Metal Gear Solid – 1st Review

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Go get them Snake... So it begins… the first Metal Gear Solid 4 review is in and it’s a beauty.

The official UK PlayStation magazine (not the most unbiased publication in the world) has published the first review of Metal Gear Solid 4 giving it a perfect 10/10.

In the same issue they review GRiD which comes in with 9/10 and the highly expectant American Idol Encore…. someone shoot me now.

Anyway back to the main point, what really interests me about this game is that they apparently tie off every single loose end that has been left over the 21 years that Snake has graced our silver screens.

It sounds like if you are a fan of the MGS series then this game is going to be a thing of beauty, a glorified sending off of one of the most famous gaming icons in our generation.

Follow the links below to see some magazine scans and a bit of the innards of the game. Nothing is given away here that we don’t already know from the trailers.

Metal Gear Solid – 1st Review via www.psa3za.co.za

[Thanks to Dale for the first tip]

Last Updated: May 12, 2008

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • GTA got a few “perfect 10’s ” and its no where near perfect..in fact it is full of flaws and not as exciting to play as Vice city was. So ill wait till its here… nowadays reviewers get so hyped up along with the rest and look past the bad just because they are all too happy that they are allowed to play the game

    Evilredzombie’s last blog post..TV on PS3 ?

  • HoodedGrub

    I’ve never been a MGS fan, so I’ll wait for more reviews to surface and read some player feedback before rushing out to get this one…. πŸ˜‰

  • Messiah

    Mine is pre-ordered. I have always been a MGS fan.

  • Banana hammock

    I’m a big MGS fan, but no way is it going to be a 10. In fact i don’t think any game has ever been worthy of a 10.

    I guess once you give GTA4 and Halo 10s then you are going to have to give many games 10. These ratings should be out of 1000.

  • Fox1

    A journalist at IGN has cleared MGS4 and this was back on April 2 πŸ™„ . There’s quite an in-depth 4 page review.
    http://ps3.ign.com/articles/863/863825p1.html

    After reading this review, even I want MGS4 πŸ˜†

  • did we not learn our lesson with pre order from GTA IV

    Evilredzombie’s last blog post..TV on PS3 ?

  • I too love MGS… but as u said..no game can be a 10

    Evilredzombie’s last blog post..TV on PS3 ?

  • darthdad

    I wonder if the special edition will come with a DS3?

  • Fox1

    Where my post went with the IGN review? 😑

  • kabraal

    What lesson?

  • Hell, if Halo 3 got 10, I think MGS4 should get 15.

    Jinja’s last blog post..Jessica Simpson Wet in Esquire

  • Special Edition comes with soundtrack and a 6inch figurine of Snake.

    Jinja’s last blog post..Jessica Simpson Wet in Esquire

  • they are not always on time..its quiker to go on launch date to shops ( taking online order here )

    Evilredzombie’s last blog post..TV on PS3 ?

  • LazySAGamer

    let me check the spam filter.. it may just reappear

  • kabraal

    Oh that. Well mines pre order an pay for pick up at BTGames. If you’re hardcore and want a game on launch day, it’s pretty obvious not to use a shipping based order. Especially from the likes of kalahari and especially not a a rid surrounded my public holidays πŸ˜›

  • Fox1

    When i pre-ordered Forza 2 LCE, BT Games called me midday the day before launch to pick it up.

  • Fox1

    Yay, it’s appeared πŸ˜€

  • I’m quite miffed over he whole GTA4 10 thing. While it’s a good game, it’d didn’t deserve a 10 by a long shot. What annoys me now is that every game thinks it has to get a 10 to even be looked at. The ratings system needs a reboot.

  • PaasHaas

    Gamesradar had a interview with Paul Fitzpatrick ( The reviewer ) and according to him his “play-through” time was 29 hours from what he estimates 1/3rd was cutscenes.

    Granted he probably didnt play very fast in order not miss anything important etc but that is a pretty decent length compared to some other games

  • PillsburyDeeBoy

    I think a lot of you may be missing the point with the whole “10/10” “perfect score business”. So much so that I’m going to be doing a write up about it and posting it on Lazygamer that you can peep here in the morning. Make sure you check back in tomorrow.

  • Syph1n

    My loan ps3 has already been organised for june 12th. I dont expect it bring around the second coming of christ as most of the ps3 guys but im definately looking forward to it. And ja the 10/10 thing. i think Yahtzee put it best when saying “I dont think a complex opionon of a game can be represented numerically” or something like that

  • bhw

    Am I the only one out there that thought the cutscenes became a bit tedious after about an hour in previous versions of the game. Now there’s 10 hrs of cut scenes oi vay !

  • PaasHaas

    Im actually not sure how most people feel about the cutscenes, but I loved them and they were always done superbly.
    The relatively complex storyline would not be properly told any other way and it wouldnt be MGS without them imho.

    That and hours of codec conversations πŸ™‚
    Cinematic experience all the way

  • Messiah

    I did not do a pre-order. I went to BT Games, paid for it and on launch day it will be waiting there for me to PICK UP. No offence take2 just don’t want to risk it.

  • bhw

    I cannot argue about the high production value of the cutscenes and the superb cinematic quality. I just felt there was too much of it – in some instances you had about 2-3 min of gameplay seperating two cutscenes – which detracts a little from the immersive quality of the game. Now according to the review 1 out every 3 min of the gaming experience is made up of cutscenes.

  • Jak

    This is the last MGS and all these little things have to be cleared up. There was no doubt in my mind that is was gonna be long as the amount of loose ends is crazy. And this has to be brilliant. they even have drink like halo did in Japan though. Cut-scence r the sh!t when they as good as MGS.

  • Lupus

    Actually cutscenes are starting to peeve me off, it turned me off quite a few games, especially the unskippable ones, lets look at CoD3 for instance sigh.

  • Jak

    if they are done well then its fun. like DMC4 which were awesome…most of them.

  • I don’t think it’s invalid to give a 10/10, even if a games not perfect. I just don’t think GTA4 deserved a 10, there are too many things wrong with it. (But it’s still a lot of fun)

  • BigDadDy

    If you tell the story well, you do not need cutscenes. Bioshock?

  • kabraal

    I’ve no experience wrt MGS cutscenes. But lets face it, cutscenes done like in blizzard games, do add a lot of excitement to games. I can watch those cutscenes all day all.

  • PaasHaas

    Bioshock had a nice story and all but the sheer size and compexity of the MGS plotline would not lend itself well to being told ingame.

    Allot of the cutscenes are also not story driven, as seen in the trailers.
    Fight between Raiden and Vamp, or Raiden vs the Geckos for example just look absolutely awesome

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