When Metal Gear Solid was due for release on the original Playstation, a demo disc was given away on some magazines of the first portion of the game.
Since this was a new style of game, albeit using an existing IP, I was excited. My friends and I played this demo over and over again, finding optimal routes and all the secrets it had to offer.
Fast forward to 2014 and a similar thing is happening again. The Phantom Pain is due for release in early 2015 and we are given a sample of how the franchise has again been rebooted. Make no mistake, it is very good. The area is much more densely packed than previous titles and real preparation is required to scan the area to incapacitate guards and sneak through undetected. Of course, there is the option of blasting your way through, although if you like that kind of tactic, this probably isn’t your type of game. The Metal Gear Solid style of gameplay has been tweaked and refined, making movement from crawling, to running much more fluid.
The difference between the demo disc on the original game and this release is that the demo was free. Whilst Ground Zeroes is not a part included in the Phantom Pain, it is a taster and as such does not warrant a £25 price tag by any stretch of the imagination. It can be finished in an hour and there are alternate missions. Best wait for the bargain bin.
By Ants Ambridge