Review by Iamyourboo2
"An Amazingly Epic Conclusion"
***Minor spoilers about items obtained in the game are present in the Gameplay section***
Metal Gear Solid 4 is not only a great game, it is the best game you will find for the Ps3 system. Veterans of the MGS franchise will be right at home from start to end. Make no mistake, this is a MGS game.
Graphics (9.75 of 10)
The graphics are very well done. From the blood spurting from necks of soldiers, to the wrinkles under Snake's cheeks, MGS4 is chock full of pretty things to look at. Of particular interest is the "OctoCamo." This high-tech camouflage will quickly change to the color of your surroundings. That means if you press against a wall, you turn into the color of the wall. This looks awesome and if you combine it with the similar FaceCamo you appear almost completely invisible.
Gameplay (9.75 of 10)
The gameplay has had some core tweaks that make things easier. Veterans will quickly adapt to the new controls. (Having played every Metal Gear game since the NES versions, I only had trouble with the R1 button being used for CQC attacks.) Everything feels tight and responsive, but you may sometimes find yourself confused about where to go. (especially in the early chapters)
They have added a shop feature, where you can stock up on ammo and buy many many weapons. The weapon selection this time isn't just limited to 1 or 2 of each type of weapon. No, no, you'll find around 5 different types of sniper rifles, 4 seperate Anti-tank missiles, and a whole mess of other weapons and items, including the Playboy magazine, a surprisingly useful sneaking tool. Simply place a Playboy magazine in a spot you think a guard will show up, and when he spots it, he will get excited and start examining it carefully, thus giving you a perfect time to strike, shoot, beat down, grenade, snipe, hold-up, choke, or simply run away.
Snake is no longer limited to hiding in a cardboard box, either. He still obtains his trademark box, but he has a new bag of tricks. This wily old Snake is able to hide inside a giant can-drum thing. This will deceive many guards, and even if you think you are about to be spotted, you have the option to flip over and roll away inside the drum, to make a quick escape.
replacing the old Stamina gauge in MGS3 is the new Psyche gauge. This gauge measures Snake's mental state. If it is high, he is feeling happy, if it is low, he is stressed, and will perform much more poorly. Remember, a happy Snake is an efficient Snake. Like MGS's Naked Snake had to ward off starvation, Old Snake has to ward off senility.
Sound (9 of 10)
As expected, the sound quality is amazing. Everything sounds different and well tuned. Snake even comes tooled with an iPod that he can use to listen to whatever tunes he's in the mood for while sneaking about. My only problem is that guards seem to overuse phrases. They will say the same thing back to back a lot. It is not uncommon to hear something like "Look out!, Cover Me!, Look out!, Grenade! Cover me!"
Story (10 of 10)
Do I even need to put this? It is Metal Gear Solid, you know there will be plot twists and turns that all works out in a way you didn't even expect.
In closing, if you have a Ps3, buy this game. If you don't, buy a Ps3 first, then buy this game.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 06/16/08
Game Release: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (US, 06/12/08)
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