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NZGamer: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Review

NZGamer writes: "Set in 2014, five years after the "Big Shell Incident" that took place in Metal Gear Solid 2, Guns of the Patriot is the first game in the long-running franchise to appear on the next-gen PS3 console. To say that Metal Gear has a cult following would be an understatement, considering the first title came out over 20 years ago. Despite this though, it is clear that the game is not suited to everyone's tastes. The long, over-indulgent cinematic cut-scenes combined with the sometimes inappropriate odd-ball humour has had many gamers scratching their heads in confusion. Regardless of your view point though, very few could question the artistic genius behind this latest instalment.

After a series of fairly lengthy but dramatic cinematics that set the scene in the Middle East, you are placed back in the boots of Snake. Except he is now known as Old Snake due to an unfortunate cellular degeneration disease that has afflicted him, causing him to age prematurely. Although despite Old Snake looking like a grand-daddy, he is still as agile and buff as ever. Apart from the occasional comedic sore back animation, he moves just like the original Snake, letting you crawl through holes, climb ledges and take diving rolls into cover. Thankfully the controls have also been updated for the PS3 version and are now much smoother and slicker than the previous titles."

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ngg123452967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

Just wondering what kind of hearing problem this person has. That review made me lol because of that.

darkshiz2967d ago

Below review = hits for these websites.

Pretty low scoring these days just for that reason.

BulletToothtony2967d ago

i have been saying for a while that mgs series it's on a category of it's own, it doesn't need to be classified in any existing category..

The fact that it has it's own rhythm and it's own style it's what made it the game it became...

Hideo didn't have to go and copy any other game, and that's why this game became the best game i've ever experienced..

If this game would've been an fps with a cover system like gear of war (no offense to GeOW) the game would've been just ok.. but because it's totally different, it made the game quite amazing and unexpectedly great

morganfell2966d ago

WTF? Who is submitting all of these worthless nzgamer stories? Teach him a lesson and start reporting this trash. Every single one of them. The writer is clearly an idiot. IGN says a 10. Game Informer - 10. The most reliable source, me says an 11 out of 10. Screw this nzgamer website. Time for the report hammer.

ngg123452967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

Okay gaming journalism is kind of dead to me... Now. I'm not going to bother reading some of these sites.
Eurogamer: halo 3:10, MGS4: 8
Edge: Halo 3: 10, MGS4: 8
GamesTM Halo 3: 9, MGS4:8
1up: halo 3: 10, MGS4:8.5
anyone seeing a pattern between the low scores for MGS4, and the high scores for halo 3. I do. I wouldn't call halo 3 the best game ever made either. Or top 20, unlike mgs4 right now. Until I hear an adequate response to this from the sites, and why they did this (I could understand if those 10's were for a game like Mass Effect, but not for halo 3), I'm going to be surprised.

Breakfast2967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

...Halo is easy to play, and made for the mass market, everyone can have fun with it....

MGS4...to many little things that make Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid (the series), that people will like, or will not.

I rank Halo in my top 10, let alone top 20. And have yet to complete MGS...we'll see about that.

ngg123452967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

Then compare them. People are saying MGS4 is the greatest game ever made for many reasons, the graphics are some of the best, the story is probably the best, level design is flawless, multiple different gameplay variation, and great controls (unlike the other mgs games). I wasn't very fond of MGS franchise, because of the atrocious gameplay, but managed to play through most of them for the awesome storyline. This game improved the gameplay drastically. When Kojima said that he "enjoyed gears of war" I didn't know he was going to develop a gameplay system similar to it in controls, but improve it and make it part of a functional stealth game was remarkable.

Now compare it to halo 3. Which had the simpler, and generic storyline , which game graphics weren't up to par to cod4 and other games, maintain the same gameplay as its prodecessors, and have decent level design. Mass Effect, Bioshock, I could understand giving those scores, but halo 3 in order to give it those scores is rather difficult to understand. I would accept a 9, possibly, 9.5. But a masterpiece, and greatest game of all time? No.

Halo Combat Evolved is a remarkable game. It had by far the best level design out of all the halo franchises, the best graphics for a fps during that time, and redefined console controls for fps. That is understandable for top 20 games of all time, but halo 3. Not even top 100.

Breakfast2967d ago

You left out multiplayer, my good man.

The main reason its up so high, for me, is that the game is sheer fun. Like i said, anyone can play it, and have fun.

Halo 1 did not have the best level design...it was all the same. But some levels, where very good....its just the way you remember it at the time...play it now, and say that it has the best level design, you cant.

I look at it this way. Which game would i have more fun with now, Halo 1, or Halo 3...bingo there's your answer. I dont rank the significance of the game on the industry, in the way i rank it on lists....which is why i wouldnt have games like pacman, pong, wolfenstein, and games of that nature on my lists. Ill be playing Halo 3, for a long time to come.

But see, this is all opinion....which is why its ok to give a certain game a lower score then normal...even though i dont agree with this guys review, it makes no sense....an 8 for sound, 7 for value?

ngg123452967d ago

I play halo 2 over halo 3 multiplayer, because of the multiplayer maps . The level designs are poor. Hang Em High should be mentioned because that level design is flawless. Blood Gulch as well. How many memorable level designs are there in halo 3. I would say in halo 3 the best level was the first, after that level it really went down the drain in Single Player campaign. Compared to halo CE there are tons of memeroable levels. Every level was amazing.

Breakfast2967d ago

Im more of a shooting type of guy...if theres a tank and BR next to me, ill pick up the BR, and reap some havoc.

Ill choose construct, the pit, sandtrap, and avalanche, over most Halo 2 maps...i dont like blood gulch, i dont like valhalla.

In terms of the whole game...i dont see how you can say the previous installments are better....they both offer one thing...Halo 3 offers it all. With little things that brighten your day....like saved films, forge, meta scoring, 4 player co-op, and unlockables. Halo 3 is much more of a complete game.

I live now, not the past.

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ngg123452967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

Halo 2 offers a superior level design, faster and more balanced waepons, among other things. I even would state halo 2 single player is better than halo 3 terrible single player. It really isn't a matter of opinion, when besides critics gave the game perfect score, while the consensus among halo fans, and other gamers is that halo 3 wasn't the best fps. The only reason why COD4 even sold so well, was not because it was the 'greatest fps ever (which is held by half life 2)' but because it was a console game in the same genre that was signifcantly superior to halo 3 in almost every way, and came out the same time. I would say halo 3 review scores is similar to GTA4 in that most people are now mocking the high scores. But that is what I've seen from all the sites when the game is reviewed 9.5 but have an average 8.9 user score. Both games were huge disappointments to me, unlike this game which was purely awesome.

Breakfast2967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

...i dont understand you...how are the weapons more balanced? Halo 2 enforced dual wielding, which is why the BR was the best weapon in the game, a sh!t starting gun, a power weapons that had no limit, a melee that was decided on connection, a lot of auto aim, watered down needler, noob-combo, etc...you call that balanced weapons?

Halo 3 did not have a terrible single player...the game is freakn fun, everyone is funner to kill, the game is beatable on legendary, more weapons, more diverse levels, in terms of what youre doing and what youre driving, it was on a much larger scale then Halo 2.

CoD4 and Halo3 are completely different games...why do even compare them...just because they have guns and shoot?...lol....theyre on completely opposite ends of the spectrum, of the same genre. CoD4 is in the same boat as Halo 3...its fun to play. But, its still a completely different experience.

I respected your opinion in the beginning, but now your just jumping on the 'Hate Halo 3 bandwagon'. Your claims are baseless, and you make no sense.

Have you played Half Life 2 recently...its so dated...its a chore to actually beat the game...

ngg123452967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

they nerfed the assault rifle, they made the spartan laser a domineering and godly weapon, made the shotgun utterly useless, and the sniper rifle into this super weapon. Halo 2 weapons were all well balanced besides the sword. You never respected my opinion. COD4, and Halo 3 are fps. They are just different settings/stories but have almost the same exact weapons. They are similar, in the same way as uncharted is similar to geow.

Breakfast2967d ago

Did they nerf it or balance it?

AR 6 shots and punch kills a guy...a clip will kill a guy.

Spartan Laser - necessary in vehicle maps...and Godly...LOL...a 5 second charge, long respawns...makes a gun godly?

Shotgun - utterly useless? Usually when people have a shotgun, they control the game....its considered a power weapon now, which it was never before....shot-punch kills all.

CoD 4 is not similar to Halo 3....CoD4 is about running and shooting. Its a quicker paced game, with a perks, and in-game benefits, no vehicles, and smaller claustrophobic maps.

Halo is large scale, and balanced from the beginning. Where the team and skill play a big a part....and if these guns are the same...then you can say the same for every single fps out there...

They are not similar like Gears and Uncharted....its more like FF and Fable. They have the same premise (rpg) but they are done in totally different ways.

And no...i respected your opinion...I debated your points unto why you think Halo 3 sucks....then you started to say crap that didnt make any sense. In which, i lost respect for your opinion.

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DontH8DPlayaH8DConsl2967d ago

Graphics 9.0
Gameplay 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 7.0

judging by his scores he:
a)doesn't have any fingers but his thumbs and pinkies
b)He's deaf
c)didn't realize MGO brings the value up a tad
d)all the above

Xiru2966d ago (Edited 2966d ago )

Value 7.0? Sigh, where are they coming up with this stuff. The game is worth the price easily. Also there is a lot of replayability, not to mention the online. What a stupid score.

juuken2966d ago

My jaw dropped when I saw that.
That was absolute bull.

Tmac2967d ago

After completing the entire game, I'm gonna be truthful, anything under a 9 truly means whoever rating it is incompetent.

zigzag2967d ago

I agree with Tmac even tough I'm not finish with the game

shine13962967d ago (Edited 2967d ago )

it's a pretty good game...what I can't understand is why GTA was so universally loved and this one isn't....

edit: actually what I meant to say is that people in the reviews are calling it a tremendous achievement in gaming even those that are giving it eights still say how great the game is and then give it an eight, and that's why it doesn't make sense when you look back at games scoring eight and you see the game being compared to crazy taxi, WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007, and NFL street....it can only be a minimum nine in my opinion... the critic in me says that some of the boss fights were more immense in three but like I can see now why Kojima said this was for the fans...truly a fitting end. 9.7/10

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