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Length Isn't an Issue,
This review is from: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox One) (Video Game)
So I was skeptical about this game when I saw some of the reviews. I knew I'd get the game as a Metal Gear fan but it was a question of for what price. For little over £17 at times, the game offers much more content than just the Ground Zeroes operation.
The game uses the same area for all of the missions which is a slight let down as you always want to see more. The side missions on offer are varied and each has it's own little story to go with it and different game mechanics are brought into play so at no point do the missions seem as if they have been recycled from the main operation.
To get all of the achievements/trophies on offer will take maybe around 10 hours to get but for me, it will likely take longer, so for the more casual gamers among you, expect at least this time to do everything. Using video guides the missions can be completed in no time, but if spending the time to learn the game through and through yourself, the game will extend in length tenfold.
As on outsider to the metal gear franchise, this game will likely seem a little lacking so for this reason I would suggest at least the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for a similar price instead as it provides a great chunk of story and the Peace Walker and Snake Eater games included directly relate to the story of Ground Zeroes, more so than the other games on offer in the franchise.
For a returning fan however, the game offers a brilliant graphical upgrade (Xbox One in my experience) in relation to previous titles and is a great taster for what to expect in The Phantom Pain. The lack of David Hayter was also a little off putting, but Kiefer Sutherland fills the hole left better then I was expecting. After some time, you actually get to enjoy this refreshing feel he gives to his character and is just another indication of how the game is moving forward through to this 'next-gen' age.
From the game itself and the trailers around, the game does seem to be taking a darker and grittier approach than the other games in the series which is an interesting change that may be distasteful to some audiences as it can really snatch the expected feel of the game and tear it up infront of your eyes. Go into this one with an open mind.
All in all, an excellent game that shouldn't really be considered a demo as a true fan appreciates every last detail put into the game either way. The original price of £30 , would perhaps be too steep in my opinion as for £5, £10 more you can get a full length game, but for almost half of that now, I think that there is plenty on offer for you.