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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.1
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
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Overall User Score (68 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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GamesCollection (Jan 07, 2009)
Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns of the Patrios è un'opera senza paragoni. Non esiste niente di simile, e difficilmente potrebbe venire emulato: rappresenta la fusione perfetta - o quasi - tra cinema e videogioco, complici trama, colonna sonora e scelte registiche. Le piccole sbavature sono semplici dimenticanze più che perdonabili in quello che si mostra come un quadro maestoso. Un consiglio: non giocateci senza aver prima completato gli episodi precedenti, perchè rovinarsi la trama in questo modo sarebbe un crimine.
Metal Gear Solid 4 is without doubt the perfect conclusion to a fantastic saga. Snake, it has been a long and exciting ride. You definitely deserve a long and peaceful rest.
This is it then, twenty years of history coming to an epic conclusion in what is Snake’s (and perhaps even Kojima’s) Swan Song; a true masterpiece that will be revered for years to come like its predecessors, but one that will stand through the tests of time and will still be referred to as perhaps the pinnacle of storytelling in videogames.
Cynamite (Jul 01, 2008)
Jetzt im Handel! Das Ende einer Legende: In Teil 4 von Hideo Kojimas Schleich-Saga tritt Opa Snake seine letzte Dienstreise an. Vorhang auf für Metal Gear Solid 4!
GameLemon (Jul 15, 2008)
Don't take my 10 to mean this game will be beloved by all, because it most certainly won't be. In fact, it's bound to engender more rabid detractors than a mediocre game would, which is the irony of excellence. Think of it as a video game equivalent of 2001: A Space Odyssey: you may love it, you may hate it, you may fall asleep during it. But you cannot deny that it is a work of art that has gone where few others have even dared, with a passion, intentionality, and personality that will imprint it indelibly into our cultural and artistic memory.
Digital Chumps (Jun 17, 2008)
So is the game worth it? Hell yes it's worth it! If you were looking for a reason to purchase a Playstation 3 (if Resistance didn't do it for you), you now have the reason. It's the best game of this year. It's got action, it's got story, it's got a good online mode that isn't as inspiring as the game itself, but nonetheless really well-done. You have all of these things that make the game great, a full package, and it's only $59.99? Amazing price for what you get, absolutely amazing.
Hooked Gamers (Jun 18, 2008)
So, is it a worthy conclusion to one of videogaming's finest series? Certainly. It mixes everything that makes Metal Gear unique with the best elements from other modern game, while utilizing the true power of the PS3, and adds in one of the greatest, if not the greatest, story ever told in a videogame. Wrapping up a seemingly infinite amount of loose ends, adding in unprecedented freedom, ridiculous replay value, excellent production values, and a tear-jerker of an ending, it all results in what could well be the greatest videogame of all time.
Game Chronicles (Jul 15, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots marks the final chapter in the Metal Gear Solid saga, and it could not be a stronger sendoff, as MGS4 is about as perfect a game as you can get. That is a big statement since I went into this review full expecting to be disappointed. Every aspect of the game – from the comprehensible storyline to the updated controls, from the white-knuckle character battles to the lengthy cutscenes – it all exudes a certain air of quality. Need I say more? If you own a PS3, then you really owe it to yourself to check out Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
UltraNinjas (Jun 23, 2008)
As we’ve brought up before, sometimes we don’t find the time to finish games, or have no interest to. Then, along comes one that gets its shiny little hooks in and pulls us along for the ride. With Metal Gear Solid 4: Sons of the Patriots I took the bait and asked for more. I find it difficult to give it any other score.
PlayStation Universe (Jun 16, 2008)
In conclusion, after spending the best part of 30 hours finishing this crucial release, I can confidently disclose my answer to the following; does MGS4 live up to the hype? The answer, unequivocally, is yes. Not only does it match up to the hype, it welcomes it with open arms, embraces it, proceeds to dazzle you with a whole lot more. From its gritty, visceral battle zones, compelling storyline to the amount of depth and satisfaction contained with its gameplay, Guns of the Patriots is a mesmerizing experience from start to finish that should be experienced by any self-respecting PS3 owner out there. More importantly, however, is the fact the latest entry in this extolled franchise succeeds in delivering its ultimate promise -- to deliver an unforgettable closure to a legendary protagonist.
100 (Jun 16, 2008)
I’m not afraid to admit it either, I shed a few tears at the end of the game, and I don’t care what amount of crap I get for it, because it’s a masterpiece. I went into MGS4 thinking there was no way I’d end up giving this game a perfect score *I used to be attest to ever giving a game a perfect score*, but MGS4 has won me over as a modern masterpiece. If you think I’m crazy that’s fine, but until you’ve finished the single player you haven’t experienced the ending that I have. I will say right now that MGS4 has the best ending ever in a video game. While the debriefing is admittedly kind of weird, the ending of act 5 and the epilogue is the best ending ever in a video game, period. Thank you Solid Snake, I’ll never forget you.
UOL Jogos (Jun 20, 2008)
"Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots" fecha com chave de ouro a saga criada por Hideo Kojima há mais de 20 anos, com um desfecho memorável e impactante para aposentar o veterano Solid Snake. Em seu último capítulo, a série finalmente encontra o equilíbrio perfeito entre apresentação, roteiro, mecânica e diversão, em um dos jogos mais ricos, emocionantes e envolventes de todos os tempos. É o ponto mais alto do ciclo de vida do Playstation 3 até então, é o título que mais aproximou o cinema do videogame, e uma obra-prima que servirá como inspiração e base para muitos jogos que virão.
Where the Metal Gear franchise goes from here is a mystery. Whatever happens, make no mistake: The story of Solid Snake ends here. With the series' last breath, Hideo Kojima's defining opus does more than just surpass the previous Metal Gear titles - it creates a landmark gaming experience that continually astounds with its variety, depth, and intelligence. Metal Gear Solid 4 is a masterpiece.
Gamereactor (Finland) (Jun 19, 2008)
Rakkaus, jota Hideo Kojima on osoittanut pelisarjalleen ja Solid Snaken tarinan viimeiseen osaan, nostaa sen muiden yläpuolelle. Tarina lunastaa kaikki odotukset. Kysymyksiä ei jää avoimeksi, ja ensimmäisestä Metal Gear Solidista lähtenyt tarina, joka tuntui aivan liian monimutkaiselta videopeliin, on vastoin kaikkia todennäköisyyksiä saatu arvoiseensa päätökseen. Jokainen yksityiskohta on tarkkaan mietitty ja punnittu. Joitakin kauneusvirheitä näkyy toki siellä täällä, mutta... Ketä kiinnostaa?
EL33TONLINE (Jun 24, 2008)
If this happens to be Hideo Kojima’s last piece of work in the Metal Gear franchise it is indeed a sad day for video games, but it will be a great way to bow out. This game is brilliant and I find it difficult to believe that any game in the near future will be able to touch this brilliance.
Video Games Daily (Jun 30, 2008)
It's stupid, it's nonsensical, it's over the top, it's full of awful dialogue, it demands long sittings and it hasn't changed much from the first game ten years ago. But then, it's Metal Gear Solid, so who cares? It's undeniably brilliant, captivating, exciting and downright fantastic, definitely worthy of at least a few furrowed brows throughout the experience. Metal Gear Online may not be perfect, but it's still a nice bonus on top of the existing game.
JustPressPlay (Jul 02, 2008)
Thegame delivers on absolutely every front. Some might complain about thelength of cutscenes, but it is nothing new to the franchise. MGS 1,2 and 3 (especially 2) had a lot of cutscenes and codec sequencesso why would this one be any different. And just like the previous gamesyou can skip them. From an artistic standpoint MGS 4 is mindblowing a lot of the sequences are capable of dropping the jaw of even the mostcynical gamer. I don’t issue a lot of these, but I’m never really thisfulfilled or impressed with a game.
Game Shark (Jun 19, 2008)
To be certain, this is the penultimate hardcore game. While it introduces a number of innovations, its core remains in tune with classic console gaming. Peppered throughout are moments that clearly hearken back to older installments or other games, yet it modernizes them in a way that ensures the experience is fresh and carries artistic value. More than a mere sequel, Metal Gear Solid 4 is a representational masterpiece to be remembered well beyond the years of this generation.
Game Revolution (Jun 23, 2008)
In contrast to Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, MGS4 doesn’t mistake complexity for intelligence. If a schizophrenic person were trying to tell me a story, it’d be plenty complex but I’d have a hard time calling it intelligently structured. But in MGS4, the story is both crazy and crazy smart. It not only takes the stealth action genre to all new heights, but it is also one of the best tactical shooters ever. You’ll not find better cinematics anywhere, and you’re not likely to find a story with more substantial payoffs than this game. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the best in the series, the best in its genre, and the best game on the PS3.
IGN (Jun 12, 2008)
Is it possible to give a game an 11? If so, this would be the game that would merit that score. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a title that exceeds all of the hype that was attached to the title. Regardless of whether you've seen every trailer and screenshot, read every preview and heard every interview, you won't get a full sense of how phenomenal this title is unless you sit down and experience it for yourself.
GameSpot (Jun 13, 2008)
f the story-heavy presentation of previous Metal Gear games taxed your patience, Metal Gear Solid 4 won't change your mind. For anyone who appreciates games that rise above the simple act of pushing a few buttons and pulling a few triggers, Metal Gear Solid 4 is a stimulating ride that you won't soon forget. You'll want to see what happens next, yet when its long campaign draws to a close, you'll wish it would continue. That's not just because it's a well-told tale, but because that tale is woven through a thoroughly impressive game that tops its predecessors.
PSX Extreme (Jun 14, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4 is the reason why you bought a PlayStation 3. If you've yet to feel that your PS3 purchase has been justified, here is your justification. There is no doubt about it, but this is easily the best experience you'll have on the PlayStation 3 to date, simply nothing comes close to MGS4's presentation, story-telling, gameplay, visuals, and sound. The amount of classic homages paid to the previous games, with one in particular, will leave you breathless and, perhaps, emotional. Kojima and co. have crafted a videogame that actually pokes at your intellectual thought process and your heart - arguably a first for the medium - and the end result is simply the greatest closing to a videogame saga ever. Simply stunning.
Console Monster (Jun 14, 2008)
Quite simply, I could ramble on about this game all day long. There's just moments of absolute genius that make this game probably the best video game I've ever played - and I've played quite a few! Sure, the game has some rather long cut-scenes, has probably the longest ending I've ever seen, and requires a little bit of sitting around waiting for the game to be installed to your hard drive, but the sheer creative direction of this title make these otherwise annoying elements add to the games genius rather than hinder it. In all my years of writing about video games, I've never ever given a game a perfect score - in fact, I've never agreed with a perfect score, as I've felt that a game always has something it could work on. I just can't see any reason not to give this game full marks. Congratulations Konami - Quite simply the greatest way to finish off an immense journey - with perfection.
100 (Jun 16, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4 is a game that pushes. It pushes the PS3 into beginning to realize its potential. It pushes the stealth action genre forward at least two fold and keeps it Kojima-dominated. It pushes the potential of action set pieces from diversions to interwoven gameplay spectaculars. It pushes presentation to immense unified standards that are rarely ever heard of. It pushes the development standards of games themselves to new heights that developers need to learn from if they're going to take full advantage of everything this generation has to offer.

Finally, it pushes Snake to the best farewell he could ever have.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jun 16, 2008)
While debate will no doubt rage over the story and its outcomes, there really isn't a single wrong move in the gameplay sections. Each area is intense and fun to sneak or fight your way through. The boss battles are some of the best ever seen in any videogame, with a couple that will definitely be talked about for years to come. Bonus items and challenging difficulty modes encourage multiple playthroughs. Kojima Productions has ended up delivering something fantastic. While it may or may not be a reason to purchase a PlayStation 3 all by itself, it should help make that decision easier for a lot of people.
AceGamez (Jun 16, 2008)
I very rarely call games perfect, and though Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has room for gameplay tweaks here and there, when you look at its grand scale of and all that it successfully achieves, the game is, in my humble opinion, a one of a kind masterpiece. I doubt that any game series will ever build up to such a culmination as this one has, with so much thought, effort, and passion put into it. Hideo Kojima set out to move and excite people, to truly make a work of art, and not just a fun videogame. Metal Gear Solid 4 is an accomplishment like no other, but to truly appreciate it you have to know the history and see what has led up to it.
Giant Bomb (Jun 17, 2008)
You could level some other minor complaints at Guns of the Patriots. The game stops to load a little too frequently, and it features not only an initial eight-minute install process but also several subsequent, shorter ones before each act. But none of the game’s minor blemishes are enough to detract from its massive overall impact. It’s the surprising entertainment value of the action, the mind-blowing visuals, and the completeness of the story’s conclusion that make this last installment so satisfying. Metal Gear Solid 4’s positive qualities make it one of the most significant game releases of this generation, and anyone with an appreciation for the evolving form of the medium would do well to play it from start to finish.
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 18, 2008)
It's rather rare that I have absolutely no complaints about a game, but this is one of these particular cases. Nothing stands out as hindering it whatsoever. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will surely set the bar for this generations in terms of quality, and should be the benchmark for a truly great game. It's sad to see the series finally end, but on the other hand I've never seen a series end so superbly. It truly is the end of an era, with a series that has spanned all three PlayStation generations.
Lawrence (Jun 18, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the most “complete” game I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. It’s one of the only times I’ve finished a game and was able to sit back and honestly think “there’s not a single thing I would have changed about that.” Perfection is not a word I throw around lightly, but I’ll apply it to MGS4. Every single aspect of the game shines, and it’s clear the development team truly cared about giving their fans a final chapter this legendary series deserves. There are moments (especially in the final few hours) in which you’ll become completely lost in the game, almost forgetting you’ve got a controller in your hand. It’s the absolute pinnacle of gaming as a form of entertainment, and raises the entire medium to a level of art never seen before.
Gaming Age (Jun 18, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the culmination of 20 years worth of console-defining games. What makes it so incredible is that MGS4 actually lives up to those 20 years and does the entire series justice in spite of the massive hype, anticipation and expectations resting on its shoulders. Metal Gear Solid 4, whether you know it or not, is one of the reasons you bought your PlayStation 3. More to the point, it's one of the reasons you still play video games.
ZTGameDomain (Jun 19, 2008)
I could go on for another five pages about how much I loved the game, but I will leave it at this. If you own a PS3 this game is a must own. If you are a Metal Gear fan this could easily be the best experience you will ever have. Even with the small things you can nitpick about the game; it will truly be hard to top this one for a long time to come.
Gamernode (Jun 20, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4 will undoubtedly be the subject of debate for many years to come. The unconventional approach to delivering a triple-A game by centering the single-player game around more non-interactive elements than interactive is sure to ruffle a few feathers; the viability of different play styles might lead people to believe it's a second-rate third-person shooter; and the emphasis on nanomachines and PMCs, without being preachy, might be too topical for some. Regardless, right now it's one of the best-looking, engaging, and emotionally driven experiences, with the gameplay to match, on the PS3 or any console.
But in the end, is there closure? Is this truly the end of the Metal Gear Solid series? And if so, was it worth it? Without a doubt the answer is a resounding yes! It is ironic that Guns of the Patriots came out during the middle of the summer movie season as it’s truly the blockbuster that we have come to expect. It is now time for Hideo Kojima and Snake to take a long deserved rest. They earned it!
100 (Jun 20, 2008)

לא רק שמטאל גיר סוליד 4 ענה על הציפיות שלי וקיים את הבטחותיו – הוא גם פתח בפני דלת, והראה לי לאן באמת יכול להגיע עולם משחקי הוידאו. זהו ללא ספק המשחק הטוב ביותר ששיחקתי מימיי, וכולי הלם ויראה אחרי החוויה המדהימה הזו. סוליד סנייק לא יכול היה לעזוב בתרועה גדולה ומכובדת יותר מזו. להתראות, חבר יקר. אנחנו נתגעגע...

GamePro (US) (Jul, 2008)
In the end, everyone's a winner. The Playstation 3 finally gets its "savior", Kojima gets his masterpiece, and gamers get one one of the best gamers of all time. And they all lived happily ever after.
GameFocus (Jul 04, 2008)
MGS 4 can be the pioneer in a new way to create and experience a videogame but I hardly believe anyone else can repeat the winning recipe, unless Kojima does another one…
99 (Jun 20, 2008)
All who play will be engrossed by the great story and action. There are so many ways to play this game, full on action or slow paced stealth so everyone is happy. With so many cool little touches, this game will take forever to get through and experience it all. Even the naysayer’s who feel this is not really a game but a long movie will have to shut up and take note as this truly is what the PS3 is all about....At last an epic title that the console can be proud of.
IGN UK (May 30, 2008)
If you’ve ever loved any one of the Metal Gear games, or any moments from the series, there will come a moment when MGS 4 will send your spirits soaring. If you’ve loved them all, well then there’ll be many, many more. It’s a masterpiece. But forget you read that. Go play it and find out for yourself. Because it’s the kind of game that, if you play it after being told it’s a masterpiece, might end up disappointing you because of the hype. So forget the hype. Forget that it’s a magnificent, ground-breaking, masterpiece. Just play it, and enjoy a dazzling, heart-lifting, voyage of discovery.
Metal Gear Solid 4 is finally the game to sell the Playstation 3 console, it is exclusive, dramatic and looks absolutely gorgeous. It is an uplifting experience and is totally polished and more importantly, engrossing and fun, one of the few masterpieces of 2008 and surely a good contender for game of the year. Make no mistake, if you are already a fan of the series, this is going to sate your appetite and then some. If you don’t already have a Playstation 3 then this is a good time to make an investment. Just kiss goodbye to several months of your life.
Game Freaks 365 (Jun, 2008)
What a package. I didn't even touch on Metal Gear Online, the multi-player aspect of Metal Gear Solid 4 that allows for all kinds of different online modes, including a Snake-vs.-everyone match. It is still the single-player that will have you most enthralled. Everything about this game, from the graphics and cut-scenes to the voice acting and past references, will have you begging for more. Metal Gear Solid 4 is a fitting conclusion to the entire franchise. Snake, we salute you.
Game Watcher (Jun 18, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots sets the benchmark for all PlayStation 3 games to come. The movie-style presentation is profound, the action is excellent and the story will blow your mind. It’s one of those games that will be stuck firmly in your mind for years to come. If you’re looking for an excuse to make a PlayStation 3 purchase, then Guns of the Patriots should provide all of the justification you’ll ever need.
Gamer 2.0 (Jun 23, 2008)
When it comes down to it, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots provides what may easily be the most memorable experience of this generation so far. Despite being one of the most hyped games of this generation so far, every Metal Gear fan has no reason to not get Metal Gear Solid 4. If you’re one of those people that wanted to get into previous Metal Gear Solid games, but found the gameplay to not be accessible enough for you, MGS4 should be the game that welcomes you with arms wide open. If the cutscenes and story were what kept you from jumping in earlier, MGS4 most likely won’t change your mind.
Guns of the Patriots pays off not just because it's the long-awaited resolution to a saga that has captured my imagination - the game expands its horizons and evolves to deliver the best experience in the series.
That Gaming Site (Sep 12, 2008)
This game is not perfect, although for fans of the series or those who enjoy immersion in their experience will walk away impressed. Few games have been able to impress me to this level. A PS3 must buy for a majority of gamers.
Vgames (Jun 15, 2008)

מטאל גיר סוליד 3 הוא אחד המשחקים הטובים ששיחקתי בהם בחיי. גרפיקה מרהיבה, עלילה מרתקת, סרטוני מעבר עשויים היטב ומשחקיות משובחת במיוחד - הידאו קוג'ימה פשוט יודע לעשות משחקים שהם חוויה. אם יש לכם פלייסטיישן 3, אין שום סיבה שבעולם שלא לקנות את המשחק המדהים הזה. ואם אין לכם פלייסטיישן 3, אולי הגיע הזמן.

E’ di diritto uno dei giochi più belli della storia, di fatto potrebbe essere il migliore in assoluto (saranno i gamers a decretarlo), ciononostante ci troviamo dinnanzi ad un bivio postoci dinnanzi che contempla da una parte lo stealth game per antonomasia, dall’altra un incredibile film che ci racconta la fine della storia di Solid Snake (ma non di Metal Gear Solid). Oggi siamo chiamati a scelgliere quale di queste due direzioni consigliare. La verità è che probabilmente, ancora una volta, mr. Kojima ha ragione e di fatto la formula ideale per il gioco del futuro è una osmosi tra interattività e filmato, tra azione e storia. Tra cinque anni magari tutti i videogames saranno così, con tutti i developer che si saranno adeguati. Hideo l’aveva previsto. L’ha previsto.
96 (Jun 16, 2008)
PlayStation 3:lle MGS 4 on myös merkittävä virstanpylväs. Ensimmäistä kertaa todella sulavaa teräväpiirtografiikkaa saavutetaan muuallakin kuin mainosmiesten puheissa, ja koneen tehoja aletaan muutenkin ulosmitata kiitettävästi. Jos muut kehittäjät seuraavat esimerkkiä, Sonyn tuotteen valinneille on vihdoin luvassa muutakin kuin kilpailijaan nähden identtisiä pelejä kovempaan hintaan.
Extreme Gamer (Jul 21, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a fitting final chapter in Solid Snake’s run in the series. Unlike other long time gaming characters, Kojima shows Snake as an aged solider still battling it out, not only against his enemies, but the advancement of life. Aside from a few nitpicks in the gaming department, Metal Gear Solid 4 is as solid as ever. Guns of the Patriots is one of the best gaming experiences the Playstation 3 can exclusively offer. If you are a Solid Snake fan, or just someone who wants to see what all the hype is about, Metal Gear Solid 4 is worth the investment of your time.
96 (Jul 10, 2008)
MGS4 on elämää suurempi kokonaisuus. Se on eeppinen tarina monimutkaisen taustan omaavan supersotilaan viimeisestä tehtävästä, joka tällä kertaa antaa enemmän vastauksia kuin herättää kysymyksiä. Monille faneille pelkästään tämä on riittävä syy pelin hankkimiseen. Ja ainahan elää toivo, että vanha käärme selviää sittenkin...?
Cheat Code Central (Jun 12, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a title I have been anxiously waiting for. Several things that happen in the game will give hardcore fans brain meltdowns, but even newcomers will be gradually eased into the story with flashbacks from previous games, so everyone can really understand what is happening. The control modifications especially make this entry more accessible to newcomers, by leveling the playing field. While some will have issues with given parts of the game, they are so small and trivial they don't even matter. Whether this is Solid Snake's final hoorah is something you will have to find out for yourself, and trust me, you will not be disappointed. MGS4 is the reason you bought your PS3!
Lens of Truth (Nov 06, 2008)
This is a MUST have for sneaking games and one PS3′s first true winners.
Enough is enough with cut scenes. If programmers are going to add these into the game then they better back it up with just as much gameplay. Metal Gear Solid 4 is a fantastic game, but when you get little or no gameplay at times then you might find yourself turning off your Playstation 3.
gamrReview (Jun 23, 2008)
Overall this game is an incredible experience and a definite must have for any PS3 owner. Even if you’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, I still suggest reading up on the storyline and picking this game up, you won’t be disappointed.
TTGamer (Jun 16, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4 is epic. It is a title that will be remembered for years to come as the game that truly showed what the PS3 can do. It may have taken them four years to do it, but the four years were worth it and there is no doubt that this truly ties it all up. It is a shame to see such a legendary series come to an end but we must give them credit for quitting while they are ahead. It may have its problems, but Metal Gear Solid truly is the first must own PS3 exclusive, and for that Sony will be laughing all the way to the bank. It is good enough to buy a PS3 system for. It is a game that truly must be seen and played, and while we have no doubt it has its issues, the good far outweighs the bad. This is the end, but it is only the beginning for the legendary status this series is sure to hold for years to come.
IGN Australia (Jun 05, 2008)
Despite any perceived shortcomings we see and play, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is still thoroughly wonderful. The emotional impact and the player’s investment in the story and characters are the game’s greatest assets. It refines the MGS formula and introduces just enough new (or respectfully influenced) ideas to ensure that it stands on its own as a game. But where MGS4 really succeeds is in delivering an experience unlikely to ever be surpassed by Kojima ever again, providing fans everything they want to see, twists you won’t expect and more raw, lavish creativity than the video gaming medium probably deserves. Take a bow, Snake; it’s been a long and consistent delight after all these years.
The only way to describe Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is that it's a unique masterpiece. Kojima sticks to his guns, (finally?) gets the formula 'right' and answers all, in one of the best experiences of the HD era yet. Never before has a game been so expensive looking but polished, had such an epic story behind it or such focused yet dynamic gameplay. For those who have been craving the defining experience on the PS3, this is it.
Daily Game (Jun 27, 2008)
rom the story and graphics to the numerous Easter eggs for the fans, Metal Gear Solid 4 is the Game of the Year so far, and if you have a PS3 you need to play it. We were skeptical that a Metal Gear title would be a killer app, but we were happily proven wrong.
GameZone (Jun 18, 2008)
Game of the Year? Who knows. Experience of the Year? Almost certainly.
Gameplanet (Jun 20, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4 doesn't deserve a score at all. It shouldn't be rated among other games, as it can generate emotions and experiences rarely had in video games. A lot of games will look bad when put next to Metal Gear Solid 4.
TotalPlayStation (Jun 22, 2008)
I'm actually envious of people that will play the game for the first time, hopefully as I did without any spoilers, because it's such a unique and rewarding experience. It should go without saying that this is a game anyone who owns a PS3 should buy, and it's probably no real stretch to say that people should buy a PS3 for this game alone. It's that good. The only real hemming and hawing I'm going through right now are purely a matter of figuring out just how to quantify that with a score.
94 Gaming Portal (Jul 12, 2008)
To je to, kraj. Jedna velika saga završava svojim četvrtim nastavkom. Da li se isplatio sav hype, svo očekivanje, i da li je ova igra dostojan kraj ovakog serijala? Bez ikakvog razmišljanja, da. Četvrti nastavak Metal Gear Solida zasad je najbolja igra na PS3 konzoli, unatoč mnogim odličnim konkurentima. No, puno važnije, on je upravo ono čemu su se svi obožavatelji nadali: fantastičan kraj jedne duge priče. Uz gameplay koji vam daje gomilu mogućnosti, fantastične animacije te tehničku besprijekornost, MGS4 igra je koja se jednostavno mora odigrati. Istina, nije napravljena za nove igrače, ali ako ste jedan od njih, što čekate, prijašnji nastavci neće se sami odigrati. Sve u svemu, možemo samo poželjeti da ovo zaista ostane kraj, da Kojima više ne riskira, jer MGS4 završava na najljepši mogući način. I da poslije možemo reći da je jedna velika saga završila baš onako kako je i počela: kao neponovljivo remek djelo.
Gamigo (Jun 23, 2008)
Ganz großes Kino Konami! Mit Metal Gear Solid 4 habt ihr nicht nur den Hit dieses Sommers veröffentlicht, es ist schlichtweg „DER“ Titel für die PS3. Mag es auch sein, dass derzeit die Bundles noch nicht ganz so gut laufen (das sieht im Weihnachtsgeschäft bestimmt anders aus!), dass Spiel verkauft sich bereits wie geschnitten Brot. Wer also auf der Suche nach DEM perfekten Spiel ist, MGS4 kommt diesem schon sehr sehr nahe. Schade allerdings, dass man den guten Solid Snake nur mit deutschen Untertiteln genießen kann. Ein solcher Blockbuster hätte eine würdige Synchronisation mehr als verdient gehabt. Aber auch so ist dieser Titel absolute Kaufpflicht!
93 (Jun 16, 2008)
Mit "Guns of the Patriots" vollendet Hideo Kojima sein Lebenswerk. Obwohl wir natürlich hoffen, dass wir noch viele gute Spiele und Serien des Entwicklergenies zu Gesicht bekommen werden, greifen wir an dieser Stelle bereits auf eine solche Formulierung zurück. Grund dafür ist einfach die Art und Weise, mit der uns die Kojima Productions seit nunmehr 10 Jahren mit Videospielabenteuern versorgen. Es gibt kaum eine Serie, die derart konstant fesselt und letztlich punktgenau zum verdienten Finale geführt wurde. Während Genrefans ein packendes und schickes Abenteuer mit Action- und Schleicheinlagen erleben, handelt es sich für Metal Gear Solid Fans um eine echte Offenbarung. Was für eine Story, was für ein Spiel, was für ein Ende! Mit Begeisterung und Wehmut zugleich nahmen wir den Abspann auf und waren uns sicher, dass sich Altmeister Snake spätestens mit diesem Spiel einen Platz in der Hall of Fame der Videospielgeschichte verdient hat.
GamingTrend (Jul, 2008)
Odds are that if you own a PS3, you’ve already purchased and played this game. If you haven’t, you need to run out and buy this game right away. Coupled with a download via the Playstation Store that’ll explain the series to you so far, this game is playable even if you haven’t been following the series for years.
GameTrailers (Jun 12, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4 is a unique, multi-layered experience that, when all is said and done, is a worthy conclusion to an important series. In addition to coming through as a sequel, the game stands as a ringing endorsement for the technical capabilities of the PlayStation 3. Some elements of the game aren’t as progressive as its technology, but taken as whole it’s still one of the most remarkable games of this generation. As for Old Snake, regardless of your feelings about the series, this soldier has given his all and truly deserves his final salute.
Gameswelt (Jun 05, 2008)
So manchem altgedienten Wegbegleiter von Snake werden vor dem Bildschirm die Tränen über die Wangen kullern. Das sind aber keine Trauertränen wegen der Qualität des neuen Abenteuers, im Gegenteil: ’Metal Gear Solid 4’ spielt dank der hervorragenden Geschichte und der mitreißenden Inszenierung auf Hollywood-Niveau meisterhaft mit den Gefühlen der Spieler. Die Spielpassagen werden da fast schon zur Nebensache. Trotzdem erfreulich, dass die altbekannte Kombination aus Stealth, Action-Adventure und Shooter nach wie vor zu überzeugen weiß.
Game Vortex (Jul, 2008)
While it isn't clear where the series goes from here (though a few clues are dropped that the series will continue), the one thing that is clear is that Snake's story has come to an end. Though flawed in some areas, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is one of the most complete experiences currently available and a must-have for PS3 owners.
Game Captain (Jun 23, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots ist schon mehr ein interaktiver Film als ein Videospiel im klassischen Sinne, so rahmensprengend und komplex ist diesmal die in zahlreichen und enorm langen Cut Scenes erzählte Story. Aber auch das Gameplay ist eine Überraschung, da nun dank Waffenhändler Drebin deutlich mehr Action im Spiel ist. Genau genommen kann man MGS4 aber sowohl Stealth-Action- als auch Third-Person-Shooter-Qualitäten zuschreiben. Schön auch die Entscheidungsfreiheit zwischen Einzelkampf und Teamarbeit. Auch eine ganze Reihe Neuerungen wie die Rückenlage und die Schulterperspektive wurden sinnvoll integriert.
GamesFire (Jun 19, 2008)
Das Warten hat sich für Fans defintiv gelohnt! Solid Snake ist, trotz seiner Alterung, in Top-Form und Hideo Kojima weiss noch immer, wie man Spieler mit einer mitreissenden Geschichte vor den Fernseher fesseln kann. Die fantastische Präsentation, gepaart mit dem absolut gelungenen Sound machen Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots zu einem "Must-Have" für PlayStation 3-Besitzer. Doch auch dieser Top-Titel muss sich einen Kritikpunkt gefallen lassen: Die Geschichte ist für Anfänger, wie bereits am Anfang des Tests erwähnt, viel zu komplex und kann kaum nachvollzogen werden, sofern man nicht mindestens einen weiteren Teil der Action-Serie gespielt hat. Auch der Mehrspieler-Modus hätte mehr Feintuning, vor allem im Hinblick auf die Steuerung, vertragen.
Whether or not you're a fan, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is its own sort of masterpiece. The story, for all of its meanderings, addresses questions raised throughout the series with a potent, discussion-worthy response. As the book closes - perhaps forever, perhaps not - on Solid Snake, fans and non-fans alike are treated to the very best gameplay the series has seen to date. Is there really anything more we could ask for from a video game? Farewell Snake... you may be gone, but MGS4 ensures that you'll never be forgotten.
1UP (Jun 12, 2008)
So, yes, MGS4's heritage is at once its greatest strength and most damning shortcoming. Perhaps these compromises in the name of closure are for the best, though -- after all, now that Metal Gear is over, Kojima Productions is free to give these phenomenal gameplay concepts a fresh start, free from 20 years of continuity. But only if they choose to, of course. That's the whole point.
90 (May 30, 2008)
Wichtig für mich war, dass die Schleichkultur, die ich im dritten Teil vermisst habe, dank Tarnanzug, Tod stellen, ferngesteuertem Roboter und größerer Gebiete deutlich verbessert wurde - hier hatte ich wieder richtig Spaß dabei, mich von hinten anzuschleichen und lautlos vorwärts zu kommen. Deshalb ist dieser Teil für mich nach dem grandiosen Urvater eindeutig der beste, den Kojima entwickelt hat. Aber dieses Metal Gear Solid 4 hatte das Zeug, das beste Videospiel aller Zeiten zu werden - diesen historischen Superlativ hat es aufgrund ein paar alter Schwächen sowie des spürbaren Kniefalls vor der stupiden Shootermechanik zwar nicht erreicht, aber erzählerisch eindrucksvoller hätte man diese Saga nicht beenden können. Bei aller berechtigten Kritik muss man sich einfach vor diesem Finale verbeugen.
Power Unlimited (Jun 24, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4 is een game die naarmate je ‘m langer speelt, steeds beter lijkt te worden. Mocht je niets van mijn review begrijpen, speel het en alles wordt duidelijk. Als ik teveel in detail zou treden, zou dat namelijk serieus het spelplezier bederven.
Gamestyle (Aug 03, 2008)
Its unlikely any game this year will have divided fans and created so many debates, which was perhaps Kojima's plan all along. Despite his constant attempts to pass the series on to his team, its hard to imagine anyone else being able to handle the knotted hydra that he has created. Many will mourn the end (or is it?) of the series, but with the plot truly buried, perhaps it can finally move on and become the game that it so often hinted it could be, as much as the singular artistic creation it always has been. For all that, though, Guns Of The Patriots is a magnificently entertaining game. It would be irresponsible to recommend it as universally as Halo or ICO, or to place it alongside Resident Evil 4 as a genuine series reboot, but for those who fall under its spell, it could easily become one of their favourite games of the year.
In den letzten Stunden, die ich mit Snake verbracht habe, war so gut wie alles dabei: Emotionale Achterbahnfahrten, spannende Gefechte und beeindruckende Zwischensequenzen. Ich erfuhr die Wahrheit über Snake, habe Erzfeinde eliminiert und Momente erlebt, die in meine persönliche Videospielgeschichte eingehen. Wenn ich solche Momente erlebe, sehe ich über die zahlreichen kleinen Macken durchaus hinweg und zücke den Award. Oft habe ich mich über die KI geärgert, musste meine Wutausbrüche im Zaum halten und habe das Gamepad noch gerade so eben vor einem frühzeitigen Tod bewahrt. Dennoch musste ich mich nach kurzer Zeit wieder vor die Konsole setzen und weiterspielen, um endlich einen Schlussstrich zu ziehen: Fans kommen sowieso nicht darum herum, diesen Teil zu spielen. Aber auch solche, die von Snake noch nichts gehört haben, sollten dieses Meisterwerk auf jeden Fall spielen. Kaufen, geniessen und staunen!
Game Positive (Jul 07, 2008)
With all of this said, it might be easy to conclude that Metal Gear Solid 4 is a mixed basket. To some extent this is true. The focus on passive storytelling, the sometimes unbalanced gameplay, and the subpar multiplayer could easily be turn-offs to some. Still, for fans of the series and gamers in general, it is more likely that they will find a grand experience in Guns of the Patriots. Despite the flaws, there is still an incredible adventure to be had in Guns of the Patriots, and there is no denying how much care was put into its creation. Metal Gear Solid 4 is dramatic, moving, challenging and fun, and if you own a PS3, most certainly worth checking out.
Factornews (Jun 27, 2008)
Voilà, je viens de donner le coup de grâce au boss de fin de Metal Gear Solid 4 : Guns of the Patriots. Il est minuit et demi, je m’allume une cigarette et je commence à contempler l’heure et demi de cinématiques et de générique (véridique) qui clôt la saga Solid Snake. Mon cœur oscille entre tristesse et joie, la tristesse de savoir qu’on ne reverra surement plus Snake et la joie d’avoir fini un aussi bon jeu rempli en moments forts et en émotions. Quelques fois c’est un peu niais, un peu cliché ou un peu maladroit mais c’est le plus bel hommage qu’on puisse faire aux fans d’une saga qui a commencé en 1987 sur un ordinateur soutenu par Microsoft et fabriqué entre autre par Sony.
Gamezoom (Jun 28, 2008)
Schon vor dem Release des vierten Teils von Metal Gear Solid war ich mir sicher, dass dieser Titel auf der PS 3 alle Erwartungen übertreffen wird. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht, da genau dieser Aspekt eingetroffen ist. Guns of Patriots ist kein Spiel, welches von seiner spannenden Story lebt, eher von der überaus geilen Atmosphäre. Natürlich darf man den Sound nicht außer acht lassen. Dieses Spiel zählt in Sachen Soundtracks sicher zur Referenz auf der PlayStation 3. Die tolle Grafik weiß natürlich auch zu gefallen und bietet inklusive den schicken Zwischensequenzen viel Abwechslung. Das kaum veränderte Gameplay könnte als störend empfunden werden, trübt aber trotzdem nicht den Spielspass. Das neue Munitionsfeature und der Metal Gear Online Modus sorgen außerdem auch für eine Menge Abwechslung.
90 (Jun 19, 2008)
Qualités et défauts forment un tout de grande classe que seuls les fans des précédents opus pourront aborder sans être totalement mis sur le carreau. Tout est expliqué, du début à la fin de la saga Metal Gear Solid, du début à la fin de l’histoire de Solid Snake. On rit quelquefois, on pleure souvent, grâce à une réalisation d’exception dirigée d’une main de maître par un Hideo Kojima qui fait décidément toujours preuve de génie. D’ailleurs, c’est un fait : on ne ressort pas de Metal Gear Solid 4 indemne. On en ressort triste, mais conquis par une histoire enfin bouclée qui n’a plus aucun secret à nous livrer. Une nouvelle génération de jeux Metal Gear peut enfin débuter…
That about does it for Metal Gear Solid 4, it’s an amazing achievement for the teams that worked on it and more than lives up to being a next-generation video game. Graphics, gameplay, voice work, and presentation are all mind-blowing good and despite being a love letter to fans, it is accessible to anyone wanting to play. Unfortunately, it fails to fuse the right balance of story and gameplay. Still, it manages to accomplish the most important thing the team set out to do, closing the series with an ending that leaves you satisfied, something few games these days accomplish.
90 (Jun 16, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid 4 had a lot to live up to and it's done so brilliantly. It's a game that will go down in history as one of the most ambitious and cinematic ever made, but also, finally, and more importantly, it will go down as a MGS game with gameplay that doesn't polarise opinion. It's not without it problems, most notably in the change of pace in the last third and the often laborious cut scenes (if you could play even half of the best cinematic moments MGS4 would wipe the floor with the best games we've ever seen), but MGS fans won't care. Although unquestionably a game everyone should play, when you're forced to take the back seat the blurred line between a game and movie prevents MGS4 from being the 10/10 masterpiece we hoped it would be.
GameSpy (Jun 13, 2008)
With the release of Konami's Metal Gear Solid 4, the moment millions of fans have been waiting for is finally here. As the final chapter in the Solid Snake saga, the game was supposed to bring closure (and, perhaps more importantly, answers) to the series that was introduced over 20 years ago on the NES. It appears that Kojima and friends have succeeded in nearly every way, crafting a title that not only answers all of our questions, but make us care about Snake more than we ever thought we could. While it's not without its issues, Metal Gear Solid 4 is the best game on the PlayStation 3, as well as one of the finest titles we'll see this year.
GameCell UK (Jun 18, 2008)
To sum up Snake’s exit is honestly more then we could’ve hoped for. It’s certainly what Sony needed for the PS3 and the constant nods and cheeky references to earlier games will appease the hardcore fans who have been waiting for so long –and that’s ultimately who this game was made for. Like the previous titles, it’s bound to split gamers in half and cause many a debate over its ‘merits’ but that just goes to prove how important the series is to people.
Gaming Target (Jun 20, 2008)
Yet, despite my or anyone else’s qualms about the game it still is a great game that can be enjoyed by anyone willing to give it a shot. Even though it may not force us to think about real world issues or provide anything really groundbreaking outside of sound design, the fact that it manages to explain and bring a story over a decade old to a satisfying conclusion is something very few game/movie/TV series’ actually do, and this game did it.
AusGamers (Jul 03, 2008)
For those holding out for that one must-have PlayStation 3 exclusive title to justify the shiny machine's unfaltering price, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots may or may not be the answer. While it may be an exceptional work of art and a material example of the PS3's technical capabilities, you'll either enjoy it, or you won’t. Like Snake's old cardboard box, much of the game is only here for fan-service - novelty and nostalgia purposes; it really goes above and beyond in that respect. However, if the game's humour and drama is not your style and you don't have the history for the nostalgia, then some pretty polygons, a long-winded story and a bit of generic stealth-action might be all MGS4 has left for you. If I could put two ratings in the box below, one would be 10 out of 10 for Metal Gear fans, 7.8 for the average gamer. But each game only gets one score so let's split the difference.
Armchair Empire, The (Jul 04, 2008)
For some reason I felt it was important to play this "final" chapter of the Metal Gear Solid series - mainly to see what all the fuss was about - and I have to admit that I did have fun with the game even without a background rooted in MGS lore. There are still problems with Metal Gear Solid 4, like the clumsy, ham-handed final boss fight (even if it makes sense within the context of the game) and forever spawning enemies, but there's enough to keep the scales weighed the other way that it's still worth adding to your game library.
85 (May 30, 2008)
Pour son ultime (?) baroud d'honneur, Snake traverse le monde tel un fantôme meurtri, fatigué mais plus que jamais désireux d'en découdre avec ses démons. Non exempt de défauts (techniques et scénaristiques), MGS 4 laisse parfois un arrière-goût de déception dans la bouche pour à nouveau nous assaillir de senteurs enivrantes. Finalement, cet opus devrait trouver autant de fans hardcore et de détracteurs que MGS 2 mais s'impose tout de même comme le chaînon manquant d'une saga ambitieuse. Plaisant et surprenant, Guns of The Patriots est aussi charmeur qu'un Cobra et parvient à nous hypnotiser suffisamment par ses trouvailles de gameplay et son histoire émouvante pour que nous ne nous arrêtions pas à ses quelques défauts.
NZGamer (Jun 14, 2008)
Overall Metal Gear Solid 4 will be a particular taste, but this latest instalment is more likely to please a bigger audience than previous titles in the series. Thanks to the pain-staking attention to detail by the Kojima team, no PS3 owner should go without seeing this beautifully presented game in action. Just be prepared for long periods of no gameplay as you are forced to watch a mini-movie and some strangely placed comedic elements.
Computer Bild Spiele (Jul 02, 2008)
Die eindrucksvolle Grafikqualität, die vorzüglichen Leistungen der (leider entglischsprachigen) Synchronsprecher und die stimmige Musik setzen Maßstäbe, die nicht so schnell wieder erreicht werden dürften. Tribut an die aufwendige Präsentation sind allerdings lange Ladezeiten und sechs Installationen auf PS3-Festplatte. Dennoch Snakes Finale ist ein Meisterwerk, ein "gutes" Spiel.
Edge (Jun 04, 2008)
Metal Gear Solid has always been a story of duty in the face of obsolescence, and if this is really it for Kojima’s chapter – and who knows, maybe the entire series – his duty has been fulfilled. MGS4 is not the game it could have been; nor is it the game it would have been had the series grown with the benefit of hindsight; nor is it the game it should have been if you believed that early trailer. But it is faithful to its fans, its premise and its heart, delivering an experience that is, in so many ways, without equal. In years to come, as people stand before the grave marked ‘Tactical Espionage Action’, they’ll feel little choice but to salute.
Games TM (Jun, 2008)
To call Guns Of the Patriots Kojima's masterpiece would be to do him a disservice because, with a blank slate and no expectations, his talent could shine far brighter. Where Hideo Kojima goes from here is limited only by his imagination. For now at least, we can content ourselves with flawed brilliance.
Snake échappe donc à la statue qui lui était pourtant déjà préparée par tous les heureux possesseurs de PS3 et ce pratiquement pour une simple raison de scénario. Le rendant totalement exclusif, il se montre bien trop léger sur les rappels pour les pauvres joueurs qui ne connaissent pas la plupart des protagonistes. En plus, le kitch n'est jamais bien loin lorsque l'on tente de nous arracher une demi-larmichette comme les plus mauvaises œuvres du 7ème art. Il n'en reste pas moins que MGS 4 demeure une machine de guerre vidéoludique aux prouesses épatantes qui saura au moins démontrer à la terre entière ce que l'on peut faire avec un Blu-ray et une PS3 : un soft beau et jouable.
Gamekult (Jun 14, 2008)
La vérité, c'est qu'il y a bien longtemps que Metal Gear Solid semble avoir perdu l'espoir de faire l'unanimité autour de lui, comme le prouve ce quatrième opus parti pour essorer ses fans jusqu'à la dernière larme, quitte à laisser les autres sur le carreau. Unique représentant d'un genre à part entière sur PS3, MGS 4 est un dilemme pour la raison, et sans doute l'une des expériences les plus atypiques de l'année sur la planète jeu vidéo. On vous dira volontiers qu'on n'en attendait pas moins ; mais peut-être en espérait-on un peu plus.
80 (UK) (May 30, 2008)
You're sorry to see Snake go. But should you be? Guns of the Patriots is a frustrating, fractured game that turns Metal Gear Solid's world upside down several times over, but never changes it. It just burrows deeper into what fans love and detractors hate than ever before, and it will make few converts. It's a crying shame, given how many genuinely classic gaming moments there are here, given the countless exquisite creative touches, but Metal Gear Solid 4 is its own worst enemy. You could not ask for a funnier, cleverer, more ambitious or inspired or over-the-top conclusion to the Metal Gear Solid series, but it's definitely time to move on.
GameDaily (Jun 12, 2008)
With five difficulty levels, enjoyable stealth based play and plenty of over the top action, Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the best PlayStation 3 games. That said, its features, acceptable 10 years ago, seem foolish given the better playing games on the market. Snake's epic, final act just isn't the triple A extravaganza we expected, and it's clear that if Konami intends to continue this franchise or spin off into something new, it needs to study its competition and evolve, delivering shorter cut scenes and superior shooting. But for now, this is one of the most important games in history and you'll dig its cool boss battles, at times witty dialogue and unrivaled sneaking mechanics. Just be sure to keep a magazine handy when those cut scenes get ridiculous.
Boomtown (Jun 16, 2008)
I still loved the experience, couldn’t wait to play more, and am playing through again (keeping my unlocked items and Drebin Points) for fun, but more than in any other Metal Gear game I feel that this is to see the next story event unfold rather than for the joy of playing (so don’t even think about playing this until you’ve gone through at least the standard Metal Gear Solid games). Kojima’s cinematic direction is a massive asset to the project, but in many ways has overshadowed the core gameplay that makes it less fun to play than its predecessors for those that love the style; Play them first, they’re better games, and then you’ll forgive the weaker elements in MGS4 to see how it all plays out. Then again, maybe Kojima’s just trying to make it appeal to the generic FPS fan slightly more. I just wish there was more game behind the story.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Jun 17, 2008)
If like me you've waited a long time for this, ignore the final score, sit back and enjoy every wonderful cut-scene that Guns of the Patriots has to offer. For MGS fans, Kojima-san has delivered a masterpiece, but it's certainly an acquired taste, now more so than ever before. The core stealth/action gameplay is beginning to show signs of age eerily close to Old Snake himself, presumably Kojima-Productions realises this only too well. Guns of the Patriots won't sell PS3's to newcomers, but it is the perfect conclusion to a series Playstation fans have always prized. If you fall into this category but haven't yet taken the plunge, then now could be a very good time to pick up a PS3.
Game Critics (Jun 17, 2008)
I’ve never played a game where playing the previous ones was a pre-requisite rather than an option. It is a big risk to take, one that only a true auteur with enormous confidence in himself, his product and his legacy could create. I’ve fulfilled Kojima's requirements, thus this game is for me. It’s simply unfortunate that the degree to which this otherwise magnificent game succeeds will be dependant upon each individual.
Still a must-play for Metal Gear fans who've accepted the series' quirks and can get over the fact that it's not quite as cohesive as MGS3: Subsistence.
80 (Jun 23, 2008)
While Guns of the Patriots boasts lashings of in-game invention and creativity that's largely wrapped up in superb style and execution, it's all so unforgivably tainted by jaw-dropping gameplay brevity that it's truly difficult to raise the many, many good points above what is, for the most part, a succession of cut scenes that leave the player with an overwhelming sense of disconnection from one of gaming's most compelling characters and interactive franchises. It's a sad way to bid farewell to Solid Snake, he - and we - deserved much more.
Jolt (UK) (Jun 25, 2008)
By anyone else’s standards, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is an example of excellence; a game that knows its trade, and hammers it for all its worth. But when placed in the context of the Metal Gears before it, Snake’s latest and last adventure feels a touch diminutive and hollow. It’s a slightly sour end for a man who changed the world, but this game’s lasting legacy is that it will no doubt encourage thousands of gamers to play the originals all over again, when Snake was a little green, a little flirty and definitely not over-the-hill.
Yiya (Oct 08, 2008)
Das letzte Drittel ist das eigentliche Spiel und genau da haben die Entwickler einige doch eher ungünstige Entscheidungen getroffen, wobei ein etwas unglücklicher Action-Schleich-Mix herausgekommen ist, der in beiden Kategorien ein wenig schwächelt. Im Gegensatz zu den Vorgängern lässt sich der Actionpart hingegen viel besser steuern, aber die Qualität eines reinrassigen Shooters wird nicht erreicht. Beim Schleichen sind es Mängel im Design, die solche Stealth-Passagen unnötig kompliziert und frustrierend machen. Doch trotz dieser Schwächen bleibt MGS 4 ein sehr lohnenswerter Titel für Playstation 3-Besitzer. Es gibt schöne Momente, Schwierigkeitsgrade für Einsteiger bis Profis, eine weitestgehend gute optische Präsentation, Charaktere mit Profil und eine sehr interessante Geschichte.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 28, 2008)
There's plenty to master, but the context-sensitive "action" button is clumsy when things heat up, and the aiming mechanism is all over the place. MSG4's clear highlight is its fantastic cast of original, creepy villains. Each of these twisted creations will toy with your senses and strike fear into your heart. MGS4 has a lengthy installation process, and you'll have to install again several times over the course of the game. You can save your progress at any time. Metal Gear Solid 4 is very good when you're actually playing it, but if I couldn't skip the cut-scenes, I wouldn't play this at all.