Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the culmination of 20 years worth of console-defining games. What makes it so incredible is that MGS4 actually lives up to those 20 years and does the entire series justice in spite of the massive hype, anticipation and expectations resting on its shoulders. Metal Gear Solid 4, whether you know it or not, is one of the reasons you bought your PlayStation 3. More to the point, it's one of the reasons you still play video games.
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