Title: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One
Developer: Kojima Productions
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
The Grade: A-
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Snake mini mission
Sets up next year’s Phantom Pain
No box to hide in
Summary: This game was released last Tuesday so if you’ve read any reviews of “Ground Zeroes” you know one of the knocks on it is its length. It is very short, no doubt about it. There are videos online of people finishing the game in 10 minutes and getting the game’s highest rating. My first playthough took about 4 hours but I was taking my sweet time, which is the way I like to enjoy my “Metal Gear” games. I treat this series like a fine wine, I sip it, I don’t gulp it. If you take your time (relatively speaking) there’s a lot to see. “Ground Zeroes” has quite a bit of replay value. After your first playthrough you can unlock Hard mode and a few side missions. There are also some collectibles, the challenge of completing the mission with a highest rank and a few surprising Easter Eggs. I’ve spent about 8 hours with the game so far and I still have a number of things left to do. While “Ground Zeroes” is brief, it acts as a nice lead in for next year’s “Phantom Pain” and is a lot of fun. If you’re a “Metal Gear” fan, you’ll found this game well worth $30.
Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.