Game Review - Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on Playstation 4

Written by Alpha_Lambda_Man on August 11, 2018 @ 9:47 am

Story: This brief continuation of the Metal Gear saga places us back in the shoes of Big Boss. It is a direct sequel to Peace Walker and deals with many of the loose ends it had at the end. The story is told through an interesting introduction followed by a series of tapes you can listen. These are not ordinary tapes since the developers went to great length to add talented dialogue and a soundtrack to instill the desired tone. This gave further character development to personalities we already knew and gave a better insight as to their actions before and during the game. The ending to the game plays particularly tense thanks to its perfect execution and its a masterpiece in terms of setting the tone.

Graphics: The game takes place at night during a rain storm and the water effects are amazing. The lighting effects also play with the distinct glistening of far away search lights that makes a stealth mission even more engaging. Hideo Kojima does it again with its attention to detail and great lengths to making this game a true representation of his vision.

Gameplay: If we thought previous Metal Gear games were refined, this one is perfected beyond its expectations. Every button and combinations serve a purpose that feels right in your hands. The button combinations to perform exact moves seem like its exact representation of the body movement which makes it even more fluid. There is now a new mechanic where time slows down when spotted. Snake now has the ability to stop a soldier from alert others of your presence and adds another tense moment of reaction time. Gameplay is tight and responsive along with the new binocular features. Snake is now able to tag enemies and have an idea of their location throughout the game. Some might argue this makes the game too easy but it just focuses more on a tactician Snake rather than a strictly stealth operated game.

Overall, the game is a prologue to the things we should expect from the full game. It is exciting to see how The Phantom Pain plays out and the results of this ending affecting the rest of the story.

Gameplay Rating: 9
Story Rating: 9
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 8
Sound Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8

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Game Information

Platform
Playstation 4
Developer(s)
Kojima Productions
Publisher(s)
Konami
Genre(s)
Action, Adventure, Third Person Shooter
NA Release Date
March 18, 2014
JP Release Date
March 20, 2014
EUR Release Date
March 20, 2014
AUS Release Date
March 27, 2014
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
18
CERO Rating
D
ACB Rating
MA
MVGL User Score
7.2
Composer
Harry Gregson-Williams
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