You can "finish" Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes in 10 minutes

New speedrun video shows game can be "completed" in 10 minutes if you skip side mission content and cutscenes.

One of the most contentious components of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes leading up to its launch today was its "short" length. An earlier report said its main story could be completed in under two hours, leading some to criticize its $20/$30 price point. Now, Eurogamer has published a (spoiler-heavy) video showing that the entire game can be "completed" in 10 minutes.

Importantly, the speedrunner knows exactly what to do, passes over the side mission content, and skips all the cutscenes. This isn't how you'd normally play a video game for enjoyment.

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima weighed in on the Ground Zeroes' length controversy in February, saying the game's non-linear approach means players will find it to have a high degree of replayability.

"GZ offers freedom of approach & play style, which we hope players will enjoy over & over without boring," he said at the time. "I believe people will be satisfied with the 'play time' of GZ and will not stress the 'clear time,' which is a standard for linear games."

Ground Zeroes is the prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. For more on Ground Zeroes, check out GameSpot's review.

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bunny_top
bunny_top

And lets not talk about the difficulty of games of today.... Even a guy with only one hand and 3 fingers can finish a game with no effort.

bunny_top
bunny_top

Games nowadays don't have the same kind of lenght older games had... I mean, I actually played more than 30 times Vagrant Story, Chronno Cross and even MGS and I did it cause they were great games, full games with actual content. But in today games you'll be lucky if you can get a game with a full story without having to spend in DLC's or in next installments.

jeromycraig
jeromycraig

<i>"Importantly, the speedrunner knows exactly what to do, passes over the side mission content, and skips all the cutscenes. This isn't how you'd normally play a video game for enjoyment."</i>


Well, it IS a Metal Gear game.  Skipping the longwinded cutscenes and overwrought, nonsensical storyline is really the only way to get enjoyment from it.

vannacut
vannacut

wow, now they sell demos as finished products!!!

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

yeah it's basically a glorified demo, but I knew that going in buying it... I goofed up on the basic mission, I went down those stairs and didn't realize Paz was in the next room so I ran around the entire base killing everybody lol. Anyway now I'm on to the side ops which are challenging. 


I didn't think I'd hate Sutherland so much but yes... I agree with the doubters, he simply sucks as Snake. Kojima should revert back to Hayter for the main Phantom Pain game because it's just painful hearing Sutherland as Snake. It's almost like Kojima avoided utilizing him in this demo game too. 

steffenvendelbo
steffenvendelbo

64 dollars on ps4 in Denmark.... Rip of.. Get a grip Kojima.. 

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

atleast walkthrough was a single video long,good thing

ClevernameX
ClevernameX

I dont know how many of you played the first Way of the Samurai for PS2, but GZ kind of reminds me of that. You could finish it in under an hour, but it was a blast to play. Same idea, sandbox and you could play how you wanted. I paid $60 for way of the samurai, but beat it at least 15 times. I'm obssesed with GZ right now. Put in about 6 hours and not sick of it at all. Phantom Pain cant come soon enough.

zyxahn
zyxahn

Ok the length I get it but 29.99 is about as low as they could go on this type of a games from a legend in the gaming business.  I was pleased because I though it would be more expensive being a Metal Gear game.  Titanfall doesn't have anything and it's still 59.99.  Let's give Kojima some slack on this one.  Also play it some before you complain.

Pelican170
Pelican170

And yet people still buy garbage like this, which means they will continue to pump out half a*sed games... Please people, stop buying this crap!

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

I really love how Eddie pretty much re-wrote this article to hopefully make himself look like less of a dumbass. I remember this article being a little bit longer a few days ago and had things like "He beat the ENTIRE game in 10 minutes" Even though Eddie went on to write he skipped all the side missions after that qoute, so he really didn't beat the ENTIRE game in 10 minutes, thus making his whole article completely worthless and a waste of a read.

What a waste of an article and obvious flame bait. This dude really needs to be fired.

MC12294
MC12294

Add $30 and get Dark Souls 2

SajaTo
SajaTo

I absolutely hate short games and I dont replay them I rather play another one so 10 mins is ridiculous for me as well as 2 hours.

lpool8
lpool8

tbf all metal gear games are about 10 minutes and the rest is just nano conversations and cut scenes

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

so it's basically a 10 minute movie? i'll pass for now

Halloll
Halloll

next you're going to tell me you can beat Skyrim in 2 hours.

marco1k1
marco1k1

You know what, who gives a crap if it's only a couple hours long - if it is good enough at the end of playing to feel worth the money you spent on it then there we go.


If it isn't then you probably aren't the kind of person who either wants to spend that amount on something short and sweet (which is fair enough) or cannot.


It isn't a big deal.

stickybun
stickybun

You shouldn't be able to do a speed run in a stealth game and beat it in 10 minutes. That's absolutely ridiculous.

skipper847
skipper847

I pre ordered it thinking it was the proper one then found out it wasn't then cancelled it. lol

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

Fuck this game. I'm sure it's fun, and I'm also sure it will eventually come bundled as a "Complete Edition" with Phantom Pain in the not too distant future, probably under $50. Patience is the best weapon against greedy dev bullshit. Plenty of games to keep me occupied until then. 


And until someone can logically explain to me why Ground Zeroes wasn't just the first two hours of the Phantom Pain, your "HUR! BUT OTHER GAMES CAN BE BEAT FAST TOO! Buuuh!" comments are completely irrelevant. Save for lining Kojima's Foxhound emblazoned wallet with a few more fistfuls of yen, there WAS no excuse. This was a test from the REAL La Li Lu Le Lo to see just how much shit MGS fans are willing to eat. Judging by some of these comments, I suppose the answer to that question turned out to be "a lot".

lilflipp
lilflipp

@jeromycraig Still shouldn't be able to complete it. Some dude completed it in 6 fucking minutes lol

jeromycraig
jeromycraig

@zyxahn  "Let's give Kojima some slack on this one."

The mantra of the Metal Gear fandom.

pip3dream
pip3dream

@zyxahn  I think it's really fun, and didn't mind paying $30 for it.  just skipped two pizzas.


ClevernameX
ClevernameX

Have you played it? It is not garbage.

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

@Pelican170 I've gotten way more than the advertised 1.5, or 2 hours out of it. 

If Kojima would have forced the side mission on the player first in order to unlock the main mission, then we wouldnt be having this conversation, and because people wont stop complaining about it, I almost wish he would have designed it that way. because then it becomes about as long as alot of the games people happily pay 60 dollars for.

                   

It's a full enough game for 30 or 20 dollars.. Just don't buy it if you don't want to, but don't tell me how to spend my money.  At least I didn't have to wait another year or so to play it just because people some people don't want to pay for it, and want everything for free.

jeromycraig
jeromycraig

@notfrylock1987  Yes, let's demand he get fired for shining a light on the fact that your game is horrible and overpriced and you should feel bad.

ClevernameX
ClevernameX

Haha That's what I'm getting saturday, too much of a Metal Gear nerd to pass on GZ.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@stickybun  

Except this isn't just a stealth game anymore. A video should have been posted along with this article to show how he actually did it. My guess? He just ran to the two spots you had to go, in full Alert mode. Im sure some glitches were used too, because the A.I can kill you pretty quickly if you let it overwhelm you.

ClevernameX
ClevernameX

Just download it on last gen, $20 if you are a MGS fan it's worth the money. I'm not a fan of a cash grab, however I love Metal Gear, couldn't resist.

pip3dream
pip3dream

@jerusaelem  I think you are totally fair in your questioning of this.  But I truly feel that there wasn't any calculated diabolical plan behind the release of this.  Phantom Pain is a long ways off, still.  And I think Hideo felt are REAL pain, and genuinely wanted to throw us a bone - and this was how he was able to do it.  And in a way, if you look at this how I think he would like you to see it - its really a wonderful sandbox full of hours of opportunity for you to lose yourself in this world.  


Without the constraints of a plot or narrative, you're free to do whatever you please, play however you want to play, even make up your own stories if you want to get that nerdy.  To me this game was a lot like playing with army men as a kid - the green plastic soldiers - if you added a little imagination, you could have hours and hours of fun with the same plastic dudes, covering a lot of ground. 


I've been having a lot of fun with this game.  There are all kinds of intricacies and depth to the gameplay.  This is gameplay at its PUREST form - and this has me very excited for the new metal gear game.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@jerusaelem  

How DARE Kojima give us something to play and to show off what to expect from him in the future because a good majority ofthe launch titles from both consoles were dlayed for the next year or two.

HOW DARE KOJIMA GIVE US A REASONABLY PRICED GAME THAT COST HIM A FEW MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE TO PAY BACK HIS EMPLOYEES TO THEY CAN FEED HIS FAMILY!

HOW DARE HE!


Never mind the fact that every single Metal Gear Solid game to date, only has two hours of Gameplay when you don't count all the cut scenes.

Are people really this retarded now a days?

Pelican170
Pelican170

@ClevernameX No, I wont buy that. I dont buy things that I feel dont hold up to their weight in value. If full game is $60 and is, lets say, 15 hrs long, then this game should be like $5, not $30. Thats just how I look at things like this. To me, if you keep buying over priced things they will continue to rip off costumers because, hey why not, they are buying it...

vannacut
vannacut

@thebastardsword @Pelican170  it is not full!! nonono , i saw the video, the guy pretty much plays the game normally other than skipping cutscenes, instead of mindless wander abouts, and it s ten mins, this is no way worth 20 bucks...

Pelican170
Pelican170

@thebastardsword @Pelican170Doesnt sound very full from all the reviews ive read. Thats fine if you want to pay for that, but the value isnt there for me. And to me, thats just them taking advantage of its customers... And because people buy things like this, they will continue to do this and the cycle continues.

felipiarena
felipiarena

If I bought it why should anyone else judge if it's worth my money or not? 


Because it's a short (And it's relatively short, beacause he didn't beat the game completely and he already knew exactly what to do) game it's not worth the price, or necessarily a bad game? 


If you know all the puzzles Portal can be beaten in 10 minutes. Is it a bad game? Did you hate towards it?


I mean, all you can tell when someones says that a game can be beaten in 10 minutes is that you can beat that game in 10 minutes in certain conditions. Nothing else can be implied from it. 

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

@notfrylock1987 @stickybunI just finished it in 11 minutes 03 seconds, S ranked with no alerts, no kills, If I knew all the safe places to sprint without alerting anyone I maybe could have pulled it off in 10 minutes. took me more than 12 hours to figure the route out tho

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

@zedetach  Ahh, a "jew" joke on the internet. What a comedic pioneer you must be! Why if Jew jokes, racial slurs, and infinitely regurgitated meme's were actually funny, you'd be like...the Dane Cook of the internet! Which is to say that you'd STILL be an unfunny tool that most people can only tolerate in incremental doses, like a glass of heavy cream to the lactose intolerant. 


Not Jewish. Not from Jerusalem. Got the name from a comic book character. I'd give you a gold star sticker for effort except that your tired ass "joke" (assuming that's what it was meant to be) didn't require any, and I'm not entirely convinced that you wouldn't immediately cram the sticker into your perpetually agape mouth and choke to death like the fetal alcohol afflicted simpleton you clearly appear to be. Not that I would mind, of course, but I see little reason to interfere with the inevitable. I'm certain you'll drown in a bowl of spaghettios, swallow an entire pack of D cell batteries or blind yourself with an uncorked piece of silverware or something to that effect. It's so much an if as it is a when, and as I implied with my previous comment, I'm very patient.


If it's really funny though, liiike "choked to death on a poptart your retarded ass attempted to eat directly out of the toaster and you forgot to remove the wrapper" funny, I would appreciate it if you would leave instructions with your caregiver/guardian/invalidwrangler/whatever-the-hell-you-call-the-person-failing-to-raise-you-properly to post the obituary online. You may not have gotten many laughs in life, but that certainly shouldn't stop you from attempting to get a few chuckles on the way out the door! Again though, no rush. If there's one thing I remember from Biology 101, it's that Darwinism takes time!


Aaaaand just under five minutes with a smile! I'll let you decide whether or not you consider this a victory, you extremely pathetic excuse for a "troll" :D

lilflipp
lilflipp

@ClevernameX 200$ for Skyrim? Do you have any concept of money at all. Wait a minute.. do you buy your games or it's like your parents? Skyrim is not 200$ Never was. Maybe you're confusing mods with DLCs

Let me guess... console skyrim?

Pelican170
Pelican170

@ClevernameX $200 for Skyrim? What do you mean? I have logged heavy hours on Skyrim myself haha.

ClevernameX
ClevernameX

As is your right, but for me it was worth it, free will my friend. I stopped playing battlefield 3 for the same reason, felt all the DLC and pay to upgrade was a rip off, I'm getting way more enjoyment out of MGS GZ then I ever got from BF. I'm always suspect of cash grabs, but this little game is fun so I fell for it I guess. Glad I didn't have to pay over $200 for Skyrim though, put in over 100 hours : )

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@jerusaelem @zedetach  

CALM DOWN WITH THE FUCKING NOVELS SONNY.

nobody read that shit. I stopped after the 2nd sentence in paragraph one out of three.

marco1k1
marco1k1

@jerusaelem @zedetach  I get that the guy was being immature but I really don't see how this is, in anyway, a good retort.


Especially if he was just trolling.