Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Possibly 2-4 Hours Long

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There was a bit of concern recently when the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain prequel, Ground Zeroes, was rumored to last all of two hours. With a $39.99 retail price tag on current-gen consoles ($29.99 for last-gen) and potentially a two hour campaign, Kojima took to Twitter to defend the game’s length, stating that Ground Zeroes contains the main missions, 5 Side Ops missions and ways to compete against the scores of your friends.

So Kojima isn’t exactly denying the 2-4 hour rumored length, but I think he might be banking too much on replay value and leaderboards. In my opinion, a 2-4 hour game is worth $15 as a download, maybe $20 if it’s quality stuff, but $40 just because it has Metal Gear in the title? What’s your take on it? Is $40 worth a great 2-4 hour experience or would you have just preferred a $15-$20 download title?

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes releases on March 18th in North America for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3.

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12 comments

  1. I’m kinda stuck between my loyalty to Metal Gear and my loyalty to physical, disc-based copies of games. I think a 4-hour game like Ground Zeroes is well worth $20, but I’m always hesitant to go for the downloadable option whenever I have the choice.

    1. I’m with you on that. I like looking at my game shelf and seeing all of those physical copies, so I only go for digital if it’s dirt cheap or free downloads on XBL/PSN.

      But if Ground Zeroes does end up being 2-4 hours long with only leaderboards as replay value, I can’t really condone the $40 price-tag as I’d get it for Xbox One over last gen.

  2. I was originally going to buy Ground Zeroes with my PS4 next month, but now I’m gonna hold off until a possible price drop. $30-$40 is just too much money for that short of an experience. And now there’s talk that The Phantom Pain won’t come out until 2015 or even 2016, meaning we could probably get away with waiting for a price drop.

    1. Sounds like a good idea to me. When I first looked up the price, I just saw $30, but I didn’t know the next-gen versions were $10 more for some reason. They haven’t even been confirmed to have any additional content either, so I’m not sure what the reasoning is behind it. I didn’t pay more for Battlefield 4 or Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag because I wanted the next-gen version. They probably know die hard Metal Gear fans will fork the cash though.

  3. I say “wait and see”, I will probably get it digital for cheap sometimes closer to the release of the Phantom Pain. I am not paying full price unless it is absolutely awesome.

    1. Yeah, if I can find a last-gen version at Red Box or manage to get the current-gen version from gamefly on Xbox One, I’ll just do that. Otherwise, I’m just hoping there is a price cut before Phantom Pain comes out.

    1. I figured it’d be short, but $40 for 2-4 hours? That’s double the price of a download title. You get an open world, a story and 5 side missions, but if the only replay value is a leaderboard, I think I’ll just wait for gamefly or red box to have it in stock.

    1. Right, not even for Metal Gear Solid. That’s just ridiculous. It’s just a rumor right now since Kojima didn’t confirm or deny the length, but if the only replay value is a leaderboard, I’m just going to hold off.

  4. I agree with the comments above, as much as I LOVE the metal gear solid series I wouldn’t spend that much on a 2-4 hours title. But.. if it gets good reviews I’d definitely rent it :]

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