Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes can be quite short, especially if you do a speed run of the game without caring for side mission content, and since the game is already out there despite the fact that we’re four day away from release, the first speed run videos are being posted on the Chinese YouTube knockoff Youku.
The first video below shows a speed run made on the PS3 version of the game, with full cutscenes. The final score screen marks the full completion time (before the ending cutscene) at 34 minutes and 10 seconds. That, though, includes the quite long initial cutscene, that last about 10 minutes, making for 24 minutes of actual gameplay.
If you count the final cutscene and the credits roll, that are very long very long, you crank the total up to 54:13 minutes.
The second, third and fourth videos showcase the PS4 version, but don’t include the final cutscene.
Depending on where you live at times the embeds below might load very slowly, given that the videos are streamed from China. In which case you can find them directly on Youku: PS3, PS4 Part 1, PS4 Part 2, PS4 Part 3. Reloading also helps. If you really can’t manage to see them, often retrying at a later time works.
Quite obviously, before you watch the videos, you must be warned (if the headline wasn’t enough) that they spoil the whole story of game, besides the side missions. Watch them at your own risk.
The only thing I will tell is that despite the short playthrough, Hideo Kojima did the usual incredible job with his storytelling, possibly even beating his previous games. I couldn’t resist the temptation and I still have goosebumps. Replayability and freedom of movement also seem to be at their best, meaning that the game will probably last you a lot longer than what you see in the videos.
Please don’t post spoilers in the comments section below. If you want to watch the videos, do so without spoiling the story for others.