Metal Gear Solid 4 no spoiler review
For this review we wanted to get the first impressions from someone who had never played Metal Gear Solid games in the past. From the moment the game begins, the first time Metal Gear Gamer is drawn into the aging Snake's life and yearns to discover more about this person and why such desperation and deep sorrow. The game offers enough flashbacks and references to Snakes past life that are revealed throughout the game that the first time player feels for Snake and is drawn to the character by the end of the opening screen even before you press start. However, the veteran player will not be overwhelmed by a rerun sense as they are immersed in the cut scenes and graphically rich cinema flashbacks. Music, graphics, great voice acting and audio effects enrich the game all the more. For veterans Metal Gear Solid offers a great story and closure to the series.
The graphics are intense and the maps are expansive. If you are one who relies solely on games reviewers to purchase a game you may have been less inclined to play this game after reports of cuts scenes monopolizing gameplay. During the first moments and tutorial setting of the game you may be worried that the cinema aspect reported was true. Well we are here to tell you that once you enter Act one and are out of the tutorial mode the cut scenes are actually woven into the game in a natural way and in no way does it take away from gameplay. Watching cut scenes also benefits gameplay by rewarding the player when they press X or whatever button it tells you to when prompted. You receive Drebin points which can be traded for weapons and services.
From the persceptive of a first time Metal Gear player, Hideo Kojima has created one of the best games yet for the Playstation 3. It's story is easy to follow and get into and difficult to take a break from. Because Snake needs to be stealthy, the game offers many opportunities and seems to encourage exploration of the evironments Snake encounters. Humor is found everywhere within this game which helps keep it light and breaks up intense moments.
The attention to detail is amazing throughout this game. From the cut scenes showing Snake in the Camo he just activated moments before the cut scene started to the great lighting, textures, smoke effects and fire during gameplay. The detail the developer adds to even the opening start screen is stunning (don't press start and let it cycle through a couple of times). This game really takes the best from all shooters and action adventure games and brings them all together. From the third person over the shoulder view to the first person shooter to expansive environments and story of action adventure games, they are all represented well throughout this game.
The only Downside to this game is that the controls do take a little getting used to. Pressing the L3 button to run can be a hassle but these tiny issues in no way take away from the total overall great experience of the game.You can actually configure the controls to fit your style with the extensive settings menus.
Oh and the menu system is remarkable. The ease in which you can access just about everything within the menu is amazing. Online players can voice chat, text chat and invite buddies to play, all within the online game. Again Kojima has taken the best of all games and included those features into every aspect of Metal Gear Solid 4.
Now for a humorous drawback- Snakes "Flossing" outfit really shows off his aging but remarkably still firm buttocks. The ladies will love it. Don't worry guys there is a lot this game offers you as well.
If you read our GTA4 review you know we can be a little harsh. The game Metal Gear Solid is a MUST HAVE addition to your gaming library! And is by far the best Exclusive in it's catagory for the Playstation 3. This game redefines gaming and is in and of itself it's own unique new genre- Wow! A Cinematic Action Adventure Shooter. You'll have to play it to believe it.
Metal Gear Solid 4 is truely a work of art.
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