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90-Minute MGS4 Cut-Scenes A "Gross Exaggeration"

HA! We are vindicated once again. You may recall when the whole 90-minute MGS4 cut-scene rumor started, and as you can see in that first article, we questioned its validity. Personally, I've seen gamers and even critics over-exaggerating the length of cut-scenes for years, and it's only because of psychology: when our gameplay is interrupted, the interruption always seems to last a lot longer than it really does. This is why people were claiming games like Xenosaga had hour-long cut-scenes all the time, when in fact, the average length was about 15 minutes. It also doesn't help that certain gamers have the attention span of a gnat.

I assumed this phenomenon had taken place again with this rumor, and it seems I was right. After PSW and EDGE claimed there were 90-minute cut-scenes in MSG4, assistant producer Ryan Payton has come forth to completely shoot down this rumor. Here's what he told Kotaku:

I'm surprised nobody has stepped forward to debunk this rumor. There are no 90 minute cutscenes in MGS4. The ending is long, but 90 minutes is a gross exaggeration.

Bingo. We're certain there are going to be some very long cut-scenes in this game, and the ending may even creep close to 45 minutes or an hour or so. But when the rumors began to swirl that multiple cut-scenes lasted an hour and a half, I had to hearken back to the days when some of the insanely ignorant were calling Final Fantasy games "movies," and that they'd rather "play than watch." ...considering FFs take about 40-50 hours to beat, and considering not a one held more than a couple hours of cut-scenes total, this was the type of exaggeration that drove me nuts. It was going to happen again with MGS4, but thankfully, we have a clarification. Thank you, Mr. Payton!

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

6/5/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (9 posts)

Odd Child
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 11:12:12 AM
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Even if it was 90 minutes I would still enjoy it :)

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 11:21:53 AM
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In MGS3 it takes around 70 minutes to get to the beginning of Operation Snake Eater. So maybe there are sections of a series of cutscenes broken by small amounts of gameplay that can run around that time. but to say that 1 cutscene is that long is a little much to believe. lol

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Solidgearz
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 11:50:45 AM
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umm, what about the special supprise we get with MGS4? (see kotaku) but Kojima says, a supprise for everyone, not even the people who got it early can spoil!!!!! about the cutscenes. it to me would just be more showcasing the true power of the PS3 :)

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kj313
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 12:51:04 PM
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@oddchild I agree 100%. Even if it was, it would be great probably even better. To tell the truth I'm disappointed that it truly isn't. MGS ALWAYS makes the point clear what the objective is and what u should be doing. It also makes u feel motivated to beat whatever boss it is you're fighting.

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Fabi
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 1:50:59 PM
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So then what happens to the credibility of the reviewers who scored it lower because of these "90-minute cut-scenes"?

Both reviews are pretty bad, but the EDGE review is the worst by far though.

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Schmitty
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 3:09:44 PM
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No matter how long the cut scenes are they are going to be extremely cool and the gameplay will make up for it

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solidkevin
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 3:51:32 PM
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90 minutes is a bit crazy but, I really wouldnt mind.

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AscientDire
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 11:13:47 PM
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Yeah I definitely think longer cut scenes are able to add more substance to a game, especially games that are as story driven as MGS. I personally love fighting through a tough part of a game and then sitting back and watching a glorious cut-scene peel away the layers of plots and sub-plots. It just gives it a little something extra as opposed to finding everything out in-game

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Oodles
Friday, June 06, 2008 @ 8:17:05 PM
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I'll still have my popcorn either way.

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