Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Is Really, Really Short
Some of us have been sceptical from the start regarding Hideo Kojima’s decision to split Metal Gear Solid V into two separate titles, with Ground Zeroes acting as a prologue and ‘easing in’ for the eventual full blown sequel. That’s all good and fine, until you start charging in the region of $40 for said prologue.
Then, on top of that, the main content only ends up taking less than two hours to complete? That’s what Game Informer had to say after they got their hands on a near final build of the new Metal Gear Solid title.
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In their physical magazine copy for their March cover story (as in, you won’t find it online), Game Informer states that it took less than two hours to complete the main content of Ground Zeroes, excluding any side missions and exploration. The build they played featured the entire campaign that will be present in the title when it launches next month.
“Judged just by the core story mission, Ground Zeroes is short. We completed it in just less than two hours.”
Now, of course that’s not too bad for a prologue that is meant to introduce the game that is to come, but here’s the catch. The catch that has always been here but one that most fans hoped came along with a fairly decent chunk of the Metal Gear Solid V experience. Ground Zeroes will cost $30 for Xbox 360 and PS3 at retail, but an even greater $40 for PS4 and Xbox One. If you’d like a bit of perspective, that’s probably going to translate to close to R500-R600 locally for a game that you can clock in under two hours if you focus on the story alone, and I highly doubt side content will increase this number by much if the real hook of the game fails to.
There are hundreds of games that come in at a fraction of the cost and offer more content. Granted, we can’t judge the quality of Ground Zeroes based on this, but I personally don’t see any two hour experience justifying a price tag that high. Hell, even Journey wouldn’t be able to pull that off.
What’s puzzling is the amount of protection this has received from most Metal Gear Solid fans. Had this been a franchise with a less credible history, the odds will most definitely have been reversed.