"Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the
Even though the last chapter of the "Metal Gear" franchise is way
too long on movies--by the end of your first run through this game,
you'll have watched more in-game movies than actually playing--this
is what next-generation gaming is all about: well-written plots,
incredible gameplay that lets you do essentially anything that a
character should be able to do, Blu-ray graphics, a soundtrack done
by a Hollywood musician, and a variety of ways to get through the
"Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots" is the best game of
the series, outlasting the previous effort,
"Snake Eater", by including shades of everything that made the
other games great, even the previous games' music accessible by iPod
within the game. And, giving us our hero, Solid Snake, as a
dying soldier who only has a few more months to live, I love some of
the limitations that the game puts on you as an old guy who has
barely weathered the storm. The game is for adults, the
controls are still the best in the business, the voice acting is
superb...I could gush on and on about this all day, but here's the
I am sure that 75% of the gaming world will never play this game.
Why? Because it's only available on PlayStation 3, and most
folks don't want to drop $400 or $500 for a system just because it
has a Blu-ray disc player built in. Even for me, I only bought
a PS3 because I got a deal on the system plus "MGS4", and now that I
have a hi-def TV, I wanted a Blu-ray DVD player to go with it.
But, most people don't just throw money in the air (kronur!!!), so
the sad thing, unlike the 100 million people who bought PS2s back in
the day, is that this masterpiece is one that might never be played
by the masses, unlike the recent "Grand Theft Auto" games or "Call
of Duty", which were both released on multiple platforms.
Great stuff. There's an online component to "Metal Gear
Solid 4" as well, but I still haven't gotten around to seeing it
yet. The single-player game is enough for me!
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience