Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes isn’t the protracted epic you might expect from Hideo Kojima’s philosophical, unhinged spy saga, which has been one of the most original and unpredictable fixtures in video games for decades. Instead, it serves not only as a first next-generation outing for the series, but also as a bite-sized prologue to the fifth entry proper, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. That game, which has no release date as of yet, is billed as a revolution for Metal Gear Solid; for the first time, the stealth action game will go open world.


But there’s little of that to be found in Ground Zeroes — it’s not a full game, but a single sneaking mission set on a sprawling Cuban black site.