Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots User Review
Metal Gear Solid 4 is a love letter to fans who have followed the franchise since the beginning. I imagine that newcomers could admire the stunning graphics and perfect stealth game play, but they would not feel the emotional resonance that this game left on me. Solid Snake was a revered gaming icon in my childhood. Defeating Liquid Ocelot and saving the world was a personal priority. Beloved characters from games past return, likable new characters make an appearance, and the cut scenes are better than ever.
Yes, there are a LOT of cut scenes. Probably 8 hours or so worth of them. But they do a spectacular job at telling the story. No game to date, and I'm speaking from the year 2010, has come close to replicating the grandeur of the cut scenes in this game. Learn to love them or skip them. Your loss if you do.
The shooting mechanics for a Metal Gear Solid game are now perfected. You aim from third person view, over the shoulder (ala RE4). You can switch to and from 1st person mode at the touch of a button and can switch shoulders with a press of R3. Simply brilliant! As usual, weapons and accessories are mapped to the L2,R2 buttons.
Warning: There are some ridiculously awesome boss battles that will give you those jaw dropping "Holy $h*t" moments you come to appreciate from the best games. Each is unique in its own way and requires both brains and brawn to defeat.
Stealth is key in Metal Gear games. Octocamo allows you to blend in with your surrounding environments. It's the "cool" sort of thing that would come from the quarky mind of gaming idol, Hideo Kojima.
Hand to hand combat is handled with the R1 button. Snake has tons of chokes, grapples, and punch-kick combos at his disposal. As you can imagine, he has all sorts of cool toys to complete his mission. The most unique will be your Metal Gear Mark 2.
Animation in this game is superb. Not as good as Uncharted 2, but it was hands down the best of its time.
As usual, Otacon provides support as you navigate around the world, hot on the trails of Liquid Ocelot, to foil his plan to take over military control over the world.
The soundtrack to Metal Gear Solid is once again composed by Harry Gregson Williams. As usual, it is magnificent. The sound and sound effects in this game are all realistic and spot on. A good surround sound system will make this game shine.
I've taken care to avoid talking about the story as much as I can because it is a fantastic conclusion to the adventures of Solid Snake. Metal Gear Solid 4 has a profoundly moving storyline and characters. It is a game with spectacular graphics, the best cut scenes ever made, immersive surround sound effects, and spot on controls.
The game includes numerous difficulty settings and also includes a full functional online component.
Metal Gear Solid 4 marked the rise of the PS3. It was the game that was "supposed to flaunt the power of the PS3". It did that and a whole lot more; it earned many GOTY nods; it raised the bar for the entire industry.
Simply put...Metal Gear Solid 4 is the best game on the PS3. It should be noted however, I have played all of the Metal Gear Solid games and therefore found the storyline to be particularly poignant.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.