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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Overall Game

    Posted
    Dubbs

    Alright, I came into this game with an open mind. After reading a lot of forums on what people were expecting, I myself was somewhat dreading what the game will be like. Talk about the cut scenes being hours long, how the game was overhyped.... DO NOT BE TAINTED! Honestly, this game had the same kind of impact on my "gaming memories" that FFVII did. Even in the opening credits, I was blown away. Konami really pushed the PS3 graphics engine to the max in this one, and it surely does not disappoint (especially on those 1080p HDTV's). To me, the game itself seemed more like a movie that you could interact with then a game (due to those lengthy cut scenes). As the story progresses, they build on each other, which involves you more in the plot. This in itself seems like something that would make most people call it quits early, but the good thing is that if you do not care to follow the story, those scenes can be skipped. As far as the storyline goes, you do not have to be a fan of the MSG series to appreciate them. I myself have only played MSG 2, and was completely surprised at the amount of time and effort that was put into this installment. I was able to follow the game and understand it. ' *Key Pros to this game* 1) Top notch graphics and audio. I felt like I was watching real people on screen, and the audio reminded me of Saving Private Ryan 2) Very involved storyline could be turned into a film. The characterization and involvement of the main roles makes you remember and interact with the plot (like FFVII) 3) Innovative game play (FPS or third person) and the ability to interact with the environment you play in. Many, many times I found myself completely blown away with the epic battles and sequences the game puts you through. ' *Key Cons* 1) Lengthy cut scenes. As I said before, you can be prepared to sit (if you choose to) and watch some 45+ minute scenes. Once again though, all scenes can be skipped. 2) Game felt short. I purchased my game the day it came out, and finished it within 25 hrs (played time). Mind you I took my time with the game as well (exploring and testing out game play mechanics). All said and done, I wish it would have been more time where you were actually playing, not watching. ' This could last point could really be considered a pro or con, just depends on how you view it. After each section of the game is completed, you are prompted with a 1-3 minute installation for the next part. That isn't too bad time wise, but can get a little annoying if you have multiple saves and want to go back and replay. On the other hand, it does cut down the loading time between sequences in-game down to 10 seconds max. ' Overall, I would still rate this game among my favorite games played (Bioshock and FFVII being others). The pros for this game heavily outweigh the cons. Even though stuff can get a little lengthy and sometimes boring, the overall experience is a great one. For all you sports fan gamers out there as well, it would be a good pickup. I showed the key sequences of this game to buddies of mine (who were only Madden and FIFA heads), and they immediately said they would buy it if they owned a PS3. So in short, the experience of this game is definitely worth the purchase. I can see myself returning to replay this game over and over again. 2 thumbs up in my book.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Probably my favorite game of all time!

    Posted
    ClintCommander
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This really has to be my favorite game of all time. I know I might sound like a fanboy but I don't care. This game is incredible. This is the first game that showed my what the PS3 was really capable of. Heck, this game is the reason why I bought a ps3 in the first place. Everything about this game is amazing. Polished to perfection. The first thing you will notice is the visual quality of MGS4. This game is still one of the best looking games out there hands down. You literally cant tell between the cutscenes and the actual gameplay. Its that good looking. While I began playing I watched a cutscene. Snake hopped out of the back of a truck and just stood there. I was wondering why the cutscene was taking so long and why Snake was just standing there motionless. Little did I know that I was supposed to be controlling him in this instance. It might sound rediculous but it's true. The game blends everything together so seamlessly that gameplay graphics are the cutscene graphics as well. The story is brilliant as well and it is told brilliantly. There are many people that say that this is pretty much a movie. While there is some truth to that dont let it scare you away from playing this game. Also, I cant stress this enough: Don't expect to understand the story if you haven't played any of the other MGS games. Newcomers will just feel confused and not know what is going on. The cutscenes are perfectly done and move the story along. There are a lot of them but not so many that end up watching more than playing. There is definitely a lot of action to experience in this game. The action in this game has been pretty much perfected. In the other titles there has always been a fixed camera. Not anymore. You free to move it anywhere you please. Also, gone is the frustration of only being able to go prone and standing to move around. There is a crouching position included now. The gunplay has been refined as well. It feels a lot more natural being able to aim over the shoulder like in other 3rd person titles. There are so many refinements in the game that I can't name them all. Like the AI. It is incredible to watch the enemy and friendly npcs react to different situations in an intelligent way. They will use cover and squad tactics to stay alive. The bosses are fun as well. They are some of the best, not only in the MGS games, but in general. As you can tell, I love this game. It so engrossing and fun that its hard to put down once you start. The graphics, the story, the voice acting, the gameplay, everything is done so well in this game. For those that haven't played this game, you probably haven't played much of the others. If you haven't then definitely track them down in one of their many forms and play them. And be prepared to experience on of the coolest stories ever told in a videogame.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of PS3

    Posted
    Throwdown918

    At this point Metal Gear Solid 4 is the best game I have played for the Playstation 3 so far. This also being the first in the series that I have ever played. As for many people I think this may be so. So the designer of the game has created a database that you can download that will get you up to date on what has happened in the previous entries of the game. The database also blocks all potential spoilers based on your saved content in the game you are currently playing. As far as the game itself goes this is a really great game. The controls are very easy to get into and work very well. I will admit I didn't like the pulling up of the screens to pick your weapons and items, but after a while it all becomes second nature. As far as weapons and items you have a very large array of them, more so than other games. You can also customize them with add-ons like scopes, flash lights, silencers, etc. All of this can be done through a connection you have with an illegal arms dealer name Drebin. You can access all of this through the pause screen. So if you're running out of bullets mid fight, you can easily pause and buy more barring you have enough funds to afford the ammo. I was originally scared by the idea that this is more of a tactical game then the COD4 type of single player that I prefer. However you are able to use whatever style of game play you choose. If you want to shoot up the bad guys you are free to do so, however if you choose to use stealth you are more likely to kill less and get through areas much more easily. So MGS4 lets you choose how you get through the levels. There are also multiple difficulty levels that are well done for beginners to those who like a very difficult challenge. The story itself is literally a movie in proportion to other games I have played. I have never seen such an involved storyline in a game before. Also, once you have caught up on the story it's actually a very well told and has a lot of interesting twists and turns. As many have said before me there is a lot of watching cut scenes. Also at times while cut scenes were being watched I said to myself why am I not actually fighting this fight. However, with all that in mind they are exceptionally well done, and do a great job at keeping you into the game, and completing the story. Without them included in the game, MGS4 isn't as good as it is. I would also suggest having at least an HD capable television for this game, as the visuals are exceptional, and it really would make watching the cut scenes a little more acceptable. As many people don't know this game also comes packed with a multiplayer portion of the game called MGO (Metal Gear Online). I have not used this feature that much so far, but it appears to be just as well done as the single player portion of the game. With gun customization, decent maps, and good choices in multiplayer game modes. I have also heard there will be a separate release of a more full blown multiplayer in the future, so things look to be even better for this portion of the game. Overall if you are a potential owner, or currently an owner of a PS3, and are into any form of shooter either FPS or 3rd person it doesn't really matter. You should purchase this game as it's a must have for the system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best MGS yet.

    Posted
    Tommy870

    Metal Gear Solid 4 is a Masterpiece. This is the grand finale to a story/game series that has been 20 years in the making. Everything from the graphics (True, Native 1080p too), the story, the sound, everything is done incredibly well. That said, this game is not for everyone necessarily. If you're not at least a casual Metal Gear fan, the story might be a major turn off. Yes the cutscenes are long and the story deep, complicated, and sometimes hard to understand. But if you've been a longtime fan of the Metal Gear Solid games this is the game you've been waiting for. The gameplay has received a major overhaul making moving around and shooting a breeze, and it's really amazing how much Snake can do and that it all works so smoothly and easy on a controller. The ability to purchase guns and ammo has made this a truly flexible game. You can sneak in or go in guns blazing, there is no limit to the amount of ways you can play this game, which leads to infinite replayability. I'm on my fourth or fifth playthrough now. Online isn't too good but that's not why anyone should be buying this game anyways. I have to note you can't purchase the added online content from the PSN Store. They must be bought by credit card from the MGO Store which sucks. But online is just a bonus to one of the greatest achievements in video game history, not just from the story and gameplay but the technology and sound as well. This is one of the few games available on any console that runs at true, native 1080p (no upscaling). And with all the stuff going on onscreen and behind the scenes like physics and all it's amazing how smoothly this game runs and just how good it looks. The character models are incredible as well as the environment and guns. Just stop and take a good look around and at your character, you'll be amazed. And the sound is beleivable and incredible. Also, where all other Metal Gears keep you in one basic area (nuke base, jungle, Big Shell, etc.) this one takes you all around the world with one or two suprises as well. To all Metal Gear fans out there, this is the masterpiece you were hoping for and yes, Raiden can actually be cool. Seriously, when he shows up you know some crazy stuff is going to happen, and it's incredible. Just don't turn it off when the credits start, you will end up missing the most jaw dropping scene in the game. It really makes your jaw drop, unless someone ruined the suprise for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't Let Old Guy Fool You

    Posted
    Samzee24

    Wow. Let me just say that this is one of the truest iterations of the power of the PS3. This is Metal Gear Solid 4. If you have no idea about anything in the epic universe of this game, research the series before you buy this game. The premise of this amazing masterpiece is the final days of Solid Snake. Set in the year 2014, the world he is in is one engulfed in conflict. Random and pointless wars are being waged all thru the Earth, with the "war economy" being the only leg the world stands on. The last time we saw Solid Snake, (Not Big Boss in MGS3.) he was young and strong and helping Raiden stop the Big Shell incident. Now, 5 years later, he has mysteriously aged to the physical age of 75. He travels the world with Otacon, who everyone knows, in retirement. However, his old commander and friend Col. Roy Campbell calls him back into duty to assassinate one man: Liquid Ocelot. Equipped with the new technology Octocamo, he hunts down his brother and archnemesis in an epic war narrative explaining how Old Snake sees war. As this tired old veteran struggles to make a difference, all of the twists and turns from the past Metal Gears come together in an explosive finale. Not only is this game gorgeously told, it also looks and plays wonderfully. Snake and his suit of Octocamo will react to the changing battlefield around him. He can side with local militia groups trying to fight back against the hostile PMCs, or he can be as stealthy as ever. When Snake needs to, he can fire over 100 guns to stop enemies from killing him. Whether its the gunplay or the sneaking, or even the truly astounding fights against the B&B corps, (I'm not going to say who that is.)the game is beautifully crafted. Even after you beat the amazing story, there are a wealth of hidden goodies to find. Even after that, you can dive into one of the best online shooters: Metal Gear Online. Create a character, set his skills : Sniper, Grenadier, Machine Gunner, etc. and compete in amazing 16-player online shooters to be the best soldier! All in all, this game is truly one of the best games ever. Although there are those cutscenes you have to sit thru, the content in them is truly captivating. The characters, settings, and story are all gorgeously crafted. This is well worth your money and I give it a 5 out of 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Commando or spy, you can decide and love it!

    Posted
    izual1

    This is like three games in one. The single player is very open-ended, you can play it like a spy who sneaks through a battlefield, or you can be a commando who kills everybody who looks at him wrong. Replaying it as a different type of person is like playing a different game all together, it's great! Sometimes you will be all alone in the middle of a warzone, and sometimes you will find yourself killing a crazy robot with the help of several commandos who are on your side, they all feel right and work well together. There are also some situations which feel like they would be at home in Resident Evil, but it is still a great addition to the game itself, so I am happy, you will be too. The graphics are very impressive, meaning you will see a great amount of details and that's a great thing given the nature of this genera. Also, there is a wide array of environments to enjoy, which keeps the graphics feeling fresh. The online portion is very interesting, there are several modes that have Snake-style spies fighting guards or eachother, which is really unique for online and makes it easy for people to enter. There are also updates arriving to keep people playing it so coming lake to the party won't keep you from enjoying this part of the game. The plot is a mixed bag, but the high point is certainly the characters. Several cut scenes will leave you feeling like these people are real and not just stereotypes. You don't have to know the story so far to enjoy this game, also there is a bit of downloadable content you can get for free that will explain who people are and what is going on if you do want extra detail. The story is a bit convoluted and hard to follow, but that is not something you will be faced with too often, but there are some unclear moments. It is one of the clearest plots for this series, so do not let this hold you back, I just have to say something negative or I don't feel objective. This goes into the "is it good or bad" column, I like the amount of cutscenes, but you may not. Just think of it like a movie, and enjoy yourself. If you really hate them you don't have to watch them to know what your mission is, so don't feel bad. Overall, this game is wonderful, I suggest everyone at least try the new demo or just buy it now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for the MGS fan

    Posted
    ReviewAddict

    This game is my favorite MGS game yet. It ties everything together, so if you are a fan of even one or two of the series- you won't be disappointed. The graphics are some of the best I've seen. Storyline is awesome, A.I is awesome, its just mind-boggling how deep this game is. From inside jokes (for MGS veteran gamers) to the direction and production of the game, it's a must for the avid gamer. The fights are great and cut scenes make you feel like you're not just playing a game, but watching a movie. This might turn off some people that want to cut to the chase, but this is the type of game you experience, not play- if that makes sense. Even when you finish the game, you are set with goals and can recieve awards for completing the game certain ways (i.e 25 CQC/stealth kills, no lethal attacks, time spent on your stomach crawling, time spent crouching, how many times used the side-roll or forward-roll action, etc.) That kind of ups the replay value, the awards having the similar essence of Ps3 trophies. I have beaten the game twice, and still play it in between all the other games I am playing, just because of how good it is. You'll probably come across something new each time.. a new crawl space to get somewhere, new items you currently didn't have or even minor details within the cut scenes you never noticed the first time through. If this isn't your type of game, of course you won't like it. But if you have enjoyed games such as Splinter Cell, or previous MGS titles, you'll love it. Almost similar over-the-shoulder shooting like in RE4. I will recommend this game to everyone. So if you do read this and end up buying it, give yourself a few hours in the evening, grab a four pack of energy drinks, and maybe even some milk duds. You'll probably want to stay up, and beat the next level to see what happens next. As for those who have played MGS games before and are playing this for the first time, I wouldn't be surprised if you ended up re-visiting the older MGS games after playing this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Arguably the greatest video game ever created!

    Posted
    Ecclesiastes119

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was perhaps one of the most highly anticipated video games of 2008, if not the entire decade, and with good reason. This game's stunning graphics, intense gameplay and extraordinarily well written storyline make it amazingly irresistible as well as highly entertaining. Fans of this franchise will most likely find this to be the best game in the series, providing them with closure as MGS4 concludes the story of one of the most famous video game protagonists of all time, the legendary soldier, Solid Snake. MGS4 also concludes the stories of many other classic MGS characters such as Dr. Hal 'Otacon' Emmerich, Meryl Silverburgh, and Snake's fellow soldier, Raiden. Even though fans of the MGS series are bound to adore this epic, those who aren't exactly familiar with the franchise may find the plotline rather confusing, or may at least not feel as satisfied when unexpected characters or nostalgic events occur during the story, making it not as appealing as it could've been. New features such as the OctoCamo suit, The Metal Gear Mk. II and III, as well as customizable weapons take the Metal Gear Experience even more enthralling than it has ever been. Unlike previous games in the series, MGS4 takes place in various locations across the globe, from South America to Eastern Europe and from the Middle East back to Shadow Moses Island from Metal Gear Solid 1. In MGS4, the graphics, gameplay, voice-overs, and script writing improved greatly from the previous games. One of the many things that remains to be seen is the fact that Hideo Kojima, the creator and director for all of the MGS games has once again greatly improved as a storyteller since the previous installments in this series. If you go back and play the older games in the MGS Saga after completing MGS4, you can easily see the tremendous differences. The bottom line is, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is easily one of the best games of the entire decade and a must have game for all who are constantly adding games into their infinte library of classics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not an MGS fan and this didn't make me one either.

    Posted
    thedark

    At times this game reminded me of one of my all time favorite shooters - Siphon Filter. The amount of weapons is amazing and the customizations are crazy. The game controls are excellent and very responsive. Easily and smoothly transition from crouch, standing, walking, and running. Not all games controls are this smooth and this is a standout. Engaging in hand to hand attacks is a bit tricky and you can miss some button/stick moves and find yourself in a bad situation. The enemy AI is also quite good. Not everyone is shoot first ask questions later, so even when you are spotted you can often slip away. I really enjoyed the battles with military units. Boss battles, not so much. I guess I would be better off with COD or some more purely military game, although I do enjoy Killzone 2. I am not a fan of the Metal Gear universe or the story. I have two of the titles and honestly, I find the whole send one guy in to do the job of a special forces squad/or larger unit a bit tedius. I find the story and bizarre and unexplained war economy a bit much to swallow. The Government conspiricy and nano-technology were just too much. So from that aspect I didn't really care for the game all that much. I thought it hilarious that you can go shopping for new guns right in the middle of a battle. Hey I know it is meant to be a game and not a combat simulation, but run out of RPG's, go shopping and buy more, excellent. This game also uses the infinite Santa Claus Sack concept. You can have access to just about anything you have ever picked up in the game in that thing. Honestly I would not have bought this game if it hadn't come bundled with my PS3. However I do recognize that some people would really enjoy this game and I say to each his own. If you like the MG story then this is probably a fantastic game. It is much better than the other title I owned (I think it was Sons of Liberty or something like that). At least in this title you start out with guns and you can do generally whatever you want. So I am going to recommend it, but if you are not 100% sold on MG concepts/storyline and are choosing between the Resistence Games or Killzone 2, skip this one IMHO.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good at Best

    Posted
    PsPlayer

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was the supposed reason to buy a PlayStation 3. My answer: No, its not. There are many other great, exclusive features on the PS3 that should give you another reason to buy it. Though now my mind is focused on the blockbuster-hit game. I've read other reviews of this game and people claim that this is the best game of all time! So I confidently went to Best Buy, got the game, went home and played the single-player campaign and was very impressed. The game has a great story (Ive never played any other in the series and I knew just about everything that was going on after the first chapter.) AMAZING, life-like graphics, high replayability, but really nothing else when I start putting MGO. (Metal Gear Online A.K.A MGS4's multiplayer.) With multiplayer being more popular then ever, I was expecting a great experience thinking a lot of thought must have been put into this part of the game, though I was not equally as impressed as I was with the single player. To sum it up in a word: Boring. And, you could include complicated and hard-to-get-used-to as well. First, you start off with this LONG account page with unneccessary additions. Then when it comes to getting your password and username, it just gets worse. It is so picky of what you use it gets frusterating. For example, you need a 8 alphanumeric password. No, I didn't know what alphanumeric means, but it ended up meaning you need both numbers and letters in your password. So I guess the frustration comes mostly from the complex navigation. Skipping it all to when Im playing. Again, BORING. Your person moves incredibly slow, it is hard to take down an enemy, CQC is clunky and hard to accomplish, maps are blah, and the weapon selection is far to complex then it has to be. Also controls are a bit of a mystery and in the single player cut scenes can come to amounts of over 45 minutes at a time, which yes can get pretty boring. Over all of my complaining of MGS4's lackluster multiplayer, it is still a game that defines the PlayStation 3's true potential and anyone who owns the console shouldn't miss.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing.

    Posted
    DrizztDoFreed

    First and foremost, the graphics on this game are amazing. Granted, not the best out there, but still, Konami has stated they used almost the full 50gb worth of space on the blu-ray disc for this game. Solid Snake returns completely--though old-looking--and is able to do more than ever in his ability and take down baddies, machines and the ever annoying main bosses. With a full arsenal of weapons and gear, including octocamo (a suit that allows you to blend in with your surroundings with amazing accuracy), not to mention help from old friends, Solid Snake is better than ever, and nostalgic moments do take place, making the experience all-the-more sweeter. The gameplay mechanics are tight and accurate, the graphics, one again, are sensational. The story can be hard to follow if you've never played the other MGS games--which this is my first game out of them all, yet I was able to comprehend all of the information, looking up anything I didn't understand later. Cut scenes can be long and plentiful, and it feels more like a movie than a game at times, which could be a negative trait to some. Some missions are harder than others, and depending on the levels of difficulty (there is one for everyone, so don't feel afraid if you are new to shooters or have never played one). Badges and Drebin Points--which is like currency to buy weapons, ammo and accessories in the game--are fun, and make this a better experience. Remember, the MGS games are about stealth, and you get more points and far more honorable badges by not killing people and not being noticed. There is also on-line gameplay which is immensely vast and fun, so if you like on-line gaming, go right on and play it. I highly recommend this game for anyone, whether a fan of shooters, veteran or a noob. Get it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Metal Gear Solid

    Posted
    LovelyStrife

    Lets get one thing straight right off the bat: If you have never played a Metal Gear Solid game then do not buy this. You need to have the background of the previous games in order to really apreciate this game. I won't lie, I could not get used to the controls. I struggled through this game because at times you have to press 6 buttons just to shoot a gun a certain way. The controls are great for the stealth gameplay, but when you go from stealth to combat then it is very clunky and heavy. For me, the lowest difficulty was a struggle to get through because of the controls. For people who are better at handeling the controller and general control scheme, this isn't an issue. Just be wearned that you will either hate or love this aspect of the game. Hideo has definetly brought a cinematic feel to the game. I honestly think I enjoyed the game more as I watched another person play it. It's like an interactive movie in many ways and a normal movie in others. This game does something a little bit different from the rest and that ears it points in my book. I picked up my copy of this game the day it released. It took me months to complete it on my own and many, many hours to watch another (better) person play through it. I had fun with it. I knew what I was getting into when I bought another Metal Gear and I throughly enjoyed the ride. The graphics are wonderful and the humor found in the game is wonderful. You won't find another game quite like Metal Gear Solid 4. I recomend this to anybody who has played a Metal Gear Solid game before and wants more. If you're a more casual gamer then this may not be the game for you and you'll likely be lost. You get what you pay for in this game, and that is another Metal Gear given to you from Hideo himself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    PS3's killer app is here

    Posted
    frank12345

    Hideo Kojima has done it again. MGS4 is the most detailed, convincing, and well-researched game I have ever played. It offers a compelling and imaginative glimpse into the future of high-tech warfare, a nuanced, intelligent storyline, vastly improved gameplay, and incredible graphics. The metal gear franchise has always pushed the boundaries of what a game could be, and challenged the preconceptions of the audience. MGS4 starts out with, of all things, a short live action film about marine fauna. The in-game store discounts weapons (in real time) on wednesdays and sundays. These are just a few examples, but there are many more. The story has both the philosophical and political musings as well as the bizarre humor and one of a kind characters that fans expect. The gameplay is more open and the action is more intense than in prior games. The environments seem much bigger and are bustling with npcs engaged in building to building warfare. Snake can join either side in the conflict or ignore them and sneak by. He has a ton of new weapons and gadgets as well. The graphics are among the most impressive I have seen in a game. The characters are solid physical presences with subtle, lifelike facial expressions. The mechs move with an animal grace and hunt with a keen intelligence that belies their artificial construction. Overall, the game is an experience that should not be missed by anyone with a PS3. If you don't already own a PS3, this game alone would justify its purchase. It is by far the most creative, original, and technically polished game to appear on the system to date.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Metal Gear AWESOME!

    Posted
    GuitarHero89

    First of all, I really think they should make a movie, or another game that continues on after this game, beautifully done. This is also one of the games that didn't cross over to other consoles like those money grubbing (insert insult) such as the makers of Devil May Cry, etc. The graphics for the cut scene/cinemas/game play is exquisite, even without a high-def T.V. This is the first Metal Gear game that I have played all the way through, and it really hooks you. Some people complain about outrageously long cut scenes, but I say thats a plus. It means that they didnt' leave huge gaps in the story, and they took the time to make everything make sense so someone new to the series such as myself can follow along. Not meant to be an insult to the game, or discourage others from purchasing it, but I would call it a movie with gameplay. It's just that well done, although there are quite a few cut scenes, but don't skip them. There are quite a few different weapons, gizmo's, and some easter eggs in the game for those who look for them. You have your pistols, sub machines, assault rifles, rpg's, anti tank, and some hidden ones. Trust me, you'll find at least one weapon that you will stick with throughout the game. Also, if you are stuck at a point in the game, you can ask good old Otacon via the codec, a video/audio chat if you will, who sometimes has some good insight or hints to help you get past a frustrating point. Out of the games I have played for the PS3 thus far, it is the best done. Kuddos Hideo, kuddos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Story/gameplay

    Posted
    Absolution

    Normally I hate playing shooter games on a console, but I will admit this one was one of the rare exceptions. I prefer the PC since I have more control for precision and speed but this game was simply magnificent. It was very easy to aim and shoot quickly while maintaining high graphic detail all around Snake's surroundings and with the PS3's controller, it made it a lot easier. What I loved most about this game is the fact that this has to be the first game of it's kind that allows you to play in a movie-like atmosphere. The best part is, you can skip them if you replay the game in a higher difficulty setting (or any setting for that matter). It has high replay value and watching the movie all over again at least 3x. Another best is that each mob is different-don't cheat on how to kill the bosses, try to find out their weaknesses. I love how the bosses are unique and how to kill them is extremely unique. If you didn't cheat like me, it's really fun trying to figure it out. The thing that I didn't like was the fact that if you skip the movie scenes, the game is rather short. I wish they would have made the game longer. Also, even though each boss had a unique way of killing them, I wish they had more bosses to play against. Overall, it's hard not to get into the game and play it more than 3x. I would definitely recommend this game just for the fact it has replay value-something you rarely see these days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stealth is more fun

    Posted
    TK421

    This is the best in the entire series and I own all of them. Stealth always pays off rather than grinding out continuous shootouts. Graphics were top notch as well as the game play. Online play is best but if you've never played the game before, it's best to play the campaign first to get your stealth skills and shooting techniques down. I love the fact that you can upgrade your weapons and get silencers many of them for those special quiet moments in sniping. Didn't like the fact that they scream out even when you make perfect head shots though. There shouldn't be any noise when you do that but, oh well... Also didn't like having to go through all the movie segments just to get to the game play. And having to hit the start button just to bypass them is annoying too. I figure, once you've completed the game the first time, there should just be an option available to play the scenarios without the long, drawn out scenes. The option to go from 3rd person to 1st person perspective at will is a big plus for me. I hate to be in continuous 1st person perspective because it gives me a headache and makes my eyes go buggy. If any of you have similar problems in 1st person like I do, then MGS4 gives a welcomed reprieve from that. This game is well worth the purchase and since it's down to $20 it'll provide hours of fun and even better, you don't have to break the bank anymore to play it. $20 is very reasonable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Realistic video quality and excellent gameplay

    Posted
    themarshall18

    I started playing this game about a week and a half ago and continue to have a hard time putting my controller down to take a break. It starts out telling you that it has to load for 3 minutes (no big deal really). It's well worth the wait. If you're familiar with this franchise, you'll know there's plenty of story involved and this is no different. Once story-mode is finish though, you have plenty of time to play the game and well, fail a few times to get the hang of it. The video quality is so great that there are times where I find myself looking at the TV real close to see if I can see any pixelation. Plus they do mix in a couple of actual video scenes. Controls are quite easy to get used to after about an hour of playing or so. The game also continuously throws in new items and weapons you can pick up. You can also customize your weapons to add a grenade launcher to the M4 or the like. My ONLY minor complaint was somewhere in the 2nd Act, it had a few quick motion scenes and cut-scenes to go through and therefore you were going through some additional load screens here and there. Also, the beginning of every Act takes that 3 minutes to load before continuing. But the Acts took me about 5 hours or longer to complete between playtime and cutting to storyline. Without giving much else away, I just want it to be known that I highly recommend this game and would behoove everyone to give it a shot. I couldn't imagine someone wanting to take this back to the store. Hope you all enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a Way to End the Saga

    Posted
    FLYPino
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    This game was the only reason why I decided to pre-order the MGS4 Bundle before the release date, and I've finally decided to write a review about it. In my opinion, this game has lived up to its hype. The graphics are stunning in HD, the voice acting is spot-on, the gameplay simply defines MGS4, and there are so many features and unlockables, there's no way you'll be able to access all of them even after you complete the game for your first time. Some of the cutscenes are way too long, and it will get a little annoying after so many overly-dramatic ones - there was just a bit too much romance in the story. It also feels like you're playing the longest movie you'll ever watch. I was very excited when I heard the release was going to be this summer; but I was suddenly, quickly disappointed when the creator, Hideo Kojima, said that the final product was not what he had envisioned. The game is running the Cell Broadband Processor to it's limit, which is astounding. He never said that he was not satisfied; in fact, he was very much satisified. But when Kojima Productions had planned to take this game forward, Kojima thought that they had only taken the first step. Unfortunately the PS3 is not powerful enough, and there are currently no Blu-ray discs that would have been able to meet Kojima's expectations. I guess he's waitng for the PlayStation 4 as well. However, he has done a brilliant job, and I find it very difficult to give this game less than five stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    Posted
    NightWEB3

    Don't get me wrong, this is an amazing game and a MUST have for any PS3 owner. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is the beginning of PS3's dominance in the gaming market. Finally we are starting to see the graphic capabilities of the PS3 and how they can add to a novel-like, cinema quality game. The amount of information in this game is staggering. From the details on characters and scenery to the information contained about each weapon, you can literally spend hours customizing and reading about the history of all your equipment. In addition, the music and sound effects are fantastic. Background music is appropriate, but if you disagree, there is an Ipod item which will allow you to play your own songs stored on your hard drive as well as select Metal Gear tunes from previous games that you come upon. Also, I liked how a musical theme was chosen. It really ties the game together. On the cons side, this game seems MUCH more linear than previous installments. It's nice that you can chose your play style (sneak v. run and gun), but I miss the solitude of the previous games; that certain I'm completely alone and can't get caught in this huge world feeling. Other than that, this is truly a great game and you would be doing yourself a disservice by not at least taking it for a test spin... even if just to look around and marvel at the details.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greastest Game Ever

    Posted
    DSolution345StayAlive

    Well, what can I say? You've heard many people say that this is a great game, well that's an understatement. This game his a history that was built from the ground up. Metal Gear started on the Nintendo, then Playstation, then Playstation 2, and finally Playstation 3. With such a long history of games you would have questions that need to be answered, and that's one of the things this game does. This game is a real time movie everything you do it is apart of a cinematic gaming history. The graphics are the best of the best none stop, every moment of the game you'll be saying wow, why didn't this game win game of the year. The story is Extraordinary (great). I don't want to give any information about the story but I will say this during the last boss fight, you'll be excited to see the characters fight you'll expect the movie to continue through the fight but in a split second you've find yourself fighting in the best boss fight in the HISTORY of gaming I garantee it and you will love every moment minute of it. Also, the game has lengthy (long) cinematic movies, so please pay attention you've love them. This game has been an never ending rollercoaster ride from beginning to the very end, and once you've finished the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots, you will sit there and say to yourself that THIS IS THE GREATEST GAME EVER!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend