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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PlayStation 3)

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Metal Gear Solid 4 is the fourth major game in the Metal Gear Solid series developed by Hideo Kojima. It ties up all of the loose plot points of the previous games while bringing back a number of characters from the earlier games in the series such as Colonel Campbell, Naomi Hunter, Otacon, Meryl Silverburgh, Mei Ling and many more. The game's main antagonist is Liquid Ocelot. Most of the story and the relationship is explained through cut-scenes with a considerable length. Due to the series extensive history, knowledge of the prior games is recommended to fully understand the story.

As the story begins Solid Snake, now looking like an old man due to accelerated aging, is being deployed in the Middle East on a mission to stop Liquid Ocelot. The game is set in 2014, five years after the Big Shell Incident of Metal Gear Solid 2. Liquid aims to take control of Sons of the Patriots, the nanomachine system used to enhance the capabilities of the mercenaries of different factions. By this he plans to assemble an army. The game is divided into five acts followed by an epilogue and a briefing. The various missions bring Old Snake to more than one location, including the Middle East, South America, Eastern Europe and few more that can surprise the players familiar with the franchise.

In this game all of the actions of the previous game have been included along with some new ones such as the ability to roll on your back and fire and the ability to hide in bins scattered around the environment. Similar to Subsistence re-release of MGS3, player has full control of the camera rotation on one analogue stick while walking with the other. Shooting is now enhanced to support new shoulder camera not seen in the franchise before, much similar to that of Resident Evil 4 which will help you to easily counter-attack the enemy without having to fire randomly or switching to 1st-person perspective. The Close Quarters Combat system has been redesigned and players are now able to interrogate guards for information or supplies. The earlier camouflage system has been replaced with Octocamo that allows Snake to blend into the environment. The stamina meter from Snake Eater has been replaced by a stress meter. Based on the fighting and the climate conditions it can offer additional accuracy and reduces sustained damage. The other meter, Psyche, reduces accuracy and can be replenished by reading an adult magazine, eating or drinking.

Snake has access to the largest arsenal of weapons ever made available in a Metal Gear game, with a large array of pistols, rifles and explosives, along with the ability to mod the weapons adding scopes, suppressors, lights and other equipment to create custom weapons.

Other gadgets in the game including the Solid Eye, which is an electronic eye patch that can be used as binoculars, night vision goggles or just a device for displaying information about enemies and items scattered around the levels. There is also the Metal Gear Mk. II, which is a small robot that can be used to scout levels and electrocute enemies knocking them out for a period of time.

The game also features an complex multiplayer mode, simply entitled Metal Gear Online. Aside from the usual suspects of multiplayer shooter modes, such as "deathmatch" and "capture the flag", there are some original modes that are based on the stealth aspects of the single player games. "Sneaking Mission" mostly plays out like a standard team deathmatch, with the exception that one player is assigned to control Snake, who is equipped with his radar and Octocamo. Snake's goal is to tranquilise his enemies in order acquire their dog tags, without getting spotted. If there are enough players in the game, one player will also control Metal Gear Mk.II to assist Snake. "Team Sneaking" is basically "Capture the flag", in which the attacking team is equipped with stealth camouflage and non-lethal weapons. The defending team can only see the attacking team's shadows and weapons.

Screenshots

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PlayStation 3 Playing dead and blending with an environment will render you almost invisible.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PlayStation 3 From time to time game lets you see flashback from previous MGS titles if you press the right button when presented.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PlayStation 3 Surprise attack from the shadowy corner.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PlayStation 3 These two soldiers are unaware of Snake's presence.

Alternate Titles

  • "MGS4" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Goes out with a bang (a pretty loud one too) Daemion Blackfire (16) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Konami does another masterpiece Simon Koetsier (422) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Where the series went wrong... Zokolov (66) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars

The Press Says

Hooked Gamers Jun 18, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Lawrence Jun 18, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2008 10 out of 10 100
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Jun 03, 2008 98 out of 100 98
GamingTrend Jul, 2008 558 out of 600 93
Gameswelt Jun 05, 2008 92 out of 100 92
Game Vortex Jul, 2008 92 out of 100 92
GamesFire Jun 19, 2008 91 out of 100 91
GameSpy Jun 13, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) May 30, 2008 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

References

A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 4 PlayStation 3 can be seen next to the kitchen radio during the briefing missions on Snake and Otacon's aerial transport.

Soundtrack

Metal Gear Solid's main musical theme is not present in the game because of legal issues. Russian composers had found it too similar to music written by Georgy Sviridov from the 1970s. Konami was too sensitive about the situation and just decided not to use the music in the game.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #3 Best Trailer of the Year
    • 2007 – #2 Best Trailer of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #9 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – #3 PS3 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PS3 Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2008 – PS3 Action Game of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2008 - PlayStation Game of the Year
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