Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Review
Follow Genre: Action-adventure, Stealth
Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami
Platform: Playstion 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Review

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Sneaking inside the enemies’ camp, assassinating those that form an obstacle to your goal and kicking ass on the battlefield is what our good pal Solid Snake A.K.A Big Boss excels at. It is time to take up the role as Snake once again to save your captured comrades and learn more about the organization Cipher.


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes acts as a prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and takes place one year after the events of Peace Walker.

Taking up the role of Snake (A.K.A Big Boss), you are given the mission of infiltrating Camp Omega, where both double agent Paz and child soldier chico are being held. The hostages hold key information concerning Snake and his private military organization that Snake and his ally Kaz Miller must prevent from being exposed. Ground Zeroes acts as a bridge between previous Metal Gear Solid titles, easing players into the vaunted world of Metal Gear Solid V.

As most of the other entries in the series, Ground Zeroes offers you a nice taste of what is to come. You’ll find yourself absorbed in the story as you go through the mission.


The game offers you amazing looking graphics that capture the feel of the Metal Gear Solid series. Graphics are made really realistic, almost making it look real. It’s as if you are actually in the real world.

The graphics are already good looking on the previous gen PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so if you are playing it on the newer gen consoles, the graphics will blow your mind.



As you progress through the level, the music will make you feel connected with the environment and atmosphere that is present. Being discovered makes the music pick up its pace. While the enemy still hasn’t found out that you are in their ranks, the music is very slow and almost non present, giving a more realistic feel to sneaking around.


The core mechanics of Ground Zeroes is pretty much the same as the other entries. You take up the role as Solid Snake and by either sneaking around or just killing everybody off, you can complete your mission. This mission can be done in many different ways, so you are able to do it the way you want it to.

The main mission however, is probably only between 1 to 2 hours long. People can take it slow and complete it in about 2 hours, while others might just rush through the level. But here is the twist: the main mission is only one small bit of what Ground Zeroes has to offer.
After completing the main mission, you’ll unlock four side missions set in the same environment. Some of these are combat-based, while others require you to use stealth. These side missions are about 20- 40 minutes long.

Aside from the missions, there is also a back story option available. This is a neat option for those that haven’t played the other Metal Gear Solid games. It gives you a detailed summary of the plot of the prequel Peace Walker, so if you don’t know anything about the storyline of Metal Gear Solid or you just don’t remember it very well, you can just read the summary to prepare you what’s about to come.

For the completionist among you, the game offers you the chance to collect different items, like cassette tapes and X.O.F patches. This helps this game acquire more replay value.



While not being the most lengthy game in its own, there are many ways to go about completing the mission, giving the game replay value. If you love Metal Gear Solid, then this game is certainly something  to consider, as it is a really good game.

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