The promise of Metal Gear Solid was one of the main reasons I bought a PS4. Since I never owned a PS3, and never got to play MGS4, I didn’t want to miss out on 5. Well the prequel to The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes is out now, and while I haven’t had the time to sit down and play through the entire game, I can share with you my initial impressions.
As I mentioned earlier I purchased the PS4 version of the game, but I think most of my thoughts would apply to the other versions, at least when it comes to the gameplay. I didn’t know a lot about the story for Ground Zeroes going in, but I was pleased to find out it tied in as a sequel of sorts to the PSP title Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker. The game starts with Snake sneaking into a prison camp to rescue a character first introduced in Peacewalker.
After the first cutscene, gameplay began, what I found most impressive from the outset was how visually stunning the game was. There was no noticeable difference, if any difference at all between how the cutscene looked and how the actual game looked, it was seamless. Though I can’t speak for the other version, especially 360 and PS3, The sense of realism created makes for an immersive experience, that really fits well with this kind of game.
Being a stealth game, sneaking around is pivotal to how well you will play. In this new open world environment being used, enemies can come from anywhere. For an example, after opening a gate, I walked through, and because I was careless, a car filled with guards happened to drive by, and I was found. Then came some combat, when you are first spotted time slows down in order to let you get in a few good shots. If you don’t play it safe and take cover though, you will be killed.
Sneaking up on enemies is a staple of the MGS series, and like previous entries you can interrogate, knock out, or kill the person you hold captive. Ground Zeroes is rated M for intense violence among other things. From the beginning I realized how it got this rating, it is a very intense game that will make you see a lot of blood.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is the game I have been waiting for since the PS4 launched, and so far I have not been disappointed.