Generally favorable reviews - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
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  1. Mar 20, 2014
    It is surprising, and not a little depressing, that all people want to talk about with this game is the running time.
  2. Mar 20, 2014
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a small appetizer for what could be one of the greatest meals on this generation of consoles. It’s true the initial mission in the game is short, but the extra content, missions, items and a first-look at the visuals more than makes the $29.99 price tag worth it. Definitely don’t miss this.
  3. Apr 29, 2014
    So here we have a glorified prologue which showcases the new generation with aplomb and makes the mouth water at what Kojima Productions can do over the course of a full game.
  4. 90
    Although I do feel the main mission is too short, it feels like a stand-alone experience that will connect to something much greater in the future. My only gripes with Ground Zeroes, a prequel, is its length, so you can only imagine the game changer The Phantom Pain will be.
  5. Mar 22, 2014
    Yes, it's very short, but it's also very er... solid. Yeah, we went there.
  6. Mar 19, 2014
    If it’s a demo, Ground Zeroes is the best demo ever; if it’s a prologue, it sets up the story so well you’ll spend the next year thirsting for revenge; and if it’s a tutorial, the systems it teaches are so intriguing that the prospect of spending an entire game with them is irresistible. Ground Zeroes is a resounding success in every respect bar its price tag, but value is relative. Fourteen hours in, we’re still learning.
  7. Mar 18, 2014
    If you can overlook the price tag and the fact that there’s DLC out there for other games that provides more bang for your buck, then this is absolutely worth picking up.
  8. Mar 18, 2014
    As a precursor to Phantom Pain, it suggests that greatness awaits, but even on its own terms Ground Zeroes is something special. In the purity of its systems and the focus of its action, it's not just an antidote to the glut that had begun to weigh down Metal Gear Solid but also to the bloat that weighs down so many of the series' big-budget peers.
  9. Pelit (Finland)
    May 11, 2014
    Short but oh so sweet! [Apr 2014]
  10. Mar 24, 2014
    This entry is a huge accomplishment which makes the argument that the Metal Gear series isn't just still relevant in the world of modern open-world action games, but that it has the chance to be at the forefront of them.
  11. Ground Zeroes is the bannerman of new generation. Powered by photorealistic graphics, immersive atmosphere and its conveyance. Through short, it paints a spectacular picture for the future of the new generation of gaming and The Phantom Pain.
  12. Mar 18, 2014
    So yes, Ground Zeroes is a triumph: a wonderful introduction to Metal Gear Solid V that will whet people’s appetites for the main game while giving them plenty to play with as they wait. Still, the fact remains that it is far too expensive. For £20, this would be an easy recommendation, but £30 is simply too much. Still, judged as an isolated experience, Ground Zeroes is excellent. Whether you choose to wait for a reduction in price is another matter.
  13. 85
    Ground Zeroes is a great slice of stealth-action gaming, filled with heaps of content and strategic value -- even if it isn't quite the epic adventure some had hoped for.
  14. Mar 18, 2014
    Unless you’re determined to only go through the main mission once, there are plenty of things worth seeing. The greatest achievement in Ground Zeroes is how bold it feels. There’s so much new, and none of it obfuscates what originally made Metal Gear Solid special. There’s still thrilling stealth and an attention to detail that’s rarely seen, but all of it is smarter and streamlined.
  15. Mar 18, 2014
    It's a prologue, but it's also a big surprise. Metal Gear shows its evolution with Ground Zeroes, a little, but a high quality experience.
  16. Mar 20, 2014
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a highly accomplished, technically impressive introduction to a brave new world. Even the most legendary franchises have to adapt and assimilate eventually, and Ground Zeroes is an example of a long-running, established IP embracing new technology and trends while still retaining its core.
  17. Hyper Magazine
    May 3, 2014
    Deduct [20] points if you're only gonna play it once. [June 2014, p.62]
  18. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 27, 2014
    Short, but reasonably priced. Ground Zeroes is a striking entry in an evolving franchise. [May 2014, p78]
  19. Mar 24, 2014
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes may be short, but it sure is sweet.
  20. Mar 21, 2014
    Ground Zeroes is a strange product, appearing like such a bad deal initially but then more than making up for it with side content you can't access until later. But it looks gorgeous and plays great. If this game really is indicative of what The Phantom Pain is going to offer, there are some good reasons to anticipate Snake's next full outing.
  21. Mar 21, 2014
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a fairly brief but exceptionally well-crafted stealth experience that’s well worth the time of any fan – or anybody looking for a great action game, for that matter.
  22. Mar 20, 2014
    It is difficult to say whether the game is worth the price. The previous generation version is ten euros cheaper and maybe this is a fairer price. Independently, this is the only way of having a real taste of Phantom Pain.
  23. Mar 18, 2014
    Ground Zeroes won't be remembered for its characters and cutscenes, but for its open-world environment, improved stealth gameplay, and stunning visuals. When it's all said and done, it's hard to put a price on that.
  24. Mar 18, 2014
    Enter the best controls the franchise has known and a ton of other changes and improvements. It's a shame that the fantastic level design wears out because of how the game forces the user to play in the same place over and over. Otherwise, this introduction to the new direction of the franchise is really satisfying.
  25. Mar 18, 2014
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a good value for the $20 entry-level fee, provided you are willing to explore every nook and cranny of the environment and all of the possible ways of playing.
  26. Mar 18, 2014
    Ground Zeroes isn't an unqualified success. The game is too short for its price and appears to be lacking a few Metal Gear-genes. It does, however, offer freedom in an open world, shows off the gameplay evolution the Metal Gear franchise so desperately needed, and shows off the graphical details that made you buy a next-gen console in the first place.
  27. Mar 18, 2014
    Metal Gear Solid reinvents itself in Ground Zeroes. The controls are tighter, the world bigger and Snake more adult. It's a great demo for The Phantom Pain, the real fifth installment. This game is overshadowed by its unsympathetic business model.
  28. Mar 18, 2014
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is in a nutshell what Metal Gear Solid is. Unfortunately this great content is just a small prologue of the next Phantom Pain that lasts only a few hours.
  29. 80
    There are two ways to look at Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Either as a short game that feels too much like a demo, or as a two hour long game with about eight hours of extra content for those willing to explore. No matter what you feel, Snake's newest adventure is worth diving into if you are a fan of stealth or just want a taste of how good stuff can look on the PS4.
  30. Mar 18, 2014
    The new ideas Kojima and his team have introduced are definitely steps in the right direction, making the game feel fresh and true to the series' soul. The biggest issue is that ends up feeling way too short, so many users will feel disappointed about it. Despite this, it's a great prologue for the final experience, and we can't wait to play the whole story.
  31. Mar 18, 2014
    There's a pleasing weight and solidity to the world, anchoring players into the experience: everything behaves as it should, leaving you to get on with the business of enjoying, rather than fighting, the game...It's clearly playtested to death, utterly enjoyable, and a bit mad. Is it worth your cash? Yes.
  32. Mar 18, 2014
    I can't stress how underwhelming the game will be if you aren't a huge fan of the series, or you can't see yourself playing in the same sandbox enough to really get your money's worth. But for everyone else can't can't wait to get even a taste of Phantom Pain, it's worth the budget price of entry -- especially on a current-gen console.
  33. Mar 18, 2014
    No, MGS5 Ground Zeroes is not 2 hours long. And yes, that would be a shame to just talk about the length of its main mission. Technically and artistically stunning, it offers an excellent stealth game experience and a story that all the fans will love... We can't wait for Phantom Pain now.
  34. Ground Zeroes offers a couple of evenings of essential PS4 stealth. And really, who could put a price on that? Other than Konami… who plumped for the overly stingy one. Rich in depth and quality, if not quantity, this prologue provides an exciting peak into a potential PS4 classic. Just steel yourself for a bite-sized Big Boss.
  35. Mar 18, 2014
    Ground Zeroes is a short but challenging game, and those willing to cast aside conventional expectations will find a lot more here than first glance might suggest.
  36. Mar 18, 2014
    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.
  37. Mar 21, 2014
    An overpriced demo? Metal Gear Solight? It is just a small glimpse into Kojima’s latest stealth vision. But it serves its purpose: I am curious what to expect in The Phantom Pain.
  38. Apr 2, 2014
    While the main mission’s brevity may turn off some, I compare it to when I was younger and telling myself I would pay half the price to get to play games early. Sure being in this line of work now changes that, but fans will likely find plenty of stuff to do for $30. The ending is better than most full-priced titles, and I have easily squeezed out 8-10 hours of game play from this package.
  39. Mar 24, 2014
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is an excellent first taste of the gameplay we can expect in the upcoming Phantom Pain. It's well designed, well tuned, and a lot of fun to play, but the general game design and lack of content make it feel like an extended demo rather than a full game.
  40. Mar 18, 2014
    Ground Zeroes is full of promises. The fact is that Metal Gear has barely ever been so enjoyable, so smooth to play. The open-world gameplay fits perfectly with the essence of the series and this clearly brings something more. Epic, beautiful (even if we can hope for more once PS3 and Xbox 360 won't be the main targets), flexible and easy to comprehend and to manipulate, Ground Zeroes is, nevertheless, only some kind of blown up DLC. As long as it's sold as a full game, even with a price cut, it will not meet expectations.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1345 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    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, Full Review »
  2. Mar 18, 2014
    $20 for 6-8 hours of gameplay, and people complain about it? All Kojima had to do was make the side missions mandatory over the course of the$20 for 6-8 hours of gameplay, and people complain about it? All Kojima had to do was make the side missions mandatory over the course of the main campaign, and people wouldn't have a leg to stand on. $20 for a demo? Give me a break. The game is phenomenal. Full Review »
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    The amount of negative reviews for this are only based around the length of the story which is around 1-2 hrs and nothing else becauseThe amount of negative reviews for this are only based around the length of the story which is around 1-2 hrs and nothing else because everything else is perfected down to its core. The actual length of the game is around 100-500 hrs though. All the negative comments clearly come from people who have never played a metal gear game in there life so if you are one of those people then I suggest you don't buy this. If you love metal gear then you will love this game as it was made for the fans and no one else. Full Review »