Close Up: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Premium Package

On March 20th 2014, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was released in Japan. Aside from the regular version and a limited edition, a Premium Package version was sold through Amazon, available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The box it comes in looks great, dark and stylish, with a Shinkawa drawing of Big Boss printed in shiny silver. The back features the same artwork but without any text or logos.

Inside are two neatly stacked boxes, one with a figure and one with the other items.

The figure included is the Ground Zeroes Revoltech Snake by Yamaguchi. These figures are known for their articulation, which means you can display them in all kinds of poses. It also comes with plenty of accessories to further customize it, including a set of night vision goggles, the iDroid, multiple hands and even a red exclamation mark. You can move Snake’s eye as well by rotating his head.

It also comes with a novel retelling the events of Peace Walker, written by Hitori Nojima (a pseudonym for Kenji Yano, who now works at the new Kojima Productions). It’s a pocket size paperback book, about the size of a PlayStation 4 case, but obviously a lot thicker. It contains the entire story of Peace Walker in Japanese, with illustrations by Yoji Shinkawa created specifically for this book. Responding to requests from fans, Konami released a separate version of this book as well, though that one has a different cover and the illustrations are in black and white. The book that comes with the Premium Package however has full color prints. Nice for those unable to read Japanese, as Shinkawa’s drawings are always a treat.

Last but not least, the game itself, in this case the PlayStation 4 version. Contrary to the western cover, the Japanese release has Kaz accompanying Big Boss. In the western version he was removed from the cover, as the overseas publisher feared this character was too unfamiliar there.

All in all a very nice package for Metal Gear collectors. Of course this is intended purely for the Japanese market, and as such requires you to import it if you live outside Japan, adding to the already considerable cost of this item. But it is a nice looking item and a worthy addition to any Metal Gear collection.


    WOW! Amazing! Fantastic box and awesome Yoji Shinkawa drawings! and of course the best game! That book written by Kenji Yano looks really interesting!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • MrVux007

    Damn,seeing those Peace Walker pics gave me the urge to replay the game again.

    Guess I know what I will play along with Horizon:Zero Dawn and MGSV,when I come back home.

  • Full Options

    Thx. Woaaahhh ! The book’s artwork is pure awesomeness…

  • JJBYACHFullOptions2KojiBoi

    Finally, NXGamer released his full analysis of the Decima engine

    • MrVux007

      I really prefer NxGamers videos to Digital Foundry ones.Not mention that his comment section is not toxic as the DF one.

  • By the way, this game came out in Japan (and Europe) three years ago, on March 20th 2014, which is why this article was posted today. 🙂

  • MrVux007


    As I have feared,from 11 reviews I have read for Mass Effect:Andromeda,there are many issues besides facial animations in the game.There are many mixed reviews besides the ones I have read,but I’m gonna guess they mentioned the same issues.

    I do plan to play the game,out of the love I have towards the original trilogy,tho I doubt I will be getting the game anytime soon.

    What about you guys? Have you read any reviews and ha’ve they impacted your desires to play the game(if you had any ofc)?

    • Gatsu

      I’m gonna play the game and for my own opinion. That’s how I always do it, but yeah it’s a shame how mixed the reviews are :).

    • I did not read any reviews but I saw the problems from a miles away from the trailers. I don’t know why anyone should be surprised really.
      I was never a fan of the series, but the idea of sub-par RPG/TPS hybrid is not working well in my opinion for these games because each of the genre is kinda not really well designed and the game overall just suffers from it.
      Also, not the biggest Bioware fan. Not anymore. The last good written game from them was KOTOR 1… But that was long time ago when they were mostly a PC developer.

      I recommend everyone to buy Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) or try Nier: Automata (PC, PS4) in the future as Sci-fi games this year. Both of them are different Sci-fi RPG games but they are very nice in it’s own thing. Both are not perfect ofc.

      • MrVux007

        From the look of things Horizon:Zero Dawn has similar issues like the Witcher 3,but makes up for it with fun gameplay, beautiful setting and most importantly a refreshing (tho far from perfect) storyline.

        Dont know about Nier:Automata.
        Didn’t really like the setting nor the gameplay footage I have seen thus far.Tho I might be terribly wrong since my trusted reviewers gave the game great scores,so might reconsider.

        Just out of curiosity,what issues did you have with Mass Effect trilogy?

        • I like Mass Effect characters. They are great, but the story and the world is full of tropes from other sci-fi series like Battlestar Galactica. Nothing of it’s own really.
          And gameplay is just not exciting to me. RPG is… ok and shooting is not amazing if you compare to a good third person shooter that only does that.
          Characters though are really cool.

          • MrVux007

            That reminds me,I need to rewatch BTS Galactica.A great sci-fi show,tho the ending was a love-n-hate experience for me.

          • Gatsu

            Nothing of its own xD…. are you serious?

            BG is such an amazing show, I need to watch it again.

          • But what is?
            Citadel and council – Star Trek, Babylon5
            they searched for ancient civilizations? – “Gateway” by Frederick Paul
            they fought with synthetic lifeform? – Battlestar Galactica/Terminator
            and tried to fight against ancient Evil? – Berserker by Fred Saberhagen.

            and much, much more. There is absolutely nothing new for sci-fi genre.

      • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

        I need kotor 3

        • MrVux007

          Honestly i wouldn’t play KOTOR 3,considering most of the original Bioware team that worked on the games such as Dragon Age:Origins,KOTOR,Mass effect trilogy are gone now,and the current Bioware…well you only need to check the reviews of the recent Mass Effect Andromeda.

          Maybe they should try new things instead.

    • Tom Brearley-Smith

      I have read Gamespot’s review of Andromeda and from what I’ve read, the game is okay, but not really up to par with the original trilogy.
      Speaking of the trilogy, I really need to start playing it soon (I’ve never played Mass Effect ever before).

  • Gatsu

    Amazing close-up O_O… <3

  • Jav

    I dream to have one of those figures.

  • Alex

    Many pics don’t show up right when you expand them.

    • Should be fixed now.

  • Lex Radu

    Gold old days!

    • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

      “Low budget”
      My exams are near and I really want to smoke that huge black sweaty crack cigarette shit you are using

    • Lex Radu

      Sooo glad Michael Pitt is back, i haven’t seen this guy in anything in a while!

    • moto hellogoto

      “white” raiden? Isn’t the real Raiden white?

      • Liberian, but white as snow…

    • Tom Brearley-Smith

      Wait, shouldn’t he be doing acrobat stunts while fighting Gecko and Vamp?

  • SholidOnline

    Got it. eBayed it a few months after release.

  • SNKtheStampede

    The novel is so beautiful!

  • stocchinet .

    Back when the hype was real

    • Tom Brearley-Smith

      And I don’t think I would ever reclaim the hype I had for MGSV for a long time.

      • MGSV hype was massive as hell, not sure that anything can surpass it at this point… but wait till Death Stranding full trailer.
        We only got teaser trailers. Soon the hype will be real when the game will be at least 40% ready.

        E3 2017 should be great.

      • stocchinet .

        Yeah i never suffered such intense hype, i i think i will never do again

  • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet
    • NegaScott128

      I had marginal interest in this because of Adam Wingard, but given that his last movie was the Blair Witch “sequel,” I now have none.

      • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

        Willem Dafoe

        • moto hellogoto

          He was so good in the John Wick movie! I wish they hadn’t killed him off in the first movie so that he could appear in the sequels. Keanu plays the nearly emotionless assassin terrifically but when everyone is as stoic as he is his movies can get pretty boring (This is the problem I had with the matrix sequels).

          Dafoe and the russian guy ( His name is Michael Nyqvist. I had to look this up) brought in an emotional range that was really needed and sadly I don’t think was matched in the sequel. The sequel was still good though, despite missing these two great characters that we met in the first movie. Hopefully the third john Wick movie brings in someone as talented as Dafoe and Michael.

          • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

            Man he died in such a badass way

          • moto hellogoto

            He went out on his own terms.

          • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

            Miss Perkins was such a bitch

          • Full Options


          • Full Options

            If you fan of Dafoe, may I suggest, if not watched yet, “To Live and Die in L.A.” and “Platoon” of course…

    • Gatsu


    • It does not work and it looks stupid in the trailer… More like Death Note: Twilight edition.
      There is a Japanese movie – Death Note and it is close to the original manga and anime.

      On the other hand this is Netflix and they are very nice when it comes to the TV stuff.
      And who are these cheerleader girls?

      • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

        I get it that it’s your opinion
        But it’s also my opinion that you should get a proofreader when you write a comment about a movie because most of the time you write some incredibly head-scratchingly stu…I mean messy stuff

      • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

        The trailer is cringey
        That line delivery was awful
        But twillight?
        Atleast we got Willem Dafoe as Ryuk

      • LeGuyWhoDownedQuiet

        But looks like I’ll have to watch the Japanese movie with subtitles ofc

      • moto hellogoto

        Those two chicks are pretty cute.

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