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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Metal Gear Solid 4, MGS4
Sub Genre:
Tactical Stealth Espionage
Release Date (US):
June 12th, 2008
Release Date (UK):
June 12th, 2008
Online Players:
Kojima Productions
M [Mature]
PSU Rank:
2 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
2 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Only on PS3

About Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

The latest and reportedly the last game in the Metal Gear Solid series, Guns of the Patriots, was announced by Konami in March 2005. The fourth in a highly successful line of stealth games, it will be produced by Kenichiro Imaizumi, developed by Hideo Kojima, and co-directed by Kojima and Shuyo Murata. According to what has been revealed about the game so far, Guns of the Patriots is set some years after the Manhattan incident which occurred in MGS 2, in a world where many mercenaries fight proxy battles for business purposes; and the need for private military contractors and automated weapons is high, due to the fact that military intervention on foreign soil is less restricted.



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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a stellar entry in the series and ultimately one of the most rewarding videogame experiences of the decade. Absolutely essentially, regardless whether you are a fan or not.

We like

  • The engaging and varied gameplay
  • The gripping storyline
  • The unprecedented audiovisual presentation

We dislike

  • The minor framerate and visual inconsistencies

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[Editor’s note – PSU will be covering Metal Gear Online in a separate review in the near future] As the latest installment in Konami’s critically acclaimed stealth franchise, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots arrives on the scene accompanied by a substantial weight. By this, I'm referring to the weight that manifests itself in the form of the sheer level of anticipation maintained by its adoring (if...



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