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Zero Punctuation: Metal Gear Solid 4 Review

Yahtzee reviews Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: Tactical Espionage Action. (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PS3) -

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Captain Tuttle  +   2783d ago
Looking forward to the meltdown
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NO_PUDding  +   2783d ago
Been lookign forward to this, even if it is sickeningly critical.

EDIT: Watched and impressed, he doesn't like it, good for him! It's not like he wasn't accurate eitehr, he just doesn't take into accoutn it's the best writers in the Gamign industry and that it has a huge heritage, which instantly gives it a much better production value than most young'un games.
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Superfragilistic  +   2783d ago
I haven't watched it yet but this is easily the most anticipation I've ever had for a review ever. Back in 5! :)
Jack Meahoffer  +   2783d ago
Here come the no sense of humor brand worshipers
I personally find Zero Punctuation hilarious even when he trashes a game that I love. Its satire within the universe of video games and its great. Kind of like the The Daily Show for games...

While I love MGS4 and think its a masterpiece I was really looking forward Yahtzee's take on it. No matter what he said the brand worshipers would cry about it. I mean they basically internet lynched anyone that gave the game .2 less review than they wanted.

He could have just said "Masterpiece. Period." and they would have cried "Why such a quick review?... He gave Halo 3 a whole 1 minute 45 seconds but only gave MSG4 15 seconds! Bias! Must have been bribed by MS! I'll never go to his site again! WAAAH!"

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thewhoopimen  +   2783d ago
One of his weaker reviews
I always look forward to Yahtzee's review but this seems to be one of his less entertaining ones. I knew he was going to drill the long winded story but I dunno... the pace seemed slower and it wasn't as biting as I thought it would be. He probably rushed this one and couldn't rehearse his script enough lol.
Superfragilistic  +   2783d ago
Okay got distracted by Gears... Awesome review. I love that guy. Makes us Aussies proud! :)

I can't help but laugh at the placement of a NG2 ad at the end of it though. The exclusive that went head to head with MGS4 and got resolutely owned (and yet I'm playing it right now on Level 9 :/)
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callahan09  +   2783d ago
I don't think you need to know a damn thing about the Metal Gear mythos in order to appreciate the story of MGS4. It makes everything painfully obvious and clear, the story is so easy to get it boggled my mind, because I found MGS1 and 2 to be so complex it took me a ton of thinking, analysis, and replaying in order to fully get them. MGS4 was a cakewalk. Just watch, keep your eyes & ears open and the story is a cinch. So these reviewers who say they didn't get it or that if you never played the others (or didn't get the others) then this game will confound you, I think they're all just thick-headed morons who can't comprehend the most basic of exposition.

And I thought the gameplay kicked ass as well. It was fun, and I loved the controls, for both sneaking & action.
NO_PUDding  +   2783d ago
He's English though.... makes me proud!
KidMakeshift  +   2783d ago
It's about time someone examined MGS4 more realistically than all these sensationalist reviews coming from everyone else

I thought the game was just okay. I think the cutscenes were nothing but self-absorbed tripe that didn't care about the actual players enjoyment. I really don't see what's so fantastic about the gameplay? It's still mechanical and lacking finesse. And what the hell are all these other reviewers talking about the gameplay drastically changing later on in the game? It never changes!

I thought MGS3 subsistence was the pinnacle of the series. It never over did it like 1,2, and 4
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Enigma_2099  +   2783d ago
Is that basically your way of saying, "finally, someone else who didn't like it! Now I don't feel so alone anymore!"?
KidMakeshift  +   2782d ago

And apparently, I'm not alone because gamers are actually playing MGS4 now instead of just praising it before experiencing it.

I was just commenting that Yahtzee is one of the few people with mainstream attention who can truly criticize a game without censorship or favoritism
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callahan09  +   2782d ago
Are you guy kidding me? Or is this place just littered with fanboys who haven't even played the game? Because... seriously... 6 out of 7 of you disagreed with me that the story in MGS4 isn't very difficult to understand? I find that hard to believe.

It's all spelled out in plain freakin' english, people. What's so confusing?
KidMakeshift  +   2782d ago

It wasn't basic exposition. It was nothing but messy prolonged exposition that went nowhere. The story took the longest way possible to explain something incredibly simple. That's not good writing.

My biggest problem is we criticize film makers like Michael Bay who create poorly constructed films with lots of exaggerated explosions and bad acting/dialogue, but praise MGS4 which is basically the same thing in Machinima form. Saying it's revolutionary and a benchmark for videogames. It's quite the opposite
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callahan09  +   2782d ago
Basic exposition can be comprised of many things. It doesn't matter how many words were used, or what was said that may not have had to be said. What's important is that the story is told in a straightforward manner. THAT is basic exposition. It's not told in some flunky flukey flakey hallucinogenic psychadelic completely whacked out off-kilter off-the-wall freak-fest. It's all put out in front of you. Did I say the story was perfect? No I didn't. I said it's easy to understand, and it most certainly is. It's all straight forward, just listen carefully and it's all laid out for you.
Enigma_2099  +   2782d ago
compare it to the majority of games on the market, production-wise...
... and say that with a straight face...
Silogon  +   2783d ago
This guy just isn't funny. I mean, maybe it has something to do with Kotaku always endorsing him cause they're not funny, but this guy just isn't funny. Nothing he says applies to anything I think, feel or see in the games he plays.

Sorry. He reminds me, or they remind me of him, of Games blow and Angry Video game nerd.

I just don't like none of those guys I guess.

now I know why I don't like this guy. It's expected chaos, that's it! He was expected by his absurd fans, like many of you here, to do this. He's a fake, like Games blow, Like Avgn, and he only does these things for attention.

Now I understand why he means nothing.
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poeo  +   2783d ago
why so negative?

and how can you not like AVGN? he's in no way irritating or an asshole. to me he seems like a great guy, even if some of his videos aren't that funny (to me most are though, heh).
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therealwillie  +   2783d ago
i think someone needs happy pills
seriously good luck with that.... being depressed and having nothing else to do but complain.... all the time, every story ive clicked on today... there you are... moaning

well ill complain too
anyways, not yahtzees best.. thought it would be funnier, seemed to keep going over the same points, maybe its just me though, and whats up with the jack thompson thing at the end of it
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Silogon  +   2783d ago
I don't hate the guy who plays AVGN I just don't like the show and the gimmick, I suppose. This guy is worse, though. He's just boring and not funny at all. He's like watching a stand up show consisting of Mike Myers, Adam Sandler and rob Schneider with special guest Will Farrell. Just not funny.

His opinions are to himself, but are they really? Are they really his opinions or are they his absurd characters opinions trying to get a rise out of gamers and in turn more hits and fame for him?

Who is to know?

I love how you all disagree just to disagree with me. If you see my name you auto hit disagree. Talk about a waste.
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chasuk08  +   2783d ago
This guy isnt as funny as Avgn but hes still pretty funny. Avgn is not as funny as he used to be, watch silver surfer for classic avgn.
Bubble Buddy  +   2783d ago
Siligon: Yeah that's how we do. We all disagree because every single comment you say is negative, except of course, to your idol, Xbox360. Before people complained Sony's high price, no games. Now that they fixed both, they're complaining about the game line-up will be trash. Just watch, MGS4 is the beginning...
vickers500  +   2783d ago
People don't disagree with you because its you, they disagree with you because aside from 2 people, no one agrees with your opinion that yahtzee is boring and unfunny. Hes actually f*cking hilarious to most, but either comedy and laughing isn't one of your strongest suits, or you just have a different and worthless sense of humor.
KidMakeshift  +   2783d ago
AVGN is alright. The whole "sh!t d!ck diarrhea" lines get pretty old after a few episodes, but him and Yahtzee are a million times better than Mega64. 1 out of 5 sketches from them is actually kinda funny.
Boink  +   2783d ago
another classic yahtzee!
resistance100  +   2783d ago
lol got to love it, i love all his reviews, however never judge whenever i buy a game or not from them
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Exile__  +   2783d ago
Damn you beat me by 11 minutes.. just went to go post this.
InMyOpinion  +   2783d ago
rabid MGS fans will go...rabidder. As fck.

La Li Lu Le What?
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MK_Red  +   2783d ago
The man is back. Glad to see Yahtzee is reviewing again after the Webby award.
DJ  +   2783d ago
I love his reviews!
My favorite Yahtzee review is a tie between GTA IV and Oblivion.
Harry190  +   2783d ago
This is why Mr Crosshaw
is a big man(He is quite tall I believe) with little reputation and making little videos on the internet and Mr Kojima is one of the most respected game developers an his games sell millions.

Snap****I just realised I was going to get killed for this comment.Quick,quick,I'll edit.
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4cough  +   2783d ago
The Truth has been told

Ali_The_Brit  +   2783d ago
^yep...but its still a masterpiece you desprately want, but cant have :(
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-Maverick-  +   2783d ago
Don't you wish oh jealous one.

IGN, Gamepro, Game Informer, Gamespot and the other now 73 webistes that have given MGS4 a PERFECT score with 90% of them declaring it not only oneo f the greatest games of all time, but the most technically imrewssive game of all time... destroy everything befor it and OBLITERATING the proverbial bar.

No this little "joke" what ever it is is the TRUTH... right?


MGS4 is better than ANYTHING on your console. MUCH better. The TRUTH. : )

Go cry about it. Your console is dead.
alakazzam  +   2782d ago

they are just fun
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bigcheda  +   2783d ago
he is pretty funny but like said above he doesnt influence the games i buy (well maybe besides zak and wiki)
BOSSMK XXIII  +   2783d ago
I don't think...
...there can be a more cynical, sarcastic and simple-minded person on the internet o_o
edhe  +   2782d ago
I'd love to see you try to use his 'simple' vocabulary. The man has a fantastic grasp of language, sarcasm and wit.

Anyone that denigrates the guy is simply afraid of THE POWER OF HIS MIND.
SeanScythe  +   2783d ago
does this spoil the ending or anything really before I watch?
Isaac  +   2783d ago
Solid_Snake  +   2783d ago
i think this may be his worst one yet; at times he tries to be funny, but then it seems as if he is actually trying to do a "real" review, which I know why he doesn't do that. He sucks at real reviews. I think he should've stuck with the sarcastic funny. Even us MGS fans know there is a lot stuff that he could have made a funny or sarcastic comment about.
OOG  +   2783d ago
This guy is funny all the his take on games....tey may not always be the same as mine but they are funny to listen to....
Blademask  +   2783d ago
Dpa  +   2783d ago
Thing about MGS4 if you're a fan of MGS - you'll LOVE it.
If you dislike MGS - you'll HATE it.

Yahtzee obviously never liked MGS from the beginning because otherwise he wouldn't be moaning about the cutscenes.
kazuma  +   2783d ago
pretty funny stuff as usual from yahtzee, but hey i never really listen to his opinion because if i would then pretty much every game would suck lol
SL1M DADDY  +   2783d ago
Funny stuff here...
But I still can't decide what window I want to put this rock through... lol
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cheese  +   2783d ago
Nothing new, but he b1tch slapped MGS4 where it was it was deserved. However, I have to disagree on the gameplay front.
Timesplitter14  +   2783d ago
deserved? What the hell is wrong with you guys?
PS360WII  +   2783d ago
Ha nice he nailed it
Vanqu1sh  +   2783d ago
Haha, MGS owned

the story/writing is so ridiculously lame and nerdy, thank god someone said it
Blademask  +   2783d ago
As are all console games.
What games have a good, cool, non nerdy story?
Timesplitter14  +   2783d ago
"ridiculously lame and nerdy"?

VirusE  +   2783d ago
I am the only one that played MGS 2? The story was an overly bloated train wreck. It was like a brain storm session with 30 writers where EVERY idea they came up with got used. I loved the game but the story was horrid. MGS1 had a top notch story and then we get liquids hand?!?!? I am ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!? Revolver goes back for some other guys hand in the midst of trying to take over the world? Then we have the otacon "POOL" incident and Vamp?!?!?

I dont agree with his comments about the game play but he hit the nail on the head with the story. They just over do it way to much. I am not looking for picture perfect reality or even close but seriously who the EFF goes back and takes some other guys hand? We have cyber ninjas running around and yet revolver risks life and limb for a dead hand. Why not get a robotic hand? Did Revolver cut the hand off with a freaking hack saw? Did he keep the saw in his back pocket with a cooler and ice to preserve the hand or did he just have a lone field medic sew it on for him. Fantasy is fine until EXTREME lapses of logic come into play.
spooky205  +   2782d ago
@ virusE if you actually finished mgs4 then it would have explained why revolver decided to use liquids arm. i suppose i could explain it to you but the fanboys would tear me apart if i gave away major spoilers. you people must be slow if you cant comprehend the metal gear story. its not rocket science.
belal  +   2783d ago
there is other pakis here too you now ;) so STFU
Amp  +   2783d ago
Hes Coughing 4 times
cuz he has Pps crank in his mouth.
Timesplitter14  +   2783d ago
I like his videos but not his "reviews". His vids are funny but he's trying too hard to only see the bad things in games (that'S become his trademark). He makes fun of games, and it's funny. But it doesn't make a good review. Just from what he said, I can tell you that he only played it on the easier difficulties where it's kinda useless to use stealth. But try it on hard or extreme and you'll have no choice but to be stealthy.

Also, I think games with complex plots are the best, and MGS4 has the best plot in a game so far. And IGN, Gamespot and many others think the same way. And if you're too lazy to appreciate it, go play something else, but you can't blame us for liking good stories.

You know... I sure as hell love these long cutscenes. They make the whole experience much better and much more memorable. You're not even forced to call it a game. You can just call it a game-movie hybrid if it makes you feel better.
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Reggie  +   2783d ago
I was hoping...
he could make fun of something more than story and cutscenes but it was still funny!
Bazookajoe_83  +   2783d ago
I love this guy
I think his freakin hilerious (how does hilerious spell?), but i guess u have to find sarcasm and angry people funny.

MGS4 is according to me the best game this generation by far. And thats coming from a guy who havent played any of the earlier.
Avto  +   2783d ago
Well this review feels kind of rushed, but it's o.k. it outlines some of the problems in this games but says nothing about it's good sides, this are things he can never notice in a game or he has to call the game good.
Ali_The_Brit  +   2783d ago
And the 50 or so reviews by repatable websites such as ign and gamespot speak for themselfs :)
Gam71  +   2783d ago
Just like they spoke for halo but that doesn't stop every ps3 fan and his mum from slating it... without playing it.

Personally I have no interest in this game and you can put that down to jealousy but you'd be wrong, not that you'd listen.

If I was to play it I would probably be disappointed (not because i played the last one) but because of the ps3 fans hype.
If it isn't as good as has been claimed, and you've all raised the bar unattainably high, then the resulting opinion of the game will be lower than it should be.
-Maverick-  +   2783d ago
No one cares how you feel. I read the reviews AND beat the game. IT IS FARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRR better than ANYTHING on the XBox 360. Period. Get over it becuase its not going to change. Gears 2 ALREADY GOT CRUSHED. PERIOD. It WONT EVEN BE CLOSE. Not even A LITTLE BIT.
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Gam71  +   2783d ago
Nasim is that you?

Can you guess who doesn't care about your opinion.
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Wolf873  +   2783d ago
His reviews are funny as ever. My favorite will always be his remark about how you can steer-through lamp-posts on city streets in GTA-IV and yet are powerless to take down trees.

But on to the actual review. Every reviewer seems to target Metal-Gear's seemingly complex story knowing many of its other elements are not that much of a bigger deal. I'll never truly understand of what drives people to actually bash a game's story that is both epic and to some extent far fetched, but entertaining nonetheless. It's 10x better than your usual FPS out there, which got nothing but game-play and online component going for them. Luckily his reviews are for having a good laugh, not be taken seriously since all they do is look for the worst and exaggerate it (well most nit-pickers do brag a lot about something that isn't as distracting or annoying).
rgun  +   2783d ago
Worst One
His worst review yet...
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