Okay, this probably isn't what MGS fans wanted to hear.

We know that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is just an appetizer to the main course, which is The Phantom Pain . However, this appetizer – though it may be tasty – is going to be a lot smaller than we might've anticipated.

According to Game Informer (as cited by Kotaku ), Ground Zeroes can be beaten in only two hours :

"Judged just by the core story mission, Ground Zeroes is short. We completed it in just less than two hours."

However, they do clarify that the demo actually lasted four hours; enough time to play through the main mission and check out the extra modes. Besides, some players will play more slowly than others. In my experience, the lengths divulged by game reviewers are always much shorter than what, for most, is realistic. I still remember critics saying Heavenly Sword took only five hours to beat when in fact, it took me double that.

Also, don't forget that Ground Zeroes won't cost the full $60. The PS4 and Xbox One versions will cost $40 at retail and $30 for a digital download, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 installments will cost $30 for the physical copy and $20 for digital. …not sure that's worth only a few hours, though.

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Heavenly Sword took me 6.

This is a ripoff.

Teddie9
Teddie9
8 years ago

Why not it's not a prologue directly placed in the phantom pain, (much like what they did in previous titles) quite plainly looks like a grab for more money. I don't doubt the quality of the experience but their practices over there are worrying.

godsman
godsman
8 years ago

Im sure there will be a bundle of ground zero and phantom pain when phantom pain releases.

Kiryu
Kiryu
8 years ago

Side missions 2 hours, Main Mission 2 hours more than enough for a semi open world game.

I'd rathar pay 30$ for a 4+ hour game than 60$ for a 5 hour game

The Phantom Pain only coming for the Current Generation.
Hell Yeah


Last edited by Kiryu on 2/4/2014 10:35:54 PM

Jalex
Jalex
8 years ago

I imagine the shortness is exaggerated. I almost always end up putting a lot more time in a 'Metal Gear' game than most reviewers claim to. I imagine it'll probably be closer to ten hours or so. Just a guess, though.

DarthNemesis
DarthNemesis
8 years ago

This is not a full game though.

Jalex
Jalex
8 years ago

True. But I don't think Kojima would make a game of average length and divide it into two just to make extra money. I could end up disappointed, though.

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
8 years ago

Wasn't there some kind of equipment unlockable for MGS 4 if you went through it in less than 5 hours? I remember doing something like that back then.


Last edited by SaiyanSenpai on 2/4/2014 10:59:59 PM

Kai200X
Kai200X
8 years ago

I will still buy it, just not the limited edtion

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

Probably like an RPG where the main missions can be done in just hours but everything else will take hundreds of hours like skyrim. 4 hours seems short though, let's wait for an official response.

ryu
ryu
8 years ago

and no one mentioned the tanker chapter?

Dell Taco
Dell Taco
8 years ago

I'll honestly wait on this game after I read some reviews and get a feel if it's worth it. Two hours for $40 is hard to swallow for me.

tes37
tes37
8 years ago

I hope it's longer than two hours. Since I'm not a game reviewer, I may be able to get $40 worth of gameplay out of it.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
8 years ago

i shall be getting this none the less.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
8 years ago

No doubt it will actually be longer than two hours, but if Konami thinks it's okay to charge half-price for a fifth of the length, they need a good hard slappin'. I suppose it won't be so bad if it's fun to replay, like Ratchet: Nexus, but that still seems obscene.

___________
___________
8 years ago

2 hours!?
i know its a mini downloadable title, but TWO hours!
well, there goes that preorder!

Godslim
Godslim
8 years ago

i'll buy it because i love mgs, but tbh i did suspect it would be really short

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
8 years ago

I really hope this will not become a trend for any video games, especially MGS.
It's like separating the Snake part and Raiden part in MGS2.
Then again, it's all in the name of money.

Count me out, Phantom Pain for me instead.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

The last time I heard a game would only take a couple hours, I spent like 18 with it. (Not sure how long it would be if I had plowed through it on easy) I never trust these estimates.

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
8 years ago

Anything Kojima is involved in 100% is worth every penny.

telly
telly
8 years ago

Oh dear, I hope this is wrong. $40 for a 2-4 hour "prologue" is scandalous. @World, it looks like your proclamation that this was little more than a glorified demo may be true…