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TVG: Metal Gear Solid 4 Review 8/10

The core stealth/action gameplay is beginning to show signs of age eerily close to Old Snake himself, presumably Kojima-Productions realises this only too well. Guns of the Patriots won't sell PS3's to newcomers, but it is the perfect conclusion to a series Playstation fans have always prized. If you fall into this category but haven't yet taken the plunge, then now could be a very good time to pick up a PS3.

Pros:
- Exceptionally crafted storyline.
- Sublime style and direction.
- Certain sections are perfectly realised.

Cons:
- Core gameplay feels as old as Snake.
- Less actual "game" then any other MGS.
- Switch to action orientated gameplay

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Rikitatsu2960d ago

The hate starts to Pour from Fanboys

Breakfast2960d ago

Fanboys dont understand that theres other opinions, either than theirs.

Everyone who gave the game below 95 is a fanboy...is that right?

sonarus2960d ago

Everytime an 8 pops up a 100 score is around the corner somewhere lol

ruibing2960d ago

@Breakfast
No, but the cons they've listed are pretty weak.

It's complaining that MGS still feels the same, when I'm sure it doesn't always make this distinction when reviewing other franchises. In fact, I've played through the first act and it feels quite a bit different thanks to the control tweaks and the new gameplay mechanics. Then it complains that it is now more action oriented, which feels like a contradictory statement. And let me just warn you all now that it is impossible to go in guns blazing on anything other than the lowest two difficulty settings. And third, the in-game cinematic scenes are as seamless and beautifully inserted as any others out there. And even if we assume a quarter of the game is cutscenes, it still leaves a heart pounding 15 hrs to enjoy in the single player.

BulletToothtony2960d ago

Most reviews have been 10's or 8's it says a lot.. i can understand am 8.9 a 9.2 but when they bring it all the way to 8 it's just too obvious what they're trying to do..

Oh well back to play mgs4 i'm on my second round on act 2.. playing totally differently now.. game rocks!!!

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TheSadTruth2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

"Fanboys dont understand that theres other opinions, either than theirs.

Everyone who gave the game below 95 is a fanboy...is that right? "

No matter how many disagrees you get you are right. They don't understand people have different opinions. Personally I like super long cut scenes and story elements being a FF fan but most people don't so this game will probably not as well as it should.

It's funny that they are busy posting here instead of playing the actual game.. or maybe they are passing the time during one of the 30 minute cut scenes.

theKiller2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

u dont understand at all!!

we want only those sites who gave GTA4 with the lots of flaw 10's to give a game that deserves a 10 MGS4!!

if they never game GTA4 a 10/10 then u would see no one complaining except about the stupid reasons for giving the game 8/10!!
even some of these reviewers things MGS4 is a shooting game and gave it a score based on that!!!

personally i think 9/10 is a damn nice score, but when they throw 10's to halo 3 and GTA4 and not MGS4 then thats BS

EDIT
who review these games?? fanboys? or FPS fans?? excuse me but i think professionals should do it, and rate it based on the game genre, and if they cant figure out that its an stealth action adventure game then they need to see if they got the right job!!!! i understand that someone says its 10/10 and another says 9.5/10 and another says 9/10 but 8/10???? like ninja gaiden 2??

let tell u another thing, i hate sports games!!!! does that give me the right to give a game like fifa 2008 4/10 just because i dont like sports games at all???

or lets say i hate crime games and violent shooting games, does that give me the right to give GTA4 3/10 and COD4 2/10??????

TheSadTruth2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

if they gave MSG4 a rating based on the idea it's a shooting game then whose fault is that if they can't figure it out?

if game reviewers can't tell then how will non-hardcore gamers be able to know?

"personally i think 9/10 is a damn nice score, but when they throw 10's to halo 3 and GTA4 and not MGS4 then thats BS "

People have different opinions.. you need to accept this

Some people may actually like GTA 4 or Halo 3 more despite them not being epic narratives like MGS4...

SSCOOLCHEA2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

What these F'n reviewers think . Everytime I see these reviews I dont give a crap at all cause there usually from a source or a name I never heard off . The only review you should care about is how you feel about the game . for me its a 20 out 10 . beside sex this games makes me so happy .

1. gameplay - 20 - controls are tight
2. graphics - 20 - 1080p bravia w series 40" see what im seeing a-hole
3. storyline - 20 - who cares about long cut scenes . this is metal gear the fans comes to expect it

this is quote from a magazine " Kojima made this game for his fans and nobody else " so why F up a fanbase for 3 of you stupid MFers

LastDance2959d ago

how can it feel the same when its now apparently action orientated?.....Fail?

all mgs games are so different...except for the concious effort for big shell to be like shadow moses....still felt different.

Bonsai12142959d ago

its not action oriented. thats the beauty of the game. you can play it as non action oriented as you want. i prefer to play tranqing everyone, killing only when i feel like it. on my next playthrough, i'm aiming for no kills whatsoever and no alerts.

the drebin system is completely optional. you don't have to buy and upgrade every weapon up the wazoo.

morganfell2959d ago

Well that sounds great Breakfast except you are wrong. These reviews are supposed to be less of an opinion piece and more of an objective view. I piss on any of these sites that list no grading standards and just grade games willy nilly under the guise of providing an informed look. I like HALO3. But gaming it and even just looking at the quality of MGS4, HALO3 nor any other title is even in the same ballpark.

The good thing about these reviews is these ass clowns that think it is passe to suddenly take on the mantel of no game is a 10 are making themselves irrelevant to the gaming community.

Ju2959d ago

You know, I can't hear this "its just an opinion" any more. These are payed (?) professionals. Their "opinion" should be based on objective criteria, which makes it easy for a consumer to follow the reasoning behind the measurement. "Opinion" is subjective. It includes taste and personal preferences. Something which is hard to communicate in an objective way. In that respect, all the magazines should have a codex with a bunch of public criteria which everybody can understand. That way we can still compare different ratings on a common value system. I think the gaming press is so far off with what they are doing right now. I guess they usually hire temps to "just get a review out". Or at least thats how it looks to me.

badz1492959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

can both of you just please look at the cons stated over there! those are very very LAME reasons to drag down the score of this game! MGS is a stealh game and this time around, Kojima even gave the players the option to go less stealhy and more shooting, select sides in the war and even skip, pause the cut scenes depends on how you want to play it! what else do you want?

"core gameplay feels as old as snake" - ok, what if suddenly bungie made Halo4 and Epic made GeoW3 a stealh game or SE make FFXIV a fps just in order not to feel 'old'? would you still play them? would they still be THE Halo, GeoW and FF we used to know? NO because Halo and GeoW is always about shoot and run and FF a RPG so do MGS4 as a stealh game at it's core!

"Less actual "game" then any other MGS." this is another way to complaint about the long cut scenes, which by the way enjoyed and praised by many gamers and reviewers alike especially the fans of the series! like I said before, if you don't want the cut scene, skipping it just a button push away! even without the cut scene, you still have around over 15 hours of gameplay and MGO, which both by the way SOLIDLY AWESOME!! so, why is that a problem?? Kojima has stated earlier that MGS4 is for the fans and if you're a fan, there's no let down or what so ever in MGS4 and it even felt like too much to ask for $60 of ANYTHING!! the cut scenes give the fans what they wanted to know and as a game with the story as complicated as MGS, do you think 20 minutes of cut scene overall is enough? it's a Fvckin 21 years of the best story driven game ever made and Kojima did his best ever in MGS4 to unleashed every fvcking loose point that made up the whole story an EPIC!! no other dev did what Kojima has done and there's no other game like MGS and I think there will never be one for a very long time!

"Switch to action orientated gameplay" - I know, it's like WTF dude!! just when two lines above this sentence, he was complaining about the core gameplay feels 'old' and then MGS4 gave him the option to go through with more actions, he also complaint?? seriously dude, what do you want actually? MGS4 is a non-linear game, which is giving you the option on how you want to play it! you want to go on your own, go stealh! and if you want to engage in the battle, go on! you got lots of guns and fps mode for more accurate shooting for your pleasure! Drebin will also always be there to supply you with guns if you need more ammunition! the gameplay is as diverse as it can get and I believe there's no other games that are doing what is being done in MGS4!

come on, tell us the truth now! you're just trying to get more hits by giving this kind of crap, right? it's sad and you look extremely foolish!

KingKirchner2959d ago

@ 1.1

But when writing a review, you're supposed to think of the quality above your gaming preference. If I were to review Super Mario Galaxy, I would give it a 9.5. As far as my personal opinion goes, it's more of a 7 because it's simply boring to me, however, that's just my gaming preference. I shouldn't be allowed to let my preference blind me from sheer quality staring me in the face as an objective reviewer.

monkey6022959d ago

Thats what I'm doing now. So far i'm up past laughing octopus on Solid Normal, Second playthrough. And No kills, No alerts, No Continues and No health Items used. Its getting tough though.
Still the game is showing me a lot I didnt notice first time around.
Next time I want to buy a load of weapons and play through doing nothing but blowing sh!t up.

LastDance2959d ago

KingKirchner - dude you hit the nail on the head......More reviewers are putting personal preference above all else....

Millah2959d ago

Another reviewer trying to stir controversy to get attention it seems.

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Fulensenca2960d ago

Who gives an 8 to MSG4 clearly does not understand what is this game.
He should quit making reviews. Now.

JackBauerIsHIGH2959d ago

It shouldn't really matter to the person that is playing the game. I'm still playing it and I think it's THE best game I've played. However, I know a few of my friends who have played the originals and they still don't like this new game. Opinions are different in every person, that's why they are called opinions.

If WE enjoy the game, let's enjoy it and leave the people who don't enjoy it to talk whatever. Their loss that they are missing one one of the greatest games of all time. Their opinion shouldn't cause as much as a dent in our armor.

-Maverick-2960d ago

Anyone that gives this game a 8 is incompetent.

iceice1232959d ago

For not being a fanboy you meant to say? Sad how deluded some of you are.

Surfman2959d ago

ah cmon everybody knows taht the game is almost perfect and deserves 10, stop complaining about people complaining about the 8s, there's right. It's frustrating to see reviewers who don't even know how to review or are bias like this.

etownone2959d ago

other so called "incompetent" reviews

80 GameDaily
80 Games(TM)
80 EuroGamer
80 Edge Magazine

but if it makes you feel any better, it's rated 94 on metacritic.com, so that means it's just as good as Halo3...... for now.
it's still early so expect that score to go down with more 80's coming in.

jerkstore2959d ago

Shut the fuk up douchebag. I can tell you're nervous as all hell that your precious overrated Halo 3 s going to be trumped MGS4's ratings. Like you expect more 80's to come in, I expect you to get rammed by all of San Francisco in your cornhole (stop drooling dingus - it's a joke).

Eat a chode and croak you numbskull.

DERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Surfman2959d ago

more 80s? check the websites who scored MGS4 with 80s. All crap website. Dont say it'll get more 80s if you never played the game. Because it's sure that you never played. Dont say you did, we wont believe you.

DarK-SilV2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

it's just as good as Halo3, no its not as good as halo, look at most reviewers they are calling it, best game ever, masterpiece, game of decade, IGN can we rate it 11 out 10, Dubious 104 out of 100, I think game radar 15 out of 10 even though the gave it 9, acegamez Metal Gear Solid 4 is an accomplishment like no other
Give me one Xbox exclusive game that scored 10 in IGN
none,

PoSTedUP2959d ago

"its just as good as halo3" you would suck the critics d*** for a 10 wouldn't you.

juuken2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

Anyone who gives this an 8 should be b*tchslapped by Solid Snake.
And etownone, Halo has got to be THE MOST overrated, overhyped piece of garbage I have ever seen on the XBox. This series has never impressed me at all, except maybe Halo 1. But the rest looked as if they went downhill from there. If your only defense is Halo 3, then I feel sorry for you.

CallOfWar222959d ago

Stop defending MGS4. You all know it isn't what it was hyped up to be. Kojima would probably make a better director than a game developer. He doesn't know how to involve gamers so he playes hours and hours of videos leaving the players watching. The action is too fast paced for this style of gameplay. Story is confusing. Online is pathetic. There is no way this game deserves a 10. Call me a jealous xbot??? I just bought the PS3 for this game and am selling it on ebay. U fanboys are so desperate for a hit when someone doesnt like ur much anticipated game you all cry and say it can't be true OMG!!!!! MGS4 sucks. The series went crappy at the end of MGS2. Please put it out of its mysery and never make another MGS again.

PoSTedUP2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

mgs4 sucks? then how come every one i know says its the best? mgs4 is for real gamers. your just rebelling cause your jealous, its ok. no one cares what you think : ) (hence my short comment)

pimpstation2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

Just because you're on your 9th 360 and it burned down your house and it can't handle blu-ray or any real next games and Halo 2.5 was the most overhyped pile of sh1t ever and your boyfriend gave you AIDS and Bioshock and Mass Effect are coming to PS3, don't hate on the MGS series and the greatest game of all time. You dig?

juuken2959d ago

And CallofWar, I'm supposed to believe you got a PS3 for this game and sold the system on EBay already? Wow, you either sucked at the game or the game looked SO GOOD that you couldn't bear seeing it anymore. Stop defending MGS4? I'm sorry but MGS4 was made for the fans. The fans won't stop defending it because it deserves no less than an 9 or 10. This is the first game that is really a heavy hitter on the PS3 and yet someone such as a snobby journalist tries to steal the thunder.

Don't talk sh*t unless you can back up your sh*t.
And you ARE jealous.
Dumbass.

Veryangryxbot2959d ago

So you quote 4 reviews with a score of 8 and think that somehow means something?

There is over 16 reviews that gave the game a perfect 10! OWNED!
And the rest are all 9.5s or higher! OWNED

xbox Forever2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

You sirs are an IDIOTS, an 8 is generous for MGS it’s not a game it’s a MOVIE simple as that. The only half decent Metal Gear is 1, the rest of them were just Garbage including 4.

And don’t talk B*ll*cks about the story, anytime your FORCED forced to watch the action as apposed to ACTUALLY PLAYING IT automatically makes it a 5 out of 10.

And if anyone wants to call me on this go ahead but don’t expect a reply as I’m off to play Rock Band on my 360 (sorry PS3 owners looks like you want see this until September)

juuken2959d ago (Edited 2959d ago )

"You sirs are an IDIOTS, an 8 is generous for MGS it’s not a game it’s a MOVIE simple as that. The only half decent Metal Gear is 1, the rest of them were just Garbage including 4."

First of all, he's a sir and I'm a female. I don't appreciate the fact that people constantly assume I'm a male just because I play videogames. Females can also play videogames as well, even hardcore games. I happen to be one of them so watch yourself. And we are not idiots. We're idiots just because we think MGS4 is a great game and doesn't deserve anything less than a 9 or a 10?

Am I supposed to believe that you even played the MGS games? Did you actually play MGS or are you speaking out of your ass like xbot psychopaths do when they're bashing PS3 games? The only decent one was 1? I've played most of 2 (never did beat it) but that was a really good game. I have yet to play 3. Just because *you* think it's garbage, doesn't give you the right to bash it. Once again, I smell jealousy from the xbot fanatics who want to see the PS3 fall. You reek of jealousy, especially with a name like xbox forever. Please, get the hell out of here with your bull.

"And don’t talk B*ll*cks about the story, anytime your FORCED forced to watch the action as apposed to ACTUALLY PLAYING IT automatically makes it a 5 out of 10."

Really now? If we had ALL gameplay and no cutscenes to explain what the hell was going on, I'm sure this game would have gotten a freakin' 5. There's a such thing as *skipping* the cutscenes. If you feel the cutscenes are too long and you don't want to watch them, then they can be SKIPPED. So basically, you're a freakin' dumbass to even say something like that. The PS3 gets at least a game that will sell consoles and xbot fanatics and biased reviewers take a huge dump on it. Why am I not surprised this was going to happen?

Forced to watch the action...lmfao. And it's *you're*, not your. Go back to school and learn some decent grammar jackass.

"And if anyone wants to call me on this go ahead but don’t expect a reply as I’m off to play Rock Band on my 360 (sorry PS3 owners looks like you want see this until September)"

Then go play your Rockband. You should have been playing that instead of coming here with your bullsh*t. I love how 360 fanatics claim that the 360 has *so* many games and yet their stupid asses always find time to come here and bash everything Sony related. You're one of those people. As for me, I'll be playing MGS4 and some Ninja Gaiden Sigma because unlike you, I have a life.

Prick.

And by the way, say hello to my ignore list.

babananaman2959d ago

all i got to say is this (see below).... read em an weep!! and NO, those 1's and 0's are NOT binary code...

10/10 from kombo
10/10 from gamespot
10/10 from IGN
10/10 from Playstation Official Magazine UK
10/10 from GamePro
10/10 from Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
10/10 from Game Informer
10/10 from Gameplayer
10/10 from Console Monster
10/10 from PSX Extreme
10/10 from AceGamez
10/10 from Famitsu
10/10 from MeriStation (Spain)
10/10 from PlayStation Beyond
10/10 from Empire Online
10/10 from neocrisis
10/10 from Rise of Games
10/10 from pocket-lint
10/10 from gamespot(UK)
10/10 from JeuxVideo.FR
10/10 from bingegamer(BG)
10/10 from PSU
10/10 from Dubious (104%)
10/10 from 411
10/10 from X-Play
10/10 from PlayStationLifeStyle.net
10/10 from Eurogamer Portugal
10/10 from Loot Ninja
10/10 from PST (www.psturkiye.org)
10/10 from ME (megamers.com)
10/10 from 360-Entertainment
10/10 from jv.org
10/10 from Level 26
10/10 from PSM (Italy)
10/10 from Playr (bravo uk)
10/10 from ReelGamers
10/10 from Sl!ceGaming

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clintos592960d ago

Is obviously nit picking there way at MGS4 like chris buffa has done just to lower the score from what it really deserves an AAA and AAAA which 54 other game sites agree MGS4 is AAA-AAAA quality. Nuff said.

CViper2960d ago (Edited 2960d ago )

I don't mind low scores, but reviewers need balls to back them up.

All of the negatives about this game, are positives on other titles. I'm sure they had no problem giving Halo3 a 9/10 or GTA4 or Rainbow 6 v2..

Less actual game than previous MGS titles? How?
The game is action oriented? How on earth is this a Con? when you can play the game without firing a gun only for boss parts?

Yet, PS3itus strikes again.

DJtyler2959d ago

I think when they said "less actual game than any other MGS game" I think they were referring to the cutscenes. I totally disagree with them. I like cutscenes. Without cutscenes there is no story and without the great stories we find in games like Metal Gear and Final Fantasy what's the point in playing!?