Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
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Legends die hard and deserve a heroic story that lives on when they are gone. Metal Gear Solid 4 is such an ending for the legendary warrior Solid Snake. Not only does it sum up the full franchise of Metal Gear, its depth and its complexity, coupled with its technical prowess, make it one of the best games of the year and, indeed, one of the best games ever made. Get some well earned rest, Snake. You've earned it. We salute you.
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.
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.
It’s one of those outrageous and confusing stories that you will have to replay before you get a full grasp of. With almost unlimited possibilities every playthrough, and quite possibly the most cinematic experience you will ever have, 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.
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.
Even with those flaws in mind, however, Metal Gear Solid 4 is still the most satisfying entry in the entire series. Its scope and emotion are heretofore unmatched in the medium of videogaming (my sister and I were literally screaming at the screen during the climax in a high-temperature corridor), it wraps up two decades of series mythology, and what gameplay there is, is damned satisfying in how it complements the story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consegue criar em nós pena, ódio, e de certa forma até leva-nos a pensar e reconsiderar tudo aquilo que existe, na corrida desmesurada ao armamento e tecnologia. Existe quase um desejo de ver Metal Gear no cinema, mas depois deste quarto capítulo, apenas podemos perguntar, para quê? Este é no momento o expoente máximo a nível de entretenimento interactivo, colocando a fasquia da qualidade e originalidade muito alta.