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Did the Ending of MGS Ground Zeroes Fall Flat?

The ending of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes have caused gamers to engage in a debate. Do you love or hate it?

Lucy O’Brien recently called the ending of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes “unearned.” Some people agreed, while some of the the franchise’ passionate fans vehemently disagreed. Check out her review and a full article expounding on her stance.

I have never played the game but from what I gather she says that the ending is provocative for no reason. If you’ve played it, tell me your thoughts. Did she misunderstand the game or was she spot on?

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  • I’ve waited to respond to this particular question until I got a chance to actually go through the game, which makes the comment somewhat out of date for a question of the day. O’Brien’s commentary, from my understanding, is not wrong in that the game had an intentionally dark, shocking ending as part of the darker tone they are going for. The problem with the unearned comment is that she didn’t seem to be aware that Paz was a character, fully developed in Peace Walker, and thus her death was meaningful and powerful for those who’ve played it. Also a tape in the game debunks her claim that there is a sexual assault dimension to the ending (legs, not genitals).

    This is understandable as a lot of MGS fans skipped Peace Walker since it was originally only on the PSP, and the scene without the optional tape is rather ambiguous. However, it does somewhat undermine that particular point. As for whether it was as well done as it could have been, it’s hard to say. It wasn’t groundbreaking, but I hardly considered it weak.

    As for the character’s death being used as a spark of the hero’s journey, this seems likely, and O’Brien is right that it is cheap. Of course, there are lots of other sparks for this journey found in the ending that don’t include that character. Nevertheless, O’Brien’s point is valid in that it’s an overused narrative tool that almost always focuses on female sacrifice in order to push male protagonists.