Metal Gear Solid 4 Update - The Old Boy's Still Got It

Hideo Kojima answers the age-old question of what happens when you drop an aging soldier into a war zone with a high-tech catsuit and a small arsenal of weapons.

We caught a live demo of Metal Gear Solid 4 at Konami's recent 20th anniversary party commemorating the franchise's longevity. Though the demo was similar to Kojima's earlier presentation of the game at a Sony event last week, it afforded us the opportunity to do a bit of dissecting. We picked up on a number of subtle elements in the game's presentation and gameplay mechanics that have left us intrigued.

The first standout was Snake's animation, which features a number of variations. Some of these are tied specifically to his new moves, and some were put in to help him move more fluidly. Crouched running, the ability to flip onto your back while crawling on your belly (to facilitate shooting fools behind you), and the ability to hang from a ledge all add to your evasive options while playing. They also feed into a system that we like to call the Agile Grumpy Old Man system (or A.G.O.M. for short). Gout, arthritis, and rheumatism be damned, Snake moves like greased (albeit occasionally creaky) lightning in the demo. We have mixed emotions about some of the frisking animations, but punching someone in the junk certainly qualifies as grumpy enough.

The second intriguing gameplay element that caught our eye is the circle that appears around Snake at all times during gameplay. In speaking with Konami reps, it sounds as though it's something players will come to use as a gauge of your surroundings, since it reacts to sounds and activity. As such, it will offer useful (and sometimes key) feedback about your surroundings based on its appearance.

We're also intrigued by the various camera options in the game, be it the standard view we expected, or the new first-person view. In some cases, the action appeared to have a camera that's almost too dynamic, making it a challenge to get your bearings, though it's nice to have so many options. Snake's little remote-controlled Metal Gear is also an interesting mechanic that might make for some unique combat solutions.

It may go without saying, but we kind of want to play this.

As far as the visuals go, the game continues to look better, although we're starting to get tired of the same town environment we've been seeing since the game was first unveiled. Still, the level of detail and interactivity is cool. Snake's various camouflages are rendered nicely and factor into gameplay in some very interesting ways. Particle and smoke effects are all nicely done and all add to the chaos, especially when structures are taken down. There is some of the expected performance weirdness, but we're still hopeful the frame rate will be solidified for the game's release.

There's no doubt that Metal Gear Solid 4 will be one of the most scrutinized PlayStation 3 games when it ships early next year. Given what we've seen and the team working on it, we're going to say that it has a very good chance of being able to stand up to that scrutiny. Kojima Productions is doing some interesting stuff with the gameplay, and the visuals are pretty slick, so we certainly like what we've seen so far. Look for more on Metal Gear Solid 4 later this year at Tokyo Game Show and in the months leading up to its 2008 release.

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Solid_Max13
Solid_Max13

All i can say is if anyone has any brains buy this game, even if your new to the series this game is amazing go bk in time even to play the originals!!! it's time well worth it!!

cheerios3d
cheerios3d

This is a must get for any MGS fans out there, and if ur not a MGS fan it sucks 2 b u cuz u don't know what ur missing

aamer_da_game
aamer_da_game

three more hours till it comes out guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rexCo
rexCo

Oh man I need to play this game... One of the most epic series' ever created coming to a close. Anyone else absolutely love the MGS theme? Wow is it effective...

itwiz90
itwiz90

I wanna play, I been waiting everyday, I wanna play... I wana sneak up, close with and destroy the enemy...

jandogg
jandogg

I dunno... i played the second one... i did not like it because of the camera... Hopefully they made a good camera view.

classic7
classic7

I know everyone has said this but some PEOPLE(Shoujoboy51) like to dream and hope a little too much. MGS4 is and will always be a PS3 exclusive. It's going to take up 50 GB, if the 360 tried to port it it would be on like 5-7 disks, and the HD drive wouldn't keep up. Come on people its really very simple.

eamonbrown
eamonbrown

metal gear solid is the best game ever

DesertClawX2X
DesertClawX2X

God, if only my parents had let me buy a PS3! Darn it! I'm missing out on what will be one of the best games of the year (if not the decade)!

netsol2
netsol2

i do not have a ps3 but i am buying the limited edition of course it is going to be the best game on ps3 and i am buying a ps3 for it and a other few game

akiwak
akiwak

I took vacation time just so i can play this game. Probably the best vacation I've taken in a few years. EDIT: Well I can't afford to go anywhere else either! I'll save some money and with the way the economy is.....prob a good thing!

crycry12
crycry12

This game and grand theft auto IV is going to be the heart of the playstation 3

sauke2099
sauke2099

metal gear solid 4 and devil may cry 4 are goin to be the best ps3 games eva!!!!!!!!!

zellwwf
zellwwf

i only bought the ps3 to play MGS 4

connell66
connell66

A dirty magazine? Not that I want to do stuff with it, but what point is there to include that? And for that matter, why isn't Snake dead?

napp123
napp123

The original stealth series comes to a close

gozyaj
gozyaj

Bound for snake, i suppose. The game been waiting has been bound next year to PS3.. This is it! MGS-4, the gameplay really amaze me. Kojima-san's finest hour for snake. it has finally come... to an end.

Doolum
Doolum

now u are talkin'

K-E-C
K-E-C

dis is goin 2 be the best game for ps3 apart frm tekken 6 of coarse !!!

oumir
oumir

This game looks so great. i loved 1 and 3....... #2 was ok. but for some reason i fell that it not going to be as good as i think....... weird... i hope to god its not right.

fuzzydoor
fuzzydoor

This game looks amazing teh number of things u can do is incredible

Acidrain1988
Acidrain1988

from what we see/hear so far this game looks great, but we will have to wait and see. I am pretty excited.

Jobteveli
Jobteveli

I have played MGS2 & 3 cant wait for 4 , i mean from the videos i thiink the game is pretty cool

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

this is one of the greatest games I have ever seen ,and I seen my share,wow I can't wait for this

DeadlyMaster
DeadlyMaster

Snake is so gonna die at the end of the game.

pdesteban
pdesteban

greatest game ever made on the planet EVER!!!

mountain_duwe
mountain_duwe

Vadercomplex, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots Xbox 360 Game Release date: 1-1-1970 SORRY THIS TITLE IS DELETED List Price £49.99 Your saving £10.00 GAME £39.99 Free Delivery ...sorry, this title is what? January 1st, 1970? Hmm...

GameProXtreme
GameProXtreme

didnt they grab raidens nuts in mgs2? and big boss' nuts in mgs3? so they like the idea of grabbing nuts and in fps mode in the demo you can use six axis like Fear did whereas 360 cant

Testament
Testament

i just dont understand why they keep makin snake act like he's gay first he grab the soilder nuts to knock them out, then he grabs the nuts of the statue when he's in camoflague mode. other than that this game will rock and cant wait for this final chapter to come out

Gta4lif3
Gta4lif3

snake is the best...and i think were able to as raiden or some other character

azimiballer
azimiballer

this game is awesome.... i have a feeling snake's gonna die.....

KnGGnK
KnGGnK

vadercomplex i clicked your link and it only shows the ps3 version is there another link to confirm your saying

one_arm
one_arm

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Desgardios
Desgardios

Impressive, this is a must have for Tactical Espionage and First person shooters fans alike. I would even recommend this to splinter cell fans at least those that want a real game.

TheBrokenNinja
TheBrokenNinja

As long as this amazing game comes out when its scheduled to I will be happy.

PrivateDonutRVB
PrivateDonutRVB

For all those ps3 people and xbox 360 people who are fighting each other over which console is better.Go listein to this song called Why Cant We be Friends. Your constant fighting is just **** stupid.Im going to go enjoy my games instead of arguing all day.

vadercomplex
vadercomplex

GamerYnoX See this is why idiots always speak first. Of couse you didn't check the site with a release date, and option to preorder the game, and the fact that it's a legit company that has locations in the US and UK. The big rumor is that it's exclusive. What staff member of Konami said that i'ts exclusive? I told you where to go for my proof, where is yours? Click for a serving of humble pie

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

MGS4 coming to 360? Lol and halo 3 is coming to PS3 :p! Dumbest thing i've heard! Konami already said it is exclusive... I know 360 fans r jealous of MGS4 but no need to spread doubtful rumors...

vadercomplex
vadercomplex

Let me be the first fanboy to tell you it's going to 360 on 9-26-2008 HMV.UK you can even preeorder along with the ps3 version. Have a great day..... PS3 rules...I think.... We stole your exclusives Peace B1tch3s!!!!

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

PS3 sales gonna rise just because of this game! MGS4 gonna show PS3 capabilities and shut many 360 fanboy mouth saying PS3 sux! Gotta LOVE this game!!!

god13g
god13g

i agree with u bihboy69 and if any 1 thincks that this game is going to 360 ur wrong becouse 1st snake uses a sixaxis to control the matelgear and the mategear uses a cell procecore which 360 doesnt have. and FYI im not a ps3 fan boy

bihboy69
bihboy69

shoujoboy51 well what I'm going to say is look Kojima didn't say this game was playstation 3 exclusive konami did who cares? as long as i get to play it without random 360 fanboys jumping in and saying "HAHA we got ur eclusive.." its all fine by me. main reason i dont want this to go to 360 isnt because i like sony (even though i do) but the main reason is because SO many 360 boys will rub it in our face for so long and never give us peace.

shoujoboy51
shoujoboy51

well what I'm going to say is look Kojima didn't say this game was playstation 3 exclusive konami did and the 360 just maybe able to run this awesome looking game, this example has probably been used like a thousand times but look at gears of war it's pretty flippin awesome and the I doubt the 360 has been completely maxed out this early in it's life.All I've got to say is if the playstation 3 has games that looks this good this early on then we can expect amazing games near the end of it's cycle to be amazing ! also I only own an xbox 360 but I did get a summer job to buy a playstation 3.

taquitoscopio
taquitoscopio

personally I'm more driven towards knowing how Kojima will close up the series... to tell you the truth I'm intreged on how the master of detail, plot twists (and more than welcome easter eggs) will close up this final round... there's certanly more to it than Old Snake and cinematic play.