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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


$60.00 Released June, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Fantastic graphics. Great attention to detail. Unparalleled presentation.

The Cons:Stress/Psyche meter doesn't impact gameplay at all. Cinematics can be very long, especially later on in the game. Installing the game before each act is annoying.

Metal Gear Solid 4 is the fourth installment of the critically acclaimed, and fan-obsessed Metal Gear Solid series, which is part of the larger Metal Gear universe. Hideo Kojima, the creator of the series, claims MGS4 is the last game that will feature the iconic protagonist Solid Snake who now finds himself old and decaying.

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Product Shot 2 In development for four years, MGS4 was anticipated by fans as the first and last next-gen installment of their favorite series with a budget to match the epic expectations.

Story

Metal Gear games are notorious for their convoluted, intricate and deep narrative that mixes serious themes such as war and free will, with supernatural elements. MGS4 takes place years after the events of MGS2 as Solid Snake who is rapidly aging since he is a clone is attempting to stop his rival Liquid Snake (who has possessed Revolver Ocelot through a transplanted arm) from taking over the world with nano-machine controlled soldiers.

Traditionally the story in MGS games have been told through "CODEC" conversations where two people spend copious amounts of time talking to one another with animated avatars. In response to criticism the traditional CODEC conversations have been replaced by full real-time cinematics. Some of the story presentation is presented while playing the game, most of the cinematics are non-interactive.

Gameplay

MGS4 introduces several refinements and changes to the traditional Metal Gear Solid gameplay, while retaining many of the core elements that make the series. The biggest change comes in the gameplay perspective which now defaults to a regular third-person view from behind Snake's back. Other camera angles are available including an over-the-shoulder view, the birds-eye angle, and even a first person view.

Snake has more tools and weapons at his disposal including the OctoCamo which is a cameleon-like suit that automatically changes colors and patterns to match his surrounding. The Solid Eye and Metal Gear MK.II are two other tools that Snake can use to help his progress.

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Pros
  • 6

    Fantastic graphics

  • 6

    Great attention to detail

  • 5

    Unparalleled presentation

  • 5

    A number of new innovations to the series and genre

  • 4

    A lot of choices in weapons

  • 4

    A lot of fan-service for the hardcore fans

  • 4

    Mixes gameplay with cutscenes in cool ways

  • 3

    You can get into very intense situations when choosing to do more sneaking

  • 2

    The game rewards you with tangible items for taking the more difficult stealth style

  • 2

    A good number of different locations that look and feel very different

  • 1

    A variety and choice in how you play the game

  • 1

    Weapon upgrade/modification system is surprisingly useful

  • 0

    Octo-camo systems works great

  • -1

    Satisfying conclusion

  • -1

    You start empathizing with the characters, which is unusual for a video game

  • -1

    Varied gameplay modes throughout the game

Cons
  • 6

    Stress/Psyche meter doesn't impact gameplay at all

  • 5

    Cinematics can be very long, especially later on in the game

  • 4

    Installing the game before each act is annoying

  • 3

    Core gameplay feels too repetitive

  • 2

    Gameplay hasn't changed enough for modern standards

  • 2

    At the beginning the cutscenes interrupt gameplay too much

  • 2

    45 MINUTE CINEMATICS!!

  • 1

    Don't care about a lot of characters

  • 1

    Not available on the PC.

  • 1

    Online has no sneak, just run and gun.

  • 0

    Too many cutscenes in the beginning

  • 0

    Story-line is too complicated and convoluted

  • 0

    too short

  • -1

    No gameplay

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Omar
Omar: #metal_gear_solid_4_guns_of_the_patriots I just beat this game on Normal difficulty last night. Overall I'd have to say that I ended up liking the game a lot more than I thought I would. Especially after the atrocious beginning. At first I started the game because I'd played all the other main MGS games and felt it only fitting to finish the series despite being disappointed by MGS3. After the first few hours of the game I actually questioned whether I should finish it, which I RARELY do, showing how much I didn't enjoy that time.

However, in the second half of Act 2 the game starts picking up, and you start getting a solid amount of meaty game time before each cutscene. Furthermore, at that point you have a better idea of what's going on so the cutscenes aren't as unbearable as in the beginning. By the end of the game I was actually enjoying myself quite a bit and found it to be a very satisfying conclusion to the series. There's DEFINITELY a whole lot of room for improvement and refinement, and I wouldn't consider it my GOTY by any stretch of the imagination... but it's worth renting and playing through if you have a PS3.

Also fortunately for me, I'm a pretty big fan of good graphics and MGS4 is a real treat for the eyes. Some of the cinematography gets way too overindulgent, but the lighting, character models and animations in some places are truly a sight to behold.

On the gameplay side of things, when you sneak around a lot it IS quite fun, and there are intense moments when you're lying on the ground with 99% Camo with a group of soldiers walking right by you. Though from Acts 1 through 5 when you're not on some rails-shooter or fight sequence you're really just doing the sneaking or shooting. And honestly, it all starts feeling the same after a while. The fighting isn't as dynamic as a regular action game such as COD or Halo, which means that while there ARE lots of tools at your disposal it somehow still feels limited.

Such a confusing game, but I'm glad it exists. Jan 13, 09
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