New details on the healing system in Ground Zeroes, and more

Here is some new Ground Zeroes information and impressions from several websites. First, from IGN’s Q&A article:

  • POWs, Mother Base bonuses and ‘more statistical things’ can be carried over to The Phantom Pain.
  • IGN calls it ‘mechanically the best Metal Gear Solid has ever been’, and a ‘gorgeous game on PS4 and Xbox One’.
  • It’s primarily a stealth game, but some side ops are more action focused (such as having to blow up anti-aircraft guns and escape in five minutes, or protecting an ally while shooting from a helicopter.
  • The CQC is ‘simplified, but great’. Snake’s moves depend on alert status and where you attack the enemy.
  • The first-aid spray you can use to heal more serious injuries is a ‘very limited resource’ in the game.

Some more details on the healing spray can be found on Destructoid, who report that when Snake gets heavily wounded an on-screen cue appears to apply the health spray. Using the spray will make Snake ‘grimace in agony’.


From ComputerandVideoGames:

  • CVG calls the stealth gameplay in Ground Zeroes ‘the most accessible, unpredictable and strategically rich the series has produced.’
  • Instead of the countdown when spotted, guards will now block off Snake’s last known position.
  • Examples of side missions are Snake having to take out ‘a pair of wanted assassins located somewhere on the base (who will also escape if the alarms go off).’, and interrogating a soldier who they have to identify using a reference photo.
  • According to CVG, the stealth Side Ops are a lot better than the action oriented Side Ops.

Previews on other websites talked a bit about the ending, luckily without spoiling anything. Dealspwn calls it ‘one heck of a cliffhanger’, while the editor at says it’s ‘one of the most disturbing things I’ve witnessed in gaming’, adding that he expects a media backlash and ending with the conclusion it’s rated 18 for a reason.

Furthermore, Dealspwn says Ground Zeroes retains all the stealth options of the previous games in the series, but made more accessible. They also mention optional items and lore can be located by saving POWs and interrogating guards.

Source: IGN, DestructoidCVG,


  • Hellrasinbrasin

    …Hmm I wonder if the rumored ending is true after all. If it is oh boy can I ever see a media backlash. This is gonna be good.

  • crimsonfox

    Only 11 more days! *gasp*

    • flying_fox

      Here in Europe, 13 more days. 🙁 But Kojima signing in Paris in 11 days!! 🙂

      • crimsonfox

        Are you going to go and get something signed? I met Yoji S. Once at Universal Studios City Walk. I got my packaged Cyborg Ninja figure and my Twin Snakes poster signed by him it was a great day haha.

        • flying_fox

          Yes, I will go!

          Shinkawa at Universal Studios? Nice!

  • Kevin Kerr Music

    13 days for me! Dx HURRY UP!

  • lostsnak182

    guys what keeps catching me is the whole mother base aspect with the app, upgrading it and such like are we gona have a mini peace walker MB style app? also i have a htc android and im even wondering with the app work on it…?

    • Nyxus

      Mother Base is a standalone gone for the app, but for The Phantom Pain it will be integrated in the game itself. Maybe the data from the app will be carried over as well.

      • crimsonfox

        I think I’d be more interested if I could manage the base thru the app. I liked Peace Walker alot but, I think the base building aspect works better in a handheld platform. I’d probably be managing that puppy all day at work. I’m really excited to build Outer Heaven in all the glory I have always imagined. *looks into the sky with a gleem in my eye*

        • Nyxus

          Maybe it will be possible. But I want to be able to do all of it in the game as well.

          • crimsonfox

            I definitely would still like to see it in the game but it would be awesome if I can manage it when I’m not even on my PS4. I don’t play mobile games at all but I see people at work playing these tower defense games all day I would love to do that but managing a base. then when I get back to the game I have a bunch of stuff unlocked or maybe upgraded. with all of his talk about integrating mobile Technologies I wouldn’t be surprised if base management was possible through the app.

          • Nyxus

            Yeah, that would be a good idea. It does make sense, and I could see them do something like that.

          • crimsonfox

            I think Kojima wants the game to be accessible at all times and having the app be able to do the base management aspect of the game would be a way to keep everybody involved all the time no matter where they are. especially people like us who live, breath, eat, sleep Metal Gear.

          • Nyxus

            Yes he’s been talking about that for a while, the ‘horizontal’ evolution.

          • crimsonfox

            thinking about this app and its possibilities are making me “horizontal”

            when he first started talking about the social and app components of this game I wasn’t very excited but thinking about it more more has got me on board. in the way that only Kojima can do. That sly bastard

          • lostsnak182

            well sadly its been confirmed that once you finish a mission in ground zeores it leads straight back to the main menu where from there you only have options and mission selection. So unfortunately for the little while i was excited I guess it has been made clear that the mother base management pics we seen must be a standalone app/game for androids and the like.

          • crimsonfox

            also if they throw in some free wallpapers and ringtones I wouldn’t be mad


    Not much to go for us to camp in our houses for this game 😉

  • Janeo

    The ending can’t be that terrible it only got a 15+ rating here in Australia and they really like giving out am 18+ rating over here, so I’m thinking it’s something more emotionally shocking

  • PrinceHeir

    Good stuff, Does Snake actually spray the whole thing to his body like in Resident Evil series or just spring a few and be done with it?

  • Solid Snakes Revenge

    I have a question it may have been answered awhile ago but I didn’t see it. I remember a while back kojima was playing ground zeros with some of his own tunes during the game like snakes iPod in mgs4. I thought I remembered he said that you can put your own music on it. If that feature is there will it be for ps4? Because I tried playing a regular CD on my ps4 but it didn’t read it.

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