Folks, it’s that time of the month. No not that; the monthly blockbuster is out. Hot off the heels of GTA IV, Metal Gear Solid 4 gives PS3 users a reason to rejoice. It also makes a hell of an excuse for me to finally pick up a PS3. I’m not going to get into the story, but suffice to say it was a bit of a trial to save for and obtain the console, culminating in a fairly easy pickup at the local Walmart early Thursday morning.
It feels good to welcome a new console into the house, and it will mean vl can get more PS3 reviews on the site. Perhaps I will write a bit about the console’s user experience, though I doubt anyone cares.
In any case, MGS4 is now out, reviews are coming in, and the results are actually unsurprising. In between all of the love is plenty of dissent, including two sub-90 reviews. Typically enough, the rage exists, but not to a grand magnitude. At this point, everyone will admit that Metal Gear Solid is one of the biggest and most influential series of the past decade, for better or for worse. At the same, everyone, including fans, realizes that such influence was coupled with a lot of problems, namely Hideo Kojima’s love of film and directing getting in the way in each game.
The same problem has sprung up in MGS4, and at this point everyone accepts that each MGS will have some great ideas, but each entry also puts the series further into the “fans only” camp. Of course, when your fans are as ravenous as the MGS loyal, this isn’t a bad thing, but it also means that Solid Snake is no longer at the same level of notoriety as Master Chief and Niko Bellic.
MGS4 will sell some 80gig Playstations, and we will have much to talk about for the rest of the summer, but it wasn’t strong enough to trigger chain wide midnight launches in every major retail outlet, or coverage on the news. I suppose that means Sony needs a new “killer app”, and considering how we have been graced with MGS games for ten years, that may not be a bad thing. I’d love to see more, but we’ve had a great run from Snake and pals, more than I could ask for.
Its 8:00 now, and I’ve been working for over 12 hours with a PS3 under my desk. Time to go home and hook the sucker up. In the meantime, enjoy the mostly hype-inflation free launch of the game, and expect some sort of review in the near future.