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Kojima Productions Clarifies MGS4 Critic Restrictions

All these constant rumors surrounding Konami asking reviewers to avoid certain topics regarding Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots reached its boiling point recently. G4TV's Adam Sessler made it the subject of his Soapbox rant, and Kojima Productions' Ryan Payton was quick to respond. Thankfully, he has finally cleared this whole mess up.

First, Payton confirmed that Konami did ask reviewers to avoid the following:

  • Install times
  • Length of cutscenes (the ending in particular)
  • Number of environments
  • Opening "movie"
  • Product placement
  • (Plus a half dozen story-specific items)

Then, Payton tells us MGS4 requires on 8-minute install and several "two to three-minute installs between acts." In regards to those cut-scenes, which he earlier called a gross exaggeration, Payton said they just didn't want reviewers saying which cut-scenes were especially long, thereby spoiling some of the gameplay experience. He made it clear that critics "are more than happy to comment on whether they're too long or short." And from this day forth, he says reviewers can talk about the cut-scenes and install times all they want; just don't get "too specific about the cinematic times."

Concerning the rest of the list, Payton stands by those, especially that bit about the opening cinema. He says it will be a "huge surprise" for gamers, and he'd hate to have reviewers give it away. Also, he doesn't want us talking about product placement "because of some contractual agreements we have with third parties..." Okay, well, that's good enough for us. Seems some of this was blown a bit out of proportion, as we expected. Let's just all calm down and enjoy this one now, shall we?

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

6/5/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (6 posts)

Jordahn
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 10:34:57 PM
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I'm not a big TV fan. I'm actually a fan of big TV's (physical size), but what I'm trying to say is that I'm not a fan of watching a lot of TV because of its "forced" content. Mass, marketable media is going to stir controversy in order to appeal to the masses, and Sessler is one of them by either choice or script. For a short while, I used to watch X-play, but got sick and tired of the unprofessional fodder material that defined X-play by its entertainment "value" first and later for it's gaming "information" a far second. One show I really like on G4TV was Judgment Day. Whether you agreed with Victor and/or Tommy, they never tried to come off as cool and trendy, and you can always tell they were being honest. There could be a number of legit reasons why the show isn't on G4TV anymore, but I think it's because it isn't "cool" or "trendy" enough for the easily convinced masses. But thank you, Payton for clearing things up. Too bad you had to, but sadly, most people pay more attention to controversy than truth.

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Solidgearz
Friday, June 06, 2008 @ 9:10:36 AM

you are most correct my young apprentice, now learn to write less, and laugh, you must, lol

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Reccaman18
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 11:18:30 PM
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I agree with Jordahn. I only watch G4 for Ninja warrior and Unbeatable Banzuke. I also like watching Attack of the Show sometimes, mainly cause Olivia Munn is kinda hot!

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aaronisbla
Friday, June 06, 2008 @ 1:28:32 AM
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Good ole Ryan Patton probably got tired of all the crap talking that was going around. This game is getting way more "criticism" than it should


Last edited by aaronisbla on 6/6/2008 1:29:35 AM

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, June 06, 2008 @ 3:55:58 AM
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Sounds very reasonable to me. The MGS series' plot is very important to the gaming experience, so these "restrictions" help to stop those few over overenthusiastic reporters who are looking for a scoop.

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Fabi
Friday, June 06, 2008 @ 12:47:41 PM
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Yeah but stupid X-Play always jumps in to make these really stupid comments about everything, without knowing the full story.

I stopped watching the show after they let their hatred for everything Japanese show when they reviewd FF7 CC. They were wrong on everything about that game!

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