Total Playtime of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is 13 Minutes Without Cutscenes

While publications like Game Informer have stated that it takes less than two hours to finish Ground Zeroes, an in-depth look has revealed that players will actually only be playing the game for 13 minutes at most.greatesttenminutesofyourlifeThe game begins with a twenty minute dialogue between Kazuhira Miller and Big Boss establishing the setting of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Newcomers to the series will feel like they’re a veteran after watching this gripping cutscene. After the initial dialogue, Miller will then go through the controls of the game with Big Boss talking about buttons and controllers as if they were part of the in-game universe, a series staple.

After the fifteen minute tutorial, players will then be able to control Big Boss as he makes his way to Camp Omega. You will need to get Big Boss to the entrance of the camp which will take approximately one to two minutes depending on the difficulty setting. Afterwards, you will then be treated to a ten minute cutscene introducing one of the antagonists of the game, Skull Face.

This is the point where the open-world concept of Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain begin to take form. You have to make a decision on whether to rescue Chico or Paz first. It will take anywhere from two to three minutes to rescue either target. Once you get there, a ten minute cutscene will play for Chico while a seven minute cutscene will play for Paz. Afterwards, you will need to rescue the other person and watch their cutscene.

By this point, you’ve already played over half of Ground Zeroes. But it’s not over yet! You will need to escape Camp Omega after another seven minute cutscene showing the enemy forces discovering Big Boss. You will need to hijack a vehicle and meet up at the extraction point in less than five minutes otherwise reinforcements will arrive and kill Big Boss. Once you make your way to the helicopter, you can put down your controller and relax as you watch the ending cutscene.

The ending cutscene takes around twenty-five minutes with Miller debriefing Big Boss on his mission. We will not spoil what happens during this cutscene, but it directly leads into The Phantom Pain which will be releasing in 2014 or 2015. Hopefully people will have long discussions and make tons of theories about The Phantom Pain after finishing Ground Zeroes which could potentially make the gameplay in Ground Zeroes last even longer if people count that as gameplay.

Many people have criticized Ground Zeroes for being a glorified demo that people would normally get for free. However, many supporters have shot back saying that they gladly would have spent 30 or 40 dollars for the tanker chapter of Metal Gear Solid 2 if they had that opportunity.

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29 Responses

  1. Anthony says:

    I might need to get this game then. The one reason I never played any of the others was because of the lack of gameplay. 13 minutes sounds like a nice, visceral experience.

  2. Loyal P4R Reader says:

    You know, I’ve been thinking. What’s even the point of including 13-minute gameplay in there, anyways? Sure, it’s placed in there to qualify it as a “game”, but screw that! I plan to buy this game for its story, and most definitely NOT for its gameplay. Why should I have to suffer through small bursts of gameplay when I should be able to plop the disc in and just watch the story unfold itself?

    That’s why I love games like Gone Home and Dear Esther, for they truly understand what I want and remove all sense of gameplay save for moving around. I still feel that’s not enough for me, though, because I want to spend the entire time engaged in the story, and not have my time wasted with meddlesome “interaction”. The only interaction should be with the story itself, goddammit! I suggest that Kojima hire the Fullbright Company so that we may get a more visceral experience in the sequel, The Phantom Pain. The goal should be reducing gameplay to a single minute, with player interaction being refined to merely pressing “Start”.

    I eagerly await this brave, new future of video games.

  3. Charles Barkley says:

    Its funny cause the gameinformer issue actually says that Konami testers managed to beat it in 5 minutes.

  4. Covarr says:

    It’s still a better value for the money than buying 8 indie games at $5 each.

  5. Bob says:

    So, that’s about 15 minutes of gameplay and an hour and a half of cutscenes for $20-$40? Absolutely shameful. Do they really think this is acceptable? After all the griping over DLC of any kind gamers will willingly pick this up?

    If I’m going to spend that kind of money I’m expecting AT LEAST two to three hours of cutscenes. They could have easily cut down an extra ten or so minutes from the gameplay segments by streamlining some of the more boring bits, like getting from point A to point B.

  6. EP says:

    have i lost my sense of humor? is this for real? 13 minutes? is this really really serious ?

    • Transfat Pansexual Christian-to-Atheist Ponylover says:

      Amazingly enough, it’s even less than that.

    • Anonymous says:

      That drunken realization is the first step towards post-modern videogaming.
      Come with me, let us await together for the steam version of metal slug 3 and pray they will enable freeplay (or at least give us the option to put in infinite, non-microtransation based coins) (god can you imagine if every coin in steam version of metal slug costed 25 cents I’d go broke in a month)

  7. joselo says:

    Tzzzz…take my money Kojima!

  8. Ty says:

    Either I’m so dense that my physical matter turned into a blackhole and sucked in the joke… or..

    Im going to ask what the hell is wrong with the makers of this series?! Metal Gear Solid is definitely a game based on GAMEPLAY as well as a decent story. Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 took me well over 25 hours to complete each…13 friggin’ minutes?

  9. Big Bro says:

    Jack you forgot spoiler tags. I didnt watched this game yet dammit.

  10. Nick says:

    So by the time I fap to Quiet in her bikini the game will be over?.

  11. London123 says:

    I heard that when you insert the disk, it says game over chump, then you watch Snake smoking for 5 minutes and showing off his ass.

  12. Fuck you JACK says:

    Fuck you JACK

  13. GamerJM says:

    I think it’s funny how true this actually ended up being since someone beat this game in five minutes.

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