William at GameCloud writes: "Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is an excellent demonstration for what to expect from The Phantom Pain, and that’s exactly what it should have been; a demonstration. The truth is, if this game had instead been released as a demo/incentive with another Konami title, the general reception would likely have been phenomenal, and followed by a positive trail of excitement and discussion. For this reason, I find myself conflicted as I have so many positive things to say about my experience with the game, but I simply can not recommend it as a retail product. With that being said, if you are aware of what it is going in, I think enthusiasts will still have a great time given the high level of replayability. Ground Zeroes is “technically” outstanding and there is plenty of content, but it’s not a complete game. I imagine a lot of disappointed faces on those who bought it without understanding what it was."