MGS4 Database sneaks into Europe

Online encyclopedia of all things Solid Snake will stealthily come to the PlayStation Network on June 26.

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When Hideo Kojima's highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots had a simultaneous worldwide release on June 12, there was one notable absence for those in Europe. The Metal Gear Solid Database, which was available on June 19 in both Japan and America, could not be found using European accounts on the PlayStation Network.

Whether it was an issue with getting everything translated into all of the European languages, or some other glitch, Konami's not saying. But it has confirmed that the Database will be coming to Europe this week on June 26.

Contrary to the name, the MGS4 Database does not just have info for the latest Solid Snake game, but instead is an archive of all characters, weapons, and plotlines starting from the first Metal Gear in 1987. There are three hubs: GENE (a glossary), MEME (which maps relationships), and SCENE (a timeline). Gamers can also search using keywords.

The database is free to use, but only those who have a saved game for Metal Gear Solid 4 on their PlayStation 3 hard drive will be able to access intel about this game "to avoid spoiling the final adventure." All spoilers have also been blacked out until the game has been completed.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has been several years in the making, and is the final game to feature the main character Solid Snake. In Japan, it sold almost 500,000 copies in its first three days on sale. It was the sixth game ever in the history of GameSpot to be given a score of 10; read the full review here.

Discussion

67 comments
CheesmanMuncher
CheesmanMuncher

Imma pinch your avatar. :D Big Boss is awesome. We need another prequel. Or a remake of the original two Metal Gears. Or both.

kaztiyo
kaztiyo

"Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has been several years in the making, and is the final game to feature the main character Solid Snake." this means we will be able to use Big Boss in the next MGS games ^_^

CheesmanMuncher
CheesmanMuncher

The Database is now up on the EU store. 77MB download so it'll only take a little while to get. :D This should be interesting.

Stormswinger
Stormswinger

kavadias, A DS3 is a short word for Dualshock3, I thought it could be taken for granted, nowadays... but maybe I have been a little superficial...sorry! Also: I am not a native english speaker, I just try my best. On topic: I did not say Sony should discontinue the 40g model, I just think the Euro consumers deserve the opportunity to choose the high-end model exactly like the American ones. You say it wouldn't sell... but the more expensive MGS4 bundles went sold out in few hours in America and I don't think it would be that different over here... after all it's an item you just buy once and it's better to add some more bucks to it at the beginning and get the best model...IMHO! Respect!

robertcain
robertcain

Hey Europe matters just as much as we do!!!!! Just a shame that only owners can acces it

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@Stormswinger - do you realise how expensive it would be? It wouldn't sell. The 40g PS3 is just fine as it is. And what the hell is a DS3? Talk English man!

Stormswinger
Stormswinger

Very good! Now Sony stop b#%=§ing with EU and give us a goddam 80g SKU with all the connected cool features bundled with a DS3 and I swear I'll buy it on day one, dammit!!! Respect!

Stormswinger
Stormswinger

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afme333
afme333

Im waiting to get my hands on this game and play it.

R-Force
R-Force

Cool. Nice to finally have it all in one place.

randomfulness
randomfulness

better than never. It'll help me do some recapping.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

From someone who never really played through the first two games (the old nintendo ones), the database was quite useful story-wise. Also cleared up some things that i didn't quite understand. I think it was very good of kojima to do this. Though my friends aren't interested in the game itself, they do ask me all the time to explain it. I tell them it's too much to explain, and maybe now after looking at the database they'll see why =P

SonOfSparda018
SonOfSparda018

So good of Kojima to bring us this database. MGS4 is the beast !

HarshGamer
HarshGamer

I've waited for this since MGS4 got released...can't wait for the database to come.

rebelad
rebelad

I downloaded it and its pretty interesting i never played the old nintendo mgs games but it explained them in detail its pretty informative

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Same here, datniccah187. Anyway, the database is definitely a good thing to have alongside MGS4, for those that get lost in its many twists and turns, but also for those of us that want to learn a bit more about the saga. It even fills in some of the holes that I've seen many nitpick about.

skee_uk
skee_uk

mgs4 is the best game this gen.

Somebody89
Somebody89

There are gonna be a lot of 10s due to the fact gamespot changed their rating system to .5 or whole numbers, but mgs 4 did deserve the 10.

nnn2004
nnn2004

its good thing for mgs 4 to have a database.

LoserMike
LoserMike

Sounds about right. Usually companies have to translate manuals into 4 different languages for the Euro market: Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

datniccah187
datniccah187

I love checking out the stories and timelines of the MGS series. Always learn something new when I do.

CheesmanMuncher
CheesmanMuncher

@ nnn2004: Learn how to spell. Then maybe folk might actually take you semi-seriously.

maverick_76
maverick_76

I am playing the original MGS right now and I can't wait to read it after I am done with these first three games.

Wild_Thing
Wild_Thing

About damn time. I don't know what reason they had for the delay but they could at least have told us it WAS in fact coming. Ah well we'll be enriched with knowledge and i'm not one that bites the hand that feeds me. Way to go Konami/Kojima productions, keep up the great work.

tatu2004
tatu2004

great news i will download it as soon as it hit PSN store

peetowser
peetowser

A great add-on to MGS4, finally available to European PS3 owners... I'm all with you guys, the delays you have to contend with suck, and you deserve simultaneous releases... But On the other hand you got the new PS3 Civilisation a month before us... At least it didn't take them more than a week to make it available to you guys... Still they should be more prepared...

nnn2004
nnn2004

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nnn2004
nnn2004

if u dont like the word ( issue ) guys i will not write it.

Fanible
Fanible

Well you're embarrassing yourself for one, nnn2004. p.s. There is an edit option under the "select an action" tab.

nnn2004
nnn2004

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waraga
waraga

Well done gamespot hope you will give killzone 2 the same score.

73X
73X

@nnn2004: You really should just stop.

nnn2004
nnn2004

also know that .. IAM NOT A FANBOY its just simple ho ever give me better service i go with it.

nnn2004
nnn2004

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nnn2004
nnn2004

wait everyone i dont mean anything bad. i only want to say sony delay too much thats all ..... wow -24 plz mercy.

oli54321
oli54321

Why does the European playstation network take so long to get stuff? We don't even have Echochrome yet.

spydersvenom7
spydersvenom7

This is a great add-on that Konami did, proving that they know exactly what fans of the Metal Gear series want out of its games. Metal Gear Solid Online, however, that's a different story...

lociefer
lociefer

konami is the best , and btw , iono why dont u guyz form multiple accounts like i do , i have us / eu / jp accounts , to get the best of all worlds :P , but seriously , this is awsome news

D33_B33
D33_B33

thank u konami, i need this soo bad . ive played all the games but i never really understood the plot as i was really young when i played them. i cant remember anything. thank you

5FingersOfDeath
5FingersOfDeath

This Database is amazing, so much info that my fragile brain is about to blow.

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

@ nnn2004 Since when is a free database an issue? And if you come here saying that PS3 sucks then X360 must be made of trash! X360 doesn't even have blu-ray disc! Oh, and by the way, learn how to write!

dmish82
dmish82

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shadowkiller11
shadowkiller11

yay thats good and don't listen to nnn2004 his a blind fanboy, mgs4 sold 1.4 million worldwide on its first day so thats good, atleast i can download database and look at mgs4 plotline, charaters now

xmg0
xmg0

it'll be an interesting read

koopi
koopi

Nice! The US database couldn't find my saved data. Damn region locks! :/

dmish82
dmish82

@nnn2004 "the ps3 issues follow the game even after its release." didn't know a free database was such an issue for you. are you used to paying for everything (Live)?

nnn2004
nnn2004

etramleinad12 i dont see one good thing from ps3 until now we only see issues and dont tell me mgs4 is a good thing from ps3 cuz sony dont make this game but its rune it with there console.