Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes: A Mission Too Brief

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Some things are better short. The day before Christmas, a class on a day full of homework to be done, a movie you just aren’t really digging bu tare sitting through anyway because you’re just stubborn like that. These are all made better by a healthy dose of brevity. But a long-awaited hype machine game in one of the most popular series ever made? Not so much.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, itself a prologue to the upcoming open-world espionage adventure of Metal Gear Solid V later this year, is obviously a pretty big deal among fans of Kojima Studios’ well-known stealth series. Gaming magazine Game Informer managed to get a near-finished copy of Ground Zeroes, to write about in their magazine’s March issue. What they reported is that the game’s main story mission is under two hours long. Yes, you read that right. Two hours.

Of course, short isn’t always a bad thing. Look at last year’s Gone Home, a game that can be completed in about 20 minutes if you try hard enough, but which contains more than enough fantastic writing and depth to make it worth every bit of it’s $20 price tag. And even the original Portal, for all the praise it receives, can be cleared in under an hour with relative ease. Besides, let us not forget how far Metal Gear fans have gone before for a taste of a game. Remember Zone of the Enders? That full retail title came bundled with a demo for Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and only received as many sales as it did because of said demo. Indeed, to this day Zone of the Enders is more well-remembered for this than for the game itself.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will stealth-crawl its way to Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 on March 18th. The game is intended as a prologue for Metal Gear Solid V, for all those who just can’t wait for a new installment in the series. The game can be purchased digitally for $20 on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, or $30 on Xbox One and Playstation 4. The physical copies cost a bit more, $30 on last-gen and $40 on next-gen, respectively. So what do you think? Does the game’s somewhat alarming brevity turn you off, or will you still be infiltrating and assassinating with glee, as quick as it may be? Sound off, Metal Gear fans, and let us know in the comments below!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.heypoorplayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/011.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]If danger had a face…oh, if danger had a face. Jay started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but has always been a writer, be it in the form of articles and reviews here at HPP or in that of fiction written over at PkMnCast.com. Jay has been a gamer from a young age, first finding his legs on a GBA and a copy of Pokemon Sapphire. He enjoys a game with a strong narrative and art design, but also appreciates the retro stuff from before his time. Jay also has a passion for comics, movies and anime. He likes to yell a lot on his Twitter and Tumblr, under the name extremesalsaing, both of which are pretty awful places.[/author_info] [/author]

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Jay Petrequin started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but first got his start writing for It's Super Effective, a Pokemon podcast that happened to be a reflection of two of his biggest interests: pocket monsters, and making people listen to him say things.

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