IGN: Metal Gear Solid 4 UK Review - 9.9/10

IGN Writes:

"If you've ever loved any one of the Metal Gear games, or any moments from the series, there will come a moment when MGS 4 will send your spirits soaring. If you've loved them all, well then there'll be many, many more. It's a masterpiece. But forget you read that. Go play it and find out for yourself. Because it's the kind of game that, if you play it after being told it's a masterpiece, might end up disappointing you because of the hype. So forget the hype. Forget that it's a magnificent, ground-breaking, masterpiece. Just play it, and enjoy a dazzling, heart-lifting, voyage of discovery."

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SEAN16173579d ago

lol thats like when one of my professors gave me a 89!

NoUseMerc3579d ago

They just couldn't give it a perfect 10 could

IGN - "Oh no, a PS3 exclusive...hmm, well even though its the greatest game on a console yet, we just can't say its perfect..."

LenHart3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

If a game like GTA4 gets 10 then MGS4 should definitely get 10/10

MGS4 is better than GTA4 in every respect .

GTA4 graphics deserve no more than 8 . It should have got 9/10. i fell for the review and was massively disappointed with the game

IGN US --please hear this --If you dont give MGS4 a 10/10 then we will stop going to your website . You will die just like Gamespot which was once the no1 website

QuackPot3579d ago


No way in hell is GTA4 a perfect 10 but it got one. You could easily find 0.1 points to deduct from its score.

Complete inconsistency.

Seems like fanboyism is still alive and well with even the mainstream game sites.

juuken3579d ago

Lol, yeah. It's like they can't somehow give you the 90. xD

deeznuts3579d ago

In exchange for cash, IGN got an exclusive review, while GTA got a perfect 10 and guarantee nobody else gets one for a set amount of time.

This is their way of giving the game the best score it deserves, while not breaching it's contract with Rockstar!

Meresin3579d ago

The problem with GTA IV wasn't fanboyism, I don't think, but rather that not a one of the game reviewers out there had the stones to stand up and tell Rockstar that their game wasn't perfect. They could lose all access to the company when they do something like that, including both early access to the game in development, and access to early review copies.

Given that, whether it deserves the distinction or not, GTA is one of the biggest franchises in the industry, it is really difficult for journalists to choose the right way when they have so many hits to lose. It's an ugly, dishonest thing, but that's the nature of business.

End result? I won't be buying another GTA game without playing it first. That game deserved a nine *at best.*

Presentist3579d ago

GTA was overhyped. It's a 5/10 in my book.

I don't have a PS3, but I'm pissed at this score. If you're going to give a game a 9.9/10, just give it the 10 it deserves.

donator3579d ago

Things to mark .1 off of GTA 4 for:
Gameplay mechanics: Auto-aim is shotty, hand-to-hand combat almost pointless, lack of a variety of weapons.

Multiplayer: Does not feel polished. Few co-op modes that never change destination points (I don't think it would have been too hard to do that right?) Some modes are utter crap. Cops and Crook had high potential, but only starting off with two max cop cars? Come on.

Presentation: Cut scenes were pretty boring and I think they all took place indoors.

Lasting appeal: Even if I wanted to play the game again, I wouldn't watch the cut scenes again. The missions are repetitive, not many different ways to finish a mission.

MGS4 towers GTA4 in all of these respects yet it gets a lower score? What happened mate?

donator3579d ago

I kinda think that GTA4 got perfect scores because they really wanted Rockstar to succeed at all costs... because if not, they would have tempted to let EA buy them.

yourgodisdead3579d ago

IGN are starting to piss me off, Gta is definitly over rated, and they know it, online sucks, driving sucks, and the story is lackluster, same thing different game.

I know Metal gear deserved a ten, everyone does, and we havent even played it.

JimmyHACK3579d ago

got 10's for presentation/gameplay/graphics /sound - yet they give it 9.9

maybe IGN US will figure out what is up

Lifendz3579d ago

for having the "[email protected]!!s" to give GTAIV a 10. He said that some people won't give a 10 because they just don't have the guts to do it. And this is proof of that. Don't give a game a 9.9. WTF is that? Either do it all or don't. What the hell is the .01 percentage of flaw that held it back?

PSN: Lifendz

Danny Dan3579d ago

IGN gave EVERYTHING a 10 but when it came to their lasting appeal they wrote this:

"Aside from the fact that the cut-scenes bear repeated viewing, you’ll want to play through MGS 4 again and again, simply to unlock ever more exotic weapons, items and player rankings."

but they give it a 9.5... If you love a game so much that you go as far as to say that you'll want to play it over and over and over again... and it you give it a 9.5...?! Simply.. wtf?!

The simple reason is.. they couldn't give two 10's so close together... wooow.. I just hope IGN US/America score is different and read their comments. Because IGN is not making NO sense with this review.

HighDefinition3579d ago

Also, if you didn`t know Hilary Goldstein is the MAN, He is one of the head 360 guys at IGN and he complete thinks the 360 has NO CHANCE against the PS3. He was the 1st "BIG 360 guy" in the industry to actually say it. Listen to the 3 Red Lights podcast on IGN, Hilary is awesome.

ip-student3579d ago

The following comment sealed the deal for me:

"Hopefully it won't be bending the rules to far to reveal that they [the cut-scenes] represent about half of the content of the game."

No way I am playing a game that is half cut-scenes. I think this is a love-hate type game and like all JPRGs I have seen - don't love it. And before you say "you can skip the cut-scenes" - that is how the game was intended to be played and no doubt brings something to the feel. But I don't like that kind of gameplay (or lack thereof) so I don't see how such a game can deserve such a high score. At most a 9.5 IMO - well done but the gameplay score should suffer because you have to sit through a huge amount of cut-scenes. Your milage may vary.

DARKKNIGHT3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

Ignorant Gamer Nation............wanted a check with alot of zeroes from konami.

mgs4 will sell masses, it will move the masses to see ign as a farce just like gamespot and gametrailers. twoface, nogood, m$ as$hole licking, corrupt, cream twinkie eating mudaphuckas

pssss: i cant wait for this to release on 360!!!!!!!!lol i loved those rumours

especially when theres no way in hell that the 360 can pull off a game of this caliber.
ps3 is like a 50 cal rifle. 360 is still in the 9mm pistol arena.

Timesplitter143579d ago

THis pisses me off too, but take this into consideration :

- It's just IGN UK. The official IGN score that people use is from IGN US
- We now have the highest rated exclusive, and probably the highest rated game (metacritic) of all time on our PS3

Bonsai12143579d ago

i refuse to read the review... only 2 more weeks... i'm off to play mgs3

BrianC62343579d ago

I wonder if all the people who gave GTA IV a 10 will also give MGS4 a 10? It probably deserves it more. Not that GTA IV is bad but how did it get so many 10s? It isn't a perfect game.

vickers5003579d ago

You fanboys piss me off. IGN was paid for their GTA IV review, and you should have come to that conclusion as well. That being said, assuming this review was not paid off, and I'm sure it wasn't, IGN gave this game a 9.9, a nine point f*cking 9, most likely not having been paid off for their review, and you are still saying "l!k3 WTF Z0mG IGN !s FanBoize!!1!!1".

You are acting like 9.9 is a bad score or something. No, gta iv didn't deserve its score like I said, but they didn't give that score based on what they actually thought about the game, they did it because they were paid off. I don't have any actual way to prove that they were paid off, but it's pretty [email protected] obvious that given IGN
s usual strict gaming reviews, you can safely assume they were.

So here, a game comes along, with little to no marketing hype, which probably means they don't care about paying off reviewers, that gets a 9.9 honestly and fairly. That to me says an awful lot about how f*cking groundbreaking this game is, and well if you fanoybs just can't except that, well I feel sorry for you that you care about that little .1 so much.

cmrbe3579d ago

It means that according to this review its as close to perfection as is but seriously people. Weather this game gets all ten is not revelent.We all knew that this game won't get perfect score because its a PS exclusive and it dosen't matter really because we all know that MGS4 will kick ass and will be remembered long after the Hype that is Halo 3 and GTA4. MGS4 will be remebered in the same vein as FF7. I believe in Kojima as he always delivers. Seriously f*ck what reviewers say. 12 more days baby.

Chitown712913579d ago

You have turned into a little prissy [email protected], just over this one review. And you know what we don't need your review to know that this game is perfect. Us PS3 owners and 360 gamers as well know that this game is perfect in any and every freakin way. So suck it, go play your little Wii or 360, and we'll go play our:





SolidSnake933579d ago

That seems a bit excessive, I mean I think Metal Gear is GOTY, but boycotting a site simply because it gave a 9.9 which is an excellent score isn't reasonable, if they gave it a 7.5 I would boycott it, but I wouldn't care if IGN US gave it 9.9. When was the last time IGN UK gave a game a 9.9.

Delt43579d ago

Just give it the 10.5 it deserves! We all know this game is going to kick some serious @ss. Even my XBOX 360 fanboy self can admit that.

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TheHater3579d ago

dam you, I was about to submit this :(
oh and sorry about not approving it, I can't approve Story for another 4 days because of some stupid mistake I made two days ago :(

Now back to the review.

I fricken love their closing comment. "If you’ve ever loved any one of the Metal Gear games, or any moments from the series, there will come a moment when MGS 4 will send your spirits soaring. If you’ve loved them all, well then there’ll be many, many more. It’s a masterpiece. But forget you read that. Go play it and find out for yourself. Because it’s the kind of game that, if you play it after being told it’s a masterpiece, might end up disappointing you because of the hype. So forget the hype. Forget that it’s a magnificent, ground-breaking, masterpiece. Just play it, and enjoy a dazzling, heart-lifting, voyage of discovery."

Too bad we can't play for another 13 days :(

LenHart3579d ago

I just hope my MGS4 PS3 bundle is delivered on time

Futureshop told me that it is not waranteed that i will get my game on 12th since a lot of people have preordered that bundle and they might have a hard time delivering them on time


donator3579d ago

These 13 days feel like the Cuban Missile Crisis. So packed with emotion, desperation, anxiety, and suspense.

TheHater3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

I kinda find it funny that they game it a 9.9, but gave GTA IV a 10. I personally find something wrong with that.

I guess the Exclusive right to post the first review of GTA affect the score a little.

LenHart3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

but 9.9 is definitely AWESOME



MGS4 is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy yyyyyyyyy better than GTA4.

It got 9.9 cuz it is a PS3 game. Wait for Gamesradar,Gameinformer and CVG's reviews.

They would term is as the best game of all time

OPM UK,LEVEL termed is as the best game on playstation 3

InMyOpinion3579d ago

Well, it's a great game but is sure as hell ain't no GTA IV ;)

BilI Gates3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

They're getting the same reviews lol and MGS4 > GTA IV by a landslide. Rockstar and Take-Two paid for those reviews.

juuken3579d ago

GTAIV was hyped way too much. That should have been a 9.0.

Obama3579d ago

Gta4 should seriously get a 8 in average. I finished the game last week and I wouldn't touch it again. Mgs4 however is different. It is going to get more review scores it deserves - a 10.

poos33579d ago

hahahaha confir,med no goty gta score higher

Tmac3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

Actually if you look at it number wise I do believe MGS4 has a higher rating than GTA4 poos3.

Edit: Because of the eurogamer review, it now isn't.

Maverick_3579d ago

Jenzo = Jealous Xbox 360 owner that doesn't own a PS3 yet.

MGS4 is being called game of the decade and one of the greatest games of all multiples reviews.

Jealous BOTS. PS3 EASILY has locked down the best game so far this generation. Suck it up. PS3 is unstoppable.

Maverick_3579d ago

Hmmmmmm..... MGS4 or GTA 4....

I think we know the answer.

And MGS4 absolutely DESTROY'S anything on Xbox 360... there are more reviews coming.....mmmmmmm I love the smell of victory.

Seriously BOTS. NOTHING. NOTHING can touch MGS4. Gears 2 will like Solid Snakes boot. This is the first reivew I've read where the review didn't say it was ont the best games ever but still absolutely praised it and called it a "Masterpiece" multiple times.

Xbox 360 owners. YOU CAN'T TOUCH THIS:

InMyOpinion3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

I was just messing with LenHart, waiting to see the reaction. Maverick took the award for most rabid fanboy.

9.9 is a silly score, they can't point to any flaws so the game deserves a 10/10.

and how come they don't mention MGO in the review?

Montrealien3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

yeah, Maverick reeks of retarded fanboy crap, And (insert name on one of his 20 accounts here) is his usual stupid self, stroking his little e-peen and hoping others come stroke it with him.

I would of played this game even if it got a 2/10. You losers care about review scores like it is what makes or breaks a game. Xbox and Sony fanboys are simple, fu**ing drones that scream for acceptance on the interweb.

And note to Maverick, I am a 360 owner, and I will be touching MGS 4 cause I am not a poor little fanboy stuck playing on one console. I Have choice, you should try it sometime.

PopEmUp3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

can any of you XBOT name 1 exclusive game from the 360 that get higher or at lease the score the same MGS4 Please can any of you? LMAO!!!

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Homicide3579d ago

And what did Gaylo 3 get? Not as high as MGS4, that's for sure :D

I can smell the jealously from the bots.

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Expy3579d ago

Pretty pathetic reason for giving it a 9,5 on Lasting Appeal. Not to mention the game comes packaged with MGO for the online experience.

TheHater3579d ago

lol...IGN fail to mention Metal Gear Online in that Review. I find that odd for some reason, that they didn't mention that Metal Gear Online does come with the game.

SUP3R3579d ago

I thought MGO was being reviewed as a separate game?
That's what all the reviewers have been saying.

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SL1M DADDY3579d ago

MGO was not included in the review build of the game. I think they will review it separately due to this but will not say I agree with it. It is inclusive to the MGS experience and should have accounted for the final score.


when a score of 9.9 was a bad thing?? why the hate? anything over 9.0 is a masterpiece. stop whining over .1 of a point. has anyone here even played the game yet?? and the comments of biased reviews from gta4.. cmon people. you are demanding this game get a 10 when none have played the game. sounds a little biased to me.
it'll be a great game. stop complaining?? after all, its you whos going to be playing the game. who cares what other people rate it. i will probably pick it up in the future, just in no hurry. i am not a fan of the series.. the only reason for this is i have never played any of them. seeing the hype and reviews for mgs4 are so much ill probably get into it.

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InMyOpinion3579d ago (Edited 3579d ago )

This proves it's a winner, and probably one of the best games this generation will have on offer.

LenHart3579d ago



0.1 mark was taken off because it is a PS3 game

However Gamesradar,Gameinformer and CVG will tell you if this game is indeed the FINEST OF ALL TIME

Maverick_3579d ago

This is the best Exclusive on any console at the moment... by a long shot.

Reviews are calling this game of the DECADE. They have said it makes all it's competitors look pathetic. Seriously, MGS4 is the REAL DEAL.

Long live Solid Snake.

juuken3579d ago

For once Jenzo I agree with you. Here, have a bubble.

Maverick_3579d ago

"Go play it and find out for yourself. Because it’s the kind of game that, if you play it after being told it’s a masterpiece, might end up disappointing you because of the hype. So forget the hype. Forget that it’s a magnificent, ground-breaking, masterpiece. Just play it, and enjoy a dazzling, heart-lifting, voyage of discovery."

Ok Ok, I will!!


InMyOpinion3579d ago

Back atcha juuken!

@LenHart - Have you played all the games of this generation already? Crystal ballin'?

thereapersson3579d ago

Here's a bubble. Great comment... it bleeds truth.

HighDefinition3579d ago

I told you Jenzo was cool as hell.

Bubbles for you Jenzo.

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