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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
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. CD-Action
    Jun 28, 2014
    80
    The coolest stealth game in months, maybe even years – and not only for MGS fans. It shows how good MGS V: The Phantom Pain will be. [05/2014, p.56]
  2. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    A Big Boss/Snake adventure has never looked or played better, and in it lies incredible promise for its enormous big brother.
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    80
    Ground Zeroes makes up for its initial brevity with plentiful side content, a gorgeous look, and the most dynamic, satisfying stealth gameplay Metal Gear has seen in some time.
  4. 75
    Ground Zeroes' story feels a bit skimpy for the price, but it excels as a breathtakingly pretty stealth sandbox, and as a chance to try out Phantom Pain's gameplay in a smaller, more intimate open world.
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    75
    MGS V: Ground Zeroes starts with a revolutionary new concept: Tactical Espionage Action at its finest, redefined in a new and open world. New gameplay rules and possibilities are interesting for the old stealth dogs. A short but intense story by Hideo Kojima that stays with the characteristic premium quality is a sign of the MGS series. A great prologue to the promising Phantom Pain, but clearly overpriced by Konami.
  6. Mar 18, 2014
    70
    On paper, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes sounds like an elaborate demo. In reality, it's a bigger game than it initially seems. Spend five hours with the game, and you'll be lucky if your completion is even nearing 25%. Play for eight or more, and you'll still be wringing juice out of Camp Omega. Be warned, at face value, this game is small, but there's much more to Ground Zeroes than meets Big Boss' one eye.
  7. Apr 7, 2014
    70
    If you're a fan of this series, you'll probably be picking this up but for newcomers, it may be a difficult choice!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 57
  2. Negative: 28 out of 57
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    Awesome game, perfect length. the amazing graphics are really cool and i really really like the new snake. Bought it digitally to prepare forAwesome game, perfect length. the amazing graphics are really cool and i really really like the new snake. Bought it digitally to prepare for the phantom pain. Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2015
    9
    What initially looks like a bite-sized glimpse into what awaits gamers in "The Phantom Pain," quickly opens up into a game that actually hasWhat initially looks like a bite-sized glimpse into what awaits gamers in "The Phantom Pain," quickly opens up into a game that actually has quite a bit of content to sink your teeth into. The main mission goes by quickly, but with a surprising amount of unlockable content scattered across it and it's six side-missions (the missions that were originally console exclusive are now available for both systems) there are enough hours of gameplay here to keep you coming back.

    It's an all around excellent slice of stealth gameplay. Some fickle mechanics get in the way from time to time, but for the most part all of the systems work well together. It's a game that rewards intelligence as well as freedom as to how you approach situations. The game also isn't afraid to shy away from action. Combat is smooth, but is still meant to be used as a last resort. Getting through levels with no kills and rarely being spotted is still the focus. Going in guns blazing will reduce your score/ranking at the end of the level. Still, it's nice to not feel helpless.

    The side-ops add a nice bit of diversity to the experience. They give you new objectives to complete and rely on different styles. They'll keep you coming back after you beat the main mission, however they are ultimately just as brief. That's the real issue with this package. Completing the main objectives for the missions is going to take you almost no time at all. It's a controversial issue for many, however those people have yet to dive fully into all the content that is actually offered here. Doing everything to 100% the game will take you longer than you would expect. The amount of time you spend with the game all depends on just how much of it you want to see.

    Luckily there are plenty of reasons to want to see all it has to offer thanks to the excellent core gameplay. Stealth has rarely felt tighter. It's a tense game that can be quite difficult at times. With content this entertaining it does a great job of doing what it sets out to do; giving us a glimpse into what awaits us in the real MGS V, as well as being a fantastic game on it's own.
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  3. Oct 11, 2014
    8
    I spent a lot of time playing this.Yes,it is a teaser of what's to come and very expensive,but it has some of the best stealth everI spent a lot of time playing this.Yes,it is a teaser of what's to come and very expensive,but it has some of the best stealth ever seen.Slow,purposeful and difficult at times,I really have enjoyed it,but cannot wait for the real thing. Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2014
    5
    It upsets me that they call this a game, its is £30 for a game which is less than 2 hours (with side-missions), its a demo which isIt upsets me that they call this a game, its is £30 for a game which is less than 2 hours (with side-missions), its a demo which is over-priced, though the graphics, stealth and exploration is amazing and the best and if this is what we could get in MGS Phantom Pain, we could be getting the best game ever, that is if its much longer than 2 hours

    Overall = 5/10, The Game brings lots of hype to MGS V Phantom Pain, but the price and length is disgraceful to the series
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  5. Jan 21, 2016
    3
    I don't really like metal gear games but this was enjoyable. I'm really angry with it anyway because it's really really short. It can beI don't really like metal gear games but this was enjoyable. I'm really angry with it anyway because it's really really short. It can be finished during just a forenoon... Expand
  6. Jun 20, 2015
    1
    It is one of the worst Stealth games around. You are paying £50 for a demo, there is seriously only one level on the game. The graphics areIt is one of the worst Stealth games around. You are paying £50 for a demo, there is seriously only one level on the game. The graphics are good but everything else on it is crap. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2014
    0
    Horrid Game, $40 for a demo...What a waste of money. Avoid at all costs seem this will be big sales for PS4 since there is no games out thereHorrid Game, $40 for a demo...What a waste of money. Avoid at all costs seem this will be big sales for PS4 since there is no games out there yet so money will be made from this pile of **** Expand

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