Gaming Review: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Trailer
Snake now has an on-the-fly wall hugging technique instead of holding a button down like previous games. This makes stalking enemies and checking around corners a whole lot easier and it looks fantastic too. Snake can now sprint to get out of tight situations which can also be done whilst carrying prisoners and bodies and for the first time in the series, Snake can commandeer vehicles. Like I said earlier about Ground Zeroes being like a demo tape, the entire game can be completed in less than an hour as rescuing Paz and Chico is the only objectives in the main story but Ground Zeroes contains more missions to play through called Side Ops. The Side Ops contains missions requiring players to identify a double agent who holds a vital cassette tape, take out two members of a sniper team and take out air defences as well as a console specific secret op. On the PlayStation, its Déjà vu which requires Snake to recreate scenes from the first Metal Gear Solid game and on the Xbox, its Jamais Vu, which puts players in control of Raiden who must take out otherworldly threats known as Body Snatchers. Playing as Raiden though is disappointing as he controls exactly the same as Snake albeit a lighting fast sprinting ability and no you can’t use his trademark lightning sword. Ground Zeroes looks breath-taking on PS4 and Xbox One, textures, weather effects, lighting and anti-aliasing looks sublime which enhance the atmosphere of the game. It even goes as detailed as puddles on the floor and the water effects are fantastically real. Motion capture is also brilliantly executed; Sutherlands Snake looks just as badass as ever and the new baddie, Skull Face, looks menacing with his scar ridden face and his cowboy hat. Paz and Chico are convincing POW’s who emits a sense of innocence reminding players that they are just kids. Down sides though, enemies at a distance sometimes just appear and some background items such as boxes and barrels at times mysteriously disappear but these little hiccups don’t hinder the overall experience whatsoever.
Snakes return is a fantastic one, Ground Zeroes is a short lived but memorable experience thanks to its outstanding gameplay and graphics. Memorable characters like Paz, Chico, Skull Face and Miller are brilliantly portrayed and kudos to Keifer Sutherland for successfully filling some hefty boots in the gaming industry. Give us The Phantom Pain now! We can’t wait any longer!
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• Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
• Developer: Kojima Productions
• Publisher: Konami
• Playstation 3/4
• Xbox 360/One
• Genre: Stealth
• Release Date: 21st March 2014
• Story – 5/5
• Graphics – 5/5
• Gameplay – 5/5
• Overall – 5/5