Review by SoraOwnsAll
"This game is definetely worth it."
Kojima yet again releases a masterful game known as Metal Gear Solid. If you haven't played the other games in the series, I recommend you should, because this ties together all of the other games into one unique masterpiece. Now, this is Snake's final mission, which is quite truly his best
The game picks up 5 years later after the Tanker incidents in Metal Gear solid 4, with Liquid/Ocelot planning an insurrection against the world. If you haven't played Metal Gear Solid 1 - 3, I recommend you should, as most of the story revolves around past events. Snake has also grown old for some unknown reason, which is revealed as you play throughout the game.
Absolute perfection. Everything in this game looks extremely realistic (Character models, environments, weapons, etc.) One of the true eye candies is gotten from reloading a weapon in First Person View, it looks as if you are the one exchanging the clip for another. Even the shadows and the sky looks good.
Everything sounds realistic, from a little knife cute to huge explosions to the sound of passing helicopters/jets. They all sound as if you are actually there. There is also an iPod in the game, which delivers its own musical score from previous games in the series.
The Gameplay has stuck to how it was first made, with just a few additions. Some of the additions are crouchwalking, over the shoulder view aiming, laying on your back while on the ground, etc. One of the biggest additions that changes gameplay is the OctoCamo suit. Whenever you sit still for more then 2 seconds, it automatically changes to whatever you are pressed up to, which adds a new level of stealth to the game.
There are 5 gameplay difficulties to this game : Liquid Easy, Naked Normal, Solid Normal, Big Boss Hard, and The Boss Extreme. Do not play on Liquid Easy though, as that is a walk in the park. Try around Solid Normal first your first play through, then go up to Big Boss or The Boss Extreme as you see fit.
There is also the Solid Eye, which lets you see enemies health / psyche, and it is also Night Vision Goggles/Binoculars in one, instead of having two different items for them. Another additions is the Metal Gear Mk. II, a little robot that Otacon uses which you can choose to control if you want. It has Stealth Camo and a tazer that immediately knocks out any enemies you hit with it. You can also use it to spy on the battlefield/pick up items if you want to.
There is also Drebin's shop, which becomes available after you meet up with him in the middle of Act 1. You use Drebin Points (DP) gained from picking up weapons or doing good throughout the acts and receiving the bonus at the act results screen (No kills, no recovery items used, no alerts, etc.) DP can be used to purchase weapons and ammo from Drebin's shop at any time during the mission. You can also purchase custom parts like suppressors, grips, scopes etc. to go on some of your weapons.
For people who have never played a MGS game before, this game is based on stealth. Do not try to go head on into areas, because causing an alert causes waves of enemies to swarm to your location and shoot you till you're dead. The best thing to do if you do get seen is to just hide it off, wait until the "Evasion" phase pops up, and then you can start moving.
There is tremendous re-playability in this game. There are 40 emblems in this game, which can be achieved by doing certain tasks (no alerts, no kills, etc.) which may take a while to get. On top of that, there is also ribbons you can get on the emblems, which shows that is the highest rank you achieved on that certain play through, which this adds another 40 times through the game to be 100% complete. And on top of that, there is also online play, which is very good, besides from the lag you may sometimes run into.
Final Score (10/10)
This game truly deserves a 10. It is just about perfect, in every sense of the word. This game is a true must buy for die hard fans and newcomers to the series alike. Hell, you should buy a PS3 just for this game, it's that good. This is one of the most entertaining games you will ever play.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 10/17/08
Game Release: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (40GB PS3 Bundle) (US, 06/12/08)
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