I've never been one to complain about the length of a game, but I do have my limits. From start to beginning, if I feel like I've gotten my money's worth, I'm fine with however long it is. However, there is such thing as a game being too long, and naturally, there is such a thing as being way too short.
Game Informer is reporting, via Kotaku, that they completed Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes in just under two hours in their cover issue preview this month. Snake's first outing on the MSX2 takes a longer amount of time than that.
"Judged just by the core story mission, Ground Zeroes is short. We completed it in just less than two hours," Game Informer writes.
Remember that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Heroes has been hyped as a prequel to the main game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Kojima and company have made no secrets about the game being short and just a taste of what is to come from an open world Metal Gear Solid game. However, Konami is still charging $30 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, and $40 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.
What sets this apart from a normal demo has yet to be seen, but my guess is that Konami will justify the price with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes holding missions, cutscenes, and storylines that will not appear in the main game. With this prequel and its content, the whole story will feel complete, but that can easily be translated into the entire Metal Gear Solid V experience actually costing $100.
One explanation could be that Game Informer just might not have reported on everything. It could be longer because Game Informer was only talking about the "core story mission," and not any hidden side missions or Easter Eggs that Kojima loves so much.
Still, I played through the Bravely Default demo released on the Nintendo 3DS and sank a good four hours into it, and I got much of the same thing Ground Zeroes is promising. Exclusive quests, a feel for the main game, a possible file transfer to the main game. I certainly didn't drop $39.99 on it though.
I also remember another game from a while back called Metal Gear Solid 2: Son's of Liberty. Remember that one? It had the most amazing demo, which I put way more than two hours in, and it proved more fun than the real game. It was free when you picked up Zone of the Enders.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes could be great, and then again, it might not be. Makes you wonder how much can be crammed into a two hour long open world video game these days.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on March 18th.