The only reason I rented this game was because one of my all-time favorite GC games is Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. I wanted to check out more of Silicon Knights' work. Espionage shooters just aren't for me. I didn't even get past the first tutorial level because I was so uninterested. The graphics are lovely, the voice acting is great, but if you're not really into the whole pretending-to-be-in-the- armed- forces thing, don't bother with this one.
To fully appreciate Metal Gear Solid 4, I've decided to play through all four of the games and read up on the older ones.
The production value on this game especially for the time is fantastic. It tells a great story.
The controls and gameplay were a little wonky for me. I was prepared for the long dialog but it was really too much. There's too many pauses between sentences.
Top view camera is hard to work with. This game really breaks into the 4th dimension, don't want to spoil anything, but it does things no other game has ever done, like having to plug controllers into other ports and using resources not actually in the game to solve.