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BeaArthur

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User Review : Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Ups
  • Great blend of stealth action gameplay{Good story that ties up loose ends{One of the best looking games available
Downs
  • Later levels lack content{Too many cut scenes that are too long

A game or a movie?

Not since Halo 3 have I seen so much hype surrounding one game. For anyone interested in video games Metal Gear Solid 4 (MGS4) was a unavoidable part of your daily routine. I won't lie, I bought into the hype as well and was right there picking it up the first day it released. During my time with Metal Gear Solid I developed mixed emotions about it before coming to my conclusion.

If you have ever read any of my reviews, typically I dedicate this section to giving a plot summary without spoiling the story. Unfortunately Metal Gear Solid 4 is way too lengthy and convoluted to sum up in just a paragraph. Just incase you haven't read any of the other 100 reviews for this game I'll give you a brief synopsis. Metal Gear Solid 4 is the last ride of Solid Snake (the world’s greatest spy) in his fight to save the world. Before you play MGS4 you should think long and hard about whether or not you like to watch cut scenes. I say this because a majority of your time spent playing MGS4 will not actually be spent playing the game. Now this is not to say that MGS4 doesn’t tell a good story, it just features too much filler and has too many loose ends to tie up. Don’t be surprised if your second time through the game includes you hitting start and selecting skip every time a cut scene begins.

Metal Gear Solid 4 has some of the best stealth action gameplay I have experienced to date. The first two levels are as close to perfection for a stealth action game as I have ever seen. What is also great about MGS4 is the way in which you can upgrade and unlock a plethora of weapons and attachments. Combine that with the ability to approach every situation differently and you have a game that is fun and fresh even after multiple play throughs.

Not to beat a dead horse but MGS4 is way too heavy on the cut scenes. The last time I checked I have never spent $60 for a movie. As great as the first couple of levels are, you can’t say the same for the final few. The final few levels consist of a lot of cut scenes and gameplay that is not as engrossing as the introductory levels. Metal Gear Solid 4 also features boss fights that range from too easy (even on the harder difficulty settings) to frustrating and annoying.

When it’s all said and done, MGS4 is a game that at times proves why the series is so revered, and at other times makes you wonder how it has had so many sequels. I would still consider it a must play for any gaming fan, and it’s still one of the best games on the console. Hopefully the next installment will feature more gameplay and less cinema.

Score
9.3
Graphics
The first two levels are perfect but the game tails off from there. The final 3 acts are not nearly as entertaining.
10.0
Sound
Truly spectacular. Character models look great, and the environments are diverse and rendered well.
9.5
Gameplay
Some corny dialogue ruins what would otherwise be flawless voice over work. The in game sound track however is everything you would come to suspect from a title of this caliber.
8.8
Fun Factor
A fun game that looses points because of the relentless barrage of cut scenes. I mean I love a great story in a game as much as the next person but I wanted a game not another Blu-ray.
7.8
Online
The actual gameplay is pretty fun, but the matchmaking is annoying and signing up is ridiculous.
Overall
9.1
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Dragunov4662d ago

As much as i'm a fan of the MGS series the last chapters are a bit short in gameplay terms. Good review, but for me is a 10, the best game of this generation whitout doubt

BeaArthur4662d ago

I would say that it is possibly the best PS3 exclusive but definitely not the best game of the generation.