Metal Gear: Ground Zeroes is 13 Minutes Without Cutscenes

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#1 Edited by Sweenix (5957 posts) -

Spoiler Alert :p


The game begins with a twenty minute dialogue between Kazuhira Miller and Big Boss establishing the setting of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Newcomers to the series will feel like they’re a veteran after watching this gripping cutscene. After the initial dialogue, Miller will then go through the controls of the game with Big Boss talking about buttons and controllers as if they were part of the in-game universe, a series staple.

After the fifteen minute tutorial, players will then be able to control Big Boss as he makes his way to Camp Omega. You will need to get Big Boss to the entrance of the camp which will take approximately one to two minutes depending on the difficulty setting. Afterwards, you will then be treated to a ten minute cutscene introducing one of the antagonists of the game, Skull Face.

This is the point where the open-world concept of Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain begin to take form. You have to make a decision on whether to rescue Chico or Paz first. It will take anywhere from two to three minutes to rescue either target. Once you get there, a ten minute cutscene will play for Chico while a seven minute cutscene will play for Paz. Afterwards, you will need to rescue the other person and watch their cutscene.

By this point, you’ve already played over half of Ground Zeroes. But it’s not over yet! You will need to escape Camp Omega after another seven minute cutscene showing the enemy forces discovering Big Boss. You will need to hijack a vehicle and meet up at the extraction point in less than five minutes otherwise reinforcements will arrive and kill Big Boss. Once you make your way to the helicopter, you can put down your controller and relax as you watch the ending cutscene.

The ending cutscene takes around twenty-five minutes with Miller debriefing Big Boss on his mission. We will not spoil what happens during this cutscene, but it directly leads into The Phantom Pain which will be releasing in 2014 or 2015. Hopefully people will have long discussions and make tons of theories about The Phantom Pain after finishing Ground Zeroes which could potentially make the gameplay in Ground Zeroes last even longer if people count that as gameplay.

Many people have criticized Ground Zeroes for being a glorified demo that people would normally get for free. However, many supporters have shot back saying that they gladly would have spent 30 or 40 dollars for the tanker chapter of Metal Gear Solid 2 if they had that opportunity.

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#2 Edited by CroidX (1555 posts) -

Rip off confirmed lol or not

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#3 Posted by RadioGooGoo (253 posts) -

Can't wait for the Lets Play, and then the Phantom Pain.

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#4 Posted by ConanTheStoner (17309 posts) -

I would have spent some money on the Tanker honestly. Played that shit countless times.

Doesn't mean shit though, MGS2 had brilliant replay value, doesn't mean GZ will be the same.

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#5 Edited by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -

I can't, I'm sorry, I just can't

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#6 Edited by Eisen_Howl (83 posts) -

First of all:


- Not gonna read that whole thing. (just in case)

Second of all:

If true, Youtube Walkthroughs it is.

- Unless reviews kick in and rave about it, then i'll most likely shell out money like i previously intended to.

Third of all:

13 minutes of non cut-scenes? Why didn't Kojima just make it into a movie then?

- Kingdom Hearts 1.5 did that for one of it's handheld spin offs; why not Kojima?

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#7 Posted by Pffrbt (6612 posts) -

This article is from a parody site.

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#8 Posted by ReadingRainbow4 (18733 posts) -

Lol, what in the ****?

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#9 Edited by Xaero_Gravity (9788 posts) -

Parody site mofo.

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#10 Edited by Gue1 (12171 posts) -

true. It's a parody website.

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#11 Posted by Heil68 (57859 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Parody site mofo.

Thank goodness.

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#12 Edited by Joedgabe (5134 posts) -

At least someone around here knows how to troll ~

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#14 Posted by ConanTheStoner (17309 posts) -

Yeah, parody site sure, but it's probably not too far from the truth.

Not trying to hate, I'm buying a PS4 in the coming weeks and GZ will likely be the first game I pick up. Just saying, the way they broke this down sounds like every MGS game.

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#15 Posted by sora16perfect (729 posts) -

What in the actual ****?

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#16 Posted by lamprey263 (34514 posts) -

I believe it, MGS4 was like 75% cutscenes and 20% gameplay, and 5% install times.

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#17 Posted by GameMediator (75 posts) -

@Sweenix: MGS4 was like 80% cutscenes lol. Isn't MGS5 open world? just don't rush through it, ill be exploring and messing around lots.

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#18 Edited by foxhound_fox (96814 posts) -

Correction: Over 5 million people spent $40 on Gran Turismo 5: Prologue. Making it the second highest selling PS3 exclusive. Only bested by Gran Turismo 5.

And IIRC, the initial version of the game came with something like 24 cars and 2 tracks.

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#19 Edited by Netret0120 (3476 posts) -

Parody Website. Its fake

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#20 Edited by cainetao11 (32742 posts) -

@charizard1605: I would have spent about $10 on the tanker in mgs2. I'm not sure about this one. Think I'll wait for phantom pain goty edition that includes it with DLC.

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#21 Edited by SolidTy (49991 posts) -

Whoever (some kid name Jack?) wrote this must have been a kid or baby when MGS2 was released because people did in fact buy the MGS2 demo for $50, more than the author insinuated ($30-$40)."...many supporters have shot back saying that they gladly would have spent 30 or 40 dollars for the tanker chapter of Metal Gear Solid 2 if they had that opportunity..."

Those same $50 MSG2 demo disc buyers also got a free bonus game with the MGS2 demo called Zone of the Enders. It was well known by the industry back then, by retailers, those that were in the industry at the time, but jeez, I guess that was over a decade+ ago so I suppose this young parody author wouldn't know anything about that, which just ruins the joke. He may as well joke about other historical events without doing research.

Parody site or not (more obvious when you click Jack's name), that joke is a complete misfire due to ignorance of the time (2001) and the fact people I know in RL had no desire for Zone at all, but purchased ZOE just for MGS2 demo. MGS2 btw, was a technological marvel at the time as the PS2 was cutting edge at one point in time, believe it or not.

Kojima learned and confirmed the draw of Metal Gear Solid then and this selling a demo solo is the next logical step. I don't like it, but as a huge, huge fan, I'm going to get my mits on that disc one way or the other, playing it on the best hardware I can find day one...of course, if I can get that copy cheaper, I'll be very happy. I'm disappointed with this approach, so my excitement has been dulled...and yet, it's still Metal freakin' Gear, so I got to get it before the spoilers start poppin' up. Part of the enjoyment I get is the speculation and wonder after I complete these early pieces.

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#22 Edited by Lulu_Lulu (19564 posts) -

Who didn't see this coming ?

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#23 Edited by GrenadeLauncher (6843 posts) -

lmao p4rgaming, I love it when people get caught out by them.

Game Informer did say that people at KojiPro clocked the main mission in five minutes though. Considering you could do that with the MGS2 demo and I got a month of playtime out of that, I'm not massively worried.

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#24 Posted by Krelian-co (13274 posts) -

@Xaero_Gravity said:

Parody site mofo.

good, i was a sad panda when i read this.

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#25 Posted by Zaibach (13466 posts) -

Parody article or not, its pretty despicable that Konami and Kojima are shipping this glorified demo for 40 dollars,

Will wait for The Phantom Pain

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#26 Edited by Salt_The_Fries (12477 posts) -

Even if this is from a satire website, that'd be so typically Japanese. First, excrutiatingly prolonged and needless exposition, and then tutorial right after it.

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#27 Edited by ConanTheStoner (17309 posts) -

@Zaibach said:

Parody article or not, its pretty despicable that Konami and Kojima are shipping this glorified demo for 40 dollars,

Will wait for The Phantom Pain

Well $40 is the maximum, $20 is the minimum, depending on platform and purchase method.

Either way, I do see where you're coming from. It sounds shitty at face value. At the same time I don't know why people are so shocked. MGS games are short. Take out the cutscenes and you have a series of games that average 10 hours, a little more or less depending on the title. And that's a first play through. Subsequent plays are half that time, or less.

I'm not sure why people expected something more from the intro mission to an MGS title.

I agree that it's just best to wait for the full game though. Unfortunately I'm an impatient bastard with money to burn.

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#28 Posted by PrincessGomez92 (5083 posts) -

Doesn't sound far off.

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#29 Posted by FoxbatAlpha (10669 posts) -

How the hell am I going to find time to complete this?

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#30 Edited by mrintro (1354 posts) -

I still have a copy of the MGS 2 demo

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#31 Posted by stuff238 (2378 posts) -

@lamprey263 said:

I believe it, MGS4 was like 75% cutscenes and 20% gameplay, and 5% install times.

MGS1 can be beaten in just over 1 hour. Had like 3+ hours of cutscenes.

MGS2= 1,5 hours. 5.5 hours of cutscenes.

MGS3= 1 hour 20 something minutes. 3-4 hours of cutscenes.

MGS4= 1,5 hours.. 9+ hours of cutscenes.

You do the math because I am way to lazy. Your welcome.

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#32 Posted by Crossel777 (6176 posts) -

Oh dear..

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#33 Edited by jhonMalcovich (7090 posts) -

They just could have released it in movie theaters. Perfectly fits into a 2-hour movie duration.

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#34 Posted by kuu2 (10329 posts) -

Best troll thread on SW in a while.

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#35 Posted by APiranhaAteMyVa (3790 posts) -

lol I actually believed it when reading the OP, until the comments. I will skip this, or wait until it is like <£10.

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#36 Posted by freedomfreak (49906 posts) -

crazy p4rgaming

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#37 Edited by insanegame377 (392 posts) -

Would have been funny if true.

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#38 Edited by CrownKingArthur (5262 posts) -

13 minutes?

yeah right. it will be less than half that length at best.

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#39 Posted by Jakandsigz (6341 posts) -

And people did not believe me months ago, when I said I played the near finalized version and I said it was about 2 hours with cutscenes.

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#40 Edited by Bread_or_Decide (24814 posts) -

Charging for a glorifide demo is low. And I'm a big MGS fan and this is just poop of them.

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#41 Posted by whiskeystrike (12172 posts) -

Well it lasts longer than me so I can't complain.

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#42 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (24814 posts) -

@whiskeystrike: lol

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#43 Edited by Chrome- (1726 posts) -

shut up and take my rations kojima

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#44 Posted by super600 (32406 posts) -

I hate hoax/joke sites.