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  • Summary: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots features an aging and exhausted Solid Snake in the middle of a futuristic battlefield. In spite of his failing body, Snake is equipped with a crucial new device tentatively known as "OctoCamo," a high-tech suit that dynamically transforms its texture based on Snake's surroundings. This revolutionary new gameplay mechanic allows him to seamlessly blend into the environment, providing him with the means to stalk his enemies like never before. This latest chapter in Hideo Kojima's legendary tactical espionage actin series marks the return of several characters from previous Metal Gear Solid games including Revolver Ocelot, Meryl Silverburgh, Naomi Hunter and Raiden, and features an unforgettable story that depicts the desperate state of the future as seen through the eyes of an older Solid Snake. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 82 out of 82
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  1. 100
    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.
  2. As the crowning achievement of the series' 20-year history, Hideo Kojima's final Metal Gear Solid title may not be what you expect, but it is everything you could hope for in a video game.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Metal Gear Solid 4 is essentially the best game out there on the PS3, and can easily compete with any other game on any system.
  7. When placed in the context of the Metal Gears before it, Snake’s latest and last adventure feels a touch diminutive and hollow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 777
  1. G_homes
    Jun 14, 2008
    10
    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patrios is a rare game that you can find, that has stunning graphics, amazing gameplay, and an emotional storyline compressed into one single Blu Ray disk, you can never find a game this good, playing with the legendary hero Solid Snake in his final mission. If you don't have a Sony Playstation 3, go out and buy one, just for MGS4, it's worth it alone, and for those who have a PS3 without MGS4 all I can say is shame on you. Expand
  2. ed
    Jun 5, 2008
    10
    I am not allow to spoil anything and that was the deal for getting an early copy of MGS4 but guys this game is worth even the $85+ for the collectors edition.

    it has all you need in a game full of action and espionage.
    that 90 minute scene crap is all nothing but flamebait.

    If you are an early MGS fan you wont be disappointed
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  3. TylerH.
    Jun 22, 2008
    10
    This game is the best game i think i have ever played, that includes the legendary LOZ ocarina of time. I truly have no idea how GTA IV got a higher score than this masterpiece. Expand
  4. May 8, 2012
    10
    this game is an absolute masterpiece in every sense of the word metal gear solid 4 does not only end a trilogy but ends a generation the right way i dont think anyone would have had it any other way Expand
  5. RyanRafferty
    Nov 27, 2008
    10
    MGS4 is a necessity in every mans life. The greatest game I have ever played. Hideo is a legend. This game WILL move you. I promise. Story is brilliant. Word of warning! Make sure you have a box of Kleenex tissues next to you because your eyes will start to rain. It's that good. Expand
  6. MSchmid
    Mar 17, 2010
    9
    A masterpiece. With the sole exception of there frequently being EXCESSIVELY cheesy and mindless cut scenes (which already ticked me off in older titles), and a fairly bad storyline, it is just great. Graphics, controls, sound, gameplay... all done to meet an extremely high standard. I also liked the fact that you are now not forced to sneak as much as in some of the other titles in the series, though it still remains an option. Expand
  7. JustinJ.
    Jun 25, 2008
    0
    Nuff said. horrible game, wait for gears of war 2 later on this year.

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