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Ground Zeroes: Zero value?

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The speedruns of this game are really impressive

I played Ground Zeroes the other day.There has been some controversy surrounding the game on account of its short length. Of course most people do know that it is merely a prologue and is setting up the story for the upcoming and much larger Phantom Pain, but that hasn’t stopped me from feeling just a little irked by it. Let me explain.

In Australia, on top of paying premiums for damn near everything due to import tariffs, we tend to pay a lot for games especially. The price for a non-special edition, here-is-the-disk-and-the-case game is about $100 (AUD), here is a nice example of the price of Watch Dogs for pre-order in our version of BT Games. Now check out the price that we would pay for Ground Zeroes. $50 sounds ok right? At first I thought so too, until I played it.

What I played of Ground Zeroes was excellent. The presentation, graphics, voice acting, and the vastly improved game mechanics were all top notch. Make no mistake, the quality of the game is superb, and due to the impressive Fox Engine, it is one of the best Metal Gear games in terms of raw mechanics and graphics. But when my friend and I sat there, as the screen turned to black, and the mission end stats came up, I couldn’t actually believe it. “That was it?” was my first reaction, surely there’s a second act, right? What we got was a trailer and some extended cinematics which felt more like an advert for their next game.

Metal-Gear-Solid-V-Ground-Zeroes-Map

Even with dicking around with the engine and dying multiple times, we completed the main objective in just under an hour. The side missions are fun, and totally add something to it, but my problem is with the small environment you’re given. Had there been a larger environment, or perhaps two different environments, I wouldn’t feel as irked by it.

Now I know all of this sounds rich coming from me, considering I gave a nine out of ten to a 15 dollar tournament fighter with only four levels. But there’s a difference between something I download for 15 bucks, and something I pick up at the store as a physical disk for $50. If this was a download only for $20, I’d feel much better about it.

So what’s my advice? Wait for a bundle if you can with the full game. I have no doubt that Ground Zeroes will still sell due to the fandom around Kojima games, but if you aren’t one of those people, I wouldn’t recommend it if you are prepared to wait. Also, play Peace Walker, or nothing will make sense.

That’s really all I have to say about it. I’m not usually annoyed by prologues, and to date I’ve bought every Gran Turismo Prologue, although I’d argue that for the same price, it had more content, and the nature of the game itself is repetitive. Bottom line, I really enjoyed it, but for $50 I was irked that this wasn’t just download only

So what is your metric of value? I’m interested to know if I’m justified in my slight annoyance with Ground Zeroes.

Last Updated: March 31, 2014

26 Comments

  1. Under an hour with messing around and dying at 50 Aussie Dollars? You’ve been screwed mate! I’d sue them for the savage r@ping you’ve received and for your virginity (the kind most guys don’t want to lose)!

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  2. oVg deprived

    March 31, 2014 at 13:17

    This is the 10 second DLC expansion pack.

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    • Rince

      March 31, 2014 at 13:21

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 31, 2014 at 13:22

      Whahahaha

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  3. Heyzeus

    March 31, 2014 at 13:20

    Be annoyed all you want but it’s your own fault, you know the deal going in.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 31, 2014 at 13:22

      Your profile name reminds me of Die Hard 3 (refresh for image)

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      • oVg deprived

        March 31, 2014 at 14:02

        The real heyzeus 😛

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        • Hammersteyn

          March 31, 2014 at 14:16

          Hehehe

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    • Kensei Seraph

      March 31, 2014 at 13:28

      From the sounds of it he actually didn’t.

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    • Stephen Snook

      March 31, 2014 at 14:04

      I didn’t actually buy it. My friend Jason, who is a collector, bought it. He expressed distaste for the price, but ultimately enjoyed the game, which prompted me to write about it.

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      • Heyzeus

        March 31, 2014 at 19:11

        I agree the price is outrageous but it’s been made clear that it is not a full game. No one forces anyone to buy it. So I really couldn’t care that it is short. If someone buys it and complains about the length they only have themselves to blame really.

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  4. Hammersteyn

    March 31, 2014 at 13:22

    I believe that it’s a very good game, I just don’t believe it’s value is worth the asking price.

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  5. Rince

    March 31, 2014 at 13:24

    Damn. $50 for an hour, it’s like Hideo Kojima taking the piss!

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 31, 2014 at 13:25

      Hookers are probably cheaper over there…

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      • Rince

        March 31, 2014 at 13:29

        lol

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      • Kensei Seraph

        March 31, 2014 at 13:29

        I wonder if he plays Thai Roulette.

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 31, 2014 at 13:32

          Lmao! Sounds dodgy… googling it confirms how dodgy it is.

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          • Kensei Seraph

            March 31, 2014 at 13:33

            Wait, what? You mean it actually exists?

            Edit: Holy **** it is real. 0_o

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 31, 2014 at 13:36

            Yeah it does… lmao… read description at your own risk

            http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Thai%20Roulette

          • Kensei Seraph

            March 31, 2014 at 13:46

            I thought it was just something I made up.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 31, 2014 at 13:46

            I hate it when that happens.

            It’s like the other day when I made a snarky comment about Mactopia, and disqus didn’t underline it immediately as a spelling mistake. “What? Mactopia is a real thing? Oh… now it underlines it.”

            PS. The first Google result I got after searching for that was MS Office for Mac haha.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 31, 2014 at 13:49

            lol! I thought you’d be finding “re-installing your MAC with Linux” as a top hit.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 31, 2014 at 13:47

            lmao… Mentioning something likely not to exist, $50… Finding out it does exist $100… Going “WTF, why does this exist?” priceless.

  6. Umar hearts Grandia

    March 31, 2014 at 13:46

    R399 retail for a fraction of a story. ahhh, no thank you…….Do not buy this for anything more than a R100

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  7. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 31, 2014 at 13:50

    lol @ alt text.

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  8. Chris

    March 31, 2014 at 14:24

    I paid R230 for it on the PS Store, thoroughly enjoyed it. I played the main game through in about 2.5 hours and I’ll go back and do it again to see if I can do it without alerts and with no casualties, and maybe again to see if I can shoot every enemy soldier 🙂

    If you play the main game through in less than an hour then you’re going to have missed some stuff, I think.

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