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Gametrailers reviews Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots

Gametrailers MGS4 Review (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PS3) 9.3/10

Update Scores:
Story: 8.7
Design: 9.0
Game play: 8.9
Presentation 9.8

Overall: 9.3


1. 'It’s sure to inspire just as much love, hate, discussion, and debate as any other game in the series.'

2. 'Crisp razor sharp details.'

3. A unique, multi-layered experience that, when all is said and done, is a worthy conclusion to an important series. In addition to coming through as a sequel, the game stands as a ringing endorsement for the technical capabilities of the PlayStation 3. Some elements of the game aren’t as progressive as its technology, but taken as whole it’s still one of the most remarkable games of this generation.
(Num.3 Taken from Metacritic)

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donator  +   2800d ago
Game looks amazing even in a video. Only a few more hours until I can pick up my copy.

EDIT: 8.7 For story... I'm sorry, but that's lame. I admit I haven't played the game yet, but even the trailers for MGS4 fill me with emotions that I usually don't feel when playing other video games.

I guess Gametrailers just doesn't like complex stories that require cognitive energy to understand. They probably just enjoy the simpler things in life; totally acceptable. Too bad they're missing out.
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sonarus  +   2800d ago
fvkin 8.7 for story...WTF:(

The review wasn't worth the spoiler hints i received that have permanently scarred me now:(
Jamie Foxx  +   2800d ago
has no credibility we all know that of late,they gave halo 3 higher for their story that says it all
TheHater  +   2800d ago
I don't think Gametrailers know what a good story is. This is the same site that gave Halo 3 a 9.5 on it story. And if you are like me, and have finish the single player mode for Halo 3, you will know how lame the story actually was.
CrazedFiend  +   2800d ago
Somebody tell GameTrailers that MGS4 is ACTUALLY a 360 game in disguise!!!
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Rock Bottom  +   2800d ago
Story: 8.7 in story???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Yeah because Halo3 had a better story(9,5). Retarded game trailer. >_>
Winter47th  +   2800d ago
I have never seen a more unprofessional review from gametrailers as this one, they haven's even mentioned MGO even though it's a major component of the same game/same disc, and an outstanding one, Halo3's VR concentrated more on MP and yet it got 9.5 in story, and to give 8.7 to the story while Halo3 gets 9.5 is nothing but another nail to GT's credibility coffin.

You know, the more unjust reviews, criticism and fanboyistic remarks the PS3 receives, the more i fall in love with this console.

Everyone can keep up their blind fanboyism, but the truth is, their efforts to distort how much quality the PS3 has is like shoving sh!t against the tide, useless and quite pathetic.
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Diugu  +   2800d ago
No basis..
I feel that game reviewers have no basis to score a game. They just choose whatever and give the game a score without justification.

I mean... 9,3 is a great score. I could understand why they gave it a high score but I couldnt understand why they took points away. I am not saying they are wrong, I will have my opinion once I play it, I just wish they would be more clear.

(This happens to many scores I've seen lately)

I mean, it is nonsensical to give some games with NO story a higher score in STORY than MGS. I just dont get it.
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Jack Meahoffer  +   2800d ago
Look at you little girls crying about review scores! Why not just enjoy the game you love?
I'm amazed at you whiners claiming every reviewer that scores the game lower than YOU think it should be is biased even though YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED the game YET!


WAAAAAAH! All I care about is how my consoles flagship game LOOKS in the media! WAAAAH. How unfair someone that actually played the game scored it lower than someone that hasn't played it THINKS it should score. WAAAAH!
consolewar  +   2799d ago
so in the end this is a solid 9.
yep I knew this. Good thing is this didn't take 2 long to come wait. So we can expect the next 9(1st party) game by 2010 right?. Kim you were right...maybe next year.

This is waiting is been replace by..........

godamn this is waiting.

PS. No wonder you guys are mad/jealous.
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KingKirchner  +   2799d ago
they also gave GTAIV a 10 on Story...
Jinxstar  +   2799d ago
It's an opinion. They say the story is repetitive and slow but good. Many parts are like watching a slide show... I will admit I have played every game of the series and just took a break and I am enjoying the game so far but it is true. All the past games have had extremely long cut scenes that can be repetitive as well. Lastly with the huge MGS Blow out on GT of late I don't think they are fan boys. 8.7 is still good and well above average. They can be a tough site.
wallace1000  +   2799d ago
Basically what Jinxstar said. Any review is one persons opinion. It isn't a competition to see which game gets the highest score, but an aid to help you decide what games you are going to buy. MGS4 gets a great review so everyone should be happy. If you planned on buying MGS4 anyways, then reviews don't really matter because you will own the game and form your own opinion.
Xi  +   2799d ago
why do people think this game's story is smart
a game that's smart doesn't require a complex, overly convoluted story. The most comples stories are extremely simple, not like the ones in MGS4.

Bad stories need a lot of twists and a bunch of subthemes
they have paper thin character with extremely awkward backstories
they're overly complex.

All these things MGS4 suffers from.
Brian5247  +   2800d ago
8.7 for MGS4's Story
And a 9.5 for Halo 3's. GT is so slanted its not even funny.
Shaka2K6  +   2800d ago
microsucktrailers gave halo 2.5s story a 9.5?
Hahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

More proff that gametrailers is a microsoft website.
crck  +   2800d ago
Yeah funny how they said the Halo 3 campaign lasts 10-15 hours depending on skill in their review
I guess I must be a Halo master since I finished it in about 7 hrs on normal. I wonder how much MS paid for each imaginary hour they added to the game review.
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Ninja-Sama  +   2800d ago
They gave Halo 3's story a 9.5? Wow...
poos3  +   2800d ago
9/10 mgs4 will never get goty gears scaored higher halo 3 also
pimpstation  +   2799d ago
Halo 2.5 story - 9.5
MGS4 story - 8.7

That's all I need to see. This review means nothing, and Gametrailers should be shut down. Seriously, that's the funniest thing I've seen in a very long time. How is it possible to even publish such nonsense, even if M$ is paying you?
BUKKAKALYPSE  +   2799d ago
"I guess I must be a Halo master since I finished it in about 7 hrs on normal"

Normal is pretty easy dude. If you can beat halo3 on legendary with no co-op in less than 15 hours, i'd wire $100,000.00 to your pay pal account. I'm thinking my money is satying safe where it is ;)
AngryTypingGuy  +   2799d ago
Deservedly so. Halo has a great story. But then again, so does MGS. I don't know how the story goes in MGS4 yet, so I can't comment on it. Come to think of it, I don't think many of you know how the story goes in MGS4 yet either, since it just launched...
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Silogon  +   2800d ago
Assassins Creed is a 10, though. Right? Please, just stop reviewing games and shut the **** up! Halo 3, 10? Please.
bioshock  +   2800d ago
just leave it man...
its gamers who counts...and i ve been playing this game,in act 1 so far i contacted meryl (rat patrol team) in the middle east now im headin for liquids camp...and its aweosme, the action the gfx, man i dont far words how much this game is kool, the music proves again tht harry gregson williams is the best..AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME>>>>>> ;>.i will give it 10/10.....go go pick it up man .oops im goin to play bye bye...
Veryangryxbot  +   2800d ago
LOL gametrailers prove that they are xbots once more.
9.3 haha.

And they wonder why nobody takes them serious.
Sir_Ken_Kutaragi  +   2800d ago
@Veryangryxbot ;)
You mean - GameTraitors.con!!! ;-D

Story: 8.7??? ;-D Oh dear!!! They just don't get it!!!;)
10/10 Story!!!;)
bioshock  +   2800d ago
atleast gametraitors
gave it 9.3....
Fishy Fingers  +   2800d ago
Played it last night (7 hours), blow my mind.

Forget the reviews, forget the scores, hell throw the game rule book out the window. MGS4 is something news, something different, something truely EPIC.

New or old to MGS, part of the series or a stand alone game, MGS4 is superb.

edit: come on, who disagreed, hands up, have you even played any of it? Probably not.
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Mc Fadge  +   2800d ago
7 hours...
Game time, or completion time?
Fishy Fingers  +   2800d ago
lol... No, I've played for 7 hours.

Without spoilers, Id say I'm about a sixth of the way through.
Mc Fadge  +   2800d ago
Hot diggity damn @_____@;
buckethead_X  +   2799d ago
To Mr.Fingers
I love your new avatar lol and thanks for telling me how long the game was. Now that I'm SURE that it's that long, I'll buy it as soon as I'm able to...
psn id= buckethead_x
i got my ps3 last saturday, so i'll consider game recommendations ^_^
Masta_fro  +   2799d ago
@ 4.4
Game recommendations? well i think i could name a few...

uncharted (get it!), ratchet and clank TOD(shouldn't miss out), resistance (if you haven't played it you should, its quite the experience) call of duty 4 (the best multi player fps out there on any system, in my opinion at least) GT5:P (for 40 bucks its worth it) GTA4 (very hyped up, not as good as it should have been, but still a good game at its core) and last but not least, PSN titles: Warhawk, super stardust HD, calling all cars)...get these games
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buckethead_X  +   2798d ago
i was considering getting most of those already, so now i'll buy or rent pretty much all of them eventually. I'll get super stardust hd today so i can listen to music while playing. thanks! :D
Megaton  +   2800d ago
That facepalm isn't big enough for something as facepalm-worthy as this.
The Wood  +   2800d ago
now thats a facepalm of historic proportions
gt is slipping into that 'soon never to be trusted' zone
solidt12  +   2800d ago
I can't believe that the lowest score was for the story. That should be the highest score for MGS 4. nonsense.
interrergator  +   2800d ago
who cares better than a hablow story and more reviews said it was way better than hablows
wallace1000  +   2799d ago
8.7 is just that guys opinion, there is nothing wrong with that. As there is nothing wrong with you guys thinking it should be higher. People seem to be getting a little to worked up over one guys opinion.
The Karate Kid  +   2800d ago
8.7 for story? This is getting out of control, someone seriously needs to boycott all these websites! Its getting out of hand. Grand Theft Auto 4 has a better story than Metal Gear Solid 4?????? I betcha if this was on 360 then this would have gotten perfect 10"s F^CK THESE WEBSITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
J@D  +   2800d ago
My word to gametrailers review editor....


Anyway, gametrailers don't hold any credibility on the end of the road so beat it.
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ape007  +   2800d ago
should fire microsoft which is responsible for all this corruoption the past two years.
zodiac909  +   2799d ago
agreed they are fanboys to the bone and almost everyone hates them :)
B-Rein  +   2800d ago
story 8.7
Bigrhyno  +   2800d ago
Any big spoilers in the review?
japanese_dawn  +   2800d ago
Sadly, crap strikes again...
I don't wanna watch this review not in a lifetime. I will NOT spoil my personal review for this game, I will enjoy it when I get it. I don't know what scores it got, but here's their reveiw of Halo 3:

Story: 9.5
Design: 10
Gameplay: 9.7
Presentation: 9.2
Overall: 9.8

I see story for MGS4 got 8.7, sadly that is pure fanboyish review. I stick to Famitsu, I will always pick reveiwERS over a reveiwER, and an unbiased site as theirs.

Looks like GT is full of slow minded workers who can't figure out the story behind a game, and what game it is... MGS for the win!
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Fishy Fingers  +   2800d ago
Have you play/completed it? Because the way you slag off their score leads me to believe you must have? Otherwise how can you comment?

Either way, it's just an opinion dude, not the law-of-the-land! But since when was 9.3 a bad score????

(ps... It get's 10 fingers from me)
Superfragilistic  +   2800d ago
I'm with Fishy on this.

A It's an opinion.
B WTF has Halo 3 got to do with it?
C 9.3 is a great score.
D The story so far is more a 9.5 but some of the cut scenes are bloated.
E I'm 8hrs in and it rocks! Now hurry up and get playing. I'm out! :)
japanese_dawn  +   2800d ago
I agree
I haven't played the game, but I used the review of Halo to show how biased they are. I am not saying this is bad score (story definetly is, which I think is best atribute of the game, parallel to the music of H.G. Williams), but compared to (quote) one of the most overrated games of all time, I think it should've goten better.

Love Croatia! Euro 2008!
crck  +   2800d ago
I haven't got it yet
But I have played and finished Halo 3 and that game is not a 9.5 for story. Plus according to their review scores the story is the weakest part of MGS4. Like I said I haven't played it yet but really? The story is the weakest element in MGS4?
donator  +   2800d ago
Halo 3 was used as a means for comparison, which is perfectly acceptable .
Superfragilistic  +   2800d ago
The story's one of the game's strengths. Although I've already had a couple of cutscenes well over 20 minutes, that probably didn't need to be.

Quick Review from first eight hours:

The presentation's a 10. Total class.
Story is a 9.5. An MGS fan's wet dream.
Gameplay is a 9. It's mostly the same, but can play as shooter!
Design is a 9.5. Levels are still linear but they're large and beautiful.

So far it's a 9.5 - Act 1 was Awesome! :)
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The Wood  +   2800d ago
halo's story has loads to do with this when they give it halo's story (two words that just dont go together) a better score than this. Im hoping you've completed halo 3 because i've had more closure and compelling story from act 1 alone. Those tv adds were great by the way. 9.3 is a good score but sites expose themselves sometimes by their other scores which should always be comparable. Maybe the games gt reviewers want us to prefer the gaming equivalent to 'die hard' over a lets say 'memento' We have brains and the gaming equivalent to leaving them at the door can only be entertaining for so long. People will discuss this story, will they discuss many other games stories like MGS4?

And yep act 1 was kool
Superfragilistic  +   2800d ago
Yeah finished Halo and the story was pure popcorn cliche. An 8 at best.

My point was they're different types of games so I give more weight to the story in MGS4 than I do in Halo. Conversely online gameplay is much more important to Halo than MGS4.

Personally to me both games are awesome, but for entirely different reasons and released at different points of evolution in the industry. So comparisons seem pointless. I understand what you're getting at but I don't think an FPS story should be comparable to an RPG's story, or in this case MGS4's. I think story is only relevant to genre. COD4/Bioshock deserved a 9.5 as an FPS for it's story, and so far MGS4 deserves a 9.5 for it's story. They exist in different genres and besides if Snake makes me shed a tear at the end that story score's going straight to 10! lol ;o

I'm wasting too much time on N4G, so I'm turning off the laptop and jumping back into Act 2! Everybody enjoy the best title this year by far. :)

So far, Act 1 was the best MGS I've ever played. :)
Keowrath  +   2800d ago
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave Halo3 out of Metal Gear Solid discussions, otherwise we'll be getting 1stKnight or FirstKnight in here with his usual moaning.

9.3 is a great score, but it's YOU who's opinion counts to YOURSELF. 8.7 for story? Maybe they couldn't understand it or aren't a big fan. I know other people that didn't like the story of the previous games but that's their opinion not mine, I've loved the Series since the first on the PS1, MGS is the reason I bought my PS3 a year ago, I'm just GUTTED that I'm sitting here at work for the next 6 hours with no way to play the game... The box looks cool tho =)
Cartesian3D  +   2800d ago
nice to see.
the expectation is F***in HIGH for this game.. even 9.3 isnt enough for many fans..

Im one of them.. thanks to all people supporting this game , its my fav game series , I didnt think about How big MGS4 will be when I was playing Metal gear :Solid snake 11 years ago..
short and simple : "Metal gear solid 4:Guns of the patriots" is the GAME OF the decade .

go to hell Gametrailers for giving story 8.7 .. You didnt even UNDERSTAND metal gear story..

Gamepro(which understand the story) :

"This is video game storytelling at its absolute best, and represents a new high water mark for the craft, easily surpassing the superb BioShock and the subversive Grand Theft Auto IV."
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Mozef  +   2800d ago
You Are Totaly Right
I loved this game since the first Metal Gear (series) in NES, you are right they won't UNDERSTAND metal gear story.

for me I'm enjoying the game big time, this review dosen't bother me at all,,, I have been fan since the NES version.

so you totaly right,,,
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arvfab  +   2800d ago
I just finished Act 1 and the story is fantastic! (well, the whole game is fantastic till now).

9.3 as overall score is ok (I would rate it higher), but to give 8.7 to the story only means that they didn't understood it.

*back to Act 2*
myke6699  +   2800d ago
remember COD4 only get a 9.4 from GTTV (and 8.0 for story). Certainly lower than Halo3 but guess which was the GOTY. Certainly not Halo3. I think all this talk about GOTY is a moot point since it pretty obvious that GTA IV is going to get it.
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spirited  +   2800d ago
Gamespot will surely give this game below 9, as far as i know the only ps3 exclusive got 9 from them is ninga gaiden sigma
BLuKhaos  +   2800d ago
and that was a port of an x-box game,I cant wait to see what excuses they'll pull out they're asses as to why this game is < 9.
juuken  +   2800d ago
An 8.7 for storyline?! I'm sorry but even though I'm semi-new to MGS, I think the storyline kicks the ass of any other storyline I've seen in any game.

At least they gave it a 9.3 though. I half expected they'd give it an 8.8, knowing gametrailers.
SacT0wnF1n3st  +   2800d ago
Just played about an hour or so and so far I'm really impressed. I know why GT gave the story an's because they are too stupid to get the story. It is way to complicated for them. Oh and did I mention they are biased?

Haha they said, and I'm paraphrasing here...too many characters = too complicated. LOL.
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Dorian_D  +   2800d ago
Wow this is a surprise. I haven't been a follower of that site. Oh well I can care less. I can't wait till I get this game later today. MGS4 ftw.
spectyre  +   2800d ago
_____________POSSIBLE SPOILER______________

I got to the part with the statue. I climbed up on the pedastal and hit the triangle button. He grabbed the statue's schlong and let go again so I hit the triangle again and still didn't hold it. Snake quickly grabbed the statue and let go. The next time I decided to hold the triangle button down, and well... the third times a charm 'cause the schlong broke off in Snakes hand. That was just too damn funny.

As far as Gametrailers... It is still a great site for watching HD trailers. I'll leave it at that.
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Vash_The_Stampede  +   2800d ago
yeah i didn't know you could do that as i wasn't trying to get a handful of schlong as much as you were, lmao...I'll be sure to check it out when i play through again.
BLuKhaos  +   2800d ago
TheHater  +   2800d ago
This is so f@#k up
that guy is going to get permanently banned for soon. With that said. This was really funny yo
DJ  +   2799d ago
Permanent ban for him and anyone who concurs, the thread will be 'mysteriously' deleted, and GameTrailers will deny any knowledge. Damn, they just turned into the U.S. Government. =D
Nineball2112  +   2799d ago
The person posting that DID get banned. Wow. :D
ape007  +   2800d ago
Im sure that
if this was a 360 exclusive or a multiplatform game,it would get 10\10 in almost every site,it's obvious,there is no denying that the media is against the ps3 and with the 360 all the time
the video alone worth more than 9.3

story 8.7? mgs4 has an ultimate(maybe the best ever) storytelling gameplay,only kojima can delever those awesome,unforgetable moments in mgs series,but this look it has more twists characters and emotion than all the past mgs games

crappy games like halo3 and gta4,they gave both 9.8

these days,money is everything(fact)
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Ninja-Sama  +   2800d ago
You have to be a fool...
to give MGS4's storyline below 9. GJ making urself look worse GT, but hey what can I say MGS4 has to be a damn good exclusive PS3 title for a site like YOU to give it an overall score above 9.
tweaker  +   2800d ago
I'm telling you if this game was on the 360, Gametrailers would have given it a perfect 10. I just completed this game, and I've never been so immersed into the story in a long while. The gameplay is awesome, the graphics is gorgeous, and the audio is superb. I'm going to have to wait till LBP comes out before I judge which games deservers GOTY. Right now in my honest opinion, it is MGS4 and it blows GTA4 away.
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jackie chann  +   2800d ago
Once again these reviews somehow upset people?

I don't understand how you people care, a story is something that can't be rated.

E.g Shakespeare's stories are meant to be phenomenal, however I think they're trash. This didn't change the guy who bought that book's opinion of it.

So it shouldn't change a gamers view either, you must play the game yourself to see if you like the story.

Also who the hell do these sites think they are? do they think they're above everyone else and decide what is good or bad. I say this because they seem to influence 95% of this site. It's almost getting as bad as these age ratings, some old men decide how old you need to be to watch a film or if it should be banned.
wangdiddy82  +   2800d ago
Geezzz what is the gaming world becoming?
I swear people dont know what a great game is. From what i have played so far nothing touches MGS4.. the game is freaking beautiful.. You have to see this game in real life on a hdtv.. Looks amazing.. The music is to die for too.. the only thing i can complain about is getting use to the controls.. But there just soo much you can do in the game.. Its really cool..

I swear media really has bad taste in games. this game is better than anything that has came out this generation. Games like halo3, a$$ creed, and gta4 dont deserve the respect they got.. this game does and its a shame some reviewers dont know a master peice when it slaps them in the face.
Lucas Kane  +   2800d ago
They lost credibility since Uncharted. Need to say more!
spacetoilet  +   2800d ago
Well I have been playing since midnight...
And the story is fkn amazing. It's so slickly produced. the camera and dialog and music is amazing on the story line. (just the story I'm talking about, the actual game is absolutely amazing too)

Story 8.7? I don't think I have been presented with a more professionally produced story in any medium ever. And I'm only 3 hours in. Kojima is the last of the 'hardcore' developers that has created a true finished piece of art work here IMO.
Not to knock Nintendo ( I love em) but casual gaming and the so called death of hardcore games is just depressing.
Salta_nelas  +   2800d ago
Halo 3 story got 9.5...MGS4 story gets 8.7? LOL WTF?
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