Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
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Release date: June 12, 2008
Series: Metal Gear Solid Series
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Play Modes: Single Player, Multiplayer
Media: Blu-Ray Disc, DVD-DL
Input: Gamepad


Snake is back for the fourth installment of the 3D "Solid" series of the Metal Gear Franchise. Now don't yell at me, as I'm quite aware of all the other Metal Gears (see the History section below), but the game is labeled "4", so that's what I'm calling it.

Liquid Snake/Revolver Ocelot is at it again, trying to take over the world using nanomachines in some way, and once again, Solid Snake is the only man for the job. Kind of a tired formula, but if you've ever played any of the previous Solid games, you're sure to love this one.

This game is brilliant. From the incredibly complicated story to the enormous selection of weapons, to the significant replay value, to the large cast of characters, to the most-of-the-time uncheesy dialogue, MGS4 will have you playing it through again and again.

For those unfamiliar with the franchise, you must be living in a cave since 1998, but the idea here is you take control of an elite soldier who must make it from point A to point B any way you can. You can whip out your guns and try and shoot your way through like any other game, but most of the time, you won't last long. The appeal of the MGS Series is that you can sneak your way through instead. It's possible to make it through the whole game without killing a single person, and without being seen a single time.

This isn't just some game where you hide from guards and then run past when they turn around. It's all that and more. The guards can hear you if your footsteps are too loud, or you accidentally kick a jar or can, and the guards can smell you too. If you hide in a dumpster for too long, you take it's smell. If a guard is downwind of you, you're made. Being sneaky is never more fun than it is in these games. You can creep by guards in oil drums and cardboard boxes, you can make noises by throwing empty ammo magazines to distract the guards, or you can simply place a Playboy© magazine in their path and crawl by while they're uhh... distracted.

MGS4 was released only for the Playstation 3 console. If you're male and you have a PS3, then you should have this game. Period. Why only males? Well, because typically females don't like this sort of game. If you're a female and you do, that's hot.

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Guides & Useful Stuff

I wrote this guide to help you get through the game and not miss anything. I'll provide maps of each area, divided by checkpoints, with the shortest route marked. When you're trying to crack the five-hour barrier, this becomes quite important. Item locations will be labeled, as will enemies.

There are going to be quite a few things to put up on this site, so if a link goes nowhere, bear with me. If something is covered pretty well in the instruction manual, I'm not going to spend a lot of time on it here. You should be pretty familiar with the basic controls.

Here's a list of the things I've thought of to write about so far. As I write, they'll become links. If it's not a link, there's nothing there yet. I'll be updating things all the time, but feel free to add stuff if it's useful.


Well, what can one say about the story here? It largely continues the story from MGS1 and a little from MGS2, and only story elements and music from MGS3. If you aren't familiar with the story already, there's no way I am going to be able to explain it to you. It's filled with more twists and turns than a DNA helix. Seriously.

Needless to say, Solid Snake is back. The story takes place in 2014, nine years after the MGS1 events of Shadow Moses Island. Snake has not aged gracefully. You'll find out why during play. Pretty much all of your favorite (and hated) characters are back. Some of the things you learned in MGS1 and 2 were true, others not as true. The game makers either plotted the whole story out from the beginning, or they're pretty decent at writing themselves out of corners.

The story is as convoluted as stories get. Therefore, I'll leave it up to you to learn it all through playing the game. If you're behind, I highly recommend downloading the Metal Gear Solid Database from the Playstation Network. This is an encyclopedia, timeline, and character tree which covers the entire Metal Gear universe. If that add-on finds MGS4 clear data, new entries will be added to reflect what you know after playing the game.

Basically, it you against the bad guys. You get to team up with some soldiers for one mission, but other than that, you're basically on your own. In each of the first three acts, there are PMC (Private Military Companies) soldiers versus some kind of Rebel force. You start out as a neutral party, but if the rebels see you neutralize a PMC soldier, they will like you. If you do nothing, then you can get Alerts from either side. If you befriend the Rebels, you can walk freely among them. This always helps you.

Other than that, you're on your own. There are pretty much no time limits to anything, and it doesn't matter if any of the other troops die. They'll always be replaced by more.



Solid Snake  David Hayter
Hal "Otacon" Emmerich  Christopher Randolph
Sunny  Cristina Pucelli
Roy Campbell  Paul Eiding
Drebin  Khary Payton
Meryl Silverburgh  Debi Mae West
Johnny (Akiba)  Beng Spies
Liquid Ocelot  Patric Zimmerman
Naomi Hunter  Jennifer Hale
Raiden  Quinton Flynn
Vamp  Phil LaMarr
Big Mama  Lee Meriwether
Mei Ling  Kim Mai Guest
Jonathan  James Sie
Ed  Dave Fennoy
Rosemary  Lara Cody
Little John  Jennifer Hale
Local Boy  Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Beast  Fred Tatasciore
Laughing Octopus  Paula Tiso
Raging Raven  Nika Futterman
Crying Wolf  Debra Wilson Skelton
Screaming Mantis  Andrea Zafra
PMC Commander  Bob Joles
Voice of God  Hideo Kojima
Warning Voice of Gekko  Kris Zimmerman Salter
Psycho Mantis  Doug Stone
Ocelot  Josh Keaton
Revolver Ocelot  Patric Zimmerman
Vulcan Raven  Peter Lurie
The Sorrow  David Thomas
Cyborg Ninja  Rob Paulsen
Big Boss  Richard Doyle


It's kind of difficult to reall say how many Metal Gears there have been. There are so many derivatives that I'm not sure what to classify as a separate game and what it just an expansion pack.

Here's a chronological list of each Metal Gear release. Most of the list acquired from Gamespot and Wikipedia. Compiled by Bryan. The format goes: “Title (system, release date)”. As far as systems go... MSX = (Google it), NES = Nintendo Entertainment System, PS1 = Playstation 1, GBC = Gameboy Color, PC = Personal Computer, XBOX = Duh, GC = GameCube, PS2 = Playstation 2, PSP = Playstation Portable, PS3 = Playstation 3, TBA = To Be Announced.

1. Metal Gear (MSX, July 1987)
2. Metal Gear (NES, June 1988)
3. Snake's Revenge (NES, April 1990
4. Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (MSX, July 1990)
5. Metal Gear Solid (PS1, September 1998)
6. Metal Gear Solid Integral (Japan, PS1, June 1999)
7. Metal Gear Solid VR Missions (PS1, September 1999) (Spawned from Integral)
8. Metal Gear Solid (GBC, April 2000)
9. Metal Gear Solid (PC, September 2000)
10. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2, November 2001)
11. The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2, September 2002)
12. Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (XBOX, November 2002)
13. Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2, March 2003)
14. Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PC, March 2003)
15. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (GC, March 2004)
16. Metal Gear (Mobile Phone, August 2004)
17. Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (Mobile Phone, October 2004)
18. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2, November 2004)
19. Metal Gear Acid (PSP, March 2005)
20. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2, March 2006)
21. Metal Gear Acid 2 (PSP, March 2006)
22. Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel (PSP, June 2006)
23. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP, December 2006)
24. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus (PSP, November 2007)
25. Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (PS2, March 2008)
26. Metal Gear Solid Mobile (Mobile Phone, March 2008)
27. Metal Gear Solid 4: The Guns of the Patriots (PS3, June 2008)
28. Metal Gear Online (Bundled with MGS4, with Expansion packs to follow)
29. Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel 2: Sons of Liberty (PSP, TBA)
30. Metal Gear Acid Mobile (Mobile Phone, sometime in 2008)


MGS4 at Gamespot
"Metal Gear" Listing at Gamespot
Hideo Kojima Productions
MGS4 Official Site
MGS4 on the IMDB