Usually, when I write a video game review, I break the game down piece by piece, explaining what is good and bad about each aspect. Playing Metal Gear Solid 4 changed all of that. If I were to break this game down, not only would it take several pages to explain everything, but it would do this work of art no justice. Instead, I will let my emotions write this review for me, while my brain reflects back on what is not only a game, but an experience.
For those who have followed the Metal Gear series since its inception, you can skip this paragraph. For those who haven’t, let me explain the premise for this game as best I could. You play as Solid Snake, who because of a genetic coding when he was cloned from his father, is way older than his age number indicates. Struggling with life, Old Snake, as he is now known, is thrown into a war of the near future (2014) that is driven by war and technology. His final mission is to find Ocelot, and old foe now controlled by Snake’s brother’s arm (yes its confusing if you’ve never played the sequels) and stop him from taking over the world. Do yourself a favor and at least read up on the stories of Metal Gear Solid 1, 2 and 3, as well as the original Metal Gears before playing this game. If you haven;t played the previous games, the emotions and fan service strewn throughout the game will be almost completely lost.
For those of you who have played the other games, Metal Gear Solid 4 is the complete ending and fan service that a true hero such as Snake deserves.
The game is a true masterpiece, and there is no other way to describe it. The world it is set in is filled with grittiness, depression, confusion, and sorrow. Graphically, it is one of the most beautiful games you will ever see, past and future, on any system. The environments show the effects of a war torn world at every corner, Rubble riddles the streets of the Middle East as explosions go off around every corner. The grand and forests rivers of South America are darkened with the blood, sweat, and tears of the rebels, and the Private Military soldiers they are fighting against. The curfew stricken Eastern Europe feels empty and eerily stagnant, as it should with no one but soldiers wandering the streets. And finally, the old areas of Shadow Moses Island and Outer Haven from previous Metal Gear Solid games are masterfully recreated into the cold, heartless environments that perfectly represent the direction of the story as the game comes to its conclusion.
The story itself is told in a series of cutscenes, totally around 10 hours, which is to be expected from a Metal Gear Solid game. What is truly amazing is that while 10 hours of doing nothing but watching movies in a game may seem wrong, these scenes are so wonderfully narrated, acted, and realized that you will be engulfed completely by the story, the emotions, and the cinematics of this final chapter. Lifelong fans such as myself might even shed a tear at several times during the game, as characters that fans have followed for 20 years have their stories changed and completed. I won;t spoil anything here, but be prepared for a few surprises, lots of emotional anguish, and a feeling of completeness as the Snake’s saga comes to a gripping end.
The gameplay is everything a Metal gear Solid game was, with everything it could be added on top. Present are the traditional stealth mechanics, with the added support of an oh-too-sweet Octo-Camo suit which changes to look like the environment around you in an instant, letting you blend in seamlessly. Added on top of the usual sneaking gameplay is the ability to finally Run and Gun in a Metal Gear Solid game. This adds a whole new dimension, and opens the game up to almost every game player there is. Don’t want to sneak around? Pull out a machine gun and blast your way through every level. More of the silent type? Each level can be completed by not being spotted by a single enemy. Boss fights are also strewn about. Each and every one is unique and memorable, keeping you trekking forward, waiting to see who your next big foe is. To simply put it, the gameplay is one of the best in any game ever made.
Also added into an already spectacular game is a simple Online play mode, with your standard deathmatch modes, as well as the ability to play as Snake online, and to capture bases while competing against other teams.
This review may seem short and vague, but that is by design Daftar Slot Online to give you an idea about the game in brief, so the player can know about the strategic gameplay to increase the odds of win. There is simply no way you could describe Metal Gear Solid 4 in words. It is simply something one must experience. For fans of the series, I would go as far to say that if you don;t already have a PlayStation 3, buy one just to play this game. You will cry, you will laugh, feel depressed, confused, and relieved all by the games conclusion. Metal Gear Solid 4 is a masterpiece of modern art and must be experienced to be believed. It provides unmatched gameplay, a gripping narrative unsurpassed by any game to date, and complete closure for fans of the series. Do yourself a favor, and go play this game NOW.