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  1. Apr 14, 2014
    9
    I've changed my mind after about week of playing this I find it hard to say its not worth $20. Be warned though; this is not a good buy for someone who isn't a hardcore stealth fan. I found further value in this games replay-ability. With +20 hours of messing around I can't complain.
  2. Mar 23, 2014
    9
    I am behind a bit on the Metal Gear games as I just finished Peace Walker recently. MGS1 and 3 are my favorites overall, but I dove right into Ground Zeroes because I heard it followed Peace Walker directly. I downloaded it for $20.00 on XBLA and I thought this price was high to be honest, but there is a good amount of side mission content and I have to say the gameplay is so tight that II am behind a bit on the Metal Gear games as I just finished Peace Walker recently. MGS1 and 3 are my favorites overall, but I dove right into Ground Zeroes because I heard it followed Peace Walker directly. I downloaded it for $20.00 on XBLA and I thought this price was high to be honest, but there is a good amount of side mission content and I have to say the gameplay is so tight that I have replayed the main mission several times and have found different approaches to be fun...for example finding charges and a shotgun in the armory and having a loud approach instead of stealthing my way through.

    I found that the tension level is crazy in this game. I love the binoculars and tagging system overall. Also, the reaction mechanism is nice for a less skilled stealth player as myself. I admit whenever I play MGS I have had my share of running away as I got spotted. The game is great to play and looks awesome, even on 360 in my opinion. It is an indicator of the greatness that I feel is the Phantom Pain to come. I plan on grabbing a PS3 solely to catch up on MGS 4...the hardware has been my only hold back.

    I know this release has been getting mixed views, but I think Kojima succeeded in giving his audience a stealth playground. If every mission in Phantom Pain plays this way I am beyond excited to get a hold of it.

    In the end it comes down to your opinion, but I say this is game is worth your time.
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  3. Jun 3, 2014
    9
    now here is a message to the people who bought the game and complained about it being too short. Hideo Kojima told us before the game came out that the game was going to be short. the gameplay is GREAT and the game actually has replay value. you get to explore a military base with TONS of secrets that can unlock secret missions, adding replayability. the graphics on the 360 version arenow here is a message to the people who bought the game and complained about it being too short. Hideo Kojima told us before the game came out that the game was going to be short. the gameplay is GREAT and the game actually has replay value. you get to explore a military base with TONS of secrets that can unlock secret missions, adding replayability. the graphics on the 360 version are amazing. this game is not crysis or the witcher but the game looks good. the textures are really muddy though. the game runs at a very smooth 30 fps. the cutsenes do lag but are great and the gameplay is solid. the A.I is amazing and the new reflex mode makes the game go into slow-mo whenever you get caught allowing you to kill or tranquilize the enemy with a headshot before he sets off the alarm. this makes the game easier and more forgiving. but the game does sometimes glitch making your bullet go right through the enemy. but to those mgs fan boys if you dont like the reflex mechanic, you can turn it off in the options menu. also another change to the game is that it now has regenerative health. but if you take a big hit, your health won't regenerate until you spray it with medical spray. overall the game was a nice prologue showing off the game's mechanics and kept me enjoyed for about 15 hours. also if you are able to, get the downloadable version of the game from xbox live. it is cheaper than the $30 retail version. instead it is $20 plus tax. Expand
  4. Mar 19, 2014
    9
    With this game, you have to be aware of what you are diving into. The campaign doesn't take long and the ending can lead to some more unresolved questions, but this game is worth the $20-$30. The gameplay is really awesome with a strong focus on freedom. This isn't an open world but it is an open format game which means if you want to blow stuff up and run in with guns blazing, you canWith this game, you have to be aware of what you are diving into. The campaign doesn't take long and the ending can lead to some more unresolved questions, but this game is worth the $20-$30. The gameplay is really awesome with a strong focus on freedom. This isn't an open world but it is an open format game which means if you want to blow stuff up and run in with guns blazing, you can do that, but if you want to be quiet and stealthy, you can do that. It is more fun to stealth through however. These missions are also highly re-playable with a different experience each time you play. Despite the fact that this game is essentially an appetizer to the main course, this is a really delicious appetizer that makes me even more pumped for the main course. Since the Phantom Pain is allegedly 200x the size of this, i think its safe to say we have another amazing Metal Gear Solid game to look forward to. Expand
  5. Apr 1, 2014
    9
    If your a long standing MGS fan then you'll love this, the HUDS are gone and animation is smooth. The gameplay is exciting and tests your ability to plan ahead, sneak around, kill and use information to get the upper hand. The graphics are amazing alone, and the cinematic experience is satisfying! If you are the type of gamer that picks up games, beats them and never touches them again-If your a long standing MGS fan then you'll love this, the HUDS are gone and animation is smooth. The gameplay is exciting and tests your ability to plan ahead, sneak around, kill and use information to get the upper hand. The graphics are amazing alone, and the cinematic experience is satisfying! If you are the type of gamer that picks up games, beats them and never touches them again- STAY AWAY! This is for those who thoroughly enjoy a game and all of its content/production. Lets just say this, I will be pre-ordering The Phantom Pain just because of this game here! Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2014
    8
    Even if the main mission is very short, the game gives you a lot of choices and you are able to make strategies on how you want to deal with every situation. Sometimes it feels like a technical brag by Kojima, but its Metal Gear SOLID in all of what the game is. Also, for what this game is, proves that the Phantom Pain will be probably one of the best games ever made. And probably moreEven if the main mission is very short, the game gives you a lot of choices and you are able to make strategies on how you want to deal with every situation. Sometimes it feels like a technical brag by Kojima, but its Metal Gear SOLID in all of what the game is. Also, for what this game is, proves that the Phantom Pain will be probably one of the best games ever made. And probably more features will be added to the PP.

    Hard more is very challenging and gives the game lots of replay value. For some people, the game might be boring or short, but I think true Metal Gear Solid fans will appreciate what GZ and how it leaves you waiting for the PP. And there are lots of hidden stuff, like the cassettes or the emblems, it might be short in its main mission, but the extras make it worth

    The good:

    Amazing graphics engine, for current gen looks to good, lighting at night is spectacular.
    Deep infiltration choices.
    Hard more, very challenging for purists.
    Great immersion, voice acting and lore.
    Can use any vehicle and drive anywhere in the base.
    Lots of hidden weapons in the map.
    More mature approach that older MGS titles give the game a feeling of seriousness and cruelty.

    The bad:

    Main mission could be longer.
    Missions in other type of maps are needed.
    2 missions are rather dull and replaceable for something more appealing, one of them being Raiden mission.
    More cut scenes would have been awesome.
    An small online mode with a few modes and to be able to choose more characters would have been amazing.
    Not the best soundtrack. Where is "Not Your Kind of People" or "Sins Of The Father"?
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  7. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    Im MGS game series fan. This new MGS is awesome. I on 100% will buy Phantom Pain, because i want to know what will be in future (1984 year in Afganistan).
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  1. 80
    Betting on depth of mechanics over breadth of content is a gamble, but one that massively pays off. This is a muscular, versatile slice of stealth, and a great indicator of things to come.