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PlayTM: Metal Gear Solid 4 Review (8/10)

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.

Now, before disgruntled fanboys and/or critics look to vent spleen via their poison keyboards, understand this:

Guns of the Patriots is a beautiful game in an aesthetic sense, and it provides a fabulous showcase of the PlayStation 3's visual and aural attributes. Level environments are both varied and stunning to look at, character animation is unfailingly fluid and weighty, and atmospheric and elemental effects often pepper proceedings with added real-world authenticity.

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HighDefinition2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Under 9/10 is completely ridiculous.

Hate on. Hate on, Brother.

Just to sum up how ridiculous this is.....

http://play.tm/story/18844

Ninja Gaiden 2 got a 9.5

http://play.tm/story/17579

Dark Sector got a 8.5

End of Story.

HighDefinition2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Disagree`s don`t make MGS4 any less AWESOME, or don`t make 9.5 (NGaiden2) or a 8.5 (Dsector) any more truthful.

resistance1002953d ago

They also knocked down Everybody's Golf for not being on Wii, Despite it being one of the best golf games out there.

HighDefinition2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

You see what I`m saying.....

It pretty funny/disgusting.

The Dark Sector one, literally made me shake my head.

8.5 for Dark Sector and 8 for MGS4.....OK?

thewhoopimen2953d ago

This is an old article from yesterday or the day before yesterday. The author gave the game score a 79/100 at the time.

Seraphemz2953d ago

Yeah, if this site is saying that Dark Sector is a better game than Metal Gear, they obviously dont know what they are talking about. Or doing it just to get more hits on their site.

Andras842953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

8.5 for Dark Sector and 8.0 for MGS4.....yeah, must be right /sarcasm

Also: Dark Sector had a terrible story but that's ok because it's also on the 360!! MGS4 has an epic story, on of the best but who needs that right?? it's not on the 360.
Dark Sector has crap controlls but it's all good because it's on the 360....MGS4 has flawless controlls but who cares because it's not on the 360. Dark Sector does not have any character development but again, it's all good because it's also on the 360. MGS4 has great character developement but who cars because it's not on the 360.

The friggin fanboys just make me mad sometimes man! If I can admit that Halo 3, ME, BioShock are great games than why can't they admit that MGS4 is a great game is well. Insted of picking on it!!
Idiots!

rucky2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Don't forget Army of Two got an 88% by the same dumbass.

He's basically saying that gameplay, graphics, sound, variety and everything else it's one of the best but takes out 20% co'z of the long cutscenes(which you can skip). That is just awesome lol

AceLuby2953d ago

This is my favorite part in the little blurb:

"Guns of the Patriots is a beautiful game in an aesthetic sense, and it provides a fabulous showcase of the PlayStation 3's visual and aural attributes. Level environments are both varied and stunning to look at, character animation is unfailingly fluid and weighty, and atmospheric and elemental effects often pepper proceedings with added real-world authenticity. "

So it has great visual and audio, the levels are varied and intense, the animation is near perfect, and it looks real. Therefore the score is.... <pulls paper out of hat> 79/100... no wait it's 8/10.

Enigma_20992953d ago

... then you mention the Ninja Gaiden II score... yeah.

Capt CHAOS2953d ago

but still he should have scored it higher or the others lower.

Millah2953d ago

All we can do is sigh and move on with our lives. It really disgusts me how much the gaming industry and gaming journalism has changed with just this new generation of consoles. But oh well, for every arrogant reviewer who likes to make themselves stand apart, we have realistic reviewers who have been doing this for a very long time.

85 for Dark Sector is absolutely absurd, but 95 for NG2 and calling it "masterful" is pathetic.....its not even as good as the first game.

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highdro2953d ago

every time mgs4 gets a low score its contrevisal because people who have the game and finished it like me knows the game is 10 or nothing less than a 9, i guess all this low scores just means the game is to good so in some reviews point of views he thinks the game is getting to many 10 and he is also thinkg no game is perfect even tho it deserves a 10, then he gives it a low score so the met total will not be to high...really funny, i wonder y is it a ps3 game that gets to be this good and yet somepeople just want to downgrade it for no true reason>>> alli can say is puplicty stunt to all the web site giving mgs4 any thing less than a 8 ,and yes that includes EDGE !!!

segasage2953d ago

Too friken bad your not the only one in the world that have opinions that matter....

stop whining..go play the game fo the 3rd time or something.

NO_PUDding2953d ago

5th time for me!! The Drebins poitns are rollign in.

I still want to unlock the solar gun, the sthealth camo, and the bandana, and I haven't got all the guns yet. Or Face-Camos. I agree, go play it.

rootEXT2953d ago

@HighDefinition

I totally agree

HighDefinition2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Its just the truth.

ChampIDC2953d ago

Yeah, I have NG2, and I love it, but I know it doesn't deserve a higher score than MGS4. This review is bogus.

highdro2953d ago

lol...it seems u dont have the game and do not even try and pretned u have it because if u diod u will no what i am talking about that the game is a 10.

HighDefinition2953d ago

The Motorbike Chase is "NEXT GEN" and solidifys 10s for this game.

IMO, anyway.

Skerj2953d ago

Dude, that was the precise moment when it was solid for me too. The freaking SEAMLESS blending of cinematic camera angles with the gameplay, I couldn't believe I was actually playing through that and how well it worked.

mistertwoturbo2953d ago

Yes the motorbike section was freakin amazing. Actually the graphics in that Act was just overall very impressive. The sheer detail on those helicopters blew my mind, and knowing it all ran in real-time. Plus with all those U.S. soldiers all running around at the same time.