The Rumor: If reports are to be believed, Metal Gear Solid 4 has cutscenes that almost outlast the entire campaign in Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. According to a preview in Game Informer magazine, the main story can be completed in “less than two hours”. That is, however, apparently without tackling any of the game’s side-missions or bonus content. Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima quickly addressed fan concern, assuring saying the game “includes the main mission alongside 5 Side Ops”, with other replayability value. “I believe people will be satisfied with the 'play time' of GZ and will not stress the 'clear time’,” he added.
Our Take: Ground Zeroes is supposed to serve as just an introduction to the full sequel, Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain. We expect it to be short. Admittedly, two hours does seem a little too short, but its worth noting that, playing games under the time constraints of a press event, journalists tend to rush to see as much of a game as possible, instead of exploring at a normal pace as they may otherwise do. Open-world gameplay and exploration is the major new feature of Ground Zeroes.