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MGS4 Featured In The New York Times

There's a reason why most gamers don't bother with the newspaper: most still believe it's the 19th century, and don't bother with video games. And if they do - and many more are doing so now - they simply snag someone from another department (like sports or another form of entertainment) to write the article. Sometimes...that gets pretty sad. However, they can't ignore the sheer size and popularity of this industry forever. Especially not when it tops every single other entertainment industry the paper reports on (for the most part), and especially not with games like Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots on store shelves.

The world's largest and most prestigious newspaper, the New York Times, has dedicated an entire feature to MGS4. It focuses on the storyline, characters and "hidden meanings" behind many of the game's twists and turns. They also include interviews with representatives from 1Up, MTV and Kotaku, and describe Solid Snake as "James Bond meets Rambo." ...we're not entirely sure if we agree with that analogy, but even so, the crossover to mainstream media is encouraging. Of course, not everyone praises MGS4: 1Up's Shawn Elliot casts aspersions on the "preachiness" of the game and in regards to the lengthy cut-scenes, says the game is "kind of like cheating...using a language that isn't native to its own medium." Now, that may be one of the lamest criticisms we've ever read, but that's okay. Like we said, all this stuff is in the Times.

The Times runs gaming stuff; it's true. But this is a feature, and as far as we can tell, that's a first. The last "feature" the Times ran involved a holiday buying guide with so many glaring errors, it became a widespread joke on the Internet. There are always ways to redeem oneself...

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

6/23/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

Deleted User []
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 10:46:49 AM
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MGS4 > GTA 4 for Game of the Year.
Good to see that MGS4 is getting a lot of hype...it deserves it. I understand about the lengthy cutscenes. Personally, the game felt a bit short. It took me 20 hours the first time to beat it. 12 hours of gameplay and 8 hours of cutscenes.

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 11:08:13 AM
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The complaining about cutscenes bothers me. It's not like the gameplay is affected by them. And the story they help tell is the greatest i've seen in a long time. And yes, i am counting Hollywood movies in that.
And the replay value of this game is enough to blow the cutscene argument out of the water. I'm on my third time through now and i can see myself hitting double figures before even playing another game (well, maybe some MGO).

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Deleted User
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 11:29:18 AM

I agree with you that the movies are exciting and fun to watch. I would not what them to take them out or shorten them. I just want to have a little more gameplay. I just started the game over trying to do a no kill/speed go through and the first level with the introduction of the gekko has about 45 seconds of gameplay and an hour of video.

I just want a little more gameplay.

But hey, MGS4 is one of my favorite games of all time. This is just a tiny complaint. I was just being the devil's advocate trying to understand why people didn't like the gorgeous well scripted cutscenes.

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Daedusian
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 1:10:37 AM

I agree with you as well. It is getting rather annoying that people are so negative about the long cutscenes and say that it affects the gameplay dramatically. First of all, no it doesn't! Secondly, they are down right amazing! And thirdly, do you know how much work and time was put into making that game or the cutscenes alone!? But everyone is different and I kind-of respect their opinions on this matter lol.

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LCF
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 11:09:46 AM
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MGS4 is one of my fav games of all time.I never had been so moved by a video game as I had with this one.Watching Snake deteriorate before your eyes was heart breaking and at the end with the gun in his hand...wow.In this gen of superficial FPSers,MGS4 is the only game that pulls you into the story.Neg. critics are idiots,this is a story based game with an attention to detail like no other.Only other game I see coming that is story based is FFXIII.Hideo Kojima you are a pure genius using this medium to tell a complex story.The gaming industry needs you,without you games will lose it's goal at making quality products.Don't ever retire!

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Fabi
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 12:17:20 PM
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@matrix - I'm one of the biggest MGS4 fans and I kinda felt the same. It's weird. My second time around I wanted to just play, and not really watch any of the cut-scenes (except for the really great ones) but it kinda got in the way because I had to keep pressing "skip" over and over until it got to the gameplay part. It just didn't feel right, plus the damn installation in between acts the second time around got in the way as well. Why didn't it just stay installed?

But the thing is, even with the problems MGS4 has, I could still give it a 10.

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Deleted User
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 12:18:59 PM

I know it eats up 5 gb of your hard drive and can't even go in between levels without installing.

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 12:37:21 PM

I believe the install changes each time you go to another act. It's a way of saving space. So the size of the install is only what is needed to play the current Act.

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Deleted User
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 12:41:07 PM
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I'm looking at the Game Data Utility for MGS4 on my hard drive and it says 4550mb.

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stefanolio
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 9:02:17 PM
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why cant people just understand this masterpiece and actually try playing it.

I love metal gear more then anybody else does and would not care if the cutscenes are 90 minuites long!!! its still an amazing game and "movie" put together to perfection.
xbox fanboys should play this game once in a while.

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stefanolio
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 9:04:42 PM
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also for the NY times rambo with james bond is kinda weird because rambo did not act deppressing like snake does. if someone comes up with a new one that would be cool.

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