By Jeremy Jastrzab
27 Jun, 2008
After what seemed like an eternity in development, Hideo Kojima's latest, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots finally hits the Playstation 3. While the series has had a mixed reception over the years, this time Kojima has nailed it, and sends his series out with a bang. In short, the game is a spectacle that fulfils the promises once made, provides an experience that far exceeds its predecessors and finishes off the story with aplomb.
MGS4 takes six games worth of story and wraps it up nicely, as absolutely everything is tied together well - no stone is left unturned and no questions are left unanswered. It also still manages to throw in plenty new questions and twists, right up until the end of the epilogue. Past experience is not a pre-requisite to enjoy the game (though fans are more likely to get it), as the events of past games are summarised through out. the basic premise is the last stand by a rapidly ageing Solid Snake (referred to now as Old Snake) against the elusive Liquid Ocelot. You're going to be sitting through a fair number of exaggerated story sequences, this is a Metal Gear game after all, and Kojima bravely (stubbornly?) sticks to his chops.
The only way to describe Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is that it's a unique masterpiece. Kojima sticks to his guns, (finally?) gets the formula 'right' and answers all, in one of the best experiences of the HD era yet. Never before has a game been so expensive looking but polished, had such an epic story behind it or such focused yet dynamic gameplay. For those who have been craving the defining experience on the PS3, this is it.