Metal Gear Solid 4


Computer Platform: Playstation 3 (Sony)
Produced by:
Price Range: $51-60
Learning curve time: Over 2 hrs.
Age level: Adults Only
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

     Reviewed By: Britton Peele aka “Sargus”

Overall Rating: ★½☆☆☆
Genre: Stealth-Action
Rating: 1 of 5 (awful)
Gameplay: 3 of 5 (average)
Violence: 1 of 5 (extreme)
Adult Content: 1 of 5 (extreme)

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If you play video games regularly, chances are you’ve at least heard of the “Metal Gear Solid” games. You may have even played one or more of them yourself. It’s really little surprise that “Metal Gear Solid 4” is one of the most anticipated games of this year, and one of the biggest releases the PlayStation 3 has seen so far. It’s been delayed for a long time, and teased for much longer, but is the wait going to be worth it?

I must note here that since the game doesn’t ship in the US until early June, this review is based entirely off of early code and a pre-release copy of the game. Nevertheless, that’s all we need to give Solid Snake’s latest adventure a very firm thumbs down.

Snake and His Gang Killing time while they wait for the game to be released

Metal Gear Solid 4 is a stealth action war game that follows the continued (and final) adventures of Solid Snake, who now looks quite old thanks to both the “FoxDie” virus and the fact that he’s a clone of Big Boss. I’m sure I already confused anyone who’s not already one of the series’ faithful. Don’t worry; it’s all extremely confusing. And this turns out to be one of Metal Gear Solid 4’s weakest points: it tries to wrap up far too much far too quickly, and it fails utterly. Series creator Hideo Kojima spends countless hours of cutscenes with this game trying to explain the exact properties of FoxDie, the Patriots, “La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo”, Raiden’s childhood and recent “robotification”, why Meryl and Otacon can be alive at the same time, why Liquid Snake can live through an arm attached to Revolver Ocelot, and countless mysteries. Rather than adequately lay these conundrums to rest, Metal Gear Solid 4 merely adds more and more bizarre occurrences as the game progresses.

This would perhaps all be forgivable if the game had truly outstanding gameplay. It doesn’t. In theory, was all set to fix any problems previous entries in the series had. Crouching, for instance, is supposed to be less annoying than in the past, and features have been added to allow you to play the entire game in first person. The problem is that new gameplay elements like this are often simply broken, and if they aren’t broken, they’re boring. Let’s face it: sneaking around just isn’t fun anymore, and Old Snake just isn’t fit to take on armies with a machine gun like you would like.

The graphics, at least, are stellar. Even if you’ve seen videos of the game online, they probably don’t compare to seeing the game run in front of you on a nice TV.

But all of this is nothing compared to how ridiculously immoral and anti- the content of the game is. Realistic, war-like violence and strong language is just the tip of the iceberg here.


Most offensive, though, is a long string of dialogue that takes place after a battle decimates a Middle Eastern church. When Snake approaches a still-burning cross among the debris, he engages in a long conversation with Otacon over the series-staple codex. Like many “Metal Gear” conversations, this ends up being deep and wordy, but it is also very disturbing. In the scene, Snake convinces Otacon – a man of at least small faith – that “God is dead”, and that on the battlefield, you learn that there is nothing out there except you and the enemy. “War is ugly”, the seemingly-wise mentor states, “and even Jesus Christ can’t forgive the sins soldiers are forced to commit.” As we well know, all of sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and the wages of sin is death, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The fact that Metal Gear Solid 4 tries to deny this simple fact is proof that the devil is working in it, as he is with a great many video games.

Where they store snake when he is not on a mission.

So while it may be the PlayStation 3’s “killer app” in the minds of many, I’m sorry to say that Metal Gear Solid 4 falls very flat. Not only is the gameplay and story sub-par at best, it’s something that we as Christians should be ashamed to play. Avoid Metal Gear Solid 4 at all costs. It simply isn’t worth your time.

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Year of Release — 2008

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