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Submitted by Superfragilistic 2527d ago | review

PSW Review: Metal Gear Solid 4

It's hard to know how to sum up MGS4 in a single word. 'Epic' could be used, but that might imply that small details are out of focus when they're not. 'Gargantuan' is a possibility, but then 'bloated' would also have to be strongly considered. Excellent? Definitely. Awesome? It's awe-inspiring in many respects. Extravagant? Oh yes.

So I'll do my best to sum it up, to give you a brief idea of how good it is, in, oh, about two and a half thousand words. That way I might just about scratch the surface of the content Kojima has jam-packed into this particular Blu-ray.

Despite all the technical wizardry on show, there's still a sense that we're being deprived of valuable gameplay for the sake of some flashy (albeit very, very flashy) story exposition. One or two sections of gameplay, too, are merely adequate and functional rather than exhilarating - but then we're all fans here, and that in itself means our expectations were maybe unreasonably high. It can't all be fireworks?!

So while MGS4's wilfully exclusive, staunch old-school feel (note that despite this, the interface and much of the story is perhaps the most accessible it's ever been - there's just loads of it) may prevent it being the perfect iteration of the series, it also has to be applauded. It hasn't been diluted, it's just as hardcore a Metal Gear experience as ever, if not more so given the abundance of information to process and take in. (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PS3) -

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Rikitatsu  +   2527d ago
Awesomness !
take that Eurogamer & EDGE ;)
Superfragilistic  +   2527d ago
It's certainly a very balanced review and the lack of a score helps.

I like how he points out the amazing as well as the shortfalls, but acknowledges that really as an MGS fan you couldn't ask for anything better.

Can't wait. :)
theKiller  +   2527d ago
damn
every time i hear about this game i regret i dont have a ps3!! :'(((
Lord2008  +   2526d ago
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Did i miss something, when did 8 out of 10 become a bad review?? (eurogamer / Edge)
The Wood  +   2526d ago
@Superfragilistic 'and the lack of a score helps'
good point. Now i have to actually read the review instead of skipping to the score.

Im glad they mentioned MGS fans also

@ Lord2008

an 8 from edge is good and is the equivalent to a 9 everywhere else. Not too sure about edge/eurogamer's grid score as i feel that was questionable
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MoonlightProwler  +   2526d ago
@Lord
An 8/10 is not very good when the game is supposed to be AAA. MGS4 is clearly AAA, so the review seemed a little iffy. It's like they let 10 year olds review it, that had no comprehension of the awesomeness that is Metal Gear... or something like that :P
LeSouteneur  +   2526d ago
Game of the Year from PSW (wow!)
From the link:

"Toddy thought Uncharted was a pretty good example of what next-gen gaming was all about back in PSW 102, and he was right. But MGS4 will join GTAIV in forming a stellar double-whammy of what PS3 can, should and will be capable of for the rest of its lifespan. At last, next-gen gaming will be fully realised in blockbuster form."

Game of the Year?:

http://static.computerandvi...
godofthunder10  +   2526d ago
how can psm give an unbias review to any ps games that's common
how can the psm give an unbias review about any ps game when it's purpose is to sell ps games,hell it's just common since,the psm and the 360 mag will never give an unbias review .how can people even think about agreeing with any game review when the game isn't even out yet and on top of that Kojima told them not to mention that the game had almost 2hrs(and i've heard that it had a lot more) of cut scenes and the loading time and only gave them a couple of scenes for them to look at.now there isn't no way in h*ll that ant magazine can give a review when they are not allowed to talk about the game.

if a game has flaws like lagging,long loading time,and cut scenes that's longer then a movie i like to know about it before i buy it.he** Kojima is just hand picking things out of the game for them to see and on top of that told them not to mention bad things about the game.the game probaly have flaws and that's why they don't want them to review certain things on the game.now this is the first time that a company gave rules like this before they let companies review then.some companies want even give a review because of the rules that Kojima told them they had to follow.

anyone can go back and read my posts and i've been fair to both systems because i think that the ps3 and 360 are both damn good systems and i will also admit that the ps3 is the most dependable console that was ever made but i think that the people that agree with this are just ps3 fans and if this was the 360 all of them would say the opposite,

h*ll ng2 got reviewed with out telling them to leave something out but before they reviewed it they told them that the game isn't ready yet but ps3 fans said that microsoft was just covering up.now mgs4 got real good reviews when Kojima made the companies that review games to sign an agreement that said they can't mention certain things about the game till it was released.they couldn't talk about all the long loading time,the 2hrs of cut scenes and other aspects of the game and this is the first time in the history of games that this was done but not that it's a game on the ps3 the ps3 fans aree with it.
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Euphrate  +   2527d ago
I like 90 minute cut-scenes
If you (reviewers) don't, then GTFO. The game was made for fans.

I know it has nothing to do with this article, but just to let people know anyway ;)
OgTheClever  +   2526d ago
Me too
I'm actually really looking forward to the long cut scenes because i've always enjoyed them in MGS in the past.

If anyone tries to prise my popcorn away from me then they will really regret it in the morning...
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Fishy Fingers  +   2527d ago
Good review. Seem's very honest and he is obviously passionate about the series.
Cupid_Viper_3  +   2527d ago
NOW THAT
is what i call, JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY, this guy reeks of honesty, in my opinion. and the most brilliant part about his review is the score......that's exactly what i want from a review. A SCORE-LESS influenced review...... thank you.

ps, i cant play this game next to my girl..... if i cried with MGS3, then I'm gonna be like a baby with this one.......

@super..... exactly, there's nothing wrong with pointing out the negatives, its just that you can't ignore the fact that for every negative, there's almost 20 positives...... he's going to play it until his hands fall off..... and i plan on hanging out with him, cuz we gotta figure out how to scratch out nuts, being arm-less and all..lol...
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yanikins111  +   2527d ago
im gonna cry like a baby if Snake goes down. :(

Anyone know if mgs3 is compatible with the 60GB AU ps3? Only one i havent played apart from the psp games.
Bathyj  +   2527d ago
Great minds.

Its compatible, I've been playing it this week as a warm up.
Euphrate  +   2527d ago
scores need to go period. I want reviewers to tell me the good and the bad, forming a score extraced from an opionion= wrong
mistertwoturbo  +   2527d ago
Yup. Scores are just useless tools for fanboys to argue each other. example something Jason 360 would say:

"Nyah Nyah, your game got a 9.9 when mine's got a 10/10, so my game's ultimately better than yours and your opinion sucks!"
dogseye_deadhorse  +   2527d ago
catagories
i think games should fall into catagories from SHIIT to AMAZING and about 5 others in between.
Alexander Roy  +   2526d ago
Scores wouldn't need to go away if fanboys/girls of both parties weren't that horny for a numeric value that only is based on someones opinion. The thing is, the vast majority just skips the text, reads the numbers and then starts a rant if they don't like them.
But yeah, I agree, scores are stupid, there shouldn't be any and most important - they should not be needed. I played games with fantastic scores that I found boring and I played games that, score wise, nobody would touch with a pole and liked them.
The moral is: Read the text, because then you don't need numbers to see if you find a game interesting.
Anyway, bubble for you.
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crimsonfox  +   2527d ago
i think this game
is going to have it's 8's but all together maybe end up 9.8 because even though people try to put it down this game will be to good for the majority to deny

mgs4 goty if not then funk me sideways.
vloeistof  +   2527d ago
happy
Gun_Senshi  +   2527d ago
THAT
is how a review should be.
CodeMonkey7  +   2526d ago
I AGREE
Awesome stuff. Check this out though: www.lemonparty.org

its another review right on par of MSG4
SL1M DADDY  +   2527d ago
I love the lack of numerical reviews
Numbers and letter grades suck. This is the type of review that makes me want to play the game even more and makes me feel the author is a real adult playing the game with an objective sense of critical review. Thank goodness for mature reviews.
achira  +   2527d ago
very nice review! cant wait for this particular game.
Vojkan  +   2527d ago
Thats what i think too. Socres need to go, i dont see the point in them. Write reviews like this one and let people judge if they want game or not. Not many read reviews, they just look at score and thats it, one of them is my brother...
sandip787  +   2527d ago
exquisite review.
it oozes with real journalistic knowledge, and obviously, the guy loved the game. just as we all will!
Michael Jackson  +   2527d ago
Beautiful.
Euphrate  +   2527d ago
LOL XD
ahahha

I can't help it, everytime I see your comments,I hear it in MJ's voice!
yanikins111  +   2527d ago
Sing it from the roof tops...
"PROFESSIONAL GAME JOURNALISM LIVES!!!!"
B3RS3RK3RGANG  +   2527d ago
-Nice review
-Will bookmark PSW weby because it looks normal and is not filled with xbots
LTC  +   2527d ago
No score?
pwnsause  +   2527d ago
"MGS4 will join GTAIV in forming a stellar double-whammy of what PS3 can, should and will be capable of for the rest of its lifespan. At last, next-gen gaming will be fully realised in blockbuster form."

another site that agrees that this is high end AAA(9.5 and above)
Vojkan  +   2527d ago
"Toddy thought Uncharted was a pretty good example of what next-gen gaming was all about back in PSW 102, and he was right. But MGS4 will join GTAIV in forming a stellar double-whammy of what PS3 can, should and will be capable of for the rest of its lifespan. At last, next-gen gaming will be fully realised in blockbuster form. "
Sir_Ken_Kutaragi  +   2527d ago
Excellent? Definitely. Awesome? It's awe-inspiring in many respects...
What? MGS4 or the PS3!!! ;-P

I
SAY
BOTH!!!;)

Can't wait!;)
(Back to playing Ratchet&Clank:Tools Of xBots ;-D WOW! This game should of got 10/10!!! The graphics are AMAZING ;-P and it's well Funny to;) God knows how Brilliant 'Resistance 2' will Look!!!)
;-P
Mc Fadge  +   2527d ago
Sounds...
Delectable :D
thereapersson  +   2527d ago
I love the complaints in other reviews saying that there is too much story to pay attention to
This is the f'ing last game in the Solid Snake era! Of course there is going to be a lot of story elements to bring the other games together and close out the main series!

This was a rather balanced "review", even though there was no score. Actually, it's almost better that there is no score because it lets us concentrate on the actual article and not run right to the score to see if another reviewer gave the game a 10 or not.

Edit: I have a feeling that despite the 10's this game will receive, this will still be a tough game to review for many people. The fact that there is so much story jam-packed into the game, and that it ties up all the loose ends from the previous titles in one package means that the single playthrough that many reviewers will give this game might not be enough to realize the greatness of it all.
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BRACHATTACK  +   2527d ago
Another reviewer who truly understands the genius of MGS4. CAN'T.WAIT.FOR.THIS.GAME.
juuken  +   2527d ago
That was an awesome review.
n4gzz  +   2526d ago
very good read. Brilliant way to do review.
butterfinger  +   2526d ago
It's refreshing...
to see solid (no pun intended) reviews now a days, especially from a Playstation site. The balance of the review really leads one to believe that they are trying to help the reader/gamer as they should be.
Tmac  +   2526d ago
Wow, Gaming Journalism survives in the most unlikely of places.

This needs to be mandatory, no score, pure journalism. Convince the person with your words not your score.
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ice_prophecy  +   2526d ago
A good read that was!
End Of war 2  +   2526d ago
avrage game tbh with over the top cutsceens QUOTE;
Despite all the technical wizardry on show, there's still a sense that we're being deprived of valuable gameplay for the sake of some flashy (albeit very, very flashy) story exposition. One or two sections of gameplay, too, are merely adequate and functional rather than exhilarating - but then we're all fans here, and that in itself means our expectations were maybe unreasonably high. It can't all be fireworks?!

So while MGS4's wilfully exclusive, staunch old-school feel (note that despite this, the interface and much of the story is perhaps the most accessible it's ever been - there's just loads of it) may prevent it being the perfect iteration of the series, it also has to be applauded. It hasn't been diluted, it's just as hardcore a Metal Gear experience as ever, if not more so given the abundance of information to process and ta
Run_bare  +   2526d ago
Hmm.. what's your point
Why are you writing the review again... i don't get your post ? are you saying something
CViper  +   2526d ago
Anyone notice that Skipable Cut Scenes have once again been confirmed?
For those of you that MAY have been on the fence.
jackdoe  +   2526d ago
Excellent review. Without a score, bashers actually NEED to READ the review to pick out any bad points to bash. I like it.
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