|Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
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Marking the return of Hideo Kojima's legendary tactical espionage action series, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots features a cinematic experience and visual masterpiece that will redefine this landmark franchise as a revolutionary game for the PLAYSTATION3 system. The game is the final chapter in the saga of Solid Snake that sends him around the world in pursuit of his arch nemesis, Liquid Ocelot. Armed with new gadgets and abilities, Solid Snake must shift the tides of war into his favor, using the chaos of the battlefield to infiltrate deep into enemy territory. In his globetrotting final mission, Snake must sneak deep into enemy locations in the Middle East, South America, and other corners of the earth to foil Liquid Ocelot's. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots includes Metal Gear Online "Starter Pack", which is the full and complete multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, is a next-gen experience complete with top-of-the-line graphics and surround sound designed for the Sony PlayStation 3. Featuring the most revealing display of Kojima Production's premier title, MSG4 details the world where Snake must under go his final mission. In a world overrun by private military companies (PMCs), wars are no longer fought over nations or ideologies. Instead, the wars of the future are micro-managed by overarching PMCs, right down to the bullet. New gadgets and abilities fuel Snake's journey deep into the enemy domains of the Middle East, South America, and beyond. New gear includes "Metal Gear Mk. II," the ultimate reconnaissance tool, and "Solid Eye," which gives Snake real-time information on enemies and his surroundings.
Old timer Snake returns for what is slated as the final installment in the Metal Gear series. View larger.
Joined by a familiar cast of characters, Snake must once again return to the battlefield to confront his lifelong rival, Liquid Ocelot, who is manipulating the world's wars from the one world where soldiers will always have a place. But Liquid Ocelot is not the only one who will be able to manipulate the world's wars--Snake can destabilize opposing forces by working behind the scenes, supporting the local militia as they fight PMCs, creating a smokescreen that allows Snake to move freely within the war-zone.
New and old characters abound in MGS4. View larger.
PMCs have run amok and the world is at war. View larger.
Octacamo will help Snake blend into surroundings. View larger.
MGS4 is a next-generation adventure set in the aftermath of MGS2: Sons of Liberty. The concept behind the latest Metal Gear Solid project is "no place to hide," and this edition in the series will force Snake into unexpected circumstances with an all-new storyline that breaks away in some ways from the previous MGS franchise entries. We don't want to spoil it for you, but, producer Hideo Kojima did reveal some very juicy tidbits about the game and the storyline when it was first announced at E3 of 2006. "Until now," said Kojima, "we've released two entries of the MSX2 Metal Gear series, and three entries in the Metal Gear Solid series. Add to this Portable Ops, and you get a total of six titles. All mysteries will be cleared up in Metal Gear Solid 4."
Kojima was very clear about the finality of MSG4, leaving gamers to wonder, "Will Snake die?!" When asked if the story will come to this sort of an end, Kojima responded without the slightest bit of vagueness, "It will come to an end." The MGS4 E3 trailer showed a number of characters from the Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid histories. This final installment is sure to deliver loads of cameos, in fact, it is rumored that nearly all the characters from the series will make an appearance.
In addition to a return of classic Metal Gear Solid characters, the gameplay systems from part three are also expected to make a comeback. The camouflage system from part three will make it into MGS4, with the addition of "OctoCamo," Snake's most advanced stealth suit to date. The name appears to be formed from the words "Octopus" and "camoflauge," and players will be awestruck by the chameleon-like camo that changes with the surroundings. OctoCamo allows Snake to blend in with his environment as it digitally manifests nearby textures in real time. Think if it this way, if Snake is standing next to a wall worn out with holes, he too will appear to be riddled with holes. It has also been revealed that MGS4 will have online play, but no specifics have been released. Although very little information is known about the game's visuals, rumor has it that MGS4 is expected to be the finest representation of console graphics on the PS3, and it is expected that they will just get better and better as the game nears its release date.
- Although little is known, MGS4 is being touted as the final installment in the Metal Gear Solid series.
- Chameleon-like camouflage system, Octacamo, blends Snake into his surroundings.
- Loads of characters from previous Metal Gear Solid installments will return in this final chapter.
- Slated for simultaneous worldwide release in June 2008, Konami has released very few details about MGS4.
- Built for the PS3, the game is expected to be the finest representation of the console's graphics
- this game is beyond what you any one could ever expect from the video gaming business.
Talk about games of the 21 century, this game is what the bast had dream of for the future. I know that doesn't really make sense because I'm speechless. This game is good enough to make you throw your Xbox out of the window and go and buy a PS3 (THE REAL THING).
I just can't understand Xbox fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it's like seeing heaven but settle for a filthy toilet seat in a subway bathroom.
Some people are just stupid I guess....more info
- My all time fav game HANDS DOWN but not becuase of gameplay that is for sure
Like it says in the title this is my FAV game on ps3 HANDS DOWN!!! but this is not because of the game play in any shape or form the game play is about 9 at best!!! what makes this game simply epic is due to the story, cut scenes, and offcourse the boss fights. Let me say this clearly for non MGS fans YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE CUT SCENES to get the story from the previous MGS games. For us fans of MGS the movies and the story is the best part.
PS for fans of this amazing game tell us about your favor part of the game, mine is when our hero is in the microwave hall way going towards GW ...more info
- Textures Everywhere
Be warned if you have never played a MGS game before don't play this. If you are interested in playing this game play MGS and MGS2 before playing it (3 is optional in my opinion.
Many people have complained about how you have little game play v.s the amount of video in the game. This is so true. After thinking about how much time i played and the time i put down the controller, it would be about 1/2 and 1/2. Metal Gear has always be loaded with video, but this one has much more then the others. But this doesn't take away from the game at all.
The combat system is now finally flawless. You can now aim and move. This makes the game easy at times, and even takes away from a tactical espionage, but it allows you to make the game what you want. OK, flawless maybe not. The button combination that you need to shoot or do other actions can be very encumber some. Hitting 2 to 3 buttons just for shooting is a little over the top. Oh and if you want to switch views, change shoulders it's one more button on top of that. The standing position to laying down position has not changed from game to game, but at times i will want to lay down and end up standing up or vice verse. So this may no be flawless, but it is still a system that works well.
What stunned me the most was the level of detail that is presented visually. I was amazed that you can see textures in the fabric and sometimes even fibers standing out of what is being warn. With this current generation of games hair bugs me that most. With the detail they put into some of these games the developers still can't get hair to look good. In metal gear i think this is the first time i have seen hair looking decent. The hair will move, stay behind the ears of the person, and occasionally acts like it's real. This causes it to look wispy, plastered, and sometimes like a toupee.
The last point i want to hit is the way the story plays out. To put it bluntly it's choppy. The action isn't consistent and there are large pauses. Part of this is because of the video interruption, the other is part of the story telling.
The story is great. This is the first game that i have felt some emotional attachment to some of the characters. I have play through most of the series and have become connected with these characters. I would recommend this to anyone that has played the others. Though at times the story is hard to follow (almost as hard as the resident evil series) it's fun and a good time.
- Strictly for fans only.
If you love the MGS series, you've got to play this game as it is (as it should) be the final chapter of the series. I suggests this to only fans of the genre because actual in-game time is still very short (just as with any other MGS game) and the Cut scenes do run for a large amount of time. So if you were never a fan of this genre, I suggest you stay as far away from this game as humanly possible or you will suffer the biggest disappointment in your gaming history. But for the many fan boys such as myself, this game is a fitting conclusion to an epic masterpiece created by Hideo Kojima himself....more info
- #1 Game of All Time
Hands down this game is the best video game ever created. Seriously. Buy it....more info
- Pretty Good coming from a MGS fan
First off let me tell you how I feel about this series so you can get an idea of how accurately I grade this game. I've played all of the metal gear games and completed MGS-MGS4. I loved MGS, I felt MGS2 was lacking and goofy in the story department but still had great gameplay, and MGS3 I thought was incredibly well done and is still my favorite of the entire series. That being said here goes:
Right off the bat, MGS4's graphics will amaze you. The world around you is beautifully rendered. The sounds and action going on around you feel incredibly genuine and MGS4 does a wonderful job of immersion during gameplay. The controls are a tad different that usual but don't take long to pick up. Combat is a lot more fast and furious. Sneaking seems harder to accomplish in this game due to the amount of activity going on in these levels but it can still be done if done right. The gameplay still feels a lot like Metal Gear but little things have been changed that add more realism to what's going on in the game. It's harder to sneak yet usually easier to get away from people pursuing you and sometimes it's easier just to kill everything in your way instead of trying to sneak around it. The boss fights are awesome and they DO take quite a bit of time (most of them),they're all very unique and require the player to figure out good strategies to win.
However, MGS4 is definitely not without flaws. I know how MG works, cut scenes are long and the feel of it is almost like an action movie. However, even I had to sit back sometimes and wonder why some of the scenes had to be as long as they were. It'd be one thing if I had a lot of gameplay time before and after each scene but this wasn't always the case I'd take control of Snake after a long sequence and play him for 5-10 minutes before it'd takeover into another really long sequence. This didn't feel like a game using movie elements. It felt like a movie using some game elements. The game is also more linear than the others since each act takes you somewhere entirely different so it felt more like the game was moving you along at it's desired pace instead of you being able to move it along at your own pace. My biggest issue probably of all though was probably the dialog. Parts with Snake and Raiden were great. However, other moments would sometimes get inappropriately goofy. I know MG humor has been like this and usually I think it's great but some of the stuff that was done in this game was way too over the top and just plain lame. It's hard to explain without using spoilers so I'll leave it at that.
All in all, I thought MGS2's story was really lame and goofy and I thought Kojima did a decent job mopping up that mess in this game. From least to greatest I feel the series goes in this order: MGS2, MGS4, MGS, MGS3. I will make this note, the first half of this game I was really getting upset and thinking this was going to be another MGS2. Thankfully, the second half kicks the crap out of the first half and takes some awesome trips down memory lane. I enjoyed this game and if you're a Metal Gear fan and haven't played this yet, you need to. If you don't play MG games, I don't think you'll enjoy this but give it a shot if you'd like.
- Experience This
Yes, it's a cinematic experience. Anybody who is at all familiar with the MGS franchise since PSOne should be well aware of that and expecting it. However, the variety and quality of the gameplay elements thrown into this adventure far surpasses any of the previous titles and most any other game I can think of across any platform. This is a MUST PLAY for any gamer who is a fan of the action/adventure genre...it's just that simple....more info
- The biggest reason to own a PS3!
First let me just say that I'm very biased towards MGS, its my favorite series. Also I bought my PS3 at launch for this game alone, but still I have to say that this is the closes to perfection than any other video game in history. First lets start with the greatest part of MSS4, the story, simply put, it answers every question a fan could ask. Its one of the greatest stories of any media. Next the graphics, true their are some games with better graphics, but the environment and everything goes together perfectly. The sound in this game is unbeleiveable, its so realistic, and the soundtrack can rival the Halo series. Finally game play, this is probably the most satisfying game I every played, epic boss fights to the in game battle that rages on the battle field, its so awesome. In my opinion if you have a PS3 than you owe it to yourself to play this game, and if you don't go to a friend(or make a friend) with a PS3....more info
Think twice before buying this game. I am a veteran gamer, and thoroughly enjoyed the original Metal Gear Solid for the PS1. I've been in the PC gaming world for several years, but recently purchased a PS3. My fondness for the original MGS combined with the Game of the Year awards garnered by MGS4 to convince me to go ahead and pick this one up.
Yes, it looks incredible. And while other reviewers have complained about the number and length of cut-scenes, I don't mind this a bit; it's part of the MGS franchise, is therefore to be expected, and is actually very well done. Sound quality in the game is also excellent.
Unfortunately, that's where the quality stops. I found this game to be completely impossible to control. The combination of controlling your character with one joystick and fighting with the camera with the other joystick is difficult enough.
But even more important is the run-versus-walk control. Stealth is obviously very important in a game like this, and the difference between running and walking is the difference between being noticed and sneaking by unheard. The only way to walk is to tip the left joystick ever so slightly in whatever direction you want to go. If you tip it even a touch more to any side, you're immediately running -- and immediately noticed. There's no way to get around this issue, or to set your controller's sensitivity to make it less likely to happen. Combine this with the checkpoint save system -- where you cannot save the game unless you've reached a new checkpoint -- and the occasional tip of the joystick means replaying the entire level, over and over and over.
I have spent several extremely frustrating hours trying to get the controls down, but haven't been able to make it to the second checkpoint in Act 1 yet. As much as I loved MGS1, and as promising as this game appeared to be, I'm now faced with returning it, barely played and down $60.
Caveat emptor. Be sure to rent this game first to see if you have the surgeon's hands required to play it before you purchase it....more info
- Amazing, it si a master piece.
Hideo Kojima really had a good time developing this game which covers and wrap the complete saga of Metal Gear. The game play and the story are mind blowing. It's a 'most have' game....more info
- A truly amazing gaming experience
Let me preface this review by mentioning that I had never played any previous games in the MGS series before MGS4. In fact, I had never played any PlayStation games. I had always been an X-Box guy, but I was buying a blu-ray player and decided just to go with the PS3. But thats neither here nor there. At first, I was hesitant to buy this game. Not only because I was jumping into the series ten years late, but also because I feared that it was just the PlayStation version of Splinter Cell - a game that puts me to sleep. I decided to buy it though, and couldn't have been happier. From the very beginning of Act 1 to the last second of the story, Metal Gear Solid 4 delights in every way conceivable. First off, the graphics are stunning. To this date, it is the only PS3 game I know of that projects in 1080p. In-game graphics and animations are unmatched, while characters and settings look real as life itself in the cutscenes. The plot is riveting and makes you want to sit through cutscenes that last anywhere from just a couple minutes to near a full hour later in the game. It is truly a cinematic experience that can't be found elsewhere in the gaming world. Length of the game is suberb as well. In an era where it is becoming increasingly common to beat a game in just a matter of hours, MGS4 provides 20-25 hours of solid gameplay. Like I mentioned earlier, videos are a large part of the game. There is probably around 3-4 hours worth of cutscenes throughout the course of the game. If you feel like you would become frustrated sitting through scenes that generally last 10-15 minutes minimum, then you might want to pass on this one. These cutscenes are incredibly thorough and provide most of the information for which the story is based. The difficulty level of MGS4 is perfect in my opinion. Playing on Big Boss Hard (the most difficult level) I found many instances where passing a certain area required a great deal of recall and planning. On the other hand though, there were few parts, if any, that were frustratingly difficult. If you are into rpg's, shooters, or just plain action games then I'm sure that you will love this one. I had to limit myself to just a few hours of gameplay per week just because I never wanted the game to end. Metal Gear Solid 4's story line will make you laugh and it might even make you cry. Please give this one a chance if you haven't already....more info
- MGS4 TRUELY EPIC
I'am a huge fan of the mgs series and this one lives up to the hype. The graphics are top notch, the enemy AI is lifelike, the story couldn't have been better. The first time I beat this game it took about 17-19hrs including the cutscenes of course. ...more info
- Great Game!
This is a must have game for any PS3 owner! I never really got in to the series until this one came along. The only reason I am giving it 4 stars is because I thought konami could've eased up on the cutscenes and added more actual gameplay. Don't get me wrong. The graphics are awesome and the gameplay is extremely rewarding and fun....more info
- THE game of this generation
Wow! Were to start?
This game is FANTASTIC; it exceeded my pre-release hopes, expectations, and dreams by FAR! Let's dig into the details, shall we?
Visuals: Let us talk about VISUALS - the graphics on this game are SUPERB, yes I said it, SUPERB. Solid Snake looks so real that he could be a real person in real life! The camera angles are spot-on perfect, and the character development is AWESOME! The guys at Kojima really spent some time on this aspect of the game. The character interaction with the environment is something only found on the PS3, no other system can support this level of interaction, and it was developed with great care by those who developed it. No glitchy passing through walls, or other environment obstacles, no falling through "holes" in the environment, that says a lot about the quality of this game. The environments are very OPEN with plenty to explore, not linear like some games. Also no frame rate issues with this game, the visuals are as SMOOTH as partially melted butter!
Audio: How about serving up some Dolby Digital surround sound for ya? Yep, the sound is PHENOMENAL. If you've got the equipment to render surround sound *possibly not for the entry-level crowd* then you're going to love this game. The sound envelops, and immerses you in the game play, creating a visceral experience. The sound tracks are PERRRFECT for the surrounding situations, and on a high-end surround system - the sound bombards you from all directions. But even if you don't have a high-end system, you will not be disappointed with the quality inherent within.
Action: The AI is uber intelligent, if you're spotted, don't expect to readily get out of the situ... Most likely you'll have to RUN, RUN, RUN, and hope, or perhaps prey, to get away. Or alternately shoot all the PMC you want to and run, run, run. *minor spoiler alert* You can play it more than one way, I myself like to use the ol' 22 tranquilizer gun to swiftly and quietly silence enemies, but hey, use the RPG on `em if you like! *spoiler alert off*
Storyline: Here's where this game really excels (as if all the rest isn't enough). The story built into this game really takes its time, develops slowly and methodically, and explains everything in great detail; it's immersive, immense, and intense. It's sort of like reading a well-written book, or watching a well-made blockbuster movie. For those with a shorter attention span it may in some cases exceed comprehension. The way this game is made, it's almost like you're playing a character in a movie, the separation between game and movie is somewhat erased by this title.
Content: Due to the massive amount of content this game employs, it is probably only possible to publish it on BD. I don't want to add too many spoilers, so I'll leave it at that, but there is a HUGE amount of content in this game.
Game mechanics: SMOOTH is the word for this game. Snake moves fluidly throughout the environments, obstacles are easily navigated, and on-screen directions are easy to understand and execute. *another minor spoiler alert* Snakes "camouflage" suit is quite a technological achievement, the ability to hide in plain sight, it works very well. Don't expect to hide when you've already been spotted however, you'll stick out like a sore thumb. *spoiler alert off*
Controller mechanics: The controller scheme is solid *no pun intended*. It's easy to navigate through puzzles (that is if you're not spotted). Switching from one item to the next is as easy as it gets without having biofeedback, someday it may be easier, but right now it's as good as it gets and has been improved from previous versions.
Solid Snake... well what's to say that hasn't already been said, he's one of the best, and most recognizable characters in all of video games. Perhaps only Mario is more recognizable?
All in all this is THE GAME of this generation to date, no other game even comes close in terms of quality and storyline. My guess is this game may well end up as the game of the year in many venues. It get's a perfect 10 or is in the high 90's on most game web sites, including, but not limited to IGN. ...more info
- The controls on this game make it very confusing.
I expected more than this from Metal Gear. The controls are not very user friendly. When it tough playing the game, and the game isn't that tough, that's when you know its a sucky game....more info
- Numerous and long cut scenes..
I had never played Metal gear solid so I did not know the story line. I went about going by the reviews on different sites and all were going "ga-ga" "5 stars" etc. That made me look at this game with interest. It started with a long movie which I had to cut in the middle. When the game play started I really liked it. But I completed the mission in 5 minutes and then again another 10 minute movie started. It started becoming irritating. This could have been such a great game but the creators were busy placating the MGS fans by finishing off a story and tying things up. In a way the game is fun to play while it lasts but the frequent appearance of movies (some very emotional like "Marry me" "Don't cheat" kind of stuff) put me off. The guns are fun, the enemies easy to kill. Finished it off in two days.
Not recommended for people who have not played MGS before. ...more info
- A great game for people with no hands!
I love this game. I don't have any hands, so I was worried the game may be difficult, similar to every other game I've ever played without hands. Boy was I wrong! This game is 90-100% cut-scenes (which are in-game movies that serve, in this case, to further complicate the story). You don't need hands at all to watch cut-scenes, unless you want to skip it, but that will just shorten the wait til the inevitable bad parts of this game (see below). The story is good. It's about a space pirate named One-Eyed Snake. He's 1000 years old and has robots in his blood to keep him alive. There's a lot of other crazy stuff going on, but I don't want to type it out because I didn't understand it and also I have no hands. My favorite part in the game is when a certain character SPOILER gets both his arms cut off and has to kill people with a sword in his teeth SPOILER END. I can relate. Except I didn't kill anyone.
Now for the negative aspects, every once in a while you will be forced to move Snake around to another area. This is almost always easy to accomplish using your toes. But on occasion you will have to use some kind of weapon or other multi-button task, I usually let my brother do this even though he only has the left half of his brain. This is irritating if you don't have a brother, but a minor quibble as it is only a small part of the game. Overall I give it two thumbs up!...more info
- uhmmm... never received it......
UHmmmm.... let me see.., where do i start, how about this.. (I never received it) so I really don't have much to say..,but i really hope you are looking into my claim that i filed so i can get my refund....thanks...more info
- The Best Game I Ever Played
I have just finished the game and I would have to say it is one of the best games I have played in a long time, if not, the best game I have ever played. I am a huge Metal gear Solid fan, and I finally broke down and bought a PS3 and this game. It is clearly the best MGS out there. The annoying cammo menu you had to fool around with in MGS3 is gone and replaced with a auto cammo suit. It is as simple as leaning against an object for 2 seconds, and your cammo will be the same color and pattern as the object. The gun play is revamped and now is a lot easier to use. You can even play the whole game like an action hero although this is the top stealth game out there. One of the last things I will talk about (although certainly not the last good thing about the game) is how the story fills in all the gaps from the previous titles. It pretty much answered every question I had. MGS4 is truly a remarkable game. I highly recommend if you like deep and involving games, stealth action, or action games. Now excuse me while I go and replay it again....more info
- NOT for non-metal gear fans
I wish I'd had my review to read before playing this game. IGN gave this a 10/10 (really rare rating) and said it would even be fun for people that had not played the first 3 games. WRONG
The visuals and gameplay are good, don't get me wrong. But what are these without a good story, especially for a game that is more than 50% movies. If you haven't played the first 3 games, you won't have more than a vague idea of what's going on, and you will therefore not want to suffer through cut scenes that can last for up to 45 minutes between gameplay (and about 2-3 hours at the end of the game). The ending was the worst: my friends who had played the first 3 basically orgasmed when they were watching it, but it had absolutely no relevance to me (since I knew none of the characters they were throwing in at the end). I wish MGS fans would admit that this is a good MGS game, but not necessarily a good game. To really claim a rating as high as 10/10, you have to be something like Rachet and Clank Futures: that anyone can enjoy, whether they played the rest of the franchise or not....more info
- Slightly restrictive, hardcore awesome.
Metal Gear Solid has always been a great series for Sony's consoles, but Guns of the Patriots took it to the next level.
Some of the highlights:
->Complete story filled in for newcomers, but done in a way that is fresh for veterans too
->Interactive cutscenes allow you to "see" and "think" in Snake's position with certain button presses.
->Great difficulty settings, normal was exactly what would be expected, and hard is just hard enough. I haven't tried the hardest difficulty, but I expect that it's what all the hardcore MGS vets are looking for.
->Amazing detail and scenery (even on a standard definition tv!). This game really puts the PS3 to work!
My only concern:
The game feels slightly restricted unless you feel like running in rambo style, guns a blazin! There is usually only one-two easy routes to take in each area, the third being either rambo style, or extremely difficult to pull off without getting caught.
It's not that bad of a concern though, seeing as that's been MGS's way of doing things since the beginning.
Great game... buy it NOW!...more info
Well, what can I say about this game that hasn't been said already? Nothing really. The previous reviews really sum it up nicely. I've been a Metal Gear fan since I first played a demo for MGS and a PS demo disc that my local Pizza Hut was giving away. And I could not even tell you how many times I played through that very brief demo.
"Tactical Espionage Action" is the basis of all MGS games and people looking for a rootin tootin shoot em up game had best look elsewhere, I urge you to consider this is a stealth game, a bit more action oriented than Splinter Cell games but never the less mostly the point is to sneak by unnoticed as opposed to killing everything in sight, in fact in all MGS games you have the option of going through the game with no kills and will be rewarded for it in someway. Although there is one of the most amazing arrays of weaponry I've ever seen, featured in this game you really don't want to use them too much. Most of these weapons are customizable as well, lazer sights, fore grips, grenade launchers, scopes etc... But I doubt you'll really need much of them. I'm well used to MGS games and the re release of MGS3 (subsistance) had me pretty well prepared for the camera controls.
Since we're on the subject of stealth, I would really like to touch on the subject of OCTO CAMO which is Snakes sneaking suit that blends in with whatever wall you may be leaning against or floor you may be laying down on. Also, if you see a statue with an empty space beside it you can actually pose and blend with the statue while enemies mosey on by unaware. Which is just neato.
This game was the reason I finally broke down and got a PS3 because I just couldn't stand not having played this game yet and I was a very latecomer to it. I've only had it for, as of the time of this writing, less than a month and I've played through it a half dozen times and really the game play doesn't get old and there's lots of different difficulty settings to try and over all it's just got a great replay value.
The story, the story unfolds not really in any cinematic way, mainly because we don't have 15 hour movies, but it more or less unfolds like a really good Stephen King mini series. It still has the rotten MOCAP that makes characters in the cutscenes look all floaty and silly but that's nothing unique since most games use MOCAP (Motion Capture, in case you didn't know) these days, I don't know, I imagine they use this to cut down on spending time animating every individual cutscene, but I'm not really an expert on the whole behind the scenes of video games stuff. The way the characters move around, aside, the cutscenes are every bit as entertaining as a Tony Scott film and as visual as a Ridley Scott film. Of course it's very self referential but if it is to be the final chapter then they did well to have so many characters from the previous games in it.
The real meat of this title, and any other game worth playing is the gameplay. Which has the perfect balance of familiarity with the controls while not just being a reiteration of MGS3:S. Every thing is streamlined and refined to make figuring out the controls really easy both for vets and newbs to the series. It's really fun sneaking through a massive battle unnoticed while snipers take out guys just feet away from you and mortar shells are landing all around you. The stamina gauge established in MGS2 has been reworked into a psyche gauge and there's also a combat stress system ie. Snake gets stressed out when he's laying prone in the middle of a battlefield and there some guy firing a mounted machine gun in his direction which leads to his psyche gauge dropping and which causes his aiming to become sloppy or his camo index to drop. Relieve the stress, smoke some cigarettes (smoking's, bad kids), read a playboy (no nudity in this game, just scantily clad women), listen to your iPod (yes, Snake has an iPod... IDK WTF), hide in a box or just go find some nice quiet corner out of the sun and hide there for a while. It's really not as complicated as it sounds.
I mentioned the massive amount of firepower this game is packing and if you chose to you can use it all quite easily. I mainly go with a silenced sniper rifle to pick off foes at a distance, if need be. But, amongst other things Solid Snake, or Old Snake as he's referred to in this game now has the CQC system that was set up in MGS3, this too has been streamlined into optimum efficiency and ease of use (controls).
Graphically, I've never seen a better video game, some of the visuals in this game really did strike me with a bit of awe. The cut scenes are detailed and in some cases interactive.
Overall, this is an amazing accomplishment in video games, anyone who likes the MGS series; this is a must have for you. For people new to or wholly unfamiliar with it I would really recommend playing the previous gamesMetal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection first. I bought a PS3 for the express purpose of playing this game and I couldn't have been more satisfied about my purchases, both this game and the PS3. I missed out on the MGS4 edition PS3 so I just bought a new 80gig and this game to go with it. ...more info
- Best PS3 Game so FAR
I have never played any previous MGS games. Really? the controls are hard ..? R1+L1= Zoom and Shoot. I will say it started off a bit slow but it picked up. A wide variety of weapons that you can customize, plenty of gear and plenty of ways to take out whom ever you please. The movies are long but there is a skip mode for those that are not interested. I'm in Iraq and have purchased all types of games and this is definitely a keeper. The story in itself is outstanding I was filled in on most of the saga. I don't let reviews dictate what i purchase just a good way to be inquisitive about what i will buy and this game in my eyes was great. I believe a must buy for the PS3....... cant wait for KILLZONE2, SF4, and yes GOD OF WAR 3. Hope this helps I have a 360, WII, Gaming PC and I must SAY i enjoy my BLUE RAY, HDVD, and Game Black MONSTER over all (PS3).May buy the White ONE!!!!
- It's certainly one of the greatest games of all time!
MGS4 is my first Metal Gear game, and I loved it. Now I wish I played all the previous Metal Gear games.
The graphics, the action, and the story are all great.
The cinematic scenes were a bit long and boring for me, but that's maybe because I did not play the previous Metal Gear games and did not really understand the story. But those who know the story really loved the cinematic scenes because it explained a lot to them.
It could very much be the best PS3 game so far.
- Absolutely the best game I have ever played!
Absolutely the best game I have ever played! that being said I have been a fan of Metal Gear Solid since the PS1 release. Yes at times the videos do drag on little, but if you are a Metal Gear fan you will enjoy! I have approximately 20 ps3 games and this is the only one that I wish to play over and over again! Now if you don't like games with long cinematic s, metal gear solid games, stealth games or are only a fan FPS fan YOU WILL NOT ENJOY THIS GAME! But if you are like me this will be the best game you have ever played!...more info
- WORST GAME I'VE EVER HAD.
Someone else has written an in depth one star review, worth reading for sure, but save yourself the trouble.
Video games are 1st and foremost about control, and " feeling like you are there". This game makes you feel like you"re somewhere else, struggling to figure out the controls and wishing you were in a great game like COD4,
Brother"s in arms or even "BLACK"! ...more info
- MGS 4 Needs Work!
This game is extremely poor in terms of the wait time to go online and it is even more poor and painful playing online! The single player mission is long and boring, there is no replay value whatsoever. It is all most torture to play through the game. The only reason I played it through was to watch the story unfold, and seeing the cutscenes in 1080P, is simply a sight for soar eyes, that's the best thing about this game. However, this game overall was unbearable and had very little fun factor. Sony surely dissappointed me. I don't play garbage, not saying that this game is garbage but it was getting there slowly. I traded it in ASAP as soon as it was over. Sony needs to work on their online support and stop making everything so long, very very long, downloading, matching players and load times. I'm never buying anything from them again until I see and hear great great things about their product, not even killzone 2. ...more info