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There is only two words to describe this game "insanely magnificent".
Konami has hit the jackpot with this one, I think the PS3 has finally allowed Kojomi to develop the type of game play and story telling he envisaged when he developed the first metal gear solid game.
The game strengths:
* excellent live game graphics with attention to minute details
* Superb movements for the game characters, it is tricky at first moving the camera and player at the same time, but after a while you realise that it gives you more freedom of where you are going and what you can see
* Vast amounts of weapons that can be found, purchased and modified to suite your needs
* Different terrains requiring different tactics
* Excellent story telling
The game weaknesses:
* The movie uses in-game graphics, this could have been improved
* The bosses were too easy to defeat
* Online facility was far too slow and therefore I have not played it
If you are a Metal Gear Solid fan, it does not get better then this, for those of you new to the series and for those who forgot the plot form previous editions, I strongly recommend to play the other editions or read up on the plot, it will help you enjoy this game much more.
For the past decade or so there have been three major markets that have dominated both the production and sales of computer games. The USA is known best for its action games and first person shooters. Europe is similar, but is known for slightly more quirky affair. Japan is traditionally revered the most with its innovative games that look and feel beautiful. Things are changing though as new markets such as China and India enter the fray. The US and Europe are adapting their games to take advantage of online gaming and more powerful hardware. IMO the Japanese are not. In the past year or so most major Japanese games have been Hi Def versions of their old games e.g. 'Devil May Cry 4', 'Ninja Guidan 2'. Where is the innovation they were so famous for, these games looked good but played poorly. Surely the biggest seller of all Japanese action games could not fall into the same trap?
What gameplay? If there is one thing you soon notice when playing 'Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots' (MGS4) is that there are lots and lots and lots and lots of cut scenes and precious little gameplay. What you do get is a HD version of the same stealth action where you play an aged Snake. You have to sneak through an environment trying to be undetected by the enemies to best execute your plans. If you are seen you will have to run and hide or dispose of the enemy then wait for things to quieten down. The few segments that do this are pretty good, although it is very similar to the concepts developed 10 years ago.
The major issue is the fact that each of these segments is about 20 mins of action, and then you are back watching a cut scene again. The boss fights prove a slightly longer and more interesting distraction, but even they are fleeting compared to the lengthy diatribe before, during and after they occur. If more gameplay had been added it would be a good game, as it is the gameplay is more of an extra to the poor Manga. (2 out of 5)
This is the one area that 'MGS4' should be triumphant at - for Pete's sake the game is about 8 hours of cut scenes anyway. For hardcore fans of the series the game will be a fanboy paradise as it describes in great detail the legacy of the first three games and concludes in a supposedly satisfactory manner. However, for everyone else with a modicum of free will they will find themselves stuck in one of the worst examples of Japanese excess. The makers of this game think they have the right to do as they wish and they bore you to tears. One cut scene was over 1 hour long! Imagine having to watch the dullest derivative Manga experience and times that by boring. The characters should be good and the story should be interesting. However, they delve so deeply into a boring world that it becomes the worst example of over development that I have ever seen. The game is a joke because of its awful story. (1 out of 5)
In terms of game or gameplay? The game itself takes around 15 hours, but it feels far longer because about 8 hours of this is cut scene. I can imagine that on a skipping second playthru you could be finished in 6 hours. Not really good enough for a game that was meant to sell 1000s of Playstation 3s. (2 out of 5)
Online gaming is another issue that seems to be plaguing Japanese made games. Huge titles like 'Gran Turismo' and 'Soul Caliber' are only just starting to have online modes making them 3 or more years behind their Western counterparts. This issue plagues 'MGS4' too with its free to play and quite fun online mode being plagued with complicated set up instructions and unreliability. I pay £40 a year to Microsoft to assure stable online access on the 360; until Sony can provide this too I do not care if it is free. If you do get in a decent game the online find Snake mode is fun and different from any other online game out there. (3 out of 5)
Finally an area that 'MGS4' can be justly praised in. It is probably the best looking console game ever made with only some of the spray effects letting it down. The cut scenes may be duller than a muddy pit full of dish water, but they do look good. They are shot with good cinematography; it's such a shame that the content is this bad. (5 out of 5)
Another area that the game is good at is level design, but seeing as there are only about 6 I expect this. The levels set in the underground base and in the deserty areas are the best and they show a good balance between stealth and action. The one level that allows you to go shooting crazy inside a building was great fun too. Pity there was not a lot more levels to play really. (4 out of 5)
The music and sound is another area that should have been brilliant, and many people think it is. Unfortunately, I am the reviewer here and I was not impressed. The music was sublime as was the sound effects. It was the voice acting that truly irritated me. Individually the voice actors were of the highest calibre, but I was so irritated that all the men had noble and gruff voices that I could not tell who was who. Also the fact that the talking goes on and on will put many people off ever wanting to here Snake's voice ever again. (3 out of 5)
As you can probably tell from my review I was not impressed by 'MGS4' at all. I am a huge fan of the first two games in particular, but the makers decided to expand the bad areas and reduce the good ones. It is an incredibly good looking game, but this means nothing to me as it was so dull. I only completed it because the game was a gift. The PS3 in dire need of a decent influx of exclusive titles, 'Uncharted' aside, there is no compelling reason to use it other than for BluRay films. (2 out of 5)
Maker: Konami RRP £50
Amazon uk £32.98
This is the last game in the Metal Gear Solid franchise and what a game!! The gameplay is outstanding especially Snake's suit! The only problem I have, and it was a major problem, was the animated segments which cropped up so frequently I was pulling my hair out by the end of the game! After every segment you played you had to watch a animated flim, basicly to pad out the game so you knew the story, however you could not skip through the animations and I found them so irritating!! You would just start getting in to the gameplay then you would have to sit through ten minutes of nonsense before you could start playing again. The end credits lasted for around fourty five minutes and again you were unable to skip through them, you have to let them run though or you are unable to save the game.
You can pick up loads of extra weapons in the game and then pay for them to be unlocked, you also have a little robot who follows you around to help although he is invisible most of the time.
Truly a masterpiece created by Hideo Kojima! The legendary hero Snake goes on a mission that one will never forget after playing through this game. All new battlefields, and all new gear in this game to experience. The cinematics seem like I'm watching a movie, and they're to perfection! What else is new about this game from the others? Well other than the single player being an incredible experience, and artwork in video game history. In this title you can customize new weapons, and advanced gadgets that assist you in your missions which I found to be very neat. This may be one of the best PS3 games out now, and the reason why to get a PS3 is because of this epic masterpiece. Another amazing feature added to the game which I'm quite addicted to myself is the Online feature.
The online feature is Metal Gear Online where you can create your own character, and customize them. With unique skills, weapons, and even the gear that they were to make them look in any style you want. Metal Gear Online comes with numerous online game modes such as: Death Match, Team Death Match, Capture Mission, Rescue Mission, Base Mission, Team Sneaking, and even a Survival mode. Overall this game is truly worth the money, and the time for a die hard Metal Gear Solid fan to play.
Number of Players: 1(online: 1-16)
Required Hard Disk Space: At least 4600 MB
Supported HD video output: 480p720p, 1080i, 1080p
Online: Broadband required
Playstation Network Compatible
ESRB Content Rating: M(Mature)
Instead of talking about a whole series like my last review I am going to go into detail about a great game in a great series, Metal Gear Solid 4 : Guns of the Patriots.
Hideo Kojima announced that this will be the last installment in the Metal Gear franchise because he would not want to kill a good thing. This game is not only the best in the series but it will give you hours and hours of game time, secrets and duologue.
The game like all other games (except for MGS2 which toward the end of the game you played as Jack Raiden) Solid Snake is the protagonist of the epic story. He (again) is tracking down Liquid Ocelot (Liquid Snake [his clone brother] and Revolver Ocelot [long story]) through a number of places (the Middle East etc) until he can get answers.
For all you hardcore fans out there who are looking forward to grabbing the case, taking off the plastic and opening it to see Snakes wrinkly face on the disc, you will not be disappointed. As for those of you who like FPS games, aside from the story there is a lot of action and you will, too, be pulled into this one of a kind game.
In closing, MGS4GOTP, is in fact one of the best games out there on the PS3, even if you are an X-Box fan who loved MGS2 Substance, I recommend renting, or even buying a PS3 just to play this very game.
Announced in November of 2004 (and finally announced officially at E3 2005 by Hideo Kojima). The title is a next-generation adventure set in the aftermath of MGS2: Sons of Liberty. Kojima is in charge of as game design, production, and direction (along with additional director Shuyo Murata), with Ken-Ichiro Imaizumi producing the title and Yoji Shinkawa handling character design.The concept behind the project is "No place to hide", and the new edition of the series will force Solid Snake into unexpected circumstances in an all-new storyline that breaks away in some ways from the previous MGS franchise entries.