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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.
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lilflipp

<< LINK REMOVED >> Still shouldn't be able to complete it. Some dude completed it in 6 fucking minutes lol

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christie_

<< LINK REMOVED >> Wow... Much hate... So funny...

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vannacut

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

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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.

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SteffenVendelbo

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

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sleepyinmorning

atleast walkthrough was a single video long,good thing

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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.

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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.

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jeromycraig

<< LINK REMOVED >> "Let's give Kojima some slack on this one."

The mantra of the Metal Gear fandom.

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pip3dream

<< LINK REMOVED >> I think it's really fun, and didn't mind paying $30 for it. just skipped two pizzas.


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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!

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ClevernameX

Have you played it? It is not garbage.

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Pelican170

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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...

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lilflipp

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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?

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Pelican170

<< LINK REMOVED >> $200 for Skyrim? What do you mean? I have logged heavy hours on Skyrim myself haha.

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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 : )

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theBastardSword

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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vannacut

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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...

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Pelican170

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Doesnt 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Really? 30$ these days is toilet paper money, how cheap one has to be?

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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.

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jeromycraig

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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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.

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MC12294

Add $30 and get Dark Souls 2

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ClevernameX

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

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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.

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lpool8

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

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Pelican170

<< LINK REMOVED >> This is very far from the truth...

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lpool8

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> jesus christ

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bongsyas_23

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

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Halloll

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

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johnnycaged

<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually you can beat it in just under 1 hour << LINK REMOVED >>

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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.

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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.

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NotFrylock1987

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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.

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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

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lilflipp

<< LINK REMOVED >> Some dude actually beat it in 6 minutes.

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skipper847

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

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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.

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NotFrylock1987

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Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure. *wink* *wink*

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Pelican170

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> lol