The sons of the Illuminati-like Patriots conclude their clandestine near-future war for the fate of civilization in the closing chapter of the action-stealth series
By Matt Peckham
Instead, pay attention to the way Kojima manufactures a kind of queasy anxiety throughout, as when the camera prowls desiccated desert vistas like a paranoid animal during the intro, picking at the corpses with the crows as trucks filled with PMC reinforcements motor onto the battlefield. Think about indices like the psyche and stress meters that adjoin Snake's health, compromising his aim when they drop and dropping when he's under all sorts of duress-including standing near dead bodies. And consider the way Kojima shrewdly answers aphorisms like Tim Cain's "War never changes" (famously uttered by Ron Perlman during the intro to 1997's Fallout) with "War has changed," followed by a Homeric series denouement that's every bit as sophisticated as last year's BioShock. Like that game, this one raises the bar forever, looking back on occasion only to show us how far it's come.