GoBB Review: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. If only there were words to describe this game. Your mind will be blown to pieces from start to end, and you will have no choice but to agree with me that it is above superior in every concept known to man. There really is no need of writing a review for such a stunning game, but I feel as if someone can create a masterpiece such as this, I can return the favor by all the compliments I have stored.
May I start off this review by saying, if you haven’t already played this game, or previous ones, SHAME ON YOU! Even if shooters aren’t your type, the Metal Gear Solid series are games I think nobody should never even think of passing by. Go ahead and read on if you aren’t already convinced by my words said so far.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Developer: Kojima Productions
Released: June 12, 2008
As I said, Metal Gear Solid 4 is above superior in every concept. The gameplay, the music, the story, the graphics, everything… The gameplay in MGS4 is very unique and is different than most games played today. The creators managed to find a great way to fit all of Snake’s actions into 14 buttons (amount of buttons on PS3 controller.) From diving, to crouching, to laying on the ground, to rolling, to standing back up, to choking, to slitting a PMC soldiers throat, and to all the other moves Snake is capable of, it all actually works out great in a really simple controller setup.
MGS4 also has some of the greatest music ever written for a game. Starting from MGS1, the music was great and since then, it has only gotten even better. It fits the game so well, that instead of actually hearing the music, it brings out the emotions in which the game is trying to get out. The music varies from different styles such as energetic, sadness, happiness, and so on. My final word on the tunes of this game are that they are much better fitting and emotional than any movie, tv show, or anything I have seen before.
I have to say… Hideo Kojima is the greatest that ever lived in story telling. The final chapter in Solid Snake’s mission clears up all the small gaps in the story of the entire Metal Gear Solid series. Everything may start off to seem confusing, but by the completion of MGS4, all of your questions will be answered and you will notice how smoothly everything fits into place. It will feel as if you are very, very close to the characters in the game, and you will know every single detail about them. By knowing who these characters are, the game just sucks your concentration from “I’m playing a video game,” to “This is my final mission.”
Playing previous games in this series will make the story even more enjoyable. The reason being because Snake has flashbacks from previous games throughout MGS4 and the return of an old island that MGS fans will be sure to remember.
The graphics. Simply amazing, mind boggling, what ever describes the utmost word saying that something is awesome. The look is something never before seen in a game and will amaze you to every extent. In most games, you will see a trailer, but when getting to see the game in action, you find out its not exactly what you have been shown. Metal Gear Solid 4 is different. What you see in the trailers or cut scenes is pretty much exactly what you get when controlling Snake throughout his mission.
Overall, MGS4 is filled with action, comedy, sadness, and happiness. The action is very intense and fun. Every little thing you do only gets better the next time you try it. And yes, I said it… Comedy. There are parts in this game that will make you laugh, however, there are parts that could possibly make you cry. Afterwards, happiness will work its way back up and the action will continue.
Nowadays, multiplayer is a big part of every game released. This game has you covered… The battles are intense, the gameplay is great, the graphics are astonishing. What more could you ask for in an online experience? Jumping from the story to online is almost like playing a whole new game. There are numerous maps and game modes to choose from and plenty of room for customization of your character.
Still on the subject of online play, the reward point trade shop that Konami has setup allows you to go in and spend points on new gear and clothing that you may be interested in. Along side with that, there is an online shop were you can find expansions that include new maps and playable characters (Meryl, Johnny, Raiden, Vamp, etc.) Getting these expansions boosts the maximum fun level of playing online a lot.
I know that all of this is coming from a HUGE Metal Gear Solid fan, but I’ve seen others who were new to the series, MGS4 being their first MGS game played, and they loved it as much as I. Sure they may not have gotten to enjoy the story behind the game as much as I did, but every other part just blew their minds.
Not only Metal Gear Solid 4, but all of the games in the series are games that just can’t be passed by because of their greatness it has brought to the world. Needless to say, I think this will by far be almost anyone’s favorite game of all time. Hardly any room left for improvement, this game is one of the best must buys in our days. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots receives an 10 out of 10.
Score: 10 – Flawless (10's demonstrate the most amount of fun you can have without the need to change your pants. They are amazing in every aspect. No faults. If anything could make Chuck Norris shed a tear, it would be this game.)