Metal Gear Solid 4 is still a gaming masterpiece – Reader’s Feature
As the Game nears its 10th anniversary, a reader explains his love for Solid Snake’s closing outing and why he thinks it deserves a remaster.
I vividly bear in mind the hype surrounding Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots’ launch in 2008. It was not solely the truth that Hideo Kojima had returned for an additional instalment in his critically acclaimed franchise, however the Game additionally marked the ultimate chapter within the story of an iconic character: Solid Snake. ‘This is my final mission’, Snake proclaimed in a trailer. As Metal Gear Solid closely influenced my early teenagers (and lengthy past it, too) it despatched the chills down my backbone when Snake uttered these phrases and set the stage for his closing journey.
Even now, I think about it to be the perfect unique PlayStation 3 needed to supply. It’s a daring declare when PlayStation 3 boasted a assortment that included Uncharted 2 and The Last Of Us, however Metal Gear Solid 4 was a pure adrenaline rush from begin to end. I watched as Solid Snake, often known as Old Snake, emerged on the battlefield once more and David Hayter’s husky voice for the character mentioned the phrases, ‘War has changed’. A hero that was younger in my childhood and that may overcome evil numerous instances, the brand new Game created uncertainty on a drained warhorse’s means to avoid wasting the world one closing time.
I cherished Metal Gear Solid 4’s story. Kojima completely dropped references from the collection, had fan favorite characters return and tied up free ends left within the story. It was a love letter to followers of the collection, even supposing the story polarised many individuals. I used to be by no means bothered by Kojima’s ‘cheap’ use of nanomachines because the be all and finish all clarification for various plot factors. I’ve all the time admired Kojima’s commentary and themes within the Metal Gears collection and nanomachines took that a step additional with the concept of the Sons of the Patriots system creating heightened troopers able to holding up the struggle economic system.
Gameplay is a testomony to Metal Gear Solid 4’s legacy. It was actually mesmerising for Snake to sneak his means by way of energetic conflicts and Kojima to refine and reinvent mechanics within the collection. Looking again although, it’s the one place the place I want Kojima had put some further content material. I discovered the five acts to be substantial for the story, however the third one was comparatively quick in gameplay and will — and will — have been expanded.
I can discover minor issues with the Game however once I performed it for the primary time there was no expertise that might match it. From Kojima taking gamers to Shadow Moses for unprecedented ranges of nostalgia to piloting Metal Gear REX and battling Metal Gear RAY, it’s moments like those who no Metal Gear fan will ever neglect.
There aren’t many instances that I’d consult with one thing as a masterpiece, however Metal Gear Solid 4 reiterated that Kojima is considered one of gaming’s best property. I believe Konami, regardless of being in a new post-Kojima period with Metal Gear Survive, ought to have Metal Gear Solid 4 remastered for PlayStation 4. It would mark the Game’s anniversary completely, in addition to enhancing it in the identical vein as its predecessors in Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.
It was Snake that after mentioned, ‘A legend is usually bad news. Someone tells it, someone else remembers, everybody passes it on’. In this case, nevertheless, Kojima flawlessly encapsulated a legendary character’s story and embedded these reminiscences firmly into the minds of followers to carry onto even a decade later.
By reader Adnan Riaz (@AdnanRiaz9)
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