Metal Gear Solid, in my opinion, is without a doubt, the best series released on the PlayStation (Resident Evil a close second). Its sheer perfection. From the first Metal Gear Solid released on the PS, I was hooked. Poetry in motion if you want to call it that. Me and one of my best mates, played the original round his house, just amazed of how good the graphics were, how much attention to detail there was, and how gripping the storyline was. If you have played all of the Metal Gears, then you will know exactly what I mean when I say Metal Gear Solid 4, brings the whole series together so brilliantly. Nostalgic!
MGS2 was abit of a snack game, it was great, but really you just couldn't forget about Meryl, Noami and many more great characters from the first installment. MGS3 was pretty much a prequel. Setting up the past, for the future, and filling in the gaps about the lead up to Solid Snake, his history, and thus; his future.
People picking up MGS4 will be confused, theres no two ways about it. You NEED to have played the first 3 games to REALLY get to grips with the storyline. This is probably the only downside to this game - but if you love MGS as much as I do, you really are in for a treat. Old characters, new characters, extremely dark and twisted enemies; and a few moments of "I'm touching cloth now" is to be expected!
Hands down. This is the BEST game I have EVER played. Its actually made me weep at night, stay up late till silly-o-clock and have dreams about playing MGS in my sleep. The graphics are simply top-notch, the gameplay is astonishingly realistic, the number of hours you can rack up on this are endless and the fun factor hits well above the 100% mark. Hideo Kojima is a sheer legend - and I thank him for giving us Playstation gamers, a game that we can rightly call our own. Every cut scene, every moment, every rifle shot, every enemy you come across; is just unreal. Untouchable.
This review probably sounds really biased and prententious, but I couldn't care less. This game is a MUST OWN game. If you don't have this in your collection, and you haven't played the original MGS games before, you just simply MUST have it. Hideo has made us MGS fans wait a good 10 years now for what I can say, is the REAL sequel to MGS1.
This game isn't just a gimmick for the PS3. Its pure gaming at its best. A cinema epic. A legacy. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - in my opinion; will be best game on the PS3 for a very very long time, if not, forever.