GeekParty's Shelby Reiches writes: "Metal Gear Solid 4 may not be as well-rounded an entry as its predecessor, Snake Eater, but it certainly stands as one of the most affecting games I’ve played in recent memory. No, it isn’t a Heavy Rain with realistic and sympathetic characters. It doesn’t have the subtle hand of BioShock Infinite. On the contrary, this is a game that takes a direct, even awkward, approach to its storytelling. At times, it goes beyond that and teeters on the brink of outright insanity."