The internet is revolting! News has broken this morning that apparently the forthcoming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes can be completed in only two hours… and yes, they’re planning to sell it for £40.
Game Informer have posted up the first review of the game – but whilst giving it four stars also say that they managed to complete it within two hours – which means that for once, Call of Duty fans will be able to boast about how much content they get.
The game itself isn’t supposed to be a full game per-se – it is being positioned as a “prologue”, setting up the story for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which is arriving in a year or two. But even with this caveat – if you want to pick up the retail (ie: disc based) version for PS4 or Xbox One it’ll set you back a cool £39.99. Which seems like quite a bit of cash for not much gameplay.
There will be other options – the “digital only” version for the new consoles will be £29.99, and the disc version of the Xbox 360 & PS3 will be the same. The digital-only 360 and PS3 version will go down to “only” £19.99.
Of course – this has already had commentators dryly wondering how much of those two hours will be the long cut scenes that creator Hideo Kojima is famous for – apparently internal Konami testers were able to speed run the game in five minutes.
If you can look beyond these, umm, length issues though, the game does sound rather promising: in a break from the standard MGS format, it’s a proper attempt at more of a sandbox style of gameplay, with multiple paths to objectives, and it appears that there will be an accompanying app (GTA5 style) enabling interaction with the game from your phone.
So will it be worth it? Only time will tell – but I think we might hold tight and wait for the inevitable double-pack of Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain together.