Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros falls short — very short

Sneaking missions, cool gear and the voice of Kiefer Sutherland are the main attraction to Kojima’s new release “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros.” This is the tenth installment of a long going series “Metal Gear Solid,” which is probably one of my favorite franchises of all time and was the reason I seriously got into gaming.

Set in March of 1975, a few months after the events of “Peace Walker,” players control returning protagonist Snake, also known as Big Boss (Kiefer Sutherland), as he works with the Militaires Sans Frontieres to infiltrate an American top secret site on Cuban soil called Omega. The main objective of the game is to rescue your captured allies.

This game originally was supposed to be release alongside the bigger upcoming hit “Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pains,” but due to development problems in “Phantom Pains” it was released earlier to keep the fans happy. It was priced as $30, which always worries me. I know if games are cheaper they won’t have as much content, and my worries were completely valid. I finished the game in less than an hour which is extremely short for a “Metal Gear Solid” game. As probably the biggest fan of this series I was let down immensely.

The game did give me hope for “Phantom Pains” though. The graphics are astonishing, which is normal for the series but I am always surprised when I play a new one. The game mechanics are still classic “Metal Gear Solid” but with a few tweaks. The aiming system is a little different but not too much to throw you off.  The new installment of putting an objective on your map is extremely useful and gives you a more direct line to follow.

If it was up to me, I would price this game at $15, it is way too short to be sold as half of a full retail game. The story on the other hand, as short as it is, is quite phenomenal. It’s the main reason I have stayed with the series for so long and the main reason why I play any game. I feel that this game should have been DLC (Downloadable Content) for “Phantom Pains.”

The game looks absolutely amazing, the game mechanics are flawless with a touch of a new twist but the price and length are unacceptable. I never feel good when game companies try and take my money any way possible. I have loved this series for a long time, but I feel that this is the dark spot in its franchise. Although it’s not what I recommend, I still have hope for the “Phantom Pains” and will buy it day one. But this game left an unsatisfied taste in my mouth and made me wary for Kojima. That’s why I am giving this game a five out of ten. If you love “Metal Gear Solid,” rent it from Redbox and return it the next day.

Story: 5/10

Gameplay: 4/10

Graphics: 6/10

Overall: 5/10