PSW via CVG, 6-Jan-2008 - "The pad sat in our hands; we eagerly tapped at the buttons in a vein attempt to speed up the loading process. The Konami rep to our right was into his rehearsed sales patter - something about history of the series or Kojima has total control - when the game finally booted up. Loading over, the screen brightened to reveal Old Snake crouched among the debris of a Middle Eastern town and we were in."
"The bad news first: this is the same level we played at the Tokyo Games Show four months ago, the same Middle Eastern war zone, the same grey ruins, the same glimpse at the Metal Gear MKII robot quirkily controlled by Snake using a PS3. So, same old, same old? Not quite. We're not sweating it out at a Tokyo trade show, the throng isn't crowding us and the nice man from Konami isn't pressuring us for time. We have time to explore the game."