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Ground Zeroes is Small – Very Small


File sizes for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes have been leaked, and they’re not quite as meaty as you might expect. Despite the revelation that the main story could be beaten in a matter of hours, many fans had hoped that replayabiltiy and exploration would more than make up for that. Now, that’s not quite certain.

The PS3 version of the game only manages to hit the 2GB mark. Just as a comparison, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots had to install some 5GBs of data – and that wasn’t anywhere near the size of the full disk. With graphics that are reasonably better on last-gen machines, 2GB seems worryingly small.

The PlayStation 4 version of Ground Zeroes was later revealed to be 3.82GBs. Again, this is worryingly small. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag currently sits at roughly 8 or 9 times that amount. Call of Duty: Ghosts is similarly large.

So what’s the deal? Is it time to start freaking out? The answer is no. We don’t know whether there’s a level of compression on these file sizes, or just how much individual assets take up. If most of that is sound and HD textures, there’s not an awful lot left for game.

But then, we already knew Ground Zeroes would be a rather short experience. That they’ve managed to stretch two hours out of it is, I suppose, quite impressive. The price on the package though, is not.


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