No cardboard box? Good.
I realize people have an unnatural sense of affection for this particular piece of equipment in MGS, but my replaying of MGS1, MGS2, MGS3, and MGS4 in recent years has seen me not using the cardboard box even once. It's not needed, and it usually just gets you stuck in a less-than-ideal location while the soldier inevitably spots you.
As for the length of the game.. you people realize that this playtime is based on a speed run, right? Or at the very least, ignoring all optional content. If I made a conscience decision to speed run ANY Metal Gear Solid game, I could beat any of them in a matter of hours. But guess what? I continuously replay these games, starting from scratch every time, because they're undeniably fun.
Besides, since I'm not jumping into the next generation just yet, that means I get a brand new Metal Gear Solid experience for $20. THAT'S ALL?? Touche', Kojima.
HOWEVER.. that being said, I stand by my opinion that GZ and TPP should be part of one complete package. But there's no telling when TPP is coming, so I'll take a smaller, by-and-large cheaper taste of whats to come.
No its not speed running. The main story mode (the equivalent of the main campaign of any MGS game) took them 90 minutes taking their time and watching all cutscenes. Speed running it can be finished in 5 minutes.
But there is a giant base to explore and optional side missions that are not a part of the story, they are like the side ops in PW. That is where most of the play time will come in. Of course you can play as long as you want just messing around in the base which is what i will be doing.
5 minutes? Is that an confirmed fact, or are you assuming? That seems a little bit exaggerated.
Yeah, I already know I'll be doing any optional content that comes my way before I do anything story-related. But as I said before, I've played every MGS multiple times, just because they're fun and the story is enjoyable. I could start up a new file of MGS3 right now and play it all day without getting bored, despite the fact that I've beaten it at least 5 or 6 times. I guarantee that GZ will be similar.. I'll be playing that campaign at least once a month, every month, until TPP comes out. :P