Reviewed by Chris Kohler, he writes:
"Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a giant leap forward for technical achievement and cinematic presentation in videogames. Gameplay, not so much.
Don't get me wrong: The gameplay is as riveting as ever while you're sneaking superagent Solid Snake behind enemy lines for one last stealth mission. But it's clear that the action has taken a back seat to the in-game movie scenes. It's not hyperbole, not even a little, to call these the best non-interactive moments ever seen in a videogame. But they take up well over half the game, and toward the final hours, the movie-to-game ratio approaches something more like 80/20.
Since we're running late with this review -- the game shipped June 12, but I only finished playing it this week -- I've decided to explicitly discuss a lot of things that might be considered spoilers. If you want to remain untainted by knowledge, read no further."