I just finished playing metal gear solid 4: Guns of the patriots Sunday afternoon after clocking at around 16 hours and my final verdict is this: Play this game. If you love to play good games, go out and pick up a copy of MGS4 and play it. If you don't have a playstation 3, go out and buy one, then pick up a copy of MGS4 and play it. If you don't have enough funds to get a playstation 3, go somewhere that has it and watch people play it. This is simply one of the best games ever made. Solid Snake is back for one last time and he does not disappoint.
Metal gear has always been known for its great gameplay but also for its storytelling. There have been 6 metal gear games before this: 2 on the family computer, 1 for the playstation1, 2 for the playstation2 and 1 for the PSP. Each game has become more and more crazy in terms of storytelling since each game ends with a cliffhanger and each new game just brings up more and more questions instead of answers. This final intstallment of the game does an excellent job of wrapping up the entire storyline and closing all loops. For the first time in 10 years since I was introduced to the franchise, I finally understand what the heck was going on. After the final credits rolled out, there was this sense of closure.
The presentation is superb and totally top notch. The cut-scenes are totally real-time and use the in-game engine to render. This is Hideo Kojima's (director and creator) vision of an interactive movie come true. Some of the "cut-scenes" take as long as 30 minutes to finish, but you never really feel it. The music does an excellent job of complimenting the story. If there are parts where Snake reminsces the past and music from old games come up. It totally nails down that nostalgic feel.
The menus are super easy to navigate. Everything you need is easy to find. Navigating the menus while playing the game feels seamless.
Masterpiece. Magnifico. There are great games and there are really great games. Hideo Kojima came from the future and brought back this awesome game to us. The controls feel great. After playing all the previous metal gears, they have listened to the people and improved on everything.
The weapons make sense and 'feel' right. There are multiple game mechanics that are really executed properly like the octocamo which is your suit that changes into whatever you're near so as to mask you from enemy eyes. There's this new psyche meter at the top that shows you how stressed your player is, depending on the psyche it affects your chacter's healing and fighting ability. So if you're in a long gun-battle, your player starts to get depressed and the psyche goes down, or sometimes when you're in a foul-smelling area or if the place is too cold or too hot all of these affect your psyche.
If you have a playstation 3, buy this game. I'm just resting the disc before i pop it back in and play it again.