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Submitted by Cyrus365 2299d ago | review

GameSpy: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Review - 4.5/5

GameSpy writes: "With the release of Konami's Metal Gear Solid 4, the moment millions of fans have been waiting for is finally here. As the final chapter in the Solid Snake saga, the game was supposed to bring closure (and, perhaps more importantly, answers) to the series that was introduced over 20 years ago on the NES. It appears that Kojima and friends have succeeded in nearly every way, crafting a title that not only answers all of our questions, but make us care about Snake more than we ever thought we could. While it's not without its issues, Metal Gear Solid 4 is the best game on the PlayStation 3, as well as one of the finest titles we'll see this year.

Metal Gear Solid 4 takes place six years after the end of MGS2, and the world is a much different place than it was when we last saw Snake. The years have been particularly hard on our gruff hero, as he's suffering from an accelerated aging process due to the fact that's he a clone of Big Boss. Despite his creaking joints and insatiable desire for Metamucil, Old Snake (as he's now called) is sent back into the field to track down and kill Liquid Ocelot, the longtime series antagonist that was last seen escaping with Metal Gear Ray. This being a Metal Gear game, the lines between good and evil are blurred significantly, meaning there are plenty of double-crosses and espionage throughout the game."

Pros:
-Gorgeous visuals
-Excellent sound
-OctoCamo and Solid Eye are great gameplay additions
-Presentation (including the long cut-scenes) is top-notch
-Finally, some answers!

Cons:
-Drebin fundamentally changes the core MGS experience
-Metal Gear Online is hindered by a clunky interface and reliance on the PlayStation Network (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PS3) 4.5/5

Jim Crowslaw  +   2299d ago
who's gamespy?

anyway Drebin is an addition to the core gameplay experience. Sheesh since when did evolution become a bad thing smh.
PSMonster21  +   2299d ago
Gamespy, your pathetic! MGO is great and the Drebin points are a great addition to the gameplay, it lets you play the game how you want to play it.
sonarus  +   2299d ago
They didn't say mgo isn't great, its just that the whole konami id game id stuff is absolute BS. Any fan of metal gear will enjoy the online mode though so it is worth the stress of registration in the end.
Sidherich  +   2299d ago
Disclaimer: MGS4 was my first Metal Gear game and i liked it. So most things i say are based on comparison to other Stealth games (Thief, Splinter Cell) or games with Stealth elements (Deus Ex, Assassins Creed)

I felt that Drebin made the game more of a Shooter than a Stealth Game. The game rewards you immediately for taking dead guys's weapons with credits you can then use to buy ammo for the big guns (Rocket Launcher, Grenade Launcher, etc) and the weapons themselves. Additionally you get more Credits the more Stress you have. I know that you get credits at the end of the mission based on how well you did (number of alarms and number of kills). But those two give you only 20k Points max. I also never had to worry about ammunition since i could buy it in a nice menu that even paused the game for me. Plus i could switch out my entire weaponset midcombat too. So there was absolutely no need to plan ahead in terms of equipment choices. I always had like 50 different weapons in my backpack at all times and could then just switch them out whenever i want to.

I think i would have liked it more if there was a small time delay. Like you buy ammo and weapons from drebin and it would actually take time to deliver it to you. Like you have to hide for 30 seconds for your package to arrive. This way i could stand in the middle of the Street and shoot at everything with my grenade launcher and when i run out of ammo i just pause the game and buy more ammo. In a stealth game i shouldnt be able to do that.

But enough of the bad things. The game is an awesome shooter.
- Story is well done.
- It has a great "you are inside a warzone" athmosphere.
- Graphics wise the characters are extremely well done. A little Stiff in their facial animation but i guess thats the japanese way ^^. Background textures sometimes look bad especially in act 1. Overall the graphics are nice tho.
- Shooting is fun.
- Extremely interesting Boss Battles that makes you think outside of the box

Finished the game on Solid Normal. Overall i'd probably give it a subjective 80%-90% rating.

PS:

Was i the only who drowned in kneedeep water because i couldnt stand up from lying on the ground. Seemed like the game thought that the water surface was solid since it went into "air vent first person mode". From this mode it seems you cant stand up again. Only way out of it was to crawl out of the side. Happened in the first half of Act 2 in the place where there is a lake in the middle. Its i think just a small bug. Understandable in a project this big.
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thesummerofgeorge  +   2298d ago
@sid
I disagree, you had the choice to play it stealth or shooter, that's whayt I loved so much, made it much better than previous titles because of it. I think having the option made it much more realistic and engaging.

I think gamespy is reaching for fault to avoid giving a perfect score.
PSMonster21  +   2299d ago
Gamespy? What a garbage site!
FAQS  +   2299d ago
Q: garbage?
A: of course...who in their perfect mind gave 4.5/5 to MGS4 the BEST GAME EVER!
Q: So you already played hah?
A: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!
Q: and...?
A: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, JUST WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, JUST WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, IT'S WAY BETTER THAT I IMAGINE...SO F#CKING AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZII IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING.., ....EVERYTHING IS SO FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA NTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASTII IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIC THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DECSRIBE THAT!....IT'S SO INTENSE THAT WE JUST CAN'T STOP PLAYING IT, IT'S HARD TO LEAVE THE GAME.......WHAT A NIGHT PLAYING THIS GAME.......
Q: wow man, is that so?
A: BEST GAME EVER, BEST GAME OF ALL TIMES! HIDEO KOJIMA (no place here to hideo...AHAHAHA, so crazy...) YOU ARE MY IDOL!
wangdiddy82  +   2299d ago
im playing the online just fine and its awesome
And i like drebin.. adds something different to the game
Condoleezza Rice  +   2299d ago
4.5/5=9.5/10
Another excellent score for Hideo Kojimas masterpiece!

*Goes back to refreshing the GameTrailers home page*

Edit:Just saw the R2 footage,graphically speaking-KillZone 2 is still console king,but damn,the gameplay in R2 looks very very impressive!
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Jamaicangmr  +   2299d ago
Actually 4.5 would be 9 not 9.5 which i believe it should get higher. Thats why i hate ratings out of 5.
Delriach  +   2299d ago
That "con" for MGO really doesn't make sense.
name  +   2299d ago
Being able to buy and access weapons at ease is...bad? That's a horrid excuse for a con.
chitown  +   2299d ago
-Drebin fundamentally changes the core MGS experience

WTF does this have to do with this game? so its different . u cant judge a game because its not the same as its predecessors. 5/5
ASSKICKING4U  +   2299d ago
There are better games
The game is Ok, the grafix are great but the cut scenes are too long, I think you spend more time watching the cut scenes than playing the actual game, I never did enjoyed the gameplay its very confusing, you have to press a lot of buttons in order to do some siple tasks, I can only imagine the first time players are gonna have to do alot of training before playing the actual game.They put so many new stuff like now you have to worry not to get stressed and talk to your terapist for help and the poor old snake is always waining about his back pain.The game is very realistic to a point that new gamers will probably loose the fun and interest and probably would go to play games that dont requier alot of confusing buttons and will have fun right away, Im talking about games like Call of duty 4, Gears of War now thats fun..!!
thewhoopimen  +   2298d ago
@7
FPS are difficult to new gamers period. You have to control left and right thumb analog sticks and you have more than 8 buttons to deal with. I think MGS4 is more complicated than COD4 simply b/c of the sheer number of options available to the player, but for that same reason you can do so much more.

Finally, it has to be said that Konami never intended to market this to the casual or new player. That there isn't any big ads on TV to promote it to casuals.

Finally, you can always skip cutscenes so quit complaining about something you can choose to avoid.
Gaara_724  +   2299d ago
hahaha
spoiler
SNAKE DOSENT DIE AT THE END HE LIVES AND LIVES A NORMAL CIVILIAN LIFE SO THE OPTION IS THERE FOR A NUMBER 5
The_Kills  +   2298d ago
Just what is wrong
with relying on the PSN? i've never experienced any problems or black outs like the random ones on XBL....

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