We Run Game: Metal Gear Solid 4 Review

Finally….

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There’s nothing left to say but to really give my opinion, but here goes: Metal Gear Solid 4 is a masterpiece and probably the best game of the year. Now there will be some who will disagree and that’s their right. For the record, I’m not one of those guys who is a PS3 guy or an Xbox guy, if a game is good, it’s good no matter what the console. I simply do reviews from the PS3 aspect because I got the 60gig PS3 as a gift, and I dare any Xbox fiend to tell me they would refuse that. You can say it but we both know you’re full of shit. You still might be an Xbox fiend but hell, we both know you’ll try out that PS3 for the helluva it and to watch blu-ray dvds…. cop to it, fucker – cowboy the fuck up.

And if you got that as a gift, you damn sure would’ve picked up MGS4 and given it a whirl. Even if you’re not “into” sneak/spy games, this is so much more. It’s a cinematic tour de force. Believe me, this ain’t your daddy’s or even big brother’s Metal Gear, this is an entirely new beast. Hideo Kojima has stated this is his finale and Solid/Old Snake’s finale and basically I dare Konami to put out another one after this. The entire game screams “endgame”. Everyone is represented one way or another. Even if you’re not a Metal Gear fan, there is so much backstory, you basically catch up to what has happened and where Kojima is leading us. I’m not dolling out spoilers, mind you, but in many ways you can’t. The game is so open ended you can conclude missions in different ways. Not one or two, more like ten or twelve. The options are so varied that you will be shocked as to which path your friend might have chosen and probably you never thought of it or dismissed it as ending in dismal failure.

The standards are there – auto saves at certain points so you don’t have to start from scratch, forget multiple lives, you just continue from the last save point. This is beyond the standard, this is the exceptional. The graphics are phenominal and the cut scenes, well, let’s get into that for a minute.

The cut scenes are the true beauty of this game. Some are twenty, thirty minutes long. They’re like mini- movies in scope. And you still have some control over those. Characters are introduced with the voice actor portraying them listed under the character name. And you will not treat these as your standard “can we get this over with” cut scenes. There is so much info being told to the viewer, action scenes that have to be seen to be believed, and such a beauty and symetry to it all that you will want to watch them again just to see what you might have missed.

The A.I. is awesome. It never does the same thing twice, so if you died and restart from a certain level, a PMC soldier that wasn’t there the first time is now in a place you have to avoid, or a car or truck you hid behind the first time is now not there. Some things remain the same but some things are different. And there are levels you’ve never experienced as a Metal Gear fan and I implore you, enjoy them.

Then there is the character of Drebin and Drebin points.

Drebin is an arms dealer. Since weapons are ID coded, there are some that Snake can’t use. Either he can sell them to Drebin for points which he can use for arms, ammo, etc, or he can spend points to have Drebin unlock that particular weapon. So now Snake gathers weapons from fallen foes to survive. Plus Drebin drives certain parts of the story as an information point for Snake. There are easter eggs for old time Metal Gear fans all over the place and even during cut scenes. One of the best cut scenes you will ever witness is the fight between Raiden and Vamp. It is beautiful and deadly and mind blowing all at the same time.

Not to say the gameplay isn’t over the top spectacular. It is. I’ll admit, I thought GTA4 had game of the year on lock. I really did. Even over Assassin’s Creed (which is still a personal fave), I thought GTA4 with it’s flaws had everyone beat. I’ll tell you, GTA4 doesn’t even come close to MGS4. We’re talking comparing tech of the 1960’s to present day tech. Yeah, I know GTA fanatics will scream I’ve lost my mind but you know I’m not lying. Opinion not withstanding, MGS4 is so advanced that you really would be hard pressed to find a game out there that compares graphically or in scope to what MGS4 is offering.

If you don’t have a PS3, go out and rent one and then rent this game and check it out. From a pure gamer’s aspect, it’s something you need to experience at least once. I will state this – I have no doubt that the next rendition of Halo is going to be bring it to another level just to compare to this. And I’m getting an Xbox 360 60gig (none of that bullshit 20gig crap for me) just to be ready.

Finally a very public thank you to Hideo Kojima for blessing us with this finale. If there was ever a way to show love to your fans and show respect to a franchise, this was it.

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~ by sladewilson on July 15, 2008.

One Response to “We Run Game: Metal Gear Solid 4 Review”

  1. Gaaah! I am in physical pain after reading this! I haven’t played an MSG game since PSX. I can have the console tomorrow but no point with this crappy TV 😦

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