First I highly recommend that if you're already interested in Ground Zeroes to go rent it now or if you can find it for like $10 tops to just buy it. Ground Zeroes is the prologue to The Phantom Pain which is the next installment in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. This was originally going to just be in The Phantom Pain, but because of the continued unknown of a released date for the game Konami decided to release this sliver to show everyone of what's to come. Now to the actually review. Ground Zeroes is a very high quality stealth game with some of the best gameplay of the series being highly polished. The controls are nice & familiar making gameplay all so smooth. The only thing sorta clunky is the cover system which has already been confirmed to be improved in The Phantom Pain. The story is a nice introduction of what's to come in the full release, and has a darker tone then previous titles while also exploring much darker subject matter. The quirkiness that the series is partly known for is mostly gone in this addition only appearing in extra non-canonical side missions. The visuals are top notch, making it even more apparent that it's total bs MGS4 isn't on Xbox 360, albeit there is some noticeable pop-in especially in the day time levels. Lighting is some of the best I've seen while character model have very high detail. My only real complaint is the lack of content for the price tag which is why I say rent or buy it for very cheap. Ground Zeroes is priced at $30 new on disc or $20 as a download with its main mission only taking at most 60 minutes to complete. There are extra missions called "Side Ops," but they take around 10-30 minutes to finish which doesn't add too much extra content especially since they all take place in the same level. So in short Ground Zeroes is a great induction to The Phantom Pain with a dark story, great gameplay, and fantastic visuals while the lack of content makes it really only a rent unless you can find it for a low price.
posted by FunIsMyFunction (SAINT PETERSBURG, FL) Jul 20, 2014
Member since Jul 2014
All the other reviews are right, this game can be beaten in pretty much 1 hour. If you're a hardcore gamer yea there's possibly replay value in doing the missions differently... but if you just play games casually then steer clear.