Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic 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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    Though it's unusual for everything to take place in a single location, there's so much to do and see, and whether you take a stealthy or head-on approach, infiltrating Camp Omega is a thrilling experience that shouldn't be missed.
  5. Mar 24, 2014
    76
    A very short full game, yet a super-satisfying prologue: don't look for the full body of The Phantom Pain in Ground Zeroes, you will find only its promising ghost structure.
  6. Mar 22, 2014
    75
    MGS: Ground Zeroes sports an intense story with an excellent open world gameplay: it succeeds in offering us a brief glimpse of the greatness The Phantom Pain will have. Nevertheless, its shortness and price make for a pretty weak value proposition.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. Apr 1, 2014
    70
    It’s a terrific little package brimming with options to replay, but it’s not a large play-space by any measure, and there’s not a huge amount of variation on scenery or tone. This one boils down to preference...Just hurry up with The Phantom Pain already, Hideo.
  11. Mar 25, 2014
    70
    Ground Zeroes feels a little lean, but the game remains an invigorating, intelligent and interesting return to a series that feels as if it is heading in the right direction.
  12. Mar 18, 2014
    70
    Ground Zeroes gives us a good preview of Phantom Pain, but it's too expensive for only few hours of gameplay. It's a good game but is it a good Metal Gear?
  13. 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.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 277 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 48
  2. Negative: 23 out of 48
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    0
    This is not a game. It is a $30 demo. And the flaws don't stop there. The graphics are nowhere near what the trailers promised, enemy AIThis is not a game. It is a $30 demo. And the flaws don't stop there. The graphics are nowhere near what the trailers promised, enemy AI doesn't respond to your helicopter, the game plays out like Michael Bay movie, side missions are 5 minutes long. One of them is a forced on-rails sequence. Full Review »
  2. Mar 18, 2014
    5
    It's a really nice looking piece of trash, but it's still trash. I feel completely ripped off by Konami and, as a result, will not be givingIt's a really nice looking piece of trash, but it's still trash. I feel completely ripped off by Konami and, as a result, will not be giving them any money for The Phantom Pain. Full Review »
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    4
    This review is like game: short .
    Ok, gameplay is good and graphics looks fine, but not quite to justify the cost.
    Bad movement made by
    This review is like game: short .
    Ok, gameplay is good and graphics looks fine, but not quite to justify the cost.
    Bad movement made by Konami, really strange, they lost my loyalty.
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