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Submitted by Zizi 137d ago | opinion piece

Is 'Ground Zeroes' the 'Metal Gear' for People who Don't Like 'Metal Gear'?

An hour of Metal Gear Solid 3 was enough for me. I wasn’t a fan of the first Metal Gear Solid – I preferred playing bodyguard to triangle-faced bullet magnet Natalya – and the second game didn’t impress either, with its frequent use of the forbidden question mark / exclamation mark combo, and cutscenes like a thick green paste of military acronyms and awkward emoting. (Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

DarXyde  +   137d ago
"It feels like punishment, or at least a confidence trick – like I’ve been lured into playing the game because of how un-Metal Gear it is, only to get more Metal Gear than I could have possibly imagined stuffed down my throat. It’s borderline incomprehensible, too. It seems churlish to wander into the fifth instalment of a series and expect to understand everything and unreasonable to demand a long-running, popular series be rebooted according to my preferences, but at the same time it seems absurd that any videogame series could be quite this histrionically convoluted."

So...you think the game "tricks" you into playing it because it's unconventional, only to be exposed to the series in large doses? Additionally, one can acknowledge they have not played the entire series and complain about how convoluted it is? Riiiiiight.

Ground Zeroes is not for everyone, but this was a ridiculous article.
delicia  +   137d ago
Why does the author talk about reboot? In every single game, the gameplay is different! The first one had a over the top view, the second one a different protagonist, the third one mixed tps gameplay with fps aiming mechanichs(along with a camo system), and peace walker introduced a mission based system with the motherbase building mechanic (with so many other things like outer-ops and side-ops).
Moe-Gunz  +   137d ago
And MGS4 introduced a overhaul of controls with ton of new mechanics. MGS changes every installment, but the story continues to be connected.

GZ and TPP is introducing open world elements.
One_Eyed_Wizard  +   137d ago
You're right delicia. The gameplay is almost always very different from one Metal Gear to the next. With the exception maybe of MGS1 and 2 which are rather similar with MGS2 mostly only improving upon MGS1's mechanics. But like you said, it also had a different protagonist.
moujahed  +   137d ago
I never saw it as a unconventional MGS game. Just more open, don't understand this article at all, maybe I'm not seeing your perspective.
One_Eyed_Wizard  +   137d ago
I'm suspecting it may be someone who's trying to "open people's eyes" about how "un-Metal Gear" it is in an attempt to ride the MGSV controversy train.
FogLight  +   137d ago
Total opposite! Ground Zeroes is not for people who don't like MGS at all. In fact, they will hate it even more since this game is dependent on Peace Walker, and whether they want to replay the game or not.

Still planning to write the review after so many hours in the game. The content is short, but the game was extremely enjoyable in my opinion. Not many people are in a soft spot with it though
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gamedebater  +   137d ago
Ground zeroes is more about memorizing enemy patterns than actual well paced stealth.

MGS3 2 and 4 were all better.
Allsystemgamer  +   137d ago
They were memorizing enemy movement as well...
Name Last Name  +   137d ago
You can't make guard patrols completely random. It may end up being unbeatable by chance.
One_Eyed_Wizard  +   137d ago
True but I still think they could try making it a little more dynamic. It's not a major complaint. I'd just like to see that happening someday.
gamedebater  +   137d ago
my point exactly. some should be dynamic and boss should have more tools at his disposal to beat the enemy. taking out the power / tricky guards / messing with the a.i
shmeedy24685  +   137d ago
Best gaming series ever!
LAWSON72  +   137d ago
Absolutely! MGS1 FTW
ginsunuva  +   137d ago
Until Peace Walker.

everything after = milking
matrixman92  +   137d ago
"An hour of Metal Gear Solid 3 was enough for me"

I will never listen to anything this author says again. What a dumb article
Baka-akaB  +   137d ago
I dont consider there is such a thing as a conventional MGS ... so i find the premise ridiculous .

Each new one broke out of the mold and while retaining it's core self , tried something different.

If anything GZ (and probaby V) is a tentative to return and expand way further , the concept of free roaming and exploration stealth game from MGS 3 Snake Eater . Snake had just obvious tech limitation from the era and console , otherwise it would have been a full blown out open world game in the russian rainforest and marshes , and was more focused on survival in purely hostile territories .

EDIT : Oh but why am i wasting my time ... it's Edge ...
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DJustinUNCHAIND  +   137d ago
Ground Zeroes is Metal Gear for people who like rip-offs.

He's absolutely right about the story, too.

It's way too convoluted at this point.
Allsystemgamer  +   137d ago
No it's not if you played the games. There is also an encyclopedia and graphic novel that can fill you in if you haven't played the others.

Maybe it's just too complex for you
One_Eyed_Wizard  +   137d ago
Like Allsystemgamer said, the story isn't convoluted at all. It's really quite uncomplicated if you've played the games and paid any attention.
mark3214uk  +   137d ago
why hasnt ps+ had the demo free yet
Yes. It's Metal Gear for casuals (basically what they were trying to do with Rising). This is yet another attempt at drawing in casuals with how easy it is to go through. Not to mention the terrible VA for "Snake". Unfortunately, Kojima wasn't smart enough to add Japanese voices in the overpriced demo.
Allsystemgamer  +   137d ago
Play on hard with reflex off. Boom problem solved.
One_Eyed_Wizard  +   137d ago
*yawn*

Metal Gear for casuals? Now I know you haven't played it.

If you want japanese voices just import the japanese game. PS3 and PS4 games aren't localized and from what I heard they came with English subs in MGS4.

Unfortunately you weren't smart enough to inform yourself before commenting.
InMyOpinion  +   137d ago
No, they play Splinter Cell.
whybag  +   137d ago
But Splinter Cell ain't the Splinter Cell I played on OG XBOX.
ArgumentumAdPopulum  +   137d ago
Huge MGS fan, but I haven't even touched Ground Zeroes yet. I don't feel like I've missed anything. I'll wait for the full game with Ground Zeroes added on.
SovereignSnaKe  +   137d ago
Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros was a shameless cash-in for Konami. I bought it, it was okay, kinda dull, it was like plain mashed potatoes, when you match it up against all the other entries into the series.
gamepard  +   137d ago
MGS gz (with Phantom pain) is the most complete MGS from every aspect (is very similar to MGS4 but with extra imrovements from Peace Walker and the new graphic engine)..the only fault is that these games are even more sci fi (and also with fictional equipement-weapons) that makes them more detached than previous games which used more realistic locations-scenarios -equipement
belac09  +   137d ago
what a douche
MasterD919  +   136d ago
It plays a lot like Splinter Cell: Conviction actually.

Ground Zeroes wasn't meaty in any way. There was little substance and mostly action. Despite it not being a tech-demo, it did feel like one. I like it personally, but people need to wait for the full-package before they swear off the series. Everyone knew coming into this that Phantom Pain & GZ were essentially built for the same game...we just got a taste of what is to come. Phantom Pain is going to be the real Metal Gear experience mixed in with the gameplay we saw in GZ.

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