Boomtown Reviews: Metal Gear Solid 4

If it aint broke, there's no harm in tweaking it a bit to make it better, right? Well certain gameplay enhancements have been made to the latest in the franchise. Now set in 2014, weapons are ID tagged to specific soldiers, so that you can't use any old item you pick up off enemies unless you have it hacked, which is easy to get done, by Drebin, a war profiteer that will do it for a modest fee in Drebin points, easily acquired by the automatic selling of excess guns to him. It's a clever way of making sure that whatever enemies use, you will be staggered and slowly develop when it comes to the power of your weapons.

If you're coming to Metal Gear Solid 4 from the rest of the franchise, you probably know what you're getting yourself in to with respect to long cinematics and story extrapolation, and the amount in this game is certainly comparable to previous games in the franchise. Indeed, it seems like they've replaced the majority of the long codec conversations with well made cinematics but the problem is that there seems to be less game to be padded by these cutscenes, so they seem to be a larger proportion of the overall experience.

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pwnsause3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

oh god, another shoddy reviewer giving gameplay a 6 out of 10. and durability. seriously people dont trust these sites.

Lyan3965d ago

I've played through the game twice now. First time I immersed myself in everything; enjoyed all of the cut scenes, explored every level, swept myself in the story. The problem I realized was revealed in my second play through. I was able to sneak through "nearly" every level and tried to kill as few people as possible, including every beauty/beast, and did all of it in a very minimal amount of time. The game play was a very minor aspect of the game while the rest of it was a movie. It made me realize how little interaction there was with it, which is what games are about.

I don't think it deserves as low as an 8, but its definitely not a perfect game imo. Looking forward to trying out the online portion, which seems to barely mentioned in the review and in a negative light.

SickNick853965d ago

it's fanboy ridiculus review...i play mgs4 the second chapter of five i play for TEN Hour...if they give a 6 for a 25 hour game leght they give 2 to Halo 3 and Gears of war...

Gameplay is sublime but any fanboy attack everything...

Sez 3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

the reason they didn't give halo 3 a 2 out of 10 was because you can actually play the game with some cutscreen. with MGS4 you have 80% cut screens and 20% gameplay. yes i own the game since thurday night and i am at act5 (old sun).

@below. whatever help you sleep at night.

Veryangryxbot3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

I think you are full of shiat as the lengthy cutscenes doesnot bother anyone at all.

@everyone else
dont trust these biased sites. You want an impartial review?
Try my user review

TheExecutive3965d ago

80% to 20% is a complete exaggeration. Go find something else to do

Sez 3965d ago

you know what maybe i did exaggerate with the 80% CS and 20% gameplay. i forgot that you can push the X and L1 botton in the middle of the cutscreen. so it's really 78% cutscreens and 22% gameplay.

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Silogon3965d ago

Boomtown huh? Never heard of them but that's not uncommon for these low MGS4 scores because all sites who are nobodies love to stir the pot to get some placement in the world of somebodies.

Johnny Cullen3965d ago

Just another site looking to be part of the 1337 club of 8's given to MGS4 which is filled by Eurogamer and GameDaily (I aint gonna diss Edge, thats the gaming bible of Europe...and I say that with caution as there actually is a preist sitting behind me as I write this xD)

STARS3965d ago (Edited 3965d ago )

Heh, looks like your "gaming bible of Europe" dropped the proverbial ball then, as did these jokers (6 for gameplay?! GTFO!) Because this game is certainly no 8/10. If anybody has any doubts, play it for yourself. It's a masterpiece and nothing less. I guess some websites are just in need of some hits apparently.

ice_prophecy3965d ago

I do get tired of pasting this.

"Eurogamer contributors include PC Gamer, Games TM and Edge magazine writers such as Oliver Welsh (Edge), Kieron Gillen (PC Gamer/ Edge), Jim Rossignol (PC Gamer/ Edge), John Walker (PC Gamer), Simon Parkin (Edge), Alec Meer (PC Gamer), Richard Leadbetter (Mean Machines), Dan Whitehead, Keza MacDonald (Games TM), and David McCarthy (Edge, MCV), as well as former editor Rob Fahey. Additionally, a number of regular contributors to the site write under pseudonyms (such as Egon Superb)."

-Wikipedia (Line 1, Paragraph 4)

But please do get over it :)

Tryst3965d ago

Sorry Jonhnny, but I have to disagree here.

EDGE has given the following games 8's...

Gears of War,

The first two games went on to win game of the year, and MSG4 might just do that as well. But the same magazine went on to give Halo3 and GTA4 10's - the most over hyped games that have come out over the last year. Now for a magazine to not appreciate when a stunning game comes out, for its standards, is not accepted and for this reason EDGE has gone to the crap pan for me.

Edge is clearly getting funds from the publishers that it gives 10's.

Kaneda3965d ago

"I still loved the experience, couldn’t wait to play more, and am playing through again (keeping my unlocked items and Drebin Points) for fun"..

if the gameplay is that bad.. you go back to play COD4.. you don't play again..

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IzKyD13313965d ago

oh boy, everyone who gives this game an 8 just doesnt get the game...

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