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"Great Graphics, Gameplay & Story"
5 stars"
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This is a great climax to the Metal Gear story arc. The graphics are stunning, and the story is told much better than in MGS2: SOP. It is also much more action oriented than previous games, and the boss battles are really engaging. As regards criticism of the camera – yes, it is slightly strange to get used to at first, but by the end of the first act I had completely for gotten it was an issue. The enemy is very good to – no push overs. As regards negatives, they are a few. Firstly, Drebin. In comparison to earlier games, it is far to easy – mid battle no less – to access Drebin's arms shop and get more weapons, ammo, etc. I think perhaps he should have been accessible in between the acts, or perhaps a set number of times per act, or even only in certain areas of the current mission you are in. Another thing, and I'm not sure this a criticism really, but old school MGS vets may not like the lessening emphasis on stealth – more run and gun than I remember. Overall a great game. I judge a game by one thing – Did I enjoy it? In the case of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, the answer is a definitive yes. A definite must buy for any PS3 owner.

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
"Best game ever concieved"
5 stars"

I don't normally write reviews for games but because of my immense respect for the Metal Gear Solid series I have decided to express my opinions on this game.

The gameplay is very polished this time around, it allows you to go Rambo if they felt like playing it that way but it still remains as a stealth game at heart. It combines gameplay elements that were made famous by Resident Evil 4, Gears of War and Call Of Duty 4 and links them all into one smooth and thrilling control scheme.

Graphics are absolutely amazing, character animations, music voice acting is so masterful that you will forget you are playing a game.

The story is one for the fans. New comers may criticise this game's length cutscenes but they are definitely made for the fans and if you are among one of them then you are in for the epic finish to Solid Snake's legacy. Loads of old characters coming back, some allies, some foes. This story promises to wrap up the whole story of the Metal Gear Solid series.

I have never played a game that is so epic and emotional. This game tops any hollywood blockbuster around. It is one of the most compelling stories you will ever experience in your life if you have followed Snake's journey from the beginning. This is Hideo Kojima's definitive legacy, this is his end to his masterpieces.

Snake we salute you.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
"Polished to Perfection"
5 stars"
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Takes everything in the previous game MGS3 Snake-Eater, and crafts it into one of the finest games that I have ever played. It is also more accessible than the previous games in the franchise due to a revised camera system. The character animations have been perfected, the weapon customisation is well setup and the graphics are incredibly beautiful. This is a must buy, as was the last game, because there simply is no greater action adventure in gaming than a Metal Gear Solid game!

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
"A Must Buy!"
5 stars"

Being the last Metal Gear Solid game that Hideo Kojima will be working on (well directly anyway) that was reason enough to buy this amazing game. From the outset, the game reeks of quality and it's obvious how much work the guys have put into this great game. This was the reason for me getting a PS3 and there are absolutely no regrets ^^

The game is very cinematic/ story orientated (which for some players, may be a put off) but it has to be understood that this is the final chapter of the MGS series. Visually, its very solid (no pun intended) and to my understanding, cut-scenes are in-game graphics too. The sound is also another great feature of this game, utilizing Dolby techonology (wish i had a proper set up XD), the music nicely creates tension and fits the game perfectly.

If GTA4 got perfect scores then this game deserves the same at least!

Anyways, if your looking for a game that has quality look no further.

Snake move out!

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"INTENSE"
5 stars"

Such an epic game, got it this morning and have been playing non stop! Easily one of the best games of all time. But, there is one thing that has been annoying me; the installation for each Act…why the multiple installations kojima??why??!??­?????????

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"MGS4: Guns Of The PS3"
5 stars"

Personally, I was never much of a fan of the PlayStation 3 entirely because it had such a weak selection of PS3 exclusive games. I still think the same after playing MGS4. One great, golden gem doesn't overshadow the overshadowing amounts of dirt. But this isn't a console rant.

Metal Gear Solid 4 is possibly…no, definitely, one of the greatest games I have ever played. It has incredibly solid characters with just as solid voice actors, and a complex, yet incredible plot to boot. And that's not even getting into the technical side. While looking back now, MGS1 didn't even give characters faces, aside from the sporadic codec scenes, where it was all hand-drawn. Over the last 12 or so years, MGS4 has become one of the most beautiful looking games to ever grace my eyes, burning its beauty into my retinas. During massive gunfights you have to sneak through, you will see puffs of dust and chunks of dirt pop upwards, splashes of water and even flesh and blood. When zooming in, you can see just about every wrinkle and crease in any characters face and skin. Guns all have that brilliant, metallic reflection and you can even see down the barrel itself when pointed in the right direction.

The games graphics are emphasized during the intense and cinematic cut scenes. If only this game had a mode like 3 where you could watch all the cut scenes and codec conversations, then you can either play a stealth/action game, or watch an amazing sci-fi, thriller drama mini-series. Yes, mini-series. There are approximately nine hours of video in the game. This would usually count as a bad thing, as too much story can make a person bored with a game. But when the scenes are polished to a professional standard, and even have the ability to momentarily look through Snakes eyes and see either little funnies here or there, or to simply look around a corner before the camera. And when introduced to old characters, or recent events, you can tap X a number of times to bring up little flashbacks of that person or event. And did I mention how amazing the videos are directed?

Game play is very similar to that of MGS3. Instead of having fixed camera positions (Which worked well in the first couple of Silent Hill games) you have the ability to look around without having to switch to first-person view. This was incorporated into the game for the same reason as it was in the third. You no longer have a mini-map.radar in the top right corner so you can see where your enemies are at all times. Instead, you are given a eye-patch which acts as a form of radar, making you aware of enemies directions by things such as sound of movement. As well as giving you a night-vision mode, which seems more like a infrared mode than night (otherwise you would be blind during the day…and not be able to see footprints). The Metal Gear Mk. II is also a new addition. A little Gear that you can drive around, going about thirty-forty meters ahead of Snake to scout things out.

Because Snake is old in MGS4, there is the addition of a Psyche meter, similar to the Stamina meter in MGS3. The Psyche meter will go down during combat, and decrease even more rapidly when Snake is hit, or sniping shots are missed. Even during the cut scenes, which are amazingly directed, Psyche will decrease when Snake fails to do something, or someone calls him ‘Old’. The combat it interesting. In all previous Metal Gear games, combat was the kind of thing you avoided so you didn't become a sponge for enemy bullets. The gun play wasn't hard, but it was a lot harder to take out an enemy than it was for them to rape the health bar. In MGS4, you can hold down L1 and have an aiming target in front of you, thus playing it like a third person shooter, like Gears Of War. Or you can hold down Triangle and play it like a first person shooter. Although that is slightly harder. While it is a bit difficult to get a hand on the shooting at first, it does become easier. But then, you shouldn't really be playing the game as a shooter. It takes the fun out of hiding inside a cardboard box.

The game does have multiplayer mode, but I have yet to play it. But from what I've heard, it is very fun, and still has the ability to hide in a cardboard box. The music in the game fits the mood for anything that is happening, and is downright beautiful at points. The plot covers just about all aspects of the series, and while it does seem to try and tie up every loose end like a OCD sufferer in a shoelace factory, it doesn't simply say “But he just was that awesome”. It at least tries to dedicate about ten minutes of your life to it. Which can be a small downside. During the first half of the game, there is a forty-five minute long cut scene (Yes, they are long. But being MGS, that's not only expected, they're good. The cut scenes are really, really good) simply to tell you how to cook eggs properly, that Snake needs to go somewhere, and then spends the rest of your precious time making you watch two of the characters fail to recognize each others flirting.

The Good: Voice acting, plot, action, character development, music and Cardboard boxes are as good, if not better, than most big-budget movies.

The Bad: Plot can be confusing to many, and even more to those that haven't played MGS1, 2 and 3, more action focus than stealth, Raiden is back.

In between: Raiden may be back, but at least he's slightly cooler. Cut scenes are really, long at points, but they are engaging. How they tie up some of the character plots is a little…annoying. Not far-fetched, not to simple, just annoying.

Verdict: Hire out a PS3 and play the game at least twice. It will be worth every single dollar.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the final chapter in the saga of Solid Snake which sends him around the world in pursuit of his arch nemesis, Liquid Ocelot. Armed with new gadgets and abilities, Solid Snake must shift the tides of war into his favor, using the chaos of the battlefield to infiltrate deep into enemy territory. In his globetrotting final mission, Snake must sneak deep into enemy locations in the Middle East, South America, and other corners of the Earth to foil Liquid Ocelot's plans for total world domination.

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  • MGS4 pushes the power of the PLAYSTATION® 3 to its limits with cutting edge graphics and surround sound. It also aims to be the hallmark title for the new DUALSHOCK®3 controller.
  • Command Snake in his final mission which spans the entire globe as he attempts to foil Liquid Ocelot and his massive army of PMCs.
  • Influence the tides of war through both passive and active means. Snake can directly aid local militia who engage invading PMCs soldiers, or encourage more fighting to slip past undetected amidst the commotion.
  • Unlock custom weapons and modifications as you trade weapons with your black market weapons dealer, Drebin.
  • Providing Snake with his most advanced stealth suit to date, OctoCamo, allows Snake to blend in with his environment as it digitally manifests nearby textures in real time.
  • Otacon is back to support Snake by providing new high tech gadgets, including Metal Gear Mk. II, the ultimate reconnaissance tool, and Solid Eye, which gives Snake real-time information on enemies and his surroundings.
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June 12th, 2008
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083717201601
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Top 1000
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1542495

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