Is The Length Of MGSV:GZ Worth The Money?
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes made quite a lot of noise yesterday. Game Informer got their hands on it and were able to play through the main missions in just 2 hours. Of course the news spread like wildfire and people were enraged. MGSV:GZ is 20$ digital and 30$ retail on last gen, and 30$ digital and 40$ retail current gen. The question is, is it worth it?
I think the biggest thing that is upsetting people is the price. 40$ for 2 hours is asking quite a lot. Had this been priced at 20$ across the board it may have been more acceptable. I understand that not everyone has the same playstyle. It might take people longer if they play it slowly, or it could be shorter if people sped through it. There are still so many things we don’t know about the missions themselves. Like the pacing of the missions, surely the missions would be longer if played on a higher difficulty. Then again different difficulties haven’t been confirmed. Which brings me to my next point.
Metal Gear games have been known for long cut scenes. We still don’t know how long cut scenes are. I assume if the missions are so short, the cut scenes shouldn’t be too long. Either way you look at it the cut scenes take away from the time you could be playing.
Another thing we don’t know is how much replay value it has. Some games that are short are designed that way so they can be played again. The question is after we beat the missions, do the side missions, and if there are any, find the collectibles. Will I have a reason to go back? Spending 40$ on something I can completely finish in a day and not touch again is a problem.
We’ve known for a while that it was already stated by Hideo Kojima that MGSV:GZ would be like a tutorial for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, So I expected it to be short, just not that short. As a fan of the series I’ll still buy it, because honestly for me, I’m itching to get back into the world of Metal Gear. Will it be worth it? I hope so, I may not understand Kojima’s decisions but he hasn’t let me down yet.
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