While we wait for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, we’ve got our first taste with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The prequel officially shipped to shelves and digital today. What can we expect? Let’s dig in and take a look at the DLC pack-in that comes with it.
Set in 1975, the GROUND ZEROES story centers on Big Boss, legendary hero and mercenary, as he infiltrates a secret Cuban prison camp called “Camp Omega” on a rescue mission with a need to remain undetected. Quickly, he finds himself behind enemy lines in a massive base with the freedom to choose what route to take; he can attempt pure stealth, open action, or something in between – how the mission is carried out is entirely up to each individual player. The game also features additional side missions that extends gameplay beyond the main prologue mission.
GROUND ZEROES features groundbreaking new technology and features made possible by Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine. These include the use of day, night and weather conditions that dramatically alter gameplay decisions. The game also utilizes a new, non-linear gameplay style for players to come up with numerous approaches and challenges, offering higher replay value. Furthermore, the game features an online global ranking system where players can compete in unique in-game/mission challenges and achievements and see how they stack up against others. Finally, players will find second screen functionality via the iDROID app. The app offers players a way to access maps, summon air support or play cassette tapes found throughout Camp Omega without blocking the view of nearby soldiers or areas. The iDROID app is available on iOS, Android and Xbox SmartGlass systems for free download.
Purchasers of GROUND ZEROES will receive exclusive downloadable content (DLC) for use later within THE PHANTOM PAIN, set to come out in the future. This exclusive DLC provides players with additional resources for the “Mother Base” area, a home-grown army base controlled by the player, within THE PHANTOM PAIN. In addition, anyone that purchases and plays GROUND ZEROES will also be able to carryover saved data content, such as character skins and accomplishments, where POWs and VIPs rescued in GROUND ZEROES are added to the Mother Base staff in THE PHANTOM PAIN.
The game is available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for $29.99 for retail or digital, or Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at $29.99 for retail and $19.99 for digital.