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EGM Refuses To Score MGS4

This is turning out to be almost as big as the Eidos/GameSpot/Kane & Lynch fiasco.

It seems the rumors are true: Konami did indeed ask several publications not to mention certain technical aspects of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Off-limits topics include the length of the cut-scenes (some said to be as long as 90 minutes), load times, and the amount of data required to be installed on the PS3's HDD. Now, in response to this, EGM has done something a little drastic, and the gamer reply thus far has been mixed. According to EGM's latest issue, which features the long-awaited MGS4 review, they say that due to "limitations Konami wanted us to impose on our comments," they decided not to provide a score for the game. In fact, they didn't really write a review at all; they substituted in a lengthy roundtable discussion. Er...really?

So far, some people are saying this is an excellent move to keep journalistic integrity in this business alive. Others are saying they could've just left the comments out of the article and still factored in those aspects of the game when assigning a score. All we know is that publishers really shouldn't be telling critics what they can and can't say. ...kinda defeats the purpose of the entire process.

P.S. Konami hasn't "imposed any limitations" on us. We're going to review it, and we're gonna say what we want to say.

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

6/2/2008 Ben Dutka

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OhYessss
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 2:28:51 PM
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As you should.

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kj313
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 2:42:48 PM
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EGM should be careful cause konami could've just took their game back and said "No Review For You!" EGM could've been slick and found another way to slip it in their if they wanted. Maybe its just me but those aspects of the game seems minor so far.

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Nick42
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 3:09:15 PM
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I couldn't agree more - to be honest if cutscenes are 90 minutes long then to me that is a bonus! I mean it would be like a metal gear mini move.

The quality konami deliver is nothing short of epic and I am sure that this would be the case with a cutscene. 90 minutes of quality, plot deepening, experience pushing quality - I honestly don't see the problem!

Obviously there will be those gamers out there with the - 'if it's more that 30 seconds it's not worth watching' attitude, well they'll just be missing out on a huge part of the game as MG games do always tend to be story driven.

Load times - not a problem really either. Motorstorm has always had pretty lengthy loading times and is an exceptional game - we don't hear huge complaints over that now do we?

And HDD save files well... this is Metal Gear, I'd give it my entire 60 gigs if it wanted it. I have no reason to doubt the save space it needs is anything other than that stated on the box.

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aaronisbla
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 3:35:44 PM
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Actually Ben, EGM said they are not putting the full review in this month, but it does indeed say it will be there next month

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 4:46:27 PM
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I'd like to know exactly what konami said and why. I think a company like them would have valid reason. And maybe the way we are hearing it sounds worse than it is.

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orangpelupa
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 6:57:09 PM
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i cant understand why konami do this, -------

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Fabi
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 9:29:53 PM
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Have you guys read the review from GamePro? It hails MGS4 as the second coming. I know it's a little over the top, and come on, who trusts GamePro? But they really REALLY liked it over there.

They say:

“It sets new standards for graphics, sound, gameplay, and storytelling, and it may be years before it is equalled, let alone surpassed.”

“You will not play a better game this year – maybe even this decade.”

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Kiengo
Monday, June 02, 2008 @ 10:11:18 PM
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Dualshock 3 + MGS4 = vacation

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Mystearica
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 5:22:50 AM
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Good to know that Konami hasn't imposed on psxextreme ^____^

As for EGM - hearing this makes me want to read more of their game reviews ('cause unlike GameSpot they don't seem to ....... fill in the rest)

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Tim Speed24
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 7:33:52 AM
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We don't need no stinkin' reviews!

This is one of those games you CAN buy without the review. It might not be perfect but it will be "up there" in terms of gameplay and graphics.

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Snowman8807
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 11:35:18 PM
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konami always has there way of doing things, besides lets just wait and find out for ourselves. besides if mgs4 cutscenes are really long that would make it even better. i dont blame konami for saying that critics should leave scertain things out. why should anyone ruin the surprise.

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