Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a prelude to the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which releases September 1st 2015 worldwide.

Ground Zeroes features one mission, where you play as Big Boss and go on a rescue op where you must rescue 2 targets from imprisonment in a heavily guarded facility. Before going any further this is my first Metal Gear game, so I didn’t know what to expect going in.

Ground Zeroes is beautiful, the lighting is fantastic and the cut scenes are beautifully directed and immersive. The way the rain slides off your jacket or the way it blows in the wind is incredible, if this is a taste of what the Phantom Pain is going to look like we are in for a treat.

The game play is very stealth centric, you have an assortment of weapons from a standard rifle to sleep darts. That being said you can tackle a mission anyway you want, you can go full stealth or guns blazing, it’s up to you. The gun play is good and responds well. A neat addition in the game is when you get caught it goes into slow motion and you have a chance to kill the enemy that spotted you before he gets the chance to alert his buddies.  It’s a really great mechanic as if you fail that, you will have tanks at your doorstep and you are sure to run into a mission failed screen.

The main mission is quite short for a standalone game, it took me around 48 minutes to finish the mission not including cut scenes. But they have added specials ops and extra ops that take place on the same map but with different objectives. The game also ranks you at the end of the mission on how well you did, how many times you got spotted, enemies killed etc. So going for that S rank will surely keep fans of the series busy.

The story does a good job of setting up some characters that will feature in the Phantom Pain, but I had absolutely no idea what was going on, whether that was their intention I don’t know, but I found myself confused at what was going on a couple of times.

But all in all Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a great game that at times is confusing but is sure to keep fans of the series busy until The Phantom Pain hits, but also opens the door for new players to jump into the franchise.


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is currently free for PlayStation Plus users. Have you played Ground Zeroes? Are you excited for The Phantom Pain? Let me know below.


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