 minute story mission and some additional missions, too. I know what you're thinking. You don't think it sounds worthy. Let's get into it to see if it is. The main eye-opener is the graphics. They definitely don't look quite as good on X360 compared to the others, but they're still damned pretty. They look extremely better during daytime in the game, so don't get thrown-off when you play the one and only story mission. The story for that mission is simple. Go in using stealth and save Chico and Paz. The Side Ops don't have a better story, but they do give you very good reasons to do the mission. How's the gameplay in all these missions? I was never a true fan of MGS in the past, but the gameplay in this one is hands down the best. I love the new slow-motion mechanic. Whenever a guard detects you, you go in a slow-motion/reflex state that lets you tranquilize or kill him before he alerts others. Plus, the game actually tells you how to use the controls this time around and they are great. The shooting mechanics will be familiar to you if you have played third-person shooters. The stealth is so easy to do, but the guards have some keen eyes, so watch out. I will admit though, I didn't enjoy the Side Ops very much. They're pretty generic, and some betray what MGS is. By the way, it really depends on how big of a MGS fan you are if you are planning on buying it. For any gamer, it's worth a 5 to 10 dollar rental. If you are a huge MGS fan, then it's worth full price since overall if you're gonna do everything, it's gonna take you 10 to 15 hours. For me, the only extreme enjoyment came out of the main story mission. I would buy it for $15 (if I didn't rent it before). Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    6
    First the good, the gameplay is really fun and has a lot of variety within the same missions. There are a total of 6 missions and all of themFirst the good, the gameplay is really fun and has a lot of variety within the same missions. There are a total of 6 missions and all of them are varied enough to keep your interest. The AI in the game is vastly improved and actually acts like normal humans instead of paranoid brain damaged robots. This game is also the most graphically pleasing game on last gen consoles with a steady 30 fps as you would expect. Now for the bad, and it gets pretty bad.
    Kojima is infamous for not being a very good writer but can pull his own in the story telling department. This is the worst of both worlds. The most ham-handed ending I've ever seen coupled with that fact that there seems to only be less than 50 lines of dialogue in all of the cut-scenes put together which there are only 3 of makes the story borderline embarrassing. Kojima said he wanted to push the boundaries of story telling which I respect, but you have to pace it properly. Throwing a number of plot twists in the same helicopter ride kind of spoils the experience. As for acting it's just below what people would call decent. My major gripes are with the story because that's where Ground Zeroes flops on it's belly.

    All-in-all, it's fun for a dozen hours or so, but if you really need that $20-$30 I would just watch the trailers. Those have much more emotion and are longer than the exposition presented in this game.
    Let's hope Kojima and his team can make The Phantom Pain the perfect pallet cleanse we need after playing this game.
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  6. Apr 12, 2014
    5
    Alright I've been a fan of the MG series for 25 years now, and I have to say this has been the biggest disappointment I've ever had out of theAlright I've been a fan of the MG series for 25 years now, and I have to say this has been the biggest disappointment I've ever had out of the series (yes even bigger than Raiden if you can beileve it). No, it's not the length of the game that disappointed me like most. It was the gameplay. There is a fantastic article on The Snake Soup that goes to painstaking detail as to all the reasons MGSV's gameplay is worse than MGS4. I highly encourage everyone to check it out before they make their decision to spend the money on this game.

    http://thesnakesoup.org/forums/Thread-Gameplay-The-Good-the-Bad-Discussion-Suggestions

    There is so much good information in that article but there are a few aspects they didn't cover. The frustratingly stupid guards, health regen, op vehicles, and....no....BOX! You heard me right, no box!

    Even if you play the game without auto aim and reflex mode off, stealth is still completely optional because health regen is so ridiculously good and the vehicles are so op you can just go in all guns blazing with 0 punishment for not playing stealthily. This may be the last MG game I ever play.
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  7. Apr 24, 2014
    0
    The good reviews on here are blowing my mind. Yes the game is decent but I can honestly remember getting just as much play time out of demosThe good reviews on here are blowing my mind. Yes the game is decent but I can honestly remember getting just as much play time out of demos in the past. Even with multiple play throughs, it reminds me of the Saints Row demo or even the 15 minute "skate." demo. This would be great if it WERE a demo, but for $30 it really is ridiculously short on content. Those who care about the story should just watch the cutscenes on youtube. Honestly though, it just doesn't even feel like Metal Gear when Snake sounds exactly like Jack Bauer. Expand

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