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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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  1. Negative: 81 out of 255
  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 22, 2014
    10
    Yes the campaign is short, and yes maybe it could have been just integrated into the phantom pain similar to MGS2, but there is so much replayYes the campaign is short, and yes maybe it could have been just integrated into the phantom pain similar to MGS2, but there is so much replay value here, when you add in the side ops, difficulty options, and collectables, you could well clock over 10-15 hours (at least), plus its more user friendly than the previous games as in weather your a long term MGS fan or not its easy to get into. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2014
    9
    Yes, it only took me an hour and ten minutes to beat Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes... it may be short but oh buddy is it sweet! ForYes, it only took me an hour and ten minutes to beat Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes... it may be short but oh buddy is it sweet! For starters this is probably one of the most gorgeous game i have ever played! Everything from the weather effects all the way down to the movements of the characters! As far as attention to detail goes this game is absolutely flawless! Now the Metal Gear games have always been known for their stories and Ground Zeroes is no exception! It may only be an hour long but it has more emotionally gripping and badass moments then Rising had in the entirety of its campaign! Don't let what people say about the length of this game turn you away, along with the main story mission their are 5 "Side Ops". I have enjoyed all of these missions for well over 8 hours and I am still not finished! Bring on The Phantom Pain!! Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    7
    Super duper late review of this game. Finished this game a couple weeks ago. To tell the truth i've never played this series before, so i'mSuper duper late review of this game. Finished this game a couple weeks ago. To tell the truth i've never played this series before, so i'm kinda clueless about what's going on. Well the story is about Solid "Big Boss" Snake who was trying to save his comrades, Chico & Paco, from the enemy camp. Well, those two are pretty much in a bad shape after some torturing, and it's up to the "Big Boss" to save them.

    Plus point:
    - Played this on PS4, i must say that it has a stunning graphic, and with 60fps, this game is just awesome. One of the visually beautiful game on PS4 at the moment.
    - One map to rule them all. Well, as you know, this MGS is partially sandbox. You can ride a jeep, tank, use an anti-air gun to take out your enemies. Well, the map isn't that big, so it's easy to remember places.
    - Fun side mission. You can save Hideo Kojima in one of the side mission. Heh, it's good to be a game producer. You can make yourself into a game character lol.

    Minus point:
    - Not so heavy arsenal. There are like limited type of weaponry that you can use in this game. And most of it makes a very loud noises, and the enemy will find you as soon as possible.
    - It gave us 2 style of playing this game. Stealth or Frontal War. But the point is, you can't clear the game in a Frontal War. Enemy will respawn endlessly, unless you went into hiding. As i'm not very good at stealth game, this kind of game is my natural enemy.
    - For having only 1 story mission, this game cost half of one original game, and that's expenive. Well, personally i think that this game should cost only like $9.99. More like a DLC rather than a standalone game. Even, Infamous: Blood Festival is longer than this game.

    The verdict:
    Metal Gear Solid V : Ground Zeroes is a solid intro to the Phantom Pain, it's fun to play and visually stunning. But having only one story mission that you can finish in like 10 minutes, and cost around $25, makes me feels like it's not worth buying it as a new game, but oh well, since i played this on PS4, the graphic itself is worth $15 + gameplay maybe $10.
    So 7/10 for this game. — playing Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
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  5. Mar 20, 2014
    6
    I'm just happy to have something on PS4 to play. It looks good. Plays good. Is fun. Yep it's short. The AI is excellent. Over it'sI'm just happy to have something on PS4 to play. It looks good. Plays good. Is fun. Yep it's short. The AI is excellent. Over it's pretty good. $30 worth of good? Maybe $20 worth. Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2014
    4
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is not what the fans of the series wanted. The MGS games had always focused on having a long campaign mode,Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is not what the fans of the series wanted. The MGS games had always focused on having a long campaign mode, well written story and amazing boss fights, not replaying the same small level over and over again.

    This game has none of what makes MGS great, the campaign can be cleared in about 40 minutes give or take, almost no story, regenerative health and not a single boss fight.

    The enemy AI in general is pretty piss poor. You can kill a guy from far away, another one will run up to that exact spot and start shooting at you, you can easily kill him (the enemies don't take cover usually), and then do that to the next guy, and the next, and the next, you can basically keep doing that until you run out of bullets.

    Once you are out, you can just hang of a ledge somewhere for an infinite amount of time and the enemies will NEVER find you as long as you are not in their direct line of sight, and if they DO find you, don't worry, it's very hard to die in this game now because they replaced normal health with regenerative health, you can now go full Rambo on your opponents, and then just hide in a corner for 30 seconds when the screen turns read. You can also tag enemies and see them through walls for some reason.

    All in all this is a demo, and a poor demo at that. It's short, it's small, and it costs $30, you'd be better off buying a game like Dishonored or any of the Splinter Cell games, basically anything you haven't played yet, I guarantee that you'll have a better experience with it than Ground Zeroes.
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  7. Aug 29, 2014
    0
    Terrible! This word fits most for what Kojima delivered here. I played all the MGS-Series Games except Phantom Pain and this was by far theTerrible! This word fits most for what Kojima delivered here. I played all the MGS-Series Games except Phantom Pain and this was by far the worst. The Graphics and Physics are good, but not perfect and in no way as good as MGS4 felt on PS3 years ago. They Gameplay is boring and doesnt feel like MGS anymore, since the Codec is gone, the old map is gone and David Hayter was replaced by some random dude.

    I played Last of Us before this and have to say, that the stealth gameplay in Last of us was better than here. So it wouldnt have been a good game even if it was longer than 30 Minutes. But not only it plays bad, it also is freakin' short! After i've stealthed for the first few minutes and it bored the **** out of me i just shot all the enemies down and completed the main-storyline in under half an hour.

    I still have hopes that MGS5 will somehow be good but for sure i will not since i will not support the sellout of Kojima.
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