What Metal Gear Solid 4 Turning 4 Means To Me

GamingUnion: With Metal Gear Solid 4 turning four years old last month, I decided to take a look back at one of my favorite games in my favorite game series of all time. This was the game that made many changes in my gaming and online life including buying a Play Station 3 just for this game. I also know that MGS4 meant a lot to many other fans of the series too, so expect to hear from other fans as we share what this games means to us.

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I was really excited for this game too. I was blown away at the technical feats the game could accomplish at the time.

pixelsword2143d ago

No kidding; I still take pics when I play and look at them.

That game had some of the best moments in gaming I've played; and if you tinkered around and looked up references like I did, it was double fun, and strange as well.

Like how people had pages of strategy about defeating Crying Wolf, but all I did was go inside of the can to keep from freezing, plus hid in a corner to keep the wind off of me and to keep the scent from going from a bunch of directions (she only attacked from one direction) and I beat her the first or second time playing her on hard (or whatever level was the hardest one was when you first played, if memory serves).

Or how Raiden was such a joke that I skipped the MG game that featured him, only to be blown away from his MGS4 role. How when Ocelot almost came out of his self-hypnosis and you "got" what was going on! Figuring out Screaming Mantis, Gaining respect for Drebin (an obviously skilled fighter and very learned individual), looking at Liquid Ocelot as the actual "hero" in terms of the political aspects of the game, Big Boss, The emergence of Johnny being a real soldier and not a joke, the inner workings of the Patriots, and finally defeating Liquid on The Boss difficulty level made this game a virtual paragon.

And don't even get me started on MGO.

Piecing this game with the original Deus Ex is an interesting journey into the moral objections of Transhumanism.

This game really showed the theoretical capabilities of what the RFID was supposed to do. I always wondered why the Mark of the Beast was supposed to be so bad when it was mentioned in the Book of Revelations, but looking up various things people said about what the RFID was supposed to do (like Gene Siskel, for one) that it became clear that it was supposed to be able to control you in terms of how you felt, it could make you angry at a moment's notice, lustful at any time someone wanted you to, prevent you from saying things: for example, when Meryl was about to throw that chair but the mechanisms inside of her prevented her from staying angry while she was "on the clock". Now I know why it's also known as the digital angel, because the devil also has angels, and it's just another reference to demonic possession, with a digital twist. You give someone that kind of control, you basically surrender your free will to that entity, and can never get it back.

This game is more of an education than an adventure.


Completely agree. Both games were masterpieces in their own right. I now look forward to Watch Dogs.

Believe it or not I never got the full picture behind MGS4's PMCs and some other aspects of the game. It seemed fictional back in 2006. Now I'm starting to see the complete picture.

Pieface082143d ago

It means I'm ready for 5 to drop.


I regret not being there when the MGO servers shut down. I wanted to take photos to remember the first online game I ever played.

Megaton2143d ago

Your comment makes me feel really old.

duplissi2143d ago

first online game ever played!? how old are you? mine was socom way back in i think 2002.

pixelsword2143d ago

Mine was Resistance: fall of man. It could have been Star Wars: Battlefront, but I was scared about breaking my PS2 after that warning came on, so I never did. Only after playing Resistance did I put in Battlefront and have a really good time.


I played video games since the 1980's. I skipped PC gaming and never went online with the Xbox or PS2. Just wasn't a big fan with competitive gaming.

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Xperia_ion2143d ago (Edited 2143d ago )

The game still looks damn good to this day.

Qrphe2143d ago (Edited 2143d ago )

Comment removed? Sorry for the spam

abzdine2143d ago

I love this game it's one of those that defined this generation.

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