VIDEO | PS4 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Ground Zeroes PS4 gameplay

Ground Zeroes PS4 gameplay

We just received our copy of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and we haven't had much time to play yet - as proven by the videos inside. Since we didn't want to leave you waiting for too long witout anything to sink your teeth into, here are two examples of what you should never do when you are supposed to stay out of sight. At least, we've proved gunplay has been much improved over the previous episodes. More to come once we've learnt our lesson and we can keep a low profile.
Update 3: Since not much is going on today, we've added a fourth video showing a new Side Ops mission.



Bolide Snake

Avec toute la polémique qui accompagne la sortie du "jeu", difficile de ne pas avoir entendu parler de Ground Zeroes, débarqué cette semaine sur consoles d'ancienne et de nouvelle génération. Ghost_Deus ayant déjà eu l'occasion de vous en parler assez longuement dans sa preview, nous ne nous étendrons pas trop sur le contenu de ce prologue à Phantom Pain. À l'heure où le temps et le plaisir de jeu se comptent de plus en plus en espèces trébuchantes, la mission principale rachitique et surtout l'absence assez incompréhensible d'affrontement mémorable contre un boss charismatique auront du mal à convaincre le joueur près de ses sous - après tout, le passage introductif de MGS 2 nous mettait bien face à la belle et poilue Olga Gurlukovich. Malgré le fan service et la mise en scène fidèle à la série, les quelques infos distillées pour préparer le scénario alambiqué de Phantom Pain seront sans doute un maigre butin à récolter en attendant le plat de résistance en 2015. L'unique zone de jeu disponible, aussi ouverte soit-elle, est aussi un élément à charge pour les férus de variété géographique et de dépaysement (même si les heures de la journée et les conditions météorologiques varient). Oui mais voilà, Ground Zeroes s'adresse avant tout à une autre frange de joueur : celle des acharnés du gameplay.

Splinter Shell

Une fois Ground Zeroes (rapidement) terminé s'ouvrent en effet les missions Side Ops aux objectifs assez variés (espionnage, destruction, élimination, extraction, faites vos jeux). Tout est donc pensé pour que le joueur relance le jeu encore et encore, tant qu'il ne l'aura pas rongé jusqu'à la moelle. Le système de notation qui nous gratifie d'un rang ajoute lui aussi à la rejouabilité de toutes les missions (la principale y compris), mais pour y trouver du plaisir, il faudra être prêt à jouer avec les mécaniques de jeu. On peut par exemple s'amuser avec une IA plutôt surprenante d'efficacité par rapport à ce que l'on a l'habitude de voir depuis quelques années. S'il existe bien sûr une certaine marge d'erreur en mode normal (et donc quelques réactions encore très typées jeu vidéo), le regard des soldats porte loin (et plus encore de jour), ils n'hésitent pas à aller inspecter une zone éloignée où ils ont cru apercevoir Snake ou à enquêter sur la disparition de l'un des leurs. Tirer sur une caméra inquiétera logiquement les hommes du centre de commande, qui demanderont aux gardes d'aller vérifier sur place, etc. De quoi ajouter une certaine imprévisibilité aux missions.

L'exploration du camp sera aussi une raison supplémentaire d'ajouter quelques heures au compteur de jeu. Bien sûr, à force d'arpenter la même zone dans tous les sens, une certaine lassitude se fera immanquablement sentir, mais après tout, la Big Shell de MGS 2 n'était pas non plus un modèle de variété. L'utilisation des véhicules sur place - plutôt agréable avec le jeu des suspensions d'ailleurs - promet également beaucoup pour The Phantom Pain, mais frustre un peu compte tenu de la petitesse du terrain de jeu. D'une manière générale cependant, la nouvelle souplesse du gameplay plus proche d'un Splinter Cell (certaines automatisations en moins) procure d'excellentes sensations. C'est d'ailleurs sans doute ce qui rendra l'attente du jeu complet si difficile, car en dépit d'une introduction fidèle à la série et une cinématique de "fin" conséquente, ce Ground Zeroes ne bombarde pas le joueur de séquences narratives non jouables et met un point d'honneur à étaler son gameplay plutôt que ses bavardages. Que l'on opte pour l'infiltration en mode fantôme ou pour une approche plus frontale, la refonte des contrôles rend le jeu parfaitement adapté à tous les types de joueurs. Encore une fois, voilà qui promet énormément pour The Phantom Pain, mais qui ne manquera pas de frustrer ceux qui désireront en voir plus - et ils seront nombreux.

Rox engine ?

À sa première sortie publique, le Fox Engine de Kojima avait indéniablement fait l'unanimité auprès des fans, malgré quelques effets un peu plus grossiers comme ces textures de rochers mouillés rappelant les premières heures de la génération précédente. L'impression est globalement la même en lançant le jeu sur PS4 la première fois. La mission principale se déroulant de nuit et sous la pluie, le moteur s'en donne à cœur joie en jouant avec les effets de lumière et les intempéries. La fluidité exemplaire de l'animation calée à 60 images par seconde et la netteté de l'affichage en 1080p complètent le tableau. On se dit donc que pour un titre "cross gen", Ground Zeroes fait office de très bon élève. Autre motif de satisfaction, Snake se meut avec un réalisme impressionnant, le passage en position couchée étant enfin parfaitement décomposé. On peine encore un peu à se déplacer naturellement en rampant dans certaines positions, notamment quand il faut reculer ou pivoter sur soi-même, mais quel progrès par rapport aux précédents opus ! MGS 2 avait été une référence dans ce domaine à une époque, Ground Zeroes est bien parti pour faire de même, avec des animations dignes de la nouvelle génération. De jour malheureusement, l'aspect visuel est moins flatteur. Aliasing assez tenace, textures floues et indignes du support, la déception est de mise après la vidéo de l'E3 2013. Le rendu de la lumière a beau rester très bon, on en attend plus et on espère que le temps de développement restant permettra de corriger le tir.



À 10 ou 15€, il aurait sans doute été plus facile de vous conseiller l'acquisition de Ground Zeroes, qui fait table rase du passé pour redonner un coup de jeune au gameplay poussiéreux de la saga Metal Gear. À 10 ou 15€, la polémique qui fait parler du jeu aurait probablement été moindre. Oui mais voilà, Konami a fait le choix de vendre Metal Gear Solid V : Ground Zeroes au tarif moins acceptable de 25€ environ. Pourtant, au delà du fait que la mission principale ne dure certes pas très longtemps (et d'autant moins si l'on sait quoi y faire), cette démo déguisée en prologue n'en propose pas moins un temps de jeu potentiellement conséquent pour ceux qui se plaisent à gratter la moindre parcelle de terrain pour en tirer la substantifique moelle. Nombreux sont ceux qui ont d'ailleurs dépassé la dizaine d'heures sur le titre, apportant la preuve que l'on peut largement y trouver son compte si l'on sait exactement ce à quoi on se frotte. Les impatients se laisseront donc peut-être tenter, à moins de ne surtout pas vouloir cautionner la démarche (à raison). Les autres se consoleront en se disant que Ground Zeroes trouvera peut-être son chemin jusqu'à The Phantom Pain sous une forme ou une autre, et que tout vient à point à qui sait attendre.

Sort of discrete rescue
MGS Ground Ramboes
Stealth #1
Stealth #2
Side Ops
Side Ops #2

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Commented on 2014-03-22 12:24:40
I think I need a PS4.
Commented on 2014-03-22 13:00:52
Amazon Germany stocked up a few days ago.
It was available for regular 399,-
2 days later it's back to 524,90€ *sigh*
Commented on 2014-03-22 13:37:26
hmm i deffo think ubisofts lies with watch dogs has made me expect alot more from games this new gen because this does not even impress me 1 bit :/

does not look special graphics wise at all...thanks ubisoft lol i think you have just ruined my expectations for games this new generation of consoles

And whats with all the tents blowing in the wind all the exact same lol
Commented on 2014-03-22 14:13:41
This game is LOADS of fun! It has a lot of replayability for the main mission, and the Ops missions are great!
Commented on 2014-03-22 17:29:55 In reply to marklola
Posted by marklola
hmm i deffo think ubisofts lies with watch dogs has made me expect alot more from games this new gen because this does not even impress me 1 bit :/

does not look special graphics wise at all...thanks ubisoft lol i think you have just ruined my expectations for games this new generation of consoles

And whats with all the tents blowing in the wind all the exact same lol
MGS V looks good but it is clearly a cross gen game. I am playing Infamous Second Son and frankly I think it looks better than WD in the original reveal. There are a ton of up coming games that also look more impressive (Order, Witcher, Division, AC Unity), we will see how they pan out though....
Commented on 2014-03-22 18:51:01
I can barely play the old MGS games after spending maybe 10 hours with GZ. THis game is light years ahead in terms of fun and replayability. Definitely getting a PS4 for PP
Commented on 2014-03-22 19:12:21
Isn't this game VERY short?
Commented on 2014-03-22 19:53:14 In reply to Wheat_Thins
Posted by Wheat_Thins
Isn't this game VERY short?
Understatement. It's pathetically short. Wait until it's at least half of what they're asking and it might be worth picking up. Last thing we wanna do is encourage this shit. Otherwise we might get a 45 minute halo or uncharted or assassins creed for £30.
Commented on 2014-03-22 20:05:33 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
Understatement. It's pathetically short. Wait until it's at least half of what they're asking and it might be worth picking up. Last thing we wanna do is encourage this shit. Otherwise we might get a 45 minute halo or uncharted or assassins creed for £30.
You've been mislead. The main mission is pretty short, about an hour or hour thirty. But there are a few other missions that you can play and the nature of the gameplay makes the game very replayable. I think the issue of length is one of perception. They should have just made the whole thing a collection of short stories from the Metal Gear universe or something.
I think the price is a bit high, but the current gen versions seem fine (360 one had 0 issues for me) and are only 20 bucks. And the gameplay is really solid. It's a great start for MGS5 and I think if you're really into stealth and exploring the same situation from multiple sides, GZ is worth at least $20.
Treat this game like a series of missions instead of "60 hours of core gameplay and then a bunch of side stuff," which just isn't accurate, and the value becomes much more palatable.
But, if all you want is ridiculous MGS stuff, this isn't the game for you. Even if it was 20 hours long, it still wouldn't be. It just doesn't have much of that. It's very much about the gameplay.
Commented on 2014-03-22 20:11:14 In reply to marklola
Posted by marklola
hmm i deffo think ubisofts lies with watch dogs has made me expect alot more from games this new gen because this does not even impress me 1 bit :/

does not look special graphics wise at all...thanks ubisoft lol i think you have just ruined my expectations for games this new generation of consoles

And whats with all the tents blowing in the wind all the exact same lol
Look, you're clearly too young to really have a ton of knowledge on how games are created, especially engines, but let me tell you a little secret. Early generation games are almost always holdovers from past generations, which is done so devs can become familiar with new dev kits and tools before focusing on creating code and assets entirely for the next generation.
Compare, for example, the latest full Assassin's Creed game on new platforms to the recently released target footage of the first "built for next gen from the ground up (or very nearly)" Assassin's Creed. Assuming every game, especially early in the lifecycle, is going to have amazing graphics is a bit silly and ignores how the industry works. MGS is basically a last gen game (where it looks pretty good for what it's running on!) that they put into a higher resolution, improved lighting for, and crunched textures a lot less.
It's not The Division, but for what it's worth I really like the way Ground Zeroes looks, especially on next gen. I've always enjoyed the MGS engines for their love of movement, animation, and more dynamic effects. For a split gen game, I think they did pretty well. Even if it doesn't do anything new from the last generation, just does it all better.
Commented on 2014-03-22 20:16:08 In reply to MordeaniisChaos
Posted by MordeaniisChaos
You've been mislead.
I guess all the reviews where mislead too? Come off it. Basically you bought this rip off and now feel compelled to justify it. "Oh, it's super replayable, oh, there really is more content there beyond the main missions". I know what the game is comprised of, and i know how long the average joe takes to run through it. It's greatly overpriced, both previous gen and current. And the "next gen tax" version is just fucking insulting.

Case zero got this sort of thing right...it offered the same sort of "prologue" content (i'd hardly even call ground zero's a prologue) short lived, but gameplay focused, but it only asked for a fraction of what konami are asking. This should have been a £10 PSN release, used to promote and hype the release of phantom pain. It should not have been a £30 retail release. All your doing by buying this is encouraging it. yey...lets pay mpre money for the bare fucking minimum content...no thanks...they can fuck right off.

There is one good thing about it being such a massive rip off though with such pathetic content...it'll be traded in...a lot. Which means in a months time i should be able to pay what it's worth quite easily...used...on ebay...so konami don't get a fucking cent.
Commented on 2014-03-22 21:02:53 In reply to KORNdog
Signed in just to reply to you KORNdog. Your tone is harsh in places but your sentiment and message is deadly accurate. Totally agree with your outtake on it.
Commented on 2014-03-22 21:58:43
Sure it's £23 in Tescos or is that the Store price? Sorry it was friend who mentioned the pricing.
Commented on 2014-03-23 00:00:02
Amazing demo! This 60 minute demo is better than all of MGS4 combined!! Kojima is back motherfuckers!

Day 1 MGSV purchase confirmed
Commented on 2014-03-23 05:18:35
I will not be picking this up.. I've been waiting for an amazing MG game to get back into it, and although this runs at a nice 60fps, it's very short and really looks like a last gen game.. really last gen.
Commented on 2014-03-23 06:12:40
If you're an MGS fan, then you REALLY need to get this game! Kojima kicks some serious ass with this one! The enemy AI and game mechanics is GODLY! This game goes into some REALLY dark places.........it's AWE-SUM....
Commented on 2014-03-23 12:04:54
12£ on the psx marketplace hk. 0£ from some days on, maybe.
Commented on 2014-03-23 13:05:11
Going to wait for the PS4 and this one. Time will ALWAYS play in your favour. If only all those preorder-morons would realize that...
*pointing at BF4*
Commented on 2014-03-23 15:50:57 In reply to spacemanjupiter
Posted by spacemanjupiter
I will not be picking this up.. I've been waiting for an amazing MG game to get back into it, and although this runs at a nice 60fps, it's very short and really looks like a last gen game.. really last gen.
It looks pretty impressive but on 30fps they can obviously make it more impressive
Commented on 2014-03-24 10:06:01
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Commented on 2014-03-24 14:25:07
I really like the lighting and the shore looks amazing. Cant wait to play this.
Commented on 2014-03-24 16:39:48 In reply to aphex187
its not even worth that much, tbh i would not pay anything to play a glorified demo..if this was some other game people would not do it
Commented on 2014-03-24 19:07:42 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
Understatement. It's pathetically short. Wait until it's at least half of what they're asking and it might be worth picking up. Last thing we wanna do is encourage this shit. Otherwise we might get a 45 minute halo or uncharted or assassins creed for £30.
Knew you were a troll that always stated lies. That post proves it.
Commented on 2014-03-24 19:08:47 In reply to Doom_Bringer
Posted by Doom_Bringer
Amazing demo! This 60 minute demo is better than all of MGS4 combined!! Kojima is back motherfuckers!

Day 1 MGSV purchase confirmed
1: Not a demo. 2: Longer than 60 minutes. Hell. Longer than 3 hours.
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