Review by Ryosal
"The Final Showdown"
Ah... Metal Gear. So many memories... so many emotions spent on these games. Konami released Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in 2008, after a long wait and anticipation. Finally, MGS4 arrived in the stores and was already a masterpiece. The legend of Solid Snake ends with this epic chapter, showing immense graphical power and a solid breathtaking gameplay. Let's see what this game has got to offer.
Graphics - 10
Well... what can I say. They're absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! I usually never give a perfect score on modern games, especially in this section, but this game beats everyone. Special effects and cut-scenes are simply the best around, making the whole game look even better than any Hollywood's new cheap movie. Every action, every cutscene, every scenario makes you feel like you're really in the middle of a fierce battle.
Superb in any sense.
Story - 9
Anyone who experienced the previous MGS chapters should expect another intricate expansion of the main series' plot. Well, this game actually ends the whole main storyline and attempts to clarify almost every flaw of the series. This chapter makes no exceptions, in terms of intrigue and deepness, and it is truly one of the most exciting chapters of the whole legacy.
Gameplay - 10
Outstanding. Epic. Awesome. Incredible. There are plenty of words to describe the greatness of this game. Along with the classic "Tactical Espionage Action" gameplay, the player can either choose to sneak into the enemies' backs or shooting everything in his way like a real First Person Shooter. New features have been added: the Octocamo, which is the ultimate source of camouflage; the Close Quarters Combat fighting system - previously introduced in MGS3; the Face Camo, which is the Octocamo facial equivalent; the Metal Gear MkII, a cute and useful remote-controlled robot; a lot of weapons and equipment, secrets, easter eggs and more...
Best gameplay ever. Period.
Audio and Soundtracks - 9
Harry Gregson Williams and the veteran Norihiko Hibino join forces once again to create the ultimate MGS soundtracks. When you listen to those tracks, you can easily recall a doomed battlefield or some war-torn scenarios of the Middle-East region. The Love Theme is absolutely one of the best main themes of the MGS series, and like tradition dictates, it's also a sad but suggestive track. The audio department is also incredibly well-directed and estimated: sound effects and environmental sounds are very realistic and play an important role with the global gameplay.
Replay value - 9
Lots of secrets to be discovered and lots of equipment ready to be owned. So, what are you waiting for? Go get 'em! Now!!
Final rating - 10
That's it, folks. 10 out of 10. Metal Gear Solid 4 is truly a masterpiece of its genre, with a lot of greatly appreciated features and movie-like quality. Every MGS fan should own this game, simply because it's an incredible game. Of course, players who don't know the origins of the whole series might be in difficulty, but that's not a major problem. Buy it, if you've got the chance. You won't regret it.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 10/13/08
Game Release: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (US, 06/12/08)
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