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Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes review round-up: Phantom Pain prologue is short but sweet

All the scores in one place

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes reviews have started to go live ahead of the game's release in North America today and in Europe later this week.

In our Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes review, we called the title an "accessible and intricately designed open-word mission, but one that offers too little for its asking price".

To give you a taste of what other critics thought, we've rounded up a number of review scores below, along with short excerpts from the verdicts.

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  • CVG: 7/10 - Ardent stealth fans will no doubt replay the prologue's few missions for many hours, but for the rest of us, and certainly those who value the Metal Gear series for its narrative above all else, Ground Zeroes presents a purchase conundrum that is not easily justified.
  • GamesRadar: 3.5/5 - MGS diehards that can't bear waiting for the next game will devour this appetizer, but the curious should be prepared for how unfulfilled Ground Zeroes' small portions will leave them.
  • OPM: 8/10 - Rich in depth and quality, if not quantity, this prologue provides an exciting peak into a potential PS4 classic. Just steel yourself for a bite-sized Big Boss.
  • GameSpot: 8/10 - Though it's unusual for everything to take place in a single location, there's so much to do and see, and whether you take a stealthy or head-on approach, infiltrating Camp Omega is a thrilling experience that shouldn't be missed.
  • Polygon: 5.5/10 - It's staggeringly short and unsatisfying, feeling more like a cash grab than an honest-to-goodness installment in a beloved franchise.
  • IGN: 8/10 - Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is a short but challenging game, and those willing to cast aside conventional expectations will find a lot more here than first glance might suggest.
  • Eurogamer: 9/10 - As a precursor to Phantom Pain, it suggests that greatness awaits, but even on its own terms Ground Zeroes is something special.
  • Joystiq: 3.5/5 - Too good to be a cash-in, too calculated to be satisfying and too intriguing to spurn, Ground Zeroes is a fiscal test of patience. If you can't wait for the next stage of Metal Gear Solid, I'm afraid you'll leave this about the same as you went in.
  • Game Informer: 7/10 - Even for longtime fans of the Metal Gear franchise, Ground Zeroes may not be worth playing. It spreads its strengths thin over too little space, relying on the repetition of a handful of unremarkable missions in the same area.
  • VentureBeat: 55/100 - Until we can get our hands on The Phantom Pain, this pick-pocketing by Konami is the only consequential bit of stealth to be had with Big Boss this year.
  • Next Gen Gaming Blog: 9.5: Not only does Ground Zeroes set up Phantom Pain superbly, it strips away all the unnecessary fat, showing everyone that Metal Gear and Kojima still own this genre.

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