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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 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. 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.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 42
  2. Negative: 13 out of 42
  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 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 18, 2014
    9
    Los que ponen negativo no critican el juego en si, critican el precio son unos payasos! Abran un foro que se llame lo indignados por el precio de Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes! Tiene terrible potencia el juego en movimiento! Expand
  3. Mar 19, 2014
    8
    A very good game, and worth the $30 if you are a fan of the Metal Gear Solid series (especially Snake Eater and Peace Walker) and care about the story and characters involved therein. This is a game for such people to get a taste of what is to come in The Phantom Pain and to bridge the gap between it and Peace Walker. People who are not fans of the series or the titles in it featuring Naked Snake may want to wait until this game is cheaper to give it a shot, or avoid it altogether. Also, cries of "it is too short" or "there is not enough content" are unfounded. I played the game about 12 hours when I first got it and it said I had only 20% completion. Granted, there is only the one map, but it feels very different during different times of day and different weather conditions which the side missions allow one to experience. There is plenty of content for the price, whether one wants to experience all the content depends on their willingness to actually play it.

    That out of the way, what does the game have going for it? The animation quality is much improved over any other game in the series as is the graphical quality overall. However, on a PS3 the graphics will not be as good as PS4 or in trailers as a PS3 is simply not powerful enough. The game runs at 720P (1080i) and the FPS struggles to stay at 30 with frequent drops.

    The story is focused on Paz and the story is told primarily through cassette tapes that the player can choose to listen to either in the main menu or in game on the i-Droid device which is accessed by pressing the start button. There are very few cutscenes in the game, and instead the meat of the story is told through these tapes.

    If you do not like the reflex (slow motion upon getting sighted) mode that was added in this game, it can easily be disabled in the options. The game's greatest strength is the increased freedom of movement over previous entries in the series. Want to get a better view of an area? Climb up on top of something. Want to get around a fence quickly? Climb, or jump over it. This, coupled with the openness of the areas allows many ways to reach objectives and explore the environment. The guns seem to work just as well as in MGS4 if not better. The main problem with the controls is context sensitivity on several buttons, a fairly common problem for console games. Also annoying are the hold to aim binoculars bound to R2, which I found myself frequently deselecting on accident while I was trying to mark targets, since this is something one needs to do almost constantly it is more annoying than it would be otherwise.
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  4. Jun 19, 2014
    7
    I am a Metal Gear Solid fanboy. I have games, figures, comics, and other silly things. I try, when possible, to get all the specially boxed versions of Metal Gear games. Ground Zeroes presents a lot of great things on the PS3; Its absolutely gorgeous, handles ridiculously well, we weather effects are really quite stunning, and over all delivers a nice peak at MGS5. Now, that said, you should not buy this game; At least not for the price they are asking. If the hard copy had been $15 and the Download copy had been around $10, then I would tell you to buy it immediately. The current state of the game after patching includes more missions even! I think that puts us at a total of 7 missions. Now, speed runs aside, I think you can get a very honest 5 to 10 hours of gameplay out of this without it feeling too redundant.

    My math has been, and always will be, a games cost should justify the exact number of hours to the number of dollards spent. Thus a $30 hard copy giving me about 10 hours of fun, that's $3 an hour. So overall this is a great game, its really pretty, and it shows a genuine evolution in terms of control for the series. However the price is not justified unless you're a super massive fanboy like myself who had to have the special hard copy on your shelf.
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  5. May 21, 2014
    5
    The gameplay is succulent, and the new graphics engine combined with revamped controls make it almost photorealistic. The story is nonexistent, and the cut-scenes feel like they were ripped out of call of duty modern warfare in terms of camera angles and writing....a huge departure from the MGS style of in-game movie, definitely for the worse. While the gameplay is awesome, there just isn't enough to do. Awesome for a $2 rental, but horrible for a $30 game. Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2014
    3
    The game is short, extremely short. I have no idea how anyone can justify a $30 dollar price tag on this. In terms if gameplay, the game is a step back from MGS4. The stealth is less tense, and the penalties for triggering an alert are more of an inconvenience now thanks to Snake's regenerating health. There are some stupid design decisions as well. Snake can only carry two guns, which sounds fine but Snake most constantly fight APC's, soldiers, and other vehicles. If Snake could carry multiple weapons then he could combat everything without needing to run back to the one spot were the player left his/her rocket launcher, C4, rifle, tranq gun, ect... 5 facets of the game really baffle me:
    1. Reflex mode: Upon being spotted Snake enters slow-mo to take out those that have spotted him. If he takes them out then no alert stage is entered. This makes the game extremely easy, even on hard. There is an option to turn it off, but a better system was already in MGS4. If Snake neutralized all guards that spotted him before they radioed for back-up an alert would end.
    2. The game is to easy, even on hard Snake can mow down the entire base with ease.
    3. Snake has the most annoying running sound in any video game I have ever played.
    4. Peace Walker was a very flawed game, and overall not a good game. However, it is canonical in the Metal Gear universe. At the end of Peace Walker, Snake decides to ditch the code-name Snake, and finally accept the title Big Boss. So why is he going by Snake again?
    5. Why is Kiefer Sutherland voicing Snake? David Hayter isn't just the voice of Snake, he is a better voice actor. I have no idea why Kojima replaced a man regarded as one of the best voice actors in the industry. Ground Zeroes is an overpriced demo that deflated my hype for MGSV. If GZ is a vertical slice of TPP like it should be, then The Phantom Pain is definitely a step back.
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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 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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