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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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    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.
  2. Apr 12, 2014
    I freakin love this game. I have put 30+ hours into this and I am still entertained by this amazing product. I know, I know, this game can be beaten in less than 10 minutes, but that's part of the fun. Speed running has always been thrilling, and to this day I don't think any stealth game has been!!!!!!!!! The controls are pitch-perfect and the graphics are still good even though it's on PS3 and not PS4. The world is not one of those games where they claim it's open when it's not, no, this is a truly open world, filled with side missions and thrilling stealth gameplay. And the story is not weak at all, it's one of the strongest in any MGS game. Anyone who thinks it's lacking hasn't listened to any of the cassette tapes in the game. The side missions are also amazing, and a lot more challenging than the main mission, especially on Hard, where it's some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have ever played in my life. Every time I play any of the missions I have to have a new approach to it, which is great because if they were all the same then this would suck. Overall, I think this game is one of the best games I have ever played in the last 2 years, and I would totally pay 60 bucks for this. Sure, it's only meant for the hardcore MGS fans, but for the hardcore MGS fans its way more than we expected. If I wasn't a fan, yes, I would hate on this game for it's supposed "lack of content", but then I would be like being a blind man without even knowing it. This is by far a 10 out of 10. Heck, I would give it a 600 out of 10 if I could. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE PHANTOM PAIN!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2014
    When it comes to this game I knew what I was paying. I knew it was going to be a short game, but in gameplay was not disappointed one bit. For people who have not played a Metal Gear Solid game it is recommended to not get this game but instead get something like Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection for your money's worth. But for Metal Gear Solid fans (like me) there is a deeper experience that we participate in. I would be more worried about Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain. Which Kojima says that he is worried that people will not be able to finish it. If you want a quick background for the game's story, watch it online. But if you want to try the next installment in the series ahead of time, and try out its new gaming mechanics then at least rent it from a Redbox or local store. Overall I still find much enjoyment in this "prologue" and am looking forward to Kojima's next game. Expand
  4. Mar 18, 2014
    Konami really needs to thread lightly when altering a 25 year old tried and tested formula...i mean..why fix what is'nt broken? Metal gear has for over 25 years accumulated a dedicated following of fans who love the series for a reason Konami now wants to change....well they should know that if the old fans dont like their "new" direction, no one else will buy into it. While some of the improvements are welcome, like the improved graphics, and increased mobility; the rest of the additions or subtractions only serve to strip the game of its identity....This is a Metal Gear game in name only and not substance....i hope this is not representative of the final product...7/10 is all this....this...."thing" truly deserves. Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    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 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.
  6. Apr 12, 2014
    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 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.

    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,! 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.
  7. Mar 25, 2014
    'Demo' has no qualification for 'Critic Score'.

    I'll just wait for 'full retail game'.
    and then, write review that 'full retail game' for
    critic score.
    So I have no criticism for 'this demo'.

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