Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

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Free London newspaper Metro has given critically acclaimed PS3 exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4 a paltry three stars out of five, slamming the "utterly overblown" plot and gameplay that "somehow manages to be both rubbish and exceptional at the same time".

Metro, which is given out free to mainly London-based commuters every morning, said of Kojima's epic: "Solid Snake is back, older, wiser but unfortunately, if gameplay is anything to go by, more arthritic and boring."

We can't imagine Konami will be pleased by the review. Equating each star out of five to two points on an out of 10 scale, Metro has awarded the game a six out of 10, which is the lowest MGS4 review score we've seen so far. According to certified distribution figures from ABC, Metro is read by 1.3 million readers across the UK every day.

The review, which isn't on Metro's website at the time of writing, says in full: "Solid Snake is back, older, wiser, but unfortunately, if gameplay is anything to go by, more arthritic and boring. In truth, the MGS series has always been rather unfathomable - a fanboy favourite that mystifies and inspires in equal measure. The plot is so utterly overblown that it's pointless delving too deep - imagine an art house remake of a Jean Claude Van Damme movie (there's a twin brother, global conspiracy, genetic engineering and, erm, a laughing octopus).

"The core of gameplay is stealthy third-person action but there are so many twists in the standard formula, it's breathtaking. It's a whirlwind of unevenness that somehow manages to be both rubbish and exceptional at the same time."

You can find out why Metro's review of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is wrong by reading our review, in which we give the game a nine out of 10 score, right here.

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You haven't got a bloody clue. Two Brothers yes, one is fight to control the world and the other is trying to save the world. if you have watch any of the trailer it states " will you terminate liquid, will you do this snake". Also Vamp isn't a Vampire, his character is set to be a vampire to make raiden and snake to believe it. Vamp is control be nanomachines that heal fatal injures in seconds, now it you played the game or watch a spoiler of raiden and vamp 2nd fight you would no that you retard.
Posted 13:52 on 25 June 2008
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@Marc - yeah, well if you don't like watching the cut-scenes, then don't ****ing play it. There are so many cut-scenes, because the story needed explaining and I enjoyed it.

GOD ! ... these ignorant pricks.
Posted 22:02 on 24 June 2008
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Whoever wrote this is a complete idiot ...
I quote "there's a twin brother, global conspiracy, genetic engineering and, erm, a laughing octopus"
why not just let some kid from the street, who hasn't played MGS ever, play MGS4 and let him write a review.
If he'd know anything there is a point why there is a certain person called Laughing Octopus ... besides it's a codename.

Just throw this review in trash, because its complete rubbish !
Posted 21:59 on 24 June 2008
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@ Marc

Have you even played the game?
Posted 12:27 on 24 June 2008
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@ Hamad

You obviously haven't played the game have you? Otherwise you would understand the "evil twins" and "vampire like boss". Don't post comments when you are ignorant.
Posted 12:26 on 24 June 2008
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Finally an honest MSG4 review...good for them for saying it like it is...this game is over-hyped garbage...did I say game, my bad I meant movie.
Posted 12:21 on 24 June 2008
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Their review seems on the mark, better than any gaming magazine review. I mean, evil twins and Vampiro....a vampire like boss..Metal Gear is a stupid series, it was good in the good old 16-bit days. I imagine fanboys will have a fit, look above.
Posted 06:03 on 24 June 2008
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I think the guy probably just was not a fan of MGS, and probably never played before. If you are not a fan of MGS or are not familiar with the series, then yes, i can see MGS4 being boring crap to you. You guys need to relax, you all are so defensive of anything Sony, you have become the epideme of fanboy scum.
Posted 03:24 on 24 June 2008
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Screw this paper...thats all that needs to be said
Posted 02:41 on 24 June 2008
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I think Microsoft paid to this crappy Journal to write a such a nonsense review!
Posted 23:39 on 23 June 2008
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Having just finished MGS4 after sitting patiently though each and every flabby and poorly paced cut scene I agree with their review.

Like a true fanboy I re-played MGS3 in the few weeks leading up to the MGS4 release date, just to stretch out the old sneaking suit. All this did was to highlight the fact that MGS4 is frequently no more than a clumsy 3rd person shooter with an unfocussed and amateur storyline.

10/10 to the metro for injecting some honest criticism into the corrupt and partisan world of the games review. 0/10 to all those who manage to be take personal offence from it.
Posted 23:36 on 23 June 2008
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I have the game and love it but they do have a point. The controls are clumsy, the areas are tiny, theres a lot of loading and the cutscenes, for the most part, are downright boring and oft unnecessarily long especiall the mission briefings. I may be a PS3 fanboy but I'll admit we still have nothing that comapres to halo 3!! BTW i did enjoy the game but not sure if, as a GAME (i.e: GAMEPLAY) its got much or is that good... please argue
Posted 18:47 on 23 June 2008
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Good for them. I'm serious.


Idiot console fanboys. Can't get enough of them.
Posted 16:26 on 23 June 2008
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It's a free London Paper that makes its money from advertising. Everything in it is trash - just delete this whole news item, please.
Reporting on such trash is just one step worse worse than the original article.
Posted 16:01 on 23 June 2008
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*shrugs* at the end of the day, a review is a opinionated piece of writing. So MGS4 is a 6 in his opinion? Fine by me. In my opinion it's more of an 8 or a 9, but that's my own personal slant.

It's always hard to tell with short reviews like that, but I don't see anything he/she has written that's factually incorrect. If you disagree then good for you - that's part of the point in reading reviews in the first place.
Posted 15:38 on 23 June 2008

Game Stats

Release Date: 12/06/2008
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Genre: Stealth
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 2,012 31
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