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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Mar 20, 2014
    100
    It is surprising, and not a little depressing, that all people want to talk about with this game is the running time.
  2. May 11, 2014
    85
    Short but oh so sweet! [Apr 2014]
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    After the credits roll on the main mission and a handful of side activities unlock, the best part of Ground Zeroes is just getting started. With a dearth of secrets to find, and new challenges to master, chasing the endgame will keep you entertained for hours on end.
  4. May 3, 2014
    80
    Deduct [20] points if you're only gonna play it once. [June 2014, p.62]
  5. Mar 19, 2014
    70
    It's not an easy sell. In terms of gameplay it's two not all-too-long evenings of entertaining mission gameplay plus quite a few hours spent trying to leave a lasting impression on the numerous leaderboards. I don't regret one second I put into this, took it in with a lot of curiosity and wonder. Still, you can't shake the feeling that this would have been served better as part of The Phantom Pain. As a stand alone game, it's hardly essential.
  6. Mar 31, 2014
    70
    It depends on whether you see this as a fan of the franchise or not to fully justify the price tag. In any case it's a good start for the upcoming new chapter of Hideo Kojima's series of tactical espionage.
  7. Mar 18, 2014
    50
    Audacious is the word that best describes Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. It contains quality material, but it's little more than a preview of something better, and as such, simply should not be presenting itself - deceptively - as a game in its own right.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 243
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    Everyone is **** that this demo, yes the Main Mission is short, but there is still content after that and the game have very high replayEveryone is **** that this demo, yes the Main Mission is short, but there is still content after that and the game have very high replay value, this is a high quality game, only negatives what other people **** about is that this is a "demo" but they cant say anything bad about the game play, graphics, voice acting etc, Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2014
    10
    *Revised Review*
    After having Ground Zeroes for a week now, I can say with confidence that this is the best game yet on PS4. This game is
    *Revised Review*
    After having Ground Zeroes for a week now, I can say with confidence that this is the best game yet on PS4. This game is graphically phenomenal and the gameplay is great. Although the main mission will only last somewhere between 1-3 hours depending on how you approach it, the 5 side ops that you unlock (4 of them by beating the main mission and 1 by collecting all the XOF patches in the main mission) keep you entertained for hours on end. The ranking at the end of each mission (S,A,B,C,D,F) keeps you wanting to get the best ranking possible. Also, the story pushes the boundaries in video games. Not to spoil anything, but the ending will have you clenching your fist! In conclusion, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is a great game by itself and makes me even more excited to get my hands on The Phantom Pain!
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  3. Mar 21, 2014
    9
    This is a fantastic way to showcase. For Metal Gear Fans like myself, this is a definite must buy just to see how far the series has come. ForThis is a fantastic way to showcase. For Metal Gear Fans like myself, this is a definite must buy just to see how far the series has come. For other gamers who are curious about this game, wait for a price drop otherwise you might be surprised by the length. There is a lot of content after the initial campaign mission, which is a prologue, that kept me coming back including a lot of different surprises that I loved and admired. All in all this is a very well made game for what it is, to showcase the next entry in the Metal Gear Franchise, and I can't wait to play The Phantom Pain when it releases. Expand
  4. Jun 3, 2014
    7
    As a huge fan or the Metal Gear series I couldn't wait to finally get a glimpse of what the next main installment of the series, The PhantomAs a huge fan or the Metal Gear series I couldn't wait to finally get a glimpse of what the next main installment of the series, The Phantom Pain, will be like and Ground Zeroes met my expectations. First of all, the game is beautiful and runs at a constant 60fps at 1080p on the PS4.

    In terms of content, there has been much controversy and honestly it is understandable to an extent however I have had my fair share of hours put into the game and still haven't quite finished with it yet. There is a lot to do in Ground Zeroes and yes the main story can be finished in 10 minutes but if you're going to buy a game to rush to the end and then leave it why bother buying it in the first place.

    Metal Gear fans will love this game and will find more to do than those alien to the Metal Gear series so this really is just fan service for Metal Gear fans, such as myself, and I wouldn't not recommend Ground Zeroes to people that are new to the series.

    My only real quarrel with Ground Zeroes is not the length and content but the price. Honestly, at release, the game should've been at least half of the price that it was retailed at. But other than that I really enjoyed Ground Zeroes. Hopefully we'll see more of the same in The Phantom Pain and be taken on another ruse cruse by Kojima.
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  5. May 30, 2014
    6
    GREAT game, but NO value at all. Graphics are amazing and framerate is smooth (60 fps), gameplay is phenomenal and missions are challenging,GREAT game, but NO value at all. Graphics are amazing and framerate is smooth (60 fps), gameplay is phenomenal and missions are challenging, but I finished it the night I bought it, which was really frustrating. Lets wait for The Phantom Pain Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2014
    4
    30 BUCKS FOR A DEMO. In the past the MGS 2 demo was free with ZOE. MGS V is an example of a dirty practice. The main mission is only 1 hour30 BUCKS FOR A DEMO. In the past the MGS 2 demo was free with ZOE. MGS V is an example of a dirty practice. The main mission is only 1 hour length and the other missions are very stupid. Expand
  7. Aug 16, 2014
    0
    If you are reading this review then you are one of the unfortunate people that have been robbed by the developers of Ground Zeroes and all IIf you are reading this review then you are one of the unfortunate people that have been robbed by the developers of Ground Zeroes and all I can say is that I am sorry for you and I know how you feel.
    The game itself is the shortest game in the history of all games, it takes you up to one hour to finish the game, and that is if you actually die over and over, which is unlikely to happen because the game is too easy. In essence we have paid for a demo, and yet there are plenty of hardcore fans that refuse to admit it, and because of them I am afraid that this wont be the last time we will pay for a demo unless we seriously boycott this game and start acting against these developers that think that they can make us pay for demos and beta versions of their games. Be warned that if this gets out of hand and we let Kojima get away with this all companies will ask for money even when viewing a trailer of their game.
    The game itself is good, however the length makes it one of the worth games out there today, being only second to Rambo The Video Game.
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