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monstersandcritics.com MGS4 Review

When it comes to videogame reviewing, critics should exercise a degree of professional subjectivity by not appraising games for the sake of peer conformity; nor should they review games while focusing only on appeasing the demands of hardcore franchise fanatics. However, by that token, reviewers should also resist the temptation to unfairly kneecap a high-profile release just for the sake of standing out from the critical crowd.

It's not an easy line to walk at the best of times.

In short, videogame reviewers should be reviewing for all gamers, providing unbiased evaluations based solely on what is put before them while striving to avoid the often weighted influence of popular opinion. Which leaves this particular reviewer somewhat aghast at the current flood of rampant praise that is being heaped at the feet of Konami's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

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Jamie Foxx3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

i guess this site really really wants to get noticed ,desperate sites......you gotta laugh

LordXenu3018d ago

but unfortunately this site is not listed at meta/gr

c64days3018d ago

what ppl will do to get some "raging" for there site ;-)

thewhoopimen3018d ago

"When it comes to videogame reviewing, critics should exercise a degree of professional subjectivity by not appraising games for the sake of peer conformity"

So... is that why you differentiate yourself by putting 79/100 vs 80/100? lol. Why not go down to 69/100 and let your balls really hang out?

Man

Millah3018d ago

You gotta love these ignorant reviewers that are trying to make themselves stand out and look more "professional." I mean you gotta be kidding me, praising a game that is great is just conformity?? Is that a joke? What if a game really is good and deserves praise? So if most people agree that a great game really is that great, that just means they are all conforming with each other? GTFOH, these no-name review sites (and a lot of reviewers in general) are becoming a complete joke.

Nobody has a problem when people praise hugely popular games like Halo 3 (which in that case seems more of a conformity issue than anything), but when a game that is truly different and tries to go against the sea of garbage trends in the industry, and really turn out to be groundbreaking and revolutionary, and these games get shat on by these so-called professionals trying to look more mature than the big name sites like GS and IGN.

Lol I mean come on, please spare me the laughter. I wonder if Ocarina of Time had so much controversy around its numerous perfect scores and praises of being the greatest game ever made. Probably not, because at that time the industry wasn't as big as it is today, and reviewing games back then was truly about gaming and not just about getting more traffic or attention.

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Ju3018d ago

yeah, ooohhkeeeyyy....Army of Two (PS3) 80/100, Euro2008: 90/100, ProEvo08 (Wii) 88/100, PDC Darts (wii) 65/100 (well, at least that's worse :) . LMAO. A real balanced site. Convincing professionalism.

Elimin83018d ago

You mean Fortunately...... Right?

power of Green 3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

I don't understand all the hype for this game I watched over an hour of footage on Comcast's game section and the gameplay itself looks kind of broken.

The charactor AI is ridiculous the oldschool charactor status *noises and symbols over the head of the charactors* make this seem overhyped(if anyother game had such last generation gameplay elements it would have failed as a AAA or high scoring title).

The game looks average visually the animations basically the way snake moves and the charactors seem half assed on par with PS2 games. The story telling style of the game is stellar in ways but then again the numerous cutscens and some of the dialog is corny.

I just don't get the hype.

Listening to charactors crying every time they are injured or hit with a bultet was painfull to experiance *uh uh uh ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah* every fricken time. Man this .

The gameplay mechanics are so last generation looking all these reviews seem like appeasement.

I do like some of the ideas in the gameplay though like the Boss fight with the Octopus
thing" imagine if MGS4 had a more next-gen battle system or mechanics the ideas Hideo has are top-notch that battle would be very intense if MGS4 had a more mordern fighting system. Something about the animations and or the movement speed etc and the camera doesn't seem right.

The execution of the gamplay mechanics are simply not worthy of this type of praise.

If Hideo had not made deals(bribe the mainstream media setting the tone for others to follow)and the media itself not been afraid of the Sony movement this game would be shed in a different light.

WoW just WoW.

EDIT BELOW: try to stay on topic lol.

Angelitos3018d ago

power of Green

Plz, your just saying whatever u can 2 defend the 360.

The Wood3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

that was a whole heap of Haeythc Aey Tee Eee PoG. You typed all that to show us what? You dont like the game. Funny thing was ive not seen your presence in the other 612 10/10 review threads on n4g only this and a couple of the, you guessed it, low score articles. You wonder why people call you what they do. You are truly the greatest fanboy ever. You are allowed to not like things about mgs4 but watching people play then telling us what you feel is the most asnine thing ive heard today.

Panthers3018d ago

Why cant I touch POGs bubbles? He deserves to have them go away.

Millah3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

LOL @ Power of green!!! You truly deserve the title of most blind fanboy MS puppet. You really have no clue what good gameplay is based off your opinions. Then again, you said that you've only WATCHED footage and not actually PLAYED the game, so you have no clue what the execution of the gameplay is like.

Me being far from a fanboy, owning almost every game system ever made including all three current, fanboys are actually the one thing I despise most about this industry today. I don't see how you can call the gameplay "last gen." I don't even see how you actually complained because exclamation points appear over a soldiers head after being spotted, lol thats gotta be the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

Now I'm not trying to hate on Halo, I actually played the game a lot when it was released, but I assume you're a fanboy of Halo 3, and I'm just curious what makes the gameplay of Halo 3 groundbreaking, let alone any different, from Halo 1 or 2. You wanna talk about MGS4 being last gen, yet the game features a total overhaul with countless improvements and some of the most refined gameplay I've ever played, but don't realize some of your precious 360 games are more guilty than anybody else. Think before you act like a tool pal.

How about you play the game first before having MS herd you like the mindless sheep that you are.

thesummerofgeorge3018d ago

You're judging among other things, graphics... from a second hand source video? Until you have the game on a high definition television, there's no way in hell you can judge the graphics, much less anything else. Not that that would make a difference to you anyway, you're a flaming fanboy. By the way, this game is more next gen than anything to date. This game would never have been remotely possible last gen and that's a fact. Wait let me guess, they could have, they just didn't want to.

BattleAxe3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

If they are giving the game a score like this, then you have to wonder if they even played it. Absolutely ridiculous.

@POG, yeah and HALO has a truly next gen battle system..........give me a break.

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Breakfast3018d ago

We need that one yellow bar

:)

How can i submit this to them?

LordXenu3018d ago

cause this site is not listed at meta

JD_Shadow3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

...that's kind of a cheap shot, Breakfast. Submitting a lackluster review (that, by the way, got some things wrong...there's no 45 minute cutscene in the game unless you want to count the ending, and again, why the omitting of the Solid Eye or the Mk. 2) just so the game can get a color lower and satisfy your fanboy wants is nothing more than doing that "kneecapping" that this site said others were doing to get notice.

Again, I wonder why you want others to hate this game so bad that you must justify a cheap shot to do so (and if it was meant as a joke, it wasn't funny in the slightest).

Millah3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

Amen Darkpower. Bubble for you.

Hey Breakfast, you are a clown, a pure example of what is wrong with gaming. You are not a gamer, and don't disgrace the real gamers on this site with you're pathetic responses.

Play video games for the enjoyment of gaming, quit worrying about what system the games are on. Just leave it be, if you dislike a game, leave it at that, don't be an immature douche and make your sole purpose in life bringing down a game you dislike or a game that you can't own because of your blind faith in a video game console.

yanikins1113018d ago

lol

some of us knew it was a joke breakfast.

JD_Shadow3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

...that WASN'T that clear cut that it was a joke (again, you're assuming it was to begin with. Knowing his record on this site, he could be VERY serious at doing something like that). You can't guarantee us that he WAS joking about kneecapping the game like that. How do you know that he IS?

And, like I said, if it WAS a joke, it wasn't funny.

mistertwoturbo3018d ago

Breakfast is one of those "Oh I love all games, and i'm no fanboy" Says things like "Get out of here troll" or always pretends to be non-biased. But deep down in his pathetic little soul, he's hurting bit by bit.

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Silogon3018d ago

"not appraising games for the sake of peer conformity;"

I guess they don't realise by going in the complete opposite direction they are conforming to a certain demograph themselves. See how that works?

Stupid jerk spurts! I hate when review sites toss out their opinions as fact but what I hate even more is when review sites are abstinent for the sake of being so. This review has so much venom towards other reviews it's almost as if the bias here is against the ones who gave mgs4 good reviews.

Strange days.

JD_Shadow3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

How in the HELL did YOU get subtracted to only one bubble when you put up some good stuff like THAT.

I'm giving you a bubble for that one and am also encouraging others to do the same, because you just hit the nail on the f'n HEAD there.

With your permission, let me repost what you said just in case someone with filters decides to not care to show your comment:

***"not appraising games for the sake of peer conformity;"

I guess they don't realise by going in the complete opposite direction they are conforming to a certain demograph themselves. See how that works?

Stupid jerk spurts! I hate when review sites toss out their opinions as fact but what I hate even more is when review sites are abstinent for the sake of being so. This review has so much venom towards other reviews it's almost as if the bias here is against the ones who gave mgs4 good reviews.

Strange days.***

EDIT: Even if I disagree with some of your comments that you've made on other stories (I've looked through some of them), you seem to be fair. At least fairer than the likes of Buffa or this poor excuse for a review.

meepmoopmeep3018d ago

i gave him a bubble. i agree with his statement.

mistertwoturbo3018d ago

I also gave him a bubble cause what he says is true.

mikeslemonade3018d ago

BOYCOTT!!!!! Not that anyone visited this site anyway...

Condoleezza Rice3018d ago (Edited 3018d ago )

I need your help.I am a desperate Website that has absolutely zero impact in the video game industry,in order to be able to pay my Internet bills and maintain my existence,I need to get Corporations and Marketing Firms interested in investing in me.But without people visiting me,I will never evolve into a blip on the Video Game Website Radar.

So I have to find a way to generate interest among gamers,I have to stand out somehow...I...I will have to give Metal Gear Solid 4,the greatest game since Ocarina of Time...I will have to give it a 79/100.

Whilst I will never have Credibility amongst gamers from here on out,I will have gained enough hits,so I will be able to pay my Internet Bills.

littletad3018d ago

I mean blog reviews and unfamiliar game sites, really have no business here. But debunking them is so much fun, I guess maybe it is a good thing sometimes.