Genre: Action Developer: Konami Publisher: Konami Classification: TBC Release Date: To be advised (future release) Platforms:PS3
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The Good bits
Fun, involving gameplay
You’re not forced to be stealthy
Story is fully fleshed out and explained for new and old players
The Bad stuff
Hour long cut-scenes
In-jokes lost on newcomers
Sunny - I hate Sunny
As a giant fan of the Metal Gear Solid series, the in-jokes overwhelming Metal Gear Solid 4 aren’t lost on me. I’m the kind of person Hideo Kojima was thinking of when he put these things into the game. I have to wonder though – what would I think if I was new to the series? Why does Solid Snake – sorry, Old Snake – go onto a battlefield without any weapons? He’s on his way to assassinate a guy and he hits up the battlefield with cattle prod/knife.
Fans would know the mission is OSP - on-site procurement – and that’s just how Snake rolls. There are even more things not immediately obvious to newcomers though, and it makes me wonder how much a greenhorn would get out of the game – if anything.
If you’re a fan of the Metal Gear series and you haven’t already got MGS 4 stop reading this review, sell your car/house/kidneys for a PS3 and a copy of the game and take time off work. Metal Gear Solid 4 is everything you want and then a little more. Otherwise, read on.
The Metal Gear series has always been a stealthy series – Metal Gear made it into the Guinness Book of Record: Games Edition for being the father of the stealth game – and from a perfectionist’s standpoint MGS 4 is no different. Unlike previous games in the series however, this doesn’t mean you can’t just run and gun. On lower levels you could run from one end of the game to the other, and on higher difficulty levels you can usually get away with being seen.
Five Things you won’t know about Metal Gear Solid 4 if you haven’t played the previous games.
(Disclaimer – Don’t read ahead if you’re planning on playing the previous Metal Gear games… Spoilers ahoy! Nothing is spoiled from MGS 4 however.)
1.Otacon. That glasses wearing lab coat guy who is always in contact with Snake – his name is Hal “Otacon” Emmerich. Old Snake and Otacon are best friends ever since Old Snake saved Otacon’s life from a Cyborg Ninja (named Gray Fox) in the first Metal Gear Solid. In the second MGS game it was revealed that Otacon’s father committed suicide upon finding out that Otacon and his Step-Mother were having an affair. He’s the ultimate nerd champion – a self confessed “anime otaku” and robot designer who is irresistible to women whether he knows it or not.
2.Liquid Ocelot. This one’s a doozy. Liquid Ocelot, the boss character in Metal Gear Solid 4, is a combination of Liquid Snake and Revolver Ocelot. Liquid Snake is Solid Snake’s twin brother, and the primo bad guy in Metal Gear Solid. Revolver Ocelot is a friend of Liquid and Solid Snakes’ dad – Big Boss - and the son of the Big Boss’ mentor, The Boss. Revolver Ocelot loses his arm to Gray Fox in Metal Gear Solid and attaches Liquid Snake’s arm in its place. In Metal Gear Solid 2 Liquid Snakes personality overwhelms Revolver Ocelot – creating Liquid Ocelot.
3.Naomi Hunter. The Doctor assisting Liquid Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 4 has worked against Snake before. In the first Metal Gear Solid she injected Solid Snake with a modified version of the FoxDie virus used to kill Liquid Snake – she did this to avenge her adoptive brother… Gray Fox. The modified virus she injects Snake with doesn’t kill him however because she sets it to trigger at random – and it never does.
4.Metal Gear. The Metal Gear from the games’ name is taken from the nuclear weapons platform the enemies are attempting to take control of in each Metal Gear game. Usually a giant humanoid robot, they’re armed with nuclear weapons, machineguns and missile launchers. And they’re all defeated by humans. Not the best mechas really.
5.Old Snake. You understand the Metal Gear in the title – here’s the Solid part. Old Snake is the old version of Solid Snake. One of three clones of Big Boss, he was designed from birth to be the greatest soldier ever. The geneticists who created him halved his lifespan deliberately – hence his rapid aging. His two brothers, Liquid and Solidus Snake, were the primo bad guys in two previous Metal Gear Solid games – MGS and MGS 2 – while Metal Gear Solid 3 concerned Big Boss himself. In the Metal Gear games Solid Snake fought Big Boss who wanted to establish santuaries for soldiers. During these battles he killed Gray Fox, Naomi Hunter’s adopted brother who would later challenge and help him as the Cyborg Ninja in Metal Gear Solid. Got that?
In fact some facets of the game are in direct contrast with the idea of taking it slow – take the Drebin Shop for example. The Drebin Shop is a weapons shop with fully customisable pistols, rifles, grenades and even an assortment of rocket launchers. The easiest way to earn Drebin Points to spend in this shop is by putting a bullet in the head of everyone you see and stealing their guns (extra guns are auto-sold – you keep the ammo and get points for the weapon).
At first glance it appears to be a bit of a vicious circle. You shoot people to get their guns to earn better guns to make it easier to shoot people - meanwhile the ideal way to play the game is without killing a single person. This highlights the step the game takes away from it’s predecessors – you can choose how to play.
You can kill however many people you like, get spotted however many times – just finish the game however you need to. It’s a luxury MGS4 affords to players, and a welcome one. Subsequent play-throughs you can try to be the ultimate sneaking machine… if you want.
The choice is welcome primarily because your first time through won’t necessarily be perfect. Playing MGS4 is a challenge in itself – the buttons are at times unintuitive, even annoying. A classic example is firing from the person view, which requires you to press and hold L1, press triangle and then finally press R1 to fire. Once you get used to all the controls you’ll rarely have a problem, but it can make the first half an hour of the game frustrating.
Ignoring the control issues Metal Gear Solid 4 is very novice friendly though. It’s probably the best looking game out right now, and it really shows off the PS3’s power. It has about 10 hours of gameplay, plus subsequent play-throughs to earn new items like invisibility and special guns. When it comes to MGS 4 the game is only half the picture though.
The key thing which will make or break Metal Gear Solid 4 for anyone new to the series is the story. The story has always been the focal point for all the Metal Gear Solid games, and it’s no different in MGS 4. Through cut scenes and codec calls Hideo Kojima tells one hell of a story – and while the in-jokes and fan-service are there, they don’t get in the way of the actual story.
Having a great story isn’t an issue, of course. It’s the fact that you will spend nearly half your game time watching the story unfold which is the real issue for gamers weighing up whether they should play MGS 4. It’s a sore point for a lot of gamers who argue that they want to be part of the story as it unfolds – not simply watching it happen.
That’s a completely fair statement. I guess the verdict on Metal Gear Solid 4 is simple really – if you’re after a deep, involved story and great action sequences interspersing each update you get, Metal Gear Solid 4 is for you. Even if you haven’t played the previous games the story is complete – you won’t miss any crucial details because ten years ago you didn’t play a game – just some jokes.
If you want to be in control the entire time, or you don’t want to sit through lengthy cut-scenes (the final cut-scene is honestly over 60 minutes long) you have the option to skip them, pause them, or simply not play the game. The game isn’t worth a purchase if you skip the story though – maybe buy it for half-price for half the game.
At the end of the day MGS 4 is a hardcore gamer’s game, and it makes absolutely no concessions otherwise. If you have a PlayStation 3 even if you’re not a fan you owe it to yourself to get this game. It’s still the best looking title out right now and you don’t have to finish it all in one go. If you’re less driven, don’t buy a PS3 for MGS 4 unless you’re a giant fan of the series.
Now there is no argument that MGS has ruled over the last years. The thing that makes it so great is how it takes risks for example when Hideo Kojima first made Metal Gear Solid on the ps1 he took the risk of making a game different from the others. A game that does not involve shooting your way out of a problem a game that had huge previews that no one had ever dared to do a game that made you think a game that gave you more of a choice. He took the risk knowing that people could hate him for it or that people could love him for it and gues what they loved the game. Do you know why they loved it becuase it was different. Now some people may say that games such as Splinter Cell are better but in the end MGS will win becuase every time Hideo makes a sequel he makes the game different. Thats why MGS is the stealth champion becuase it is different. When Hideo came up with MGS2 he wanted to make a game different, so what did he do he replaced Snake with Raiden, not the best of ideas but then he came up with MGS3 and there was one reason why that game was so succesfull becuase it had ideas that worked. Now we have MGS4 and do you want to no why this game is so so so so so soo sooo soooo sooooo soooooo sooooooo soooooooo good becuase it has came up with great ideas and it has given you the choice of what to do plus it gave a great story a great conclusion.
MGS4 is a great game you have octocamo a huge range of weapons and items that are yet to come to our world. Octocamo is an advanced suit that gives you a chance to blend into anything that you lean against, wich beats MGS3s camo system by miles. Then you have your nice little tools, a great one is the Mk.2 a verry small Metal Gear that even comes equiped with stealth camo. You can use it to pick up weapons that you can sell to get better weapons that you buy. You can also use the little guy to zap people and tap on walls to gain the enemies atention. The range of weapons in MGS4 is unbelivably huge if you see a gun you can get it. Also this game is endlesly replayable you can do anything in almost countless different ways. You have all of these great tools but it still somehow feels like your stepping back into your old buddy Snake's boots again and there is nothing wrong with that at all. It has all of that and also a great story that has more twists and turns then all of the Saw movies combined. The last twist in the game is jaw dropping but I won't go into any details.
All up this game is a undisputed masterpeice. Not every one loves it but I sure do and I think you will all agree with me that if you love stealth, action, great story telling, smart moves ect that you will love this game.
Possibly the best game ever created in gaming history.
Well were do you start this game is so good it is just overwhelming. For example you start of running away from a lot of grumpy gekkos, gekkos are robots with big legs that climb stuff and rip you apart with there big legs. Then once you get a puffer you're encountered with a sandbox like world filled with tanks, terrorists, more robots and a whole crazy cast of people with there own story to tell. Drebin is just one of a load of characters but he is a gun launderer meaning that you can buy and sell weapons, this is a smart becuase if you are running out of ammo just buy some. Then there is your little robot that you can control and use to get weapons you see. If thats not enough you even have camo that blends into any enviroment you lean against it is called octocamo.
That is all great but what makes it so much better is the story. People say they hate long previews but if you don't like them just skip them. Now I won't say any spoilers so I will just say.