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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 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: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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. 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: 17 out of 44
  2. Negative: 22 out of 44
  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 for the phantom pain. Expand
  2. Mar 20, 2014
    9
    People are just dumb and don't think in the real purpose of this game. Apart from being a preview of an awesome game , its kinda of a beta, kojima want people to try the new changes of the MGS gameplay , just because the phantom pain is a huge game and he doesn't t want to create a game people just bash on how bad changes are , this is the time to fix anything wrong on ground zeroes and apply them to The Phantom Pain..plus i really like the game even if it was short. Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2014
    8
    I'm a pretty big fan of the MGS franchise and I'm leased to say that for fans of it, you're going to like or love this game. Graphically it looks amazing and it plays excellently. The story of GZ is interesting enough and geys you ready for the eventual Phantom Pain. The side ops are also very fun (for the most part). Now the downside is that yes it is very short, and my not warrant 30$ for people who aren't big fans of the series, and yes it does get repetitive playing the same missions over and over again. However going for achievements or trophy's does add some extra fun and trying to do better each time is fun too. The one side op that I wasn't fond of involved destroying anti aircraft guns. All in all if you're a fan of the series I'd say buy it, if not, wait till a price drop/right before pp as I do feel like it is integral to the story. Expand
  4. Mar 20, 2014
    5
    I've seen people call this an "extended demo", which takes 1-3 hours to complete. Nope, just a normal demo that takes 15-30 minutes to complete: tranquilize 5 guards, rescue a prisoner, tranquilize 5 more guards, rescue another prisoner, then tranquilize 2 or 3 more guards and game over. To it's credit, it does have a few extra side missions, but they have nothing to do with the story and take place in the same tiny map. They feel pointless. It's just sneaking the same guards on the same map, but to reach a different target.

    I've seen some critics call the map a "sprawling military base". Nope. It's about the size of 2 or 3 CoD maps put together. As far as gameplay goes, the controls feel a little clumsy and the camera absolutely sucks at times, mostly in tight spaces.

    I'm probably trashing it too much. It's still a pretty fun MGS game, but it really should have been a free demo instead of a $30 title, even if that meant not including the side missions.
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  5. Aug 19, 2014
    4
    It's been a while since I played a metal gear solid game. I recall very fondly the one I played. So I thought lets get another? Well, I didn't do my homework and didn't realize this is just one little prequel mission.

    Pros- Beautiful graphics and sound. Game play is really fun and challenging, and a great addition to the stealth genre.

    Cons- 1 mission(they threw in "side ops" but its all on the same map). The story is completely impenetrable if you are like me and a very casual dabbler in the MG series.

    I recommend this only for hardcore MG fans.
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  6. Apr 27, 2014
    2
    Shame on you Kojima and Konami. $40 dollars for at best, a demo!? Don't get me wrong, the game looks great and the presentation and story aspect are well done, but the gameplay didn't strike me as revolutionary like MGS4 and the brevity of the game just kills it (beat it in under an hour and I died/messed up a couple of times too). Also new Snake voice actor is not nearly as good as David Hayter. Maybe Phantom Pain will still be great but this is just sad. I may not be the biggest fan of Metal Gear but even I'm disappointed by this. Other gaming companies better not start pulling this crap. Expand
  7. Mar 25, 2014
    0
    'Demo' has no qualification for 'Critic Score'.

    I'll just wait for 'full retail game'.
    and then, write review that 'full retail game' for
    critic score.
    So I have no criticism for 'this demo'.
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