The New Review: Critics: Radio & Games: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Konami, cert: 18, out now
(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Metal Gear Solid V is coming, of course, but it's not quite here yet. Ground Zeroes is just a taste of what renowned designer Hideo Kojima has planned for the tech-noir stealth game's full release. Certainly, Ground Zeroes delivers in terms of its visual and audio muscle, but its single environment presents a somewhat fleeting experience, around two hours long. Beyond that, however, are a number of additional missions played in the same setting that unveil a variety of gameplay styles, and an experience with unceasing pace that really does hark back to the first, tremendous, Metal Gear Solid
The setting is also rich with detail and explicitly inspired by Guantanamo Bay, affording Kojima the opportunity to share his musings on the morality and necessity of conflict. Its brevity may deter many, but this remains an exceptional and meticulously designed interactive experience.
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