Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
|Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots|
|Release date:||June 12, 2008|
|Series:||Metal Gear Solid Series|
|Play Modes:||Single Player, Multiplayer|
|Media:||Blu-Ray Disc, DVD-DL|
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.
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.
- Difficulty Levels
- General Annoyances
- Health, Psyche, Stress
- Medals and Achievements
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|
|Roy Campbell||Paul Eiding|
|Meryl Silverburgh||Debi Mae West|
|Johnny (Akiba)||Beng Spies|
|Liquid Ocelot||Patric Zimmerman|
|Naomi Hunter||Jennifer Hale|
|Big Mama||Lee Meriwether|
|Mei Ling||Kim Mai Guest|
|Little John||Jennifer Hale|
|Local Boy||Colleen O'Shaughnessey|
|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|
|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)