Game News: MGSV, Creed, Media, Thief

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
The core story campaign for next month’s “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” is going to be short – just two hours in fact according to Game Informer, and the demo overall (including experiments with extra modes) lasted four hours.

The game is being sold as a ‘prequel’ to the much bigger full game “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” which is said to be “hundreds of times larger” yet it’s also selling Xbox One and PS4 retail copies for $40. [Source: GameSpot]

Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry
Ubisoft and Sony have announced that the “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” DLC pack “Freedom Cry” will now be released as its own $15 standalone game exclusively for the PS3 & PS4 on February 18th.

In “Freedom Cry,” you play former slave Adewale who is rescued by pirates and trained in the ways of the assassin. After finding himself stranded in what is now known as Haiti, Adewale joins a slave rebellion.

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4
Digital Foundry has done a detailed breakdown on both the Xbox One and PS4’s non-gaming media functionality. The winner? Neither, rather the PS3 came out far ahead. Of the two next-gen ones, the PS4 came out on top.

XB1 was criticized for a lack of OneGuide functions outside the US, 24Hz playback had judder and audio sync issues, PAL playback of both TV and DVDs were a real issue, there were fundamental problems with Blu-ray playback, the Netflix client is problematic, and the apps outside the US are limited.

PS4 wouldn’t playback one title (“Avatar”), has problems deinterlacing 25fps content and PAL DVDs, and there’s limited audio options on streaming services. Neither console offers media playback from people’s own hard drives or streaming on their networks, though the PS4 plays burned/writable DVDs & Blu-rays. [Source: Eurogamer]