The more impressive games get, the more demanding they are of players.
But the latest chapter in the Metal Gear Solid franchise is designed to seamlessly fit into your everyday life, to the extent that the player calls the shots on almost every part of the game.
So, if the idea of skipping a week of work and forgoing personal hygiene doesn't appeal to you, here's why Ground Zeroes could be the game for you.
1 | You can update on-the-fly
Ground Zeroes' smartphone compatibility means you can start making useful updates to your game remotely.
Whether you want to develop custom weapons to use in the main game or build your base of operations on-the-go, you'll be able to amass an army at your finger tips while you get the bus to work in the morning.
2 | Day / night cycle:
The game's day and night function emulates real time to give you a number of different variables depending on when you choose to play.
Enemy soldiers patrol different areas at varying points during various hours, and in greater numbers, too, so figuring out what hour your enemy lets their guard down could be what you need to overcome the next obstacle.
In short: if between 7-10pm your target is swarming with troops, head to the pub and talk to some real people instead.
3 | Open gameplay means no time-wasting:
Open gameplay is ideal for the casual gamer, designed to let you do whatever you want however you want without impacting on the game's progress.
No more spending your weekend stuck on a tricky objective: if stealth or logic doesn't work, you can always steal a tank and try a slightly louder approach.
4 | Blame it on the weather:
Hate the weather in real life?
You might just grow to like it on the big screen, as the fleshed-out weather mechanics are designed to both help and hinder your progress.
Heavy wind or sleet will help mask your approach, just don't try firing bullets into the wind or you might find yourself bleeding heavily.
Out 21 March on Xbox 360/One and PS3/4