Sources inform us that ‘What is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes?’ has usurped ‘What is the meaning of life?’ as the world’s most puzzling question. Konami’s weird standalone prologue for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – are you keeping up? – is due out as soon as March, but other than its rainy backdrop, we still don’t know a whole lot about what kind of content it will contain.
Similarities between the release and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty’s legendary Tanker mission have been drawn, but it seems like there’ll be a touch more girth to creator Hideo Kojima’s latest vanity project – as evidenced by a roster of Xbox 360 achievements posted online. There’s no official Trophy information, but it’s rare that this content changes between platforms – the icons are even coloured Bronze, Silver, and Gold to match Sony’s format.
We should probably stress at this point that if you’re worried about spoilers, you may want to divert your eyes now. There’s nothing major, but we know how sensitive some people can be. Right, one of the trinkets rewards you for re-uniting with “Paz or Chico”, which suggests that there may be some kind of choice in the title. Will your decision carry forward into the full sequel?
There are also references to ‘Side Ops’ and ‘Extra Ops’, which we assume are going to give the release its longevity. It appears that these will have a ranking attached to them, so you should probably expect to play them multiple times in order to attain the best score. Judging by some of the rewards’ names, it looks like you’ll be collecting Intel and destroying anti-air units in addition to completing the title’s primary objectives.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a real game without collectibles – but you won’t be snatching up Playboy magazines this time around. Instead, it seems that there’ll be cassettes for you to stash. It’s still not entirely clear how long this will take to complete, but the game does have 1,000 Gamerscore, meaning that you should probably expect a Platinum Trophy. Is this release on your radar? Come out of your cardboard box in the comments section below.