Review by ar15killa
"The Best Game of this generation."
It has been over a year since the game was released, and I have had the pleasure to beat it multiple times. After all the hype, fuss, smack talk, and praise, I can confidently say that MGS4 is one of the greatest games ever created.
Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has had expectations out of this world. Fans expected this game not just to be good, but to be in the category as one of the greatest games of all time. Some people believed that the staggering PS3 relied on the support of Metal Gear Solid 4 to catch up to its competition. Now that the game has finally been released after countless delays I can safely say that Metal Gear Solid 4 has fulfilled all of those expectations, and will be a game that will define story telling in video games, the PS3s power, and it will define this generation of video games as a whole.
As you start the game you find yourself amidst a war torn battlefield somewhere in the Middle East. Our hero Solid Snake now known as Old Snake has aged greatly since his last appearance in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. The world now is in a state of turmoil. Private Military Companies (PMC) whose soldiers are injected with nanomachines to enhance their combat ability engage in battle for whoever pays the best price. It just happens that five of the largest PMC corporations are controlled by the man himself Liquid Ocelot. Snakes mission is to find and kill Liquid before he can launch an insurrection with the PMC troops. Liquids last known location is in the Middle East, which is why we find our hero here at the start of our journey.
The first thing you notice when you play the game is the graphics. Metal Gear Solid 4 is perhaps the best looking game of all time. There is no pause between cut scenes and real-time, and trying to find the differences between the two is impossible. With the amazing cut scenes and stunning graphics it feels as if you are playing through a movie deciding which course of action is best for the lead role to take. The game truly shows how powerful the PS3 is, and future games will be judged graphically to this game for years to come.
Old MGS players will find the game play in MGS4 very similar to past MGS games, but there are still some differences that make this the most fun and intuitive game in the MGS series. The aiming system has been enhanced greatly and just run and gunning through the game is now a viable option. The CQC has also been enhanced and you will find right at home when you surprise an enemy from behind grabbing his neck and finishing him off. One of the coolest things that they added to the game is the Octocamo suit. This takes the Camouflage system from MGS3, but improves on it greatly. The Octo suit allows you to change the color of your suite to the surrounding area by just sitting still for a few seconds. It never gets old when you morph to the color of the wall that you are standing by. This game caters to all players, if you want to be the ultimate stealth player you can play this game using the Octosuit to its fullest capabilities, while players that want to kill anything in sight will be able to use 70 different weapons to their fullest enjoyment.
With all of its cut scenes the game is 20+ hours long, and once you finish it you will want to pop this game back into your PS3 for another go. The different objectives for getting emblems, which are awarded to you after you beat the game, will make you want to play this game over and over again. Also Metal Gear Online which offers an extremely fun online option will take all your time as you battle it out with friends in the world of Metal Gear.
Trying to find something negative about this game is almost impossible. If you are someone that doesn't like deep storytelling and long cut scenes you might be overwhelmed at first with MGS4, but once you get use to it, you will find a story for the ages and you will be sucked into it and will not be released till the game is over. Every aspect of MGS4 is as perfect as can be, and will be remembered for years to come.
Snake can now go off into the sunset as a hero. Everyone expects great things from the legendary game developer Hideo Kojima, but his game Metal Gear Solid 4 has fulfilled and surpassed every expectation laid out for it. This is one of the very few games that will be remembered 10 to 20 years down the road, and will be the crowning achievement for Hideo Kojima.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/09/09
Game Release: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (US, 06/12/08)
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