The ultimate PS3 game has arrived on the console which takes the
Metal Gear Solid franchise to the next evolutionary stage in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriot. Once again game
design demi-god Hideo Kojima returns to the series and truly takes
the gamer on an almost movie-like experience as they are immersed
into the character of Solid Snake, the ultimate soldier for good.
The attention to detail in this current incarnation of the series is
truly transcendent of the gaming industry as the story, graphics and
gameplay create one of the most memorable and original experiences in
quite some time. Even if you have never played the Metal Gear Solid
series, gamers will still be able to understand the story as they attempt to
liberate the world from a nefarious evil.
its essence, the game is your traditional action adventure game
where the player must complete a set number of objectives as they
engage in a variety of enemies who block their paths. Even though
the original game was more of a stealth orientated title, Hideo
Kojima offers players an assortment of ways to complete this title in a number of
different ways, whether through a hardcore guns blazing approach or a more
subtle Tom Clancy experience, both ways work quite well and can be
swapped and changed at any time during the game.
The epic story of this current game continues from previous titles,
however our hero Snake is now an aging and dying man due to
genetically modified DNA. Although it seems he has given up hope of finding a cure,
he still fights the good fight. It’s reminiscent of Indiana Jones and
the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with a truly approachable and
likeable aged hero who still maintains his dignity and continues to
not only challenge himself but also the world.
Although originally the character was quite two dimensional, this
current incarnation of Snake has been thoroughly fleshed out which
really allows the gamer to get inside his head. The game also returns
quite a few fan favourites to this current game such as snake’s
brother, Liquid Snake and also a some new faces that make this
one interesting roller coaster of a ride. The game makes good use of
flashbacks to previous games and when a cutscene occurs, by pressing the “X” button,
this will give you a brief flashback to another moment from another
Without spoiling the story further, the cinematography by Kojima is
fantastic and this connoisseur has truly outdone himself with the
cinemas which are rich, interesting and best of all, considerably
shorter than previous versions which contained endless speeches. At
the end of the day, this is as close as most of us will get to be
the starring hero in an almost Hollywood like action epic.
Snake also has access to a variety of weapons and gadgetry such as
his octo-camo armour which mimics the surroundings and basically
makes you almost invisible to your foes, unless there is a sudden
movement or you are firing your weapon. Some of the weapons in the
title can also be upgraded and there is virtually a small arsenal of
weapons scattered throughout the environment which can then be sold
to arms dealer Drebin.
Unlike previous incarnations of the Metal Gear Solid series, this
current version supports a first person shooter mode which is
interesting and useful, however you cannot beat the third person
view. The developers have added a new feature to the series
with the incarnation of “Stress” for the main character and when
Snake is under stress, it effects his “Pysche” meter which then
effects his healing and weapon accuracy. Kind of cool and makes the
gameplay more fair for your enemies, even when playing on "baby"
Upgrading and purchasing ammunition is quite an easy task as all you
need to do is collect the weapons from your fallen enemies and then
visit Drebin. The weapons sold to Drebin are then cashed in for
points which can then be used to purchase a variety of upgrades,
ammunition and the like and makes the game thoroughly more
enjoyable. Besides, seeing Drebin with his shaved monkey is always a
Graphically, Metal Gear Solid 4 is visually one of the most
impressive games on the PlayStation 3 with extremely realistic
looking gaming environments. What really pushes this game over the
edge are the realistic animations of all the characters which one
could be forgiven in thinking they are watching a real person
perform these maneuvers.
The reason behind this is that all the characters have been modeled
on real actors and have been motion captured to make this game
extremely realistic and portray true human emotions. The attention to
detail is insane from the gun fire muzzle to the lighting and
special effects that flawless go hand-in-hand with the gameplay.
With that said, I would highly recommend a high definition Plasma or
LCD TV to truly experience this game.
The soundtrack of MGS4 is phenomenal and changes quite often
throughout the story, even linking back to previous games, however
the star of the title is that of David Hayter as Solid Snake with
his gravel-like speech that suits the character perfectly and
ironically all the characters sound perfect without them sounding
too contrived or forced. The sound effects are all great in the
game from the chatter of guards to the background ambience that
easily gets the gamer lost in this beautifully created gaming world.
conclusion, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot is a true
technological achievement on the PlayStation 3 and on any platform
at the moment. Kojima has truly created a work of art from the
story, graphics and gameplay that is perfect on all fronts. This
game is almost perfect… almost and if you need a reason to buy a
PlayStation 3 than this is the reason.