It’s been years in the making and finally Solid Snake will complete his mission on the Playstation 3. First announced in 2004, Metal Gear Solid 4 has been the focus of a ridiculous amount of hype and Internet buzz. Believe me when I say that this is the reason I bought my PS3. The game follows an aging hero as he fights to stop a complete terrorist takeover of the world by an arch nemesis from the series.
Set in 2014, MGS 4 has players controlling the popular hero Solid Snake from previous Metal Gear adventures. Only now, his name is Old Snake as he is suffering from a disease brought on by his existence that is causing him to age rapidly. The game takes place in five locales, some from previous games, and ties together all loose ends from the series in what I can only call the ultimate payoff for any true fan.
The graphics are fantastic, the kind that would make any tech junkie weep with pride for his PS3 and HDTV combo but they are also good enough to cause any smoker’s joint to fall from their mouth and hit the floor as their jaw drops. The environments are big and incredibly detailed, and the characters are as well, with facial expressions and gear and clothing detail. This game truly serves as vindication to all those who were questioning their PS3 purchase these past months.
As can be expected from any Metal Gear game, MGS 4 has a great soundtrack with an original score that flows and suits the story at all times. There wasn’t a moment during the 21 hours it took me to complete this game that I wasn’t thinking “this is the ultimate movie!”
The controls are complicated but not different from the previous PS2 releases from the series. Konami has added some new moves to Snake’s arsenal but they flow with the rest of the established MGS gameplay. A nice new addition to the game is the over the shoulder shooting system. Not found in previous MGS games, Snake can now ready his weapon with the aim button and the camera will shift to behind his back transforming the game into a 3rd person shooter. This is an exciting new play device that makes firefights much more intense and speeds up the overall pace of the game. There are a ton of new gadgets that Snake is equipped with in MGS’s latest iteration but I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone so I will leave that for my fellow gamers to see for themselves.
This game is truly deserving of the finest weed you have in your stash. I can’t think of a better way to spend a stoned gaming session than with MGS 4. It is intense and also fast paced, at least more so than past MGS games. Producer/Director Hideo Kojima is world-renowned for his storytelling and game making abilities for his work with the Metal Gear series and in Snake’s final adventure you will truly see why.
I love this game and I am giving it 5 out of 5 pot leaves. Go buy a PS3 if you don’t have one and get this game. If you already have the system, get the game and roll the biggest joint you’ve ever rolled. Snake is waiting.