IGN: Metal Gear Solid 4 Review

Twenty-one years ago, the gaming world was introduced to a hero: a soldier that fought alone against impossible odds to save the world. Over time, the hero grew into a legend that changed the gaming landscape and redefined stealth action games with his epic battles. After more than two decades of service, Solid Snake is finally receiving an honorable discharge in the latest chapter in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. While this is Snake's final mission, he isn't going quietly into that good night, nor is he being constrained by previous titles. Indeed, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots shatters the proverbial bar, becoming a technical, cinematic and gaming standard that future action and stealth titles will be judged by. It's been a long time coming, but this game is a true classic and a masterpiece from Hideo Kojima, Kojima Productions and Konami.

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pwnsause3780d ago

IGN, Greatest game of all time confirmed, have the balls to to give the game the same rating as GTAIV, now the most trusted news on the net

will113780d ago

too bad xbox will never get this game cause it uses all the space on the 50gb ps3 disk and xbox only has 9gb

Veryangryxbot3780d ago

OPM UK: 10/10
Level: 10/10
Gamepro: 10/10
Gamesreactor: 10/10
Famitsu: 40/40
Gameinformer: 10/10
IGN US: 10/10
IGN UK: 9.9/10
OPM US: 10/10
Jeuxvideo: 10/10
1UP: 9.5

Hey look Metacritics 9.4 based on SEVENTEEN reviews

Famitsu review, Level review, Jeuxvideo review not taken into account. 1UP counted as 9.1 instead of 9.5.


FAQS3780d ago

Q: Wow 10/10 from IGN?
A: Yes, it's confirmed as the Best Game of All Time...that was really a great move of IGN...I'm so jealous of you guys, because I do not have the game sad!

sunnygrg3780d ago

"Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the best reason to own a PlayStation 3 thus far."

Time to move to the true next-gen.

theKiller3779d ago

good tracking, yeah metacritics becoming garbage!!
bubbles for u!

like ur humor! every time i see ur Q's and A's makes me lough!!
bubble for u too!

Sir_Ken_Kutaragi3779d ago

METACRITICS??? I'll rename them Micro$oftCRITICS!!! ;-D

Next-gen STARTS NOW!!! ;-P
(+Good Bubbles for all PS3 fans!!!) ;)

chaosatom3333779d ago

No! hahhahahahahahhahahhahahahahha hahahahha.

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Surfman3780d ago (Edited 3780d ago )

Yeah Baby. I was wondering if a non-biased website still exist on this damn internet, and i think IGN is probably one of the best reviewer.
Now i wonder how Eurogamer, Gamedaily and GameTrailers feels.

LeSouteneur3780d ago

****ing FANTASTIC!!! After playing this game for 9 hours straight and taking my 3rd break from the game (sad, I know ;) hehe) it truly deserved it.

Bigrhyno3780d ago

Ya I am 3 hours in so I can't comment too much. But based on that and a little MGO, I am super impressed.

killax35633780d ago

10 point 0 baby....that's what I'm talking about.

Hopefully GS gives the game at least a 9.0.

iamtehpwn3780d ago

you've redeemed yourself for the great sin of giving GTA IV a 10.

pharmd3780d ago

yeah its about time and finally worth it!!!!!

not that i follow reviews but still...

finally Kojima gets the credit he deserved, great game!!!


mikeslemonade3780d ago

Woohoo IGN my favorite new site.

sonarus3780d ago

Hahahha. IGN strikes again.

joydestroy3780d ago

sweet. yeah i'm only 3hrs in or so as well.
i can admit it's the best game i've played in my entire life, no exaggeration. so very addictive.

pharmd3780d ago

@scentless apprentice

i love that saying, i use it all the time....

good call!!!!

MikeGdaGod3780d ago (Edited 3780d ago )

i've been play on and off since 12AM this morning so i'm giving it a rest until the Celtics/Lakers game goes off. i wanna keep playing but my eyes are BURNING!!!!!

most incredible game i've ever played. and i'm not even finished with ACT II yet.


Celtics all the way! Kobe is the best player in the NBA, but he's also a crybaby, punk-ass, fake, lame-ass, b!tch. he's also a horrible teammate and leader. i've never seen a MVP act the way he does. he puts down his teammates and is a poor example at being a superstar.

sorry for the rant. i'll admit that he's the best player in the league right now, but i'd never root for him. he took himself out a playoff game two years ago because he was mad at Phil, he told the police he should've paid off the girl like Shaq does after he caught that rape case in Denver, he doesn't hang out with his teammates, and he let his wife come out the house looking like a clown when he accepted his MVP trophy (seriously did you see what she was wearing wtf!!!). i could go on and on. i'm rooting for those that give their all in every game.

KG ftw!!!


did you guys see that part in the game when the girl was cooking the eggs? i really wondered if that was game graphics or actual video. amazing

ScentlessApprentice73780d ago

Who you rooting for? I'm apart of Laker Nation baby!

The Lazy One3780d ago

but that video review sucked A$$. it didn't review anything. It just said what was already said and sucked kojima's balls.

I don't care if the game got a 10; I'm completely fine with that, but review the flipping game. I think in the whole review the only gameplay mechanic he actually "reviewed" or "criticized" was the instant ammo, which was a bullshit stance on it, because it will completely change the game for the average gamer. People could run through gears using only the chainsaw, but people don't; it's the same concept.

Game deserves a 10, but that review still [email protected] sucked.

Michael Jackson3780d ago

Wooooohoooo! I am totally stoked for this game! Props for IGN, for being true gamers and reviewers.

meepmoopmeep3780d ago (Edited 3780d ago )

"Is it possible to give a game an 11? If so, this would be the game that would merit that score."

well deserved.

i've been playing for 10+ hrs and not even finished Act 2 o_O
Game of the FOREVER!
"yeah, i went there!"

sonarus3780d ago

Game of the forever indeed.

I am also on a break for finals game. Lakers for the FTW!:D

shazam3780d ago

they had the balls to give 2 10s in the same year, within 2 months of eachother. even though gta4 is far from a 10.

Genki3780d ago

I'll remember that when the next high profile title doesn't get at least a 9 from them. 9 because it seems that the sheeple, both XBox and PS3, don't tolerate scores lower than a 9 for their favorite games.

Insecurity really rules the roost around this place.

I wonder when gamers are gonna start having fun with their hobby again and quit taking ownership, sides, and pride in games. SNES and Genesis had a pretty fierce rivalry, but at least the owners and fans were down to earth.

MikeGdaGod3780d ago


down 24 and they still came back to crush the Lakers

oh yea on-topic, i love MGS4

interrergator3780d ago

noone realy cares about eurogamers kuz they bunch of mgs haters

ScentlessApprentice73780d ago

Damn Hideo Kojima is a F'n genius. He better make some more games beyond this or else I'm going to go ballistic on everyone (JK). I would even go as far to say that Kojima is as good as Shiguri (did I spell that right?) Miyamoto of Nintendo fame, but Kojima is better because he doesn't make childish sh*t like Nintendo products.

Millah3780d ago

@ Scentlessapprentice: Its Shigeru Miyamoto....but Miyamoto doesn't make games as good as he used to make them. He hasn't made a game as great as Zelda OOT, since, well OOT. Hes not even as active as a developer as he once was. He did help with the Wii and Wii fit ideas though. He hasn't made a new IP for Nintendo since Pikmin. Don't get me wrong, Mario Galaxy was great, but he didn't have the same kind of role he used to have in his n64 days and it still really doesn't have the same feeling of wonder his N64 games had. So Kojima easily trumphs Miyamoto nowadays.

Alvadr3780d ago

This is the best time to be a PS3 owner. 2 AAAAAAAAAAA titles in a space of 2 months.

Plus a nice stream of titles for the rest of the year, happy times...

jtucker783780d ago (Edited 3780d ago )

@Millah - You're right about Miyamoto. He didn't even come up with Galaxy. One of the other nintendo bods did (forget who).
Miyamoto's role in Galaxy was to hold the thumbs up and say "Yes, I'm happy for you to go ahead with that idea."
He was involved at various decision stages, but he didn't come up with the ideas.

Recently Miyamoto has just released attrocities like Wii Sports and Wii Fit.
Well done for getting casuals into gaming, but Wii Fit and Wii Sports are pretty crap.

theKiller3779d ago

i will check their site more often now than before!!
damn baby thats a good score from a big site!!

but i still think MGS4 should get 11/10!!!
its the game of the century!!!

LJWooly3779d ago

While I think this game deserves a 10 too, I have to agree with Genki (bubble to you, by the way). You're all far too quick to dismiss a site as biased when they say what you don't want to hear, but when IGN, who recently came under criticism for giving Haze a 4.5 and GTA4 a 10, give a game the score you want it to get, suddenly they're magically redeemed.

Believe me, I'm a huge, huge MGS fan, and I agree with the score IGN gave the game, but I don't allow my opinion to be as easily swayed as you lot. People need to start thinking for themselves and enjoy their games, regardless of what the "professionals" think. The magical ability to think for ourselves seems to be a dwindling quality these days, which is a damned shame.

Reviews mean nothing. Why? Because no matter what a game scores in reviews, it doesn't change what comes on the disc, and you're still going to be playing the same bloody game.

Legion3779d ago

By non-biased, you mean someone that agrees with you? Ha... that is funny. They write something you don't like, you flame. They write something you do like and they are the saviors of gaming journalism. So funny. lol

Maldread3779d ago

I agree with you both. A site isn`t biased just because it dosn`t give your favorite game a 10. Seems some people have forgotten that a 9, or even 8 is a good score. If one game should get a 10 though, i`m sure MGS4 would be qualified for it.

But i do feel a lot of reviews aren`t very consistent with their reviews and subtract a lot more for some games over small issues, and let others slip by without remarks. I often feel that the score dosn`t always match the things they highlighted in the reviews either, which is why i read reviews too and not just look at the scores. I do feel that if one wants to criticize a review though, they should start with arguing why that aspect is scored unfairly, than just saying sites are biased.

Nothing beats playing the game for themselves though as LJWooly said. I actually can`t play MGS4 because none of the stores had a PS3. They had MGS4, but not a PS3. So close, but yet so far, i suppose. Hope all who has both a PS3 and MGS4 enjoys it though. I`ll just have to wait some more :(

solidt123779d ago

The guy that said this game deserves a 11/10 wasn't exaggerating. I think this game deserves a 12/10. This is easily the best game I have ever played times 10. I don't think any game will ever be able to top it and that is my complete unbiased opinion.

Nineball21123779d ago

It's probably old news by now, but Gamespot gave it a perfect 10! I was shocked... Heh.

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Jim Crowslaw3780d ago

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! I LOVE YOU JEFF HAYNES. AH MAN SOMEONE PLEASE GO TO IGN.COM AND LOOK AT MY SIGNATURE (my username is Bland8425) and in my signiture it says the 3 predictions i have about gaming. So far 2 of em have come true. 1. GTIV will get a 10 from IGN USA and now this!!!! im about to open up a business.

iight lemme calm down but, yes excellent review, didnt even read cuz im currently in the middle of the game (got it on Big Boss mode for u chumps) and having the time of my life. MGS FTW

LeSouteneur3780d ago

All hail Jeff Haynes!

Remember when he gave Haze that 4.5 and every PS3 fanboy hated him? Well, talk about a love-hate relationship!

Woohoo!! Well deserved score!!

MikeGdaGod3780d ago

dude, your avatar is off the chain!!!

SKUD3780d ago

That avatar is PHAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. +ONE MILLION BUBBLES!!!!. LOL!.

drtysouf 213780d ago (Edited 3780d ago )

Where are the naysayers now?

Condoleezza Rice3780d ago

Probably scouting GameSpot,praying that they give the game a score less than a 9,not realizing that after this review-anything less than a 9 will be laughed at.

Excuse me,I have to go laugh at GameDaily.

rogimusprime3780d ago

where is that sorry B***h the Mart at?

oh yeah, hopefully you guys all got the bundle too. It's pretty hefty.

I only had to wait in a parking lot in front of target for an hour to get it.

Pretty anti-climactic. No one showed up but me....until I bought the bundle...then about 4 kids showed up. They got 8 in total, which was better than the 5 systems so-called "gamestop" said they were getting.

Go Target, Go Kojima.

PirateThom3780d ago

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots = Game of the Year

SacT0wnF1n3st3780d ago (Edited 3780d ago )

Niiiice! LOL

Black_Jack3779d ago

lol its like the same feeling as seeing my first child born again!!! only kojima is delivering it!!!

shelbygt333779d ago

So far it's a great game (although I am annoyed at the cut scenes), but there are plenty of GOTY contenders still yet to come. You never know what will happen, and I for one will not cast my vote until the time comes.

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