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Submitted by paul_war 2122d ago | review

The Guardian review: Metal Gear Solid 4

It begins slowly, with too many cutscenes and a back-to-basics approach that belies all the new gadgets, terrains and split-screen perspectives you're about to face. Most striking of these are the battlefield scenarios, where you take on enemies in Call of Duty-style fragfests that look as spectacular as they sound. With so much variety, action and depth to enjoy, MGS4 effortlessly steals back the crown of "best stealth game" from Splinter Cell. (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PS3) 5/5

wolfehound22  +   2122d ago
I love this game, but man how many reviews are going to be up. I mean I know big games get a lot of reviews, but I think this is just crazy. This has to be by far the most reviews I have ever seen for one game and it's not even close. I guess this just shows how great this game is when newspapers and news stations are even reviewing it.
clintos59  +   2122d ago
Yeah tell me about it, I think thats what happens when one game comes out and just blows everyones minds besides all the haters. Check out the revi...
Eightysix Perfect Scores As of Now And Updating.
1.Gamespot (US) Review: 10/10
2.IGN (US) Review: 10/10
3.Gameplayer Review: 10/10
4.Gamespot (UK) Review: 10/10
5.AceGamez Review: 10/10
6.X-Play Review: 5/5
7.ME Gamers Review: 10/10
8.Play Magazine Review: 10/10
9.Calgary Herald Review: 5/5
10.Empire Review: 5/5
11.Famitsu Review: 40/40
12.Console Monster Review: 100/100
13.LEVEL (Sweden): Review: 10/10
14.ReelGamers.com Review: 10/10
15.The Lone Gamer Review: 5/5
16.Sl!ceGaming Review: 10/10
17.Sci Fi Weekly Review: 10/10
18.Maxim Online Review: 5/5
19.Giant Bomb Review: 5/5
20.Thunderbolt Games Review: 10/10
21. 360-Entertainment Review: 10/10
22.BG Review: 5/5
23.Dubious Review: 100/100
24.Loot Ninja Review: 10/10
25.Eurogamer (Portugal) Review: 10/10
26.Fox News Gamers Weekly Review: 5/5
27.PSU Review: 10/10
28.PSX Extreme Review: 10/10
29.Pocket-Lint Review: 10/10
30.PST Review: 100/100
31.PlayStation Beyond Review: 10/10
32.PTOM (USA) Review: 10/10
33.Meristation Review: 10/10
34.GamePro Review: 5/5
35.PlayStationLifeStyle.net Review: 10/10
36.PSM Italy Review: 10/10
37.UK Official Playstation Magazine Review: 10/10
38.Game Informer Review: 10/10
39.Player TV UK Review: 10/10
40.Kombo Review: 10/10
41.Rise of Games Review: 100/100
42.TheSixthAxis Review: 10/10
43.Lawrence.com Review: 100/100
44.QJ.Net Review: 5/5
45.GamingAge Review: 10/10
46.Hooked Gamers Review: 10/10
47.get2sammyb.co.uk Review: 10/10
48.Digital Chumps Review: 10/10
49.LoadingReality.com Review: 10/10
50.SCRAWL Review: 10/10
51.Geekscribe Review: 5/5
52.Consolenauts Review: 5/5
53.Lazygamer Review: 10/10
54.PELAAJA MAGAZINE Review: 10/10
55.PS MANIA 3.0 Review: 5/5
56.Gamesdog Review: 10/10
57.411 Mania Review: 10/10
58.ZTGD Review: 10/10
59.Vtunnel Review: 10/10
60. 666 Review: 10/10
61.MSN UK Review: 10/10
62.Gamernode Review: 10/10
63.Techtree Review: 5/5
64.GameArena Review: 10/10
65.Spin Cookie Review: 10/10
66.Digital Spy Review: 5/5
67.Mirror.co.uk Review: 5/5
68.TheStar Review: 4/4
69.Sun Review: 5/5
70.Level7 Review:: 10/10
71.GIN Review: 5/5
72.Binge Gamer Review: 5/5
73.Den of Geek Review: 5/5
74.UOL Review: 5/5
75.jeuxfrance.com Review: 10/10
76.Gamewinners Review: 5/5
77.Dark Diamond Review: 10/10
78.New University Review: 5/5
79.Herald & Review MGS4 Review: 10/10
80.JV.org Review: 5/5
81.El33tOnline Review: 5/5
82.Crumahara Shop Review: 10/10
83.Avid Gamer Review: 10/10
84.Alternative Press Magazine Review: 5/5
85.Digital Life Review: 5/5
86.The Guardian Review: 5/5

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3.IGN: UK Review: 9.9/10

Six 9.8 Reviews As of Now And Updating.
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2.Strategy Informer Review: 9.8/10
3.Geeks At Large Review: 9.8/10
4.The Citizen Review: 98/100
5.PS3Blog Review: 9.8/10
6.Gamer 2.0 Review: 9.8/10

Two 9.7 Reviews As of Now And Updating.
1.Gamesmaster Review: 97/100
2.Chief (Belgium) Review: 9.7/10

Five 9.6 Reviews As of Now And Updating.
1.Dutch OPM Review: 96/100
2.Hobby Consolas Review: 9.6/10
3.Azstarnet Review: 9.6/10
4.SonyPS3News Review: 9.6/10
5.Cheat Code Central Review: 4.8/5

Fifthteen 9.5 Reviews As of Now And Updating.
1.TT Gamer Review: 9.5/10
2.Playfrance Review: 9.5/10
3.CVG Review: 9.5/10
4.Maxi Consolas (Portugal) Review: 9.5/10
5.IGN [Australia] Review: 9.5/10
6.GamersReports Review: 9.5/10
7.Destructoid Review: 9.5/10
8.Gameshark Review: 9.5/10
9.Gamezone Review: 9.5/10
10.Gameplanet Review: 9.5/10
11.The Sun Gizmo Review: 9.5/10
12.NJ Review: 9.5/10
13.TotalPlaystation Review: 9.5/10
14.VGC Review: 9.5/10
15.Platform Nation Review: 9.5/10

Four 9.4 Reviews As of Now And Updating.
1.Gamers Universe Review: 9.4/10
2.PSM3(Portuguese) Review: 94/100
3.Gamepire Review: 94/100
4.Gamed.nl Review: 9.4/10

Twentyfour Reviews With The Score of Inbetween 9.0 to 9.3 As of Now And Updating.
1.Gametrailers Review: 9.3/10
2.Casualgamer Review: 9.2/10
3.Associated Content Review: 91/100
4.Gamereactor Review: 9/10
5.PC Advisor Review: 4.5/5
6.Joypad (France) Review: 19/20
7.Gamesradar Review: 9/10
8.HardGame2 Review: 9/10
9.EliteGamer (Spain) Review: 9/10
10.VideoGamer Review: 9/10
11.1up Review: 9/10
12.GameSpy Review: 4.5/5
13.UGO Review: 9/10
14.GWN Review: 9/10
15.TrustedReviews Review: 9/10
16.TGR Review: 9/10
17.Gamersvision Review: 9/10
18.Gameargus Review: 4.5/5
19.Game Target Review: 9/10
20.Gamecell UK Review: 9/10
21.Gamer.tm Review: 9/10
22.Swedish Gamereactor Review: 9/10
23.GameAndPlayer Review: 4.5/5
24.ConsoleCreatures Review: 9/10

Four Reviews With Scores Inbetween 8.5 to 8.9 As of Now And Updating.
1.Los Angelas Times Review: 8.9/10
2.NZgamer Review: 8.5/10
3.JeuxVideo.FR Review: 8.5/10
4.Tomsgames Review: 8.5/10

Ten Reviews With Ratings of 8.0 and Under As of Now and Updating.
1.Eurogamer: 8/10
2.Edge: 8/10
3.TVG Review: 8/10
4.GamesTM: 8/10
5.GameDaily Review: 8/10
6.Boomtown Review: 8/10
7.Only The Games Review: 4/5
8.Play TM Review: 8/10
9.monstersandcritics.com Review: 79/100
10.Free Paper Review: 6/10
159 Reviews As of Right Now And Updating.

And out of 159 reviews only 14 of those reviews were way off on there reviews with biased scores.

145 reviewers gave MGS4 a well deserved AAA=AAAA score with 86 of those reviews giving MGS4 a perfect score. That is just amazing if u ask me.
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xbox Forever  +   2122d ago
@clintos59
I can't believe only 10 people were willing to give this game the score it deserves (between a 6 and a 8) and not be beaten down by the big review sites who have been clearly paid off by Sony.

And don’t kid yourself this game will come out on the 360 (a substance edition) but I hope Microsoft do the only decent thing and refuse to allow this.

Metal Gear Solid is the most OVERRATED SERIES OF ALL TIME
juuken  +   2122d ago
xbox Forever
And Halo, and Gears of War isn't? 360 owners overhype them to death.
Pulease, quit being jealous of MGS4.
xbox Forever  +   2122d ago
@juuken
1. it’s interesting that you should say I’m jealous as I own both a ps1 and a ps2 and never once felt the need to own an MGS game.

2. at least when Halo and Gears wear over hyped they were good games, YES GAMES, no some producers idea of what a game should (HINT, A MOVIE)

3. I thought you welcomed more to your ignore list, well it seems time for me to repay the favour, so welcome to my ignore list.

Oh yea and it’s the Manchester Guardian
juuken  +   2122d ago
"1. it’s interesting that you should say I’m jealous as I own both a ps1 and a ps2 and never once felt the need to own an MGS game."

Proves that you are jealous.

"2. at least when Halo and Gears wear over hyped they were good games, YES GAMES, no some producers idea of what a game should (HINT, A MOVIE)"

MGS4 is not a movie. It is not a game. It's an experience, and experience 360 owners will never have the pleasure of knowing. I'm quite sure that the rumors about 90 minute cutscenes were debunked, yes? How would you understand half of what's going on in the game if the cut scenes aren't informative? The cutscenes are mostly there for those who are not familiar with the MGS franchise, and for people who want to brush up on the history of the game.

So basically, you're saying that MGS4 is trash and Halo/Gears of War are the best games that ever existed. First of all, you know nothing about the MGS series so don't even try. Second of all, at least the developer of the game has a lot more respect than the developers at MS put together. And finally, it seems that the weakest argument 360 owners can use against MGS4 these days is that it's more like a movie than a game. I could have sworn I bought a game. I could have sworn I enjoyed the cutscenes because they were informative and kept me pumped up for the action.

Please, give it a rest.

"3. I thought you welcomed more to your ignore list, well it seems time for me to repay the favour, so welcome to my ignore list."

Boo-hoo, I'm crying! I honestly don't care who ignores me these days. It seems that 360 owners get angry with me for speaking the truth. I may have you on my ignore list but it doesn't stop me from pointing out the faults in your arguments.

"Oh yea and it’s the Manchester Guardian"

Whatever dude.
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Bubble and Squeek  +   2122d ago
@1.5
"Proves that you are jealous."

You'll have to explain that logic to us mere mortals who use reason...

"So basically, you're saying that MGS4 is trash and Halo/Gears of War are the best games that ever existed. "

He said nothing of the sort.

"I could have sworn I bought a game. "

What? You didn't buy an experience?

I think you were conned ...

"I may have you on my ignore list but it doesn't stop me from pointing out the faults in your arguments. "

You didn't point out any faults.

You just served up the same old boiler plate that those of us not in the church of Sony are tired of.
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juuken  +   2122d ago
"You'll have to explain that logic to us mere mortals who use reason..."

Constantly slamming disagree buttons, claiming that MGS4 is just a movie and nothing more...that smells like pure jealousy to me.

"He said nothing of the sort."

And yet he implied it. I should have used *implied*, so that was bad wording on my part.

"What? You didn't buy an experience?

I think you were conned ..."

MGS4 is a game. Playing MGS4 is an experience. Get it right. And no, I don't believe I was *conned* as you so put it. I'm pretty good so thanks for asking.

"You didn't point out any faults."

Oh yes I did. Do a little something called *reading* 1. He's claiming the game is a *movie* when it isn't. 2. He claims that Gears and Halo are good games and MGS4 is just a movie.

"You just served up the same old boiler plate that those of us not in the church of Sony are tired of."

And yet 360 owners do the same exact thing in the church of MS. Your point being?
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Bubble and Squeek  +   2122d ago
"Constantly slamming disagree buttons, claiming that MGS4 is just a movie and nothing more...that smells like pure jealousy to me. "

Doesn't say jealousy to me. What would he be jealous of if he has the system?

"And yet he implied it. I should have used *implied*, so that was bad wording on my part. "

No he didn't. He merely said they were "good." "Good" of course, being a far cry from "the best games that ever existed."

"MGS4 is a game. Playing MGS4 is an experience. Get it right. And no, I don't believe I was *conned* as you so put it. I'm pretty good so thanks for asking."

I was being deliberately flippant but nvmndwtvr

"Oh yes I did. Do a little something called *reading* 1. He's claiming the game is a *movie* when it isn't. 2. He claims that Gears and Halo are good games and MGS4 is just a movie. "

I can read fine that you. And I daresay my reading comprehension is better then yours. Dylexia or no. (1) I seem to be able to understand he isn't being entirely literal when calling it a "movie." With (2) that is personal opinion no? And I see no reason why Halo and GOW shouldn't be considered "good" games, given the critical and popular reaction to them.

Admittedly, they aren't my cup of earl grey, but I don't play them and they aren't aimed towards me so that is largely irrelevant.

"And yet 360 owners do the same exact thing in the church of MS. Your point being?"

My point being that you just gave the standard, by rote response rather then point out any particular flaws in his argument.

I thought that was fairly obvious...

"But they do it too..." is not a sound debating strategy and is almost certainly a logical fallacy.
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juuken  +   2122d ago
"Doesn't say jealousy to me. What would he be jealous of if he has the system?"

Has what system? The PS3? Highly doubtful. It seems that anyone would claim that they have a PS3 and claim that they bought MGS4 these days. He said that he had a PS1 and a PS2 and had no intention of owning any MGS game.

"No he didn't. He merely said they were "good." "Good" of course, being a far cry from "the best games that ever existed.""

Good isn't a good enough word for MGS4. It's an excellent game, nuff' said. And he also stated that sites were paid off by Sony. I find that very hard to believe, considering that many magazine sites and sources have claimed that this is Kojima's best work.

"I was being deliberately flippant but nvmndwtvr"

Oh dear, I must have missed that.

"I can read fine that you. And I daresay my reading comprehension is better then yours. Dylexia or no. (1) I seem to be able to understand he isn't being entirely literal when calling it a "movie." With (2) that is personal opinion no? And I see no reason why Halo and GOW shouldn't be considered "good" games, given the critical and popular reaction to them."

I daresay that my reading comprehension is just fine. What he said there was a bit unnecessary. It is a personal opinion but it also holds a sense of jealousy. I can tell when someone is jealous of something. They don't have to say it outright but they hide it behind words. Just like he claimed that MGS is overrated, Sony paid people to give high marks, yada, yada, yada. Typical trash talking.

"Admittedly, they aren't my cup of earl grey, but I don't play them and they aren't aimed towards me so that is largely irrelevant."

Good for you. MGS games aren't for everyone, especially for people who don't have something called *patience*.

"My point being that you just gave the standard, by rote response rather then point out any particular flaws in his argument.

I thought that was fairly obvious..."

Again, *read*. You're not reading properly. You mean to tell me you found nothing wrong with his first statement towards the guy who pointed out all the high marks for MGS4?

""But they do it too..." is not a sound debating strategy and is almost certainly a logical fallacy."

Thanks for analyzing that but that's not what I was trying to get at.
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Bubble and Squeek  +   2122d ago
"Has what system? The PS3? Highly doubtful. It seems that anyone would claim that they have a PS3 and claim that they bought MGS4 these days."

He has a PS3.

Also sales of MGS4 are what... 1.3 million at last count or somewhere in that region.

Sales of PS3 are much higher. I think it is fair to assume a lot of PS3 owners don't own it.

"Good isn't a good enough word for MGS4. It's an excellent game, nuff' said"

"Good" was a word used to describe the other two games (the Xbox 360 one's). He was less charitable about MGS4.

"I daresay that my reading comprehension is just fine. What he said there was a bit unnecessary. It is a personal opinion but it also holds a sense of jealousy. I can tell when someone is jealous of something. They don't have to say it outright but they hide it behind words. "

I mean this as politely as possible. But I think you need to work on your reading comprehension.

"Again, *read*."

Umm, I did. You asked what my point was... So I reiterated it.

I even reread your original post. And all I saw was boiler plate. Sorry.

"Thanks for analyzing that but that's not what I was trying to get at."

'tis what you got with including:
"And yet 360 owners do the same exact thing in the church of MS"
juuken  +   2122d ago
"He has a PS3."

Um...no he doesn't. He never said he had a PS3. You didn't read his comment so quit arguing. He said that he owns a PS1 and a PS2. He never felt the need to own MGS. Either I'm blind or you can't seem to read. Which is it? He dissed MGS4, and then claimed that he's not jealous of the game because he never felt the need to own the MGS series.

"Also sales of MGS4 are what... 1.3 million at last count or somewhere in that region.

Sales of PS3 are much higher. I think it is fair to assume a lot of PS3 owners don't own it."

I think it's fair to say that you're pulling numbers out of nowhere, and this has nothing to do with our debate. I have a PS3. I own all four MGS games. I bought MGS4 because I am semi-new to the series and I want to learn more about playing it. I'm annoyed with myself for not picking this up when my PS1 was still hooked up. Seriously, did you ask every PS3 owner if they had MGS4?

I think not.

""Good" was a word used to describe the other two games (the Xbox 360 one's). He was less charitable about MGS4."

He should have kept it to himself. I am sick and tired of seeing MGS haters constantly bring this game down, and YET when someone says Halo and Gears of War are just *good* games, a whole bunch of disagreeing and stupid comments ensue.

"I mean this as politely as possible. But I think you need to work on your reading comprehension."

No, I strongly suggest you work on *your* reading comprehension.

"Umm, I did. You asked what my point was... So I reiterated it.

I even reread your original post. And all I saw was boiler plate. Sorry."

Weaksauce. That is all.

"'tis what you got with including:
"And yet 360 owners do the same exact thing in the church of MS""

I brought that up because you shouldn't have brought that up in the first place. It had nothing to do with the conversation.

I'm sorry, but you're trying to act smart but in reality, your arguments against me are very flawed.
Madgunner  +   2122d ago
XBOX FOREVER
YOU SIR are an ASSHOLE
CaptainHowdy  +   2122d ago
juken
How could you come down on something you've NEVER played
juuken  +   2122d ago
And CaptainHowdy
how can 360 owners come down on a game THEY'VE never played?
Please, don't use that logic with me.
Bubble and Squeek  +   2121d ago
"Um...no he doesn't. He never said he had a PS3. You didn't read his comment so quit arguing. He said that he owns a PS1 and a PS2. He never felt the need to own MGS. Either I'm blind or you can't seem to read. Which is it? He dissed MGS4, and then claimed that he's not jealous of the game because he never felt the need to own the MGS series."

He has. Trust me. I've seen it.

Now, I'm sure that might not convince you. But think for a second. Why would I lie about it?

"I think it's fair to say that you're pulling numbers out of nowhere, and this has nothing to do with our debate. I have a PS3. [...] Seriously, did you ask every PS3 owner if they had MGS4?"

I don't need to ask every PS3 owner. Applying simple mathematics is all that is needed.

I feel you missed the point. I wasn't going for exact sales numbers. Just ballpark figures. The number of copies of MGS4 sold (or shipped) is far below the number of PS3s that have been sold. Whether that number is 1.3 million or 3 million is neither here nor there. It is far below the 12-13 million (or whatever) PS3s that have been sold.

x < y

"I brought that up because you shouldn't have brought that up in the first place. It had nothing to do with the conversation."

Why not? You claimed you pointed out flaws. I claimed you pointed out nothing other then the party line.

That is relevant.

Your first reply (1.3):

"And Halo, and Gears of War isn't? 360 owners overhype them to death.
Pulease, quit being jealous of MGS4."

Is pretty much "Nu-uh, you're just jealous." It points out absolutely not flaws, just answers one subjective assertion with another.

And the second just continued in that vein.

You could have simply pointed out the flaws by going "your assertions are unfounded and you [xboxforever] are a troll." Instead of replying in kind.

It is clear that he wasn't being particularly serious, the "...paid off by Sony." Should have given it away. That claim mirroring the one trotted out by anti-Xbox peeps with unnerving regularity if an Xbox game scores well.
CaptainHowdy  +   2121d ago
my bad juuken
i was refering to the xbot
timmyrulz  +   2122d ago
I think you missed a couple

Daily Planet 11/10
Daily Bugle 10/10
Gotham express 13/10

The game is weeks old now, enough already, PLEASE
Veryangryxbot  +   2122d ago
Jealousy is a biatch.
MGS4 > 360s library COMBINED.

Xenogears > 360s entire arcade and LIVE collection COMBINED.
heyheyhey  +   2122d ago
i don't really like you, but

that was funny, bubbles
timmyrulz  +   2122d ago
Ok then very angry xbot what ever you say......... Why would people be jealous, its not that difficult to go out and buy the game
timmyrulz  +   2122d ago
@heyheyhey
Cheers buddy :) (i dont care for you too much either but hey, in real life you may be a great guy!)
azmanmanz  +   2122d ago
PS3 Owners!!! What r u waiting for??? Go go ======> buy MSG4
heyheyhey  +   2122d ago
we're similar you and me

it's one thing that seperates us... and that's consoles... kinda sad really- i should stop being a fanboy
paul_war  +   2122d ago
What people don't know, is that the first picture they had up for this review was actually of Crysis!

Ah... The Guardain
beavis4play  +   2122d ago
just when did SC ever hold title of "best stealth game"? it's always been MGS first and all the "pretenders" below it.
ianp622  +   2122d ago
I was wondering the same thing. Splinter Cell has usually been a shooting gallery of lightbulbs.
plumpness  +   2122d ago
@xbox forever
"can't believe only 10 people were willing to give this game the score it deserves (between a 6 and a 8) and not be beaten down by the big review sites who have been clearly paid off by Sony."

so you're saying that 94% of the people who have reviewed this game are corrupt and have been paid off by sony? im sorry but that doenst seem very logical to me maybe the score it deserved was the one it got?

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