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4 years in the making, 6 months of waiting, 10 hours of playing and I can’t stand Metal Gear Solid 4

December 30th, 2008 by


Yeah its been about 4 years in the making at least. It was first shown at E3 2005, so perhaps longer even than that.

The game was released in June 2008, so yes about 6 months its taken me to finally play this game.

10 hours of gameplay, some might say more than enough time to put into a game that your not all too sure about.

Oh yes you know i’ve done my homework on this one – Good old Wikipedia!!

Interestingly, if you type “Metal Gear Solid 4” into the worlds most popular online encyclopedia, you’ll find 19 pages of information telling you all you need to know about this game, even though it seems to take a mere 14 pages to explain the country Croatia.

My most recent and probably last save indicated that 10 hours had passed and i’ve just finished Act 2.  As I watched the installation of the 3rd act, not even the grand look of Snake lighting up his third cigarette of the process could keep me wanting to continue.  At this point I powered down the Playstation and pondered.

I could not just sit and accept that this is a terrible game.  After all, the general populous do thoroughly enjoy it. To the point that earlier in the night I was told “I love it! I’ve completed it on Big Boss Hard without firing a weapon or being seen”.  For an experience to warrant that much time from a player, the core mechanic of the game must be really good!  Not only that, but a 1up podcast I listened to this morning argued towards the fact that the Second Act was perhaps the best.  I thought I was in for a treat!

So with the Playstation off and my thoughts to myself I can only assume its my fault.  Perhaps this game is just not made for me?  With only playing one of the previous Metal Gear Solid games, perhaps I didn’t appreciate the story as much, which is a core part of the appeal for many people.  So how about the gameplay, well the stealth aspect of the game has really improved over the years even enough for some fans of the game to play thought multiple times.

With these points in my head, allow me to become part of the minority and perhaps the most hated MidLife Gamer, but I really could not care any more for Metal Gear Solid 4!!!  Really, I’m annoyed that I gave it a lot more time than most titles, i’d even compare it to the likes of Condemned or Army of Two.

I just find it impossible to connect with any of the characters of the Metal Gear Solid universe.  I believe one of the last cut scenes I sat through; which is also a fan favorites was the ninja fight between Vamp and Raiden.  This entire sequence confused me.  The MGS universe I thought was always trying to grind itself into a realistic (all be a little over visualised) world.  However when I see some really over the top gymnastics that might work well a for demon hunter like Dante, I’m sorry, but this does not work in South Africa.

But hey, its not all about the story is it, I’m sure lots of people like MGS for its tactics.  Well you can forget it!  Snake although being about 100 years old now still seems to be able to hold enough guns, gadgets and equipment to capture Osama Bin Laden. This makes you quite the death dealer – so no need for the sneaky sneaky.

So is it just me?

Am I defective?

Am I missing something?

Our very own Wayne has also just started playing this, in the same position as me, 4 years in the making, 6 months waiting and last I hear only a few hours playing.  I’m really looking forward to seeing if its just me, or if being only 6 months late to the party makes a difference.

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