posted by Fiend_Opinion (PITTSBURGH, PA) May 19, 2011
Member since May 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Let me start by first saying this game is not for everyone. I would MGS4 to say the film The Big Lebowski by which I mean its an acquired taste that some people just don't get.
Important Note: ALERT Stealth Espionage is not for Everyone ALERT
The closest game I could relate to this would be from the Socom series but MGS4 really is so far away from that. I don't recall which specific Socom game it was or if it was even for the ps3 system but to me at least it doesn't really matter as I've always found not only this game but the entire MGS4 franchise to be different from Socom franchise. I just mean these 2 loosely fit under the same hood of the stealth espionage genre. I understand not kicking down the door immediately whuppin' tushy (not that that isn't awesome) is going to be found by some to be boring but to not recognize the innovation and brillant way Konami managed to create such a detailed game is ignorant.
I own this game because it's amazing and if you're the type to appreciate the well made unorthodox like say Heavy Rain then give this game a shot. Not that an interactive drama like Heavy Rain is anything like MGS4 other than being a great game a fair cross section of ps3 users who don't seem to give a different kind of game it's due. Well this game is a masterpiece and something a little bit more open minded ps3 user will enjoy. So rent it is pretty much what that statement equals. Or don't, keep playing your cookie cutter FPSs more availability for others.
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
First, let me state for the record, that I, JayDiggle, From Tooele, UT, did enjoy playing MGS4. Actually, I really enjoyed it. For me, it started out a bit...boring. I was trying too hard to stick to the being stealthy which in all honesty, is not my style. I would rather figure out creative ways in which to eliminate my foes. After playing through the first few levels, I decided that I would in fact, just start killing people. To my surprise, MGS4 lets you do this without failing you. Granted, if you stick to the stealth route and spare peoples lives, you will get more "money" to use to upgrade your weapons. I personally was fine with the amount of Drebin points (money) that I had, killing people was fine. Ok, now that that long winded intro is out of the way... Graphics, as stated in dang near every other review, are top notch. I hardly and I mean hardly noticed anything that was off, or jagged. I actually enjoyed watching the cut scenes. They did a wonderful job of actually showing some emotion in the faces of the characters. Sound/music. All I can say is that at times, it felt as though I was watching a tense movie. As the action picked up, the music fit the mood. I really enjoyed all the ambient sounds as well as the sounds of the weapons.
All in all, I think that a majority of people will really enjoy playing through this game. Yes, some of the cut scenes are reaaaallly long. But if you enjoy a good story then you shouldnt even notice the length. If you don't want to watch them, just skip them. I would advise against it, because you will be missing out on a very gripping story of possibly the greatest game of the year. But, the choice is yours, which makes this game so great.
gamers (82%) found this review helpful
The first and foremost reason I bought a PS3. The Metal Gear Solid series has been pillar of hybridization meshing stealth action, full on combat and powerful story driven cinematics. This game is all that and more, the downside being that there's a little too much in the way of cinemas and there's several points where stealth simply stops being a factor and it comes down to survival against guys specifically outfitted to take Snake down. Granted, all this makes sense story-wise, but it hampers the gameplay. Kojima makes every effort to tie up every single loose thread in the MGS saga and to be fair that is a little overwhelming in a game setting and if you aren't already reeled in to the MGS story then you're going to be sorely frustrated with the character references and constant flashbacks when the story at present is already involving enough. As an admitted addict to Kojima's stuff, I live for this kind of game and I was hooked for every second of it, so it took a lot of effort to step back and examine it for flaws, but despite my disappointment with the flaws I found I still emphatically recommend this game along with its predecessors. Superb presentation, dynamic execution and the best game franchise finale I have ever seen make this a game I will forever cherish.