Kojima explains which version of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes you should buy

Series creator Hideo Kojima explains who should buy the PS3/Xbox 360 version and who should buy the PS4/Xbox One version.

Should you buy the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes or the PlayStation 4/Xbox One version? Series creator Hideo Kojima weighed in on Twitter today.

"I've been asked which ver u should buy. The feel of play & impression's similar as it's been made multiplatform/multigen this time. Sense of realism & graphics looks much better in next gen. So I'd say current-gen for those who can't buy next gen just yet & upgrade later."

"FYI, the world ranking of mission result/trial grade in GZ differs to each platform. The feel of play/difficulty levels are the same as we consider slight difference parts found in each hardware, controls or frame rate."

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, a prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, launches on March 18, 2014. The game will be available to download on PS4 or Xbox One, or in stores for PS3 or Xbox 360 for $30. PS3 and Xbox 360 owners can download the game for $20.

Ground Zeroes runs on the Fox Engine and features a day/night cycle, as well as dynamic weather conditions that affect gameplay. Missions are designed to help players understand the game's new control and gameplay mechanics.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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MariJoe007
MariJoe007

I'm still trying to figure out what's the difference between Ground Zeroes and the Phantom Pain.  I know Ground Zeroes is a prologue but is it more linear than Phantom Pain?  Is one Free Roam and not the other?  Does each game have the same Snake?  SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKEE!

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

Kojima sold out to Microbribe... he tells us to buy it for the massive installed base of PS3 and Xbroke players, then buy it again when they get either a PS4 or XBoner. He sold out.

AllHailTheSith
AllHailTheSith

LOL, Kojima is the next Confucius.  Those who can buy the next gen, should buy the next gen... Those who can't... shouldn't.  That's some deep stuff right there.  Why did they only make one article about this?  They should make a different article for each console!

sangdolee
sangdolee

this game is gonna be the best of the whole world definitely

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

Just wait until The Phantom Pain is released instead, by that time this game will be even cheaper just get it the week before if you have to.

Grazen
Grazen

Damn, Kojima says that I need to buy the Xbox 360 version then upgrade to next gen version later and play it again to get the full experience. Can't wait!

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

thanks kjim cuz at first i was gonna buy the ps4 version for my 360 but then i was like, "waait something tells me i should check gamespot..." lo and behold here be an article givin me a walkthrough of purchasing mgs5. 


5/5 gs. *slow clap*

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

Hmm, let's decrypt this riddle about MGS5. "Who should play what"... Okay,  those who have the bucks they should play the Xbox One/PS4, the others will play previous gen versions.

Bifcake
Bifcake

This is old news. I guess it's just trolling on Kojima's part. Captain obvious has never been more obvious.

digitm64
digitm64

What a stupid article.  It's common sense.....buy the platform version that you currently own. Derrrr.

blurguy6
blurguy6

why is that dude holding a watermelon?

vgbum
vgbum

... Really? This reminds me of why I dislike Gamespot now. 

mightili
mightili

30$ what? There is no way in heck its going to be a full game. I expect 4 hours long story line...

TxtBin
TxtBin

I remember Kojima saying he struggled to fit his true vision for MGS4 on a Blu-Ray disc, and so a 360 port would require 6 discs to fit all the content. Yet here we have MGS5; works fine on the 360.


Either Kojima isn't out to create as ambitious a project as MGS4 was or perhaps we'll be getting a bit of 'multiple disc installation' action on the 360 version :/

lsplan21
lsplan21

Lmao he said frame rate must mean Xbox one shitty 60fps..

rushiosan
rushiosan

Mr Obvious just said the capital O Obvious. If I can't afford any of these versions, I assume I shouldn't buy any, right-right?

Securator
Securator

No disk for Gz for ps4..???....gonna havta buy it for the ps3 then....cant stand downloads, also i love viewing my game library as tons of boxes on shelves and not as an icon on my console....silly habit i know.

budadeath
budadeath

The textures still look like ps3/x360

swantn5
swantn5

hey i just called gamestop to pre order the ps4 verison he said there is no retail verison and that it is digital download title only 0.o kinda confused atm

Redrivar
Redrivar

Who green lights these articles?? Eww wtf

Chefjase
Chefjase

I'm not sure if I'm going to get the next MG, but I'll wait till both are packed together for $60, $70 if they offer some dlc codes. If they announce a separate epilogue later on I won't be getting them at all, it's the principle of the thing.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Can't buy any version because there is no PC version available but last gen and next gen are, may I ask why?

xGarrettThiefX
xGarrettThiefX

Err I'll tell you what Koj - how about I just buy the version that has everything in it ok ? Cool ?

FamilySize
FamilySize

@MariJoe007  GZ won't have full-weather effects if I remember correctly. It's likely just 5-10% of what PP will offer. PP will offer Fulltime weather and day/night cycles naturally. I'd think GZ could be compared to Peacewalker more than it can relate to PP's goals. GZ likely is Peacewalker styled missions that are branched out and more open for multiple approaches, but amongst the limits of say, like, this being on an island and a fort in the center. Many approaches, but stuck within those boundaries whilst PP is like....you spawn outside a village, travel to it on horse, then perhaps have to reach another village on the opposite-end for a helicopter rescue.

GZ will offer its primary Main-op, some side-ops (If not 4-5 if that doesn't change). Moderate base management that's comparable to Peace Walkerand recruitment, which would also include R&D like Peacewalker....everything else, I am unsure.

As for Same Snake?....it should, but, Conspiracies are abound and we'll never know whats in Kojimas head until we really finish the game.

lnfiniteloop
lnfiniteloop

@blurguy6 maybe he's going to take it fro practice at the firing range or just wanted it to carve a face in it?

macaque12
macaque12

@TxtBin You can't forget that MGS5: Ground Zeroes will probably a much smaller game than MGS4 was, since, as said, it's a prolouge to Phantom Paine, that's probable the main reason that now X360 can have the new MGS

flashn00b
flashn00b

@freaky_ninja  I think the only reason why FOX engine is supported on the PC is so that Hideo Kojima can sell it to other developers as a viable alternative to the Unreal Engine, which could definitely use some competition.


That said though, it'd be nice to see a PC version, seeing that Metal Gear Rising's port was met with reasonable success

alien33
alien33

@Securator Get ready to leave this habit behind as we enter next-gen. Discs are becoming extinct. Digital is the future. I'm not happy too, I'm just preparing you.

Lash540
Lash540

@budadeath When you make a game you base it off the weakest console, in this case it's the Xbox 360. So until they make a game that doesn't have a previous gen console in the mix you probably won't see to much improvement. It's just not good business to tweak the game to look better or worse on different consoles. It's easier and cheaper to just make it work on the weakest and to know that if it works on the weakest the others will handle it just fine if not at a better frame rate than the weakest.

So the better the console, the better the frame rate, the smoother it will look, but the textures and stuff will probably be identical on all consoles.

billlabowski
billlabowski

@Darkhol0w Konami isn't quite familiar with PC releases yet. Kojima himself said that they are taking PC into consideration. All of the tech demos have been seen running on a GTX 680, so I'm sure we'll see it a year after console release.

Securator
Securator

Same here...im gonna buy mgs ultra ultimate anniversary plus plus edition.

Securator
Securator

Who snake..???...im gonna buy them for that saucy sniper.

Securator
Securator

Yeah, youre right. Everyone keeps telling me this. Also digital does offer more when you compare it to discs. The immense Ps store, ps plus and timely discounts and what not. Guess its time to fill out those shelves with something else....game artbooks maybe.

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

@Lash540@budadeath  Exactly why I keep telling people that hardware is pointless.  If you buy a game that is on xbox and ps4 it's going to look identical on both consoles.  If you say otherwise your simply just searching for justification. 

Saul_Ed_Snake
Saul_Ed_Snake

@thesilverape Technically, GZ and Phantom Pain together form MGSV as a whole, but I get where you were going.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@billlabowski@Darkhol0wHow can you even say that. All the games are made with a PC. 

I would play even an unoptimized version that requires controller (Dark Souls) rather than not play it at all. Remember that modders can do wonders for the game.

Princess_Rectum
Princess_Rectum

@razu2444@Securator Yes.  There will ALWAYS be a demand for the physical media.  What if the time came when video game consoles were obsolete -- you just plugged a receiver for a wireless controller into your TV, connected to the internet, streamed the games you paid $60 for?  Would that sound ideal versus the conventional method?  Of course not.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@razu2444@Securator I'd only like to get hard copies of worthy games wich most quality and performance are not tied to any online. Like some Dead Space, Fallout or other good Single player games.

razu2444
razu2444

@SecuratorNo leave it be. The digital version has no value. The hard copy will always be better. And yes, looking at a whole library on a shelf is better than icons. No Discs are not going out, They are doing as well as ever.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@mightili@TroyTrojanGamer@Lash540@Darkhol0w@billlabowski  Piracy is kinda a double edged sword. I don't understand why people think that if someone is pirating then that is a lost sale. Some of them are pirating because they don't have the income to buy the game and won't buy the game regardless because of their financial status. 

Others will just do it because it's for free. You can argue what you want, but it's rampant in the console market as well, only no one seems to bat an eye to it when the game releases on torrent sites 3 days to a week before the actual release. The irony here is ridiculous.

mightili
mightili

@TroyTrojanGamer @Lash540 @Darkhol0w @billlabowski Big publishers are flipping PC off and focus on console games and digital releases from now on.

PC = piracy,
DVD/Blu-Ray = piracy.

Some games will still have PC versions but they will be out much later (1 year plus). By that time Publisher will have as much profit as possible and pirating the game won't affect their profit as much any longer.


There will be some independent devs (kickstarter) who will still release PC games but a lot of them will inherit microtransactions and online authentication for full experience.

Lash540
Lash540

@Darkhol0w @billlabowski In previous generations the games were made to work with a specific chipset architecture that isn't compatible with PC's x86 type.

That's what these next gen consoles addressed that the previous generations didn't.

The new consoles use that same chipset architecture to allow EASY porting and patches.

The reason they are probably doing the consoles first is because they all have identical hardware.

PC users hardware varies from person to person which means they need to take more time to make sure it will work perfectly or at least playable with the mass amount of different hardware out on the PC market.

Time is money so they just release on consoles first, find bugs, patch them, then once the game is very stable and they aren't making as much from the console sales they deploy the PC version with added updates and the like to give console guys that already have it on the console to buy it again on the PC or just to reach a different demographic.