Review by Boni Boy Blue
"Solid Snake's Last Episode"
Metal Gear Solid 4 is to date the biggest game ever made on a game console having to use a dual-layered blu-ray disk which can hold up to 50GB of data. Having some the the best graphics made for the PlayStation system Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the most anticipated games of the 7th generation of game consoles.
Story - 10/10
The story was said to be the last episode of Solid Snake and Hideo Kojima does an excellent job at it though it may leave you wondering 'what!?!' and forcing you to replay the previous games to refresh your memory. The basic plot of the story is that Roy Campbell has asked Solid Snake (now under the code name Old Snake due to the rapid ageing he has suffered) to assassinate Liquid Ocelot. The Metal Gear Solid 4 story answers all the question left from previous games and successfully closes the story and life of Solid Snake. The set of bosses in the game known as the Beauty and the Beast Unit are one of the weirdest in the whole Metal Gear Solid series and have combining features of previous game's bosses.
Gameplay - 9/10
The biggest addition to Metal Gear Solid 4 is the OctoCamo, designed by Octacon it can blend into the surroundings that Old Snake is currently in. This is a tool that the player will have to use to sneak past the enemies. Although OctoCamo is useful, there is a manual setting so a player can choose what camo to use which can be downloaded from the extra section in the main menu or saved manually from in-game. There is a massive list of weapons that can be obtained from the battlefield or bought from the in-game shop from basic handguns to fully automatic machine guns and of course explosives ranging from a hand grenade to a portable anti-tank rocket launcher.
The cutscenes from the game have to be the longest from any Metal Gear game, almost all lasting over 10 minutes long but it is these scenes that are a crucial part of the story. The cutscenes are interactive that allows the player to receive flashbacks from previous games or watch through the first person view of Old Snake.
Metal Gear Solid games are known for their sneaking instead of fire-fighting through the hordes of enemies and the improved engine shows a lot of enhancements from Metal Gear Solid 3. The notable improvements is the crouch, Old Snake is able to walk while crouching to stay closer to the ground and stay out of sight on enemies. When Snake lies down of the ground he can now play dead and move very slowly to sneak up on enemies.
The boss battles of the game are some of the best in any Metal Gear Solid game and are quite challenging at the higher difficulties. Stealth has a great effect on boss battles this time. Snake can hide from the bosses themselves and ambush them. There is a tough new enemy in Metal Gear Solid 4 known as a Metal Gear Gekko, they are agile walking metal gears that can dish out a great deal of damage.
Graphics - 10/10
The graphics are beautiful for both game and cutscenes. A lot of effort was put into the graphics and Kojima showcases this right away when the game first starts to install to the PlayStation 3 hard drive. Snake is smoking a cigarette and the detail put into it is just amazing. The character's motion is the one of the best ever seen in game and almost looks real. The facial expressions and the way the hair moves are a great touch to the graphics, the same goes for all character's including the PCMs and the rebel forces. Take out the gameplay and combine all the cutscenes together then this would make a great film.
There are 5 different stages set in different parts of the world and each and every one of these locations are amazingly designed with almost no part being left untouched and the redesigned Shadow Moses was excellent and does the original Metal Gear Solid justice with the well designed stage, although some things have changed but this most likely due to the power cut.
Sound/Voice Acting 10/10
As with any other Metal Gear Solid game there is a full voice cast, the voice actors are mostly voiced by their previous voice actors, David Hayter returns are the voice of Old Snake. The voices are very well done and are flawless with the facial movements of the characters themselves.
The sound effects in the game are superb, there is a lot of noise on a battlefield and Metal Gear Solid 4 does a great job at making this seem as realistic sounding as possible from the bombs falling down to the sound of a gun firing with excellent synchronisation with the DualShock 3 controller.
Now to the music, Harry Gregson-Williams returns for Metal Gear Solid 4 for some new pieces including the Old Snake theme. The music is professionally done and is used for in-game effects like increasing Snake's psyche meter. Snake carries an iPod with him into battle and from downloading and finding songs in-game Snake can listen to a lot of songs from previous Metal Gear games and other Kojima games.
Overall - 10/10
Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the biggest game ever made to date and has some of the best story writers. Metal Gear Solid 4 is the last episode of Solid Snake and Hideo Kojima has created a masterpiece which as won numerous game of the year 2008 awards for both readers' choice and editors' choice. The future is unclear about Solid Snake and maybe we will make a return, maybe he won't. Just have to wait and see.
Sound/Voice Acting: 10
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 10/01/09
Game Release: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (EU, 06/12/08)
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