Gamesradar reviews MGS 4

Daniel Dawkins writes:

''Metal Gear Solid 4 is a masterpiece, arguably the best in the series and – though many will fiercely disagree – ever so slightly disappointing. About 40% through, our notepad was scarred with breathless superlatives like 'Genius', 'Amazing' and 'Wow!!!' but by the game's conclusion, they'd given way to considered criticism and stark cries of 'WTF?'. Will you enjoy it? Yes, definitely, but while most hardcore fans will adore it, a tiny minority may be left slightly deflated by the weight of their expectations, despite the game's unarguable quality.

First, a disclaimer: this isn't a 'standard' review. Kojima Productions are so obsessed with spoilers, there's a two page document outlining what we can't say, covering basic plot developments, plus a bullet-point list of forbidden items. Restrictive? Certainly, so excuse the lack of detail. There's also insufficient room, or merit, in explaining control nuances, or button presses. Note that we've finished MGS4 twice: once on 95% complete code in Japan, and again on retail code – trust us, no one's played it more.''

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chaosatom3333639d ago (Edited 3639d ago )

Gamesradar#1: "I was thinking of giving MGS4 a 20/10, but when i play it, it was only 15/10 :(, so we subtracted one point and gave it a 9/10."

Gameradar#2: "Yeah, i was thinking of giving Grid a 6/10, but it turned out to be pretty good, so we gave it a 9/10."

Jamie Foxx3639d ago (Edited 3639d ago )

even if it got 4/10 across the board this is the 1st time no review could ever stop me declaring that


Fishy Fingers3639d ago

Hideo would probably give it an 8 with a "could do better" for measure.

That's the kind of guy he is.

morganfell3639d ago

someone has played the game more - rob smith the editor of playstation magazine. not to mention quite a few sony, konami, and kp personnel.

deeznuts3639d ago

Fishy Fingers, Itagaki would give his own game a 10, and say "nobody could do it better" cuz that's the type of guy he is!

PSMonster213639d ago

9 is the second highest score they could rate this game since all their scores have to be whole numbers.

Its as close to perfection as it can get.

popup3639d ago

Let's face it. There are alot of so called game fans on this site that only play on one piece of hardware - thus limiting the choice of games available. Everyone can appreciate that not everyone can afford all the hardware required but surely we can appreciate that there is quality on all platforms and if we could own all systems, we would!

If movies were split across two platforms like HD-DVD and Bluray were for a while, would you snub a fantastic film at the cinema because it was not coming to your disc based format? I hope not. So let us remove the jealous, fanboy pretenders and look at this product as a universally available one. Either you buy into the story, gameplay mechanics and visuals or you don't. If you do, the reviews so far easily confirm that you cannot go wrong with this title. If it really does not interest you (like a chick flick can) then 10/10 or 0/10 will make no difference.

The 'politics' of the game journalist's world can be both petty and geeky at times but reviews can only really help provide conformation of a purchase based on your preferences and expectations and nothing more. What is deserved and what is attained are rarely the on the same planet anyway for many reasons!

JimmyHACK3639d ago

Just shows you how so many of "confused" these "professionals" (sarcasm) reviewing are no better than you,I, or a bum on the street.. Not even caring what game this is for, if you just read the review, they clearly make no sense... and also the negatives are kinda funny... but whatever, everyone is most likely getting the game anyway.. it's just funny to see several confused reviewers reviewing this game already..

computer3639d ago

Honestly, I don't care what score this game gets... all I know is I want it in my hands. Now.

Lyan3639d ago

Really, the ppl above should read the review.

Quotes you should pay attention to...

"Truth is, if we've reduced your expectations, if not made you a little sad about MGS4: good. No game could survive such a hideous weight of expectation. MGS4's final judgement won't – or rather, can't – be passed today, by knee-jerk critics or fans, but by history."

"As MGS's biggest fans, if we owe the series anything, it's unburdening it from the weight of expectation and our own hype."

Taking a realistic point of view on what to expect will allow you to love the game that much more. Don't let your expectations disrupt you from enjoying what your given.

Though the review is opinionated, it balances well the magnificence of the game while acknowledging its faults.

"It's at once forward-looking and nostalgic."

Loved that quote in the review.

morganfell3639d ago

well fingers there is nothing like arriving late to the game. hideo has stated he is no longer employing that method. thickheaded westerners fail to see the nuance of humility.

Lifendz3638d ago

I'm buying this title regardless.

INehalemEXI3638d ago

The story was always confusing at some points everytime I played a MGS. I like the confusion though its leaves me something to piece together while I sneak around.

Never played a MGS I was not totally impressed with. MGS4 w/MGO starter pack its crazy that were so close to being able to own such a game.

I am full of jealous rage at those who got a Gunmetal Gear Solid ps3. I will get over it. Grrrrrr.

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Euphrate3639d ago


I'm starting to not care anymore, playing the game is all I wanted anyway. Nice score, good site.

Surfman3639d ago

Yeah anyway we're starting to know that reviewers will continue their conspiration against the PS3. So i guess 9/10 means a 10/10.

Fishy Fingers3639d ago

Everyone's against the PS3 huh (sarcasm... obviously)

Dude, a 9/10 means 9/10.

jackdoe3639d ago

Lol. Since when has a 9/10 been a bad score?

Maverick_3639d ago (Edited 3639d ago )

It's pretty obvious everyone's got an idea for "how Snake should go out" or if he should even go out at all. MGS4 is a game for the fans, te hardcore the true followers and the ending which I've heard mixed feelings on... is probably the only way he would want to see Snake leave us.

I don't think Snake is going to go down fighting anymore....maybe something much less epic for that last 90 minutes. I get a feeling he might actually just complete his and do his job and we actually see him move on or something to that effect... and maybe die later on. Its obvious this game is absolutely massive and its not going to have that "Snake on his knees fighting it out until he dies" last ending. -The game will have that... but I think Kojima already had his mind made up with the way Snake's story would have to end and it's going to be something much less subtle than orignally thought.

When you actually build up such a strong hearted and loved character in any medium to such an Epic proportion... its gets to the point where its just not good enough... I mean I'm sure the ending will do all Metal Gear fans justice and end gfood or happy but maybe Snake just retires and we see his body stop aging and he lives a happy last few years or maybe he dies a slow and peaceful death.

''Metal Gear Solid 4 is a masterpiece". Either wasy this will be one of the greatest of all time... this is with out a doubt my favorite gaming series of all time and I just hope in the end Snake doesn't just lose it all... he HAS too find some satisfaction for all he's battled for!!!

lonestarmt3639d ago

since when is gamesrader the be all and end all of game reviews? seriously I hate fanboys on both sides do this. The game got many perfect scores and even a 9.9 from ign uk. The game has also gotten an 8. Its like lets find the score or the review that fits what I want to be the be rated then everything else is baised or has been paid. Like only the reviewer who gives a game the lowest score out of all the others is the true reviewer and telling it like it is. Everyone doesn't have the same tastes. Face it people this is a fantastic game and must buy. A game that if you ever liked MGS you should buy a ps3 for. If you haven't like it then stay way. This isn't complicated. lol

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Gun_Senshi3639d ago

Apparently they did not understand the ending :D

LenHart3639d ago (Edited 3639d ago )

It is a must buy and it is teh best game of 2008

PSW gave it 10/10

It would be getting 10/10 from most websites anyway

review scans would be posted soon

Veryangryxbot3639d ago

So they expected it to be a 20/10, but it ended up a 15/10. Which of course, is still twice the game worth over a 10.

And they ended up giving the game a 9?

LOL nice reasoning. Its totally flunked.

15/10 means that even a 10 is not worth this game. It means that SDF was right and you should award this game higher than a 10.

But they ended up giving it a 9? LOL

PSMonster213639d ago

Of course it is a must buy, you don't need review scores to tell you that.

pimpstation3639d ago

I've yet to see one good reason for deducting points from any site that hasn't given it a perfect score. Look at this review. They're criticisms are:

Huge Cutscenes - Well if you can't handle them, skip them. If they are bad or don't enhance the experience, then say that. But don't take off because of their length. Unless the cutscenes are just wasting time, you can't criticize their length or frequency. They're as much a part of the MGS experience as the gameplay.

Isn't as good as we thought - The game can't be blamed if your expectations were unreasonable. If they were reasonable, then there must be another, more specific reason for deducting points.

The conclusion is indulgent - Alright now we're getting into pure bull$hit. What does this mean? Allow me to answer for you. Nothing. This is pure rhetoric. Indulgent? What a joke.

Well Gamesradar successfully continues their tradition of wasting everyone's time and not making sense. Good job.

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Euphrate3639d ago

"Nothing, nothing, would make us happier than being told we're wrong – in fact, we're resenting our gut reaction as we type, and keen to finish it again despite all our minor grievances – but either way, it's a journey we implore every gamer to take, regardless of their feelings for the series – because while the destination won't be to everyone's taste, the route is paved with gold. Damn. Now we're sad."

They clearly state that this is only their opinion ( looks like someone learned from others' mistakes)