What Do You Want from MGS4?


This is easily one of the most anticipated games of 2008. What do you love (or not love) about this series and what do you want to see in the the new title?

I want to see a grand, deep, and fully immersive experience. Basically, I want the exact opposite of the tech demo like games that we see a lot of today. I want to see a game that is not just some bullet-list-friendly features designed for press previews and PR campaigns and big industry exec speeches. And not just some cool game technology with an art team creating N levels on top of it. And I don’t want to see any mini-games clumsily bolted on to add more “gameplay”. I want a deep and well thought out game experience.

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What I loved about previous MGS games, was the variety and polish and integration of the different play mechanics. I always felt like I was doing something different and I always felt fully immersed in the game world. I never felt like I was merely playing more levels within a game engine and I never felt like I was playing a mini-game.

On the downside, I never terribly liked the Metal Gear storyline. Most of the time, it’s a colorful and amusing backdrop for the game, but at times the characters were childish and the dialog can be groan-inducing. I nearly vomited when I played MGS 1 and heard one of the characters launch into a particularly nauseating soliloquy, “Can love blossom on the battlefield?”. What is this, bad teenager poetry?

Sometimes the non-interactive cut scenes are too long and too frequent, but I feel like this game is getting an unfair rap for that (the bogus 90-minute cut scene rumor is a good example). The cut scenes are occasionally annoying, but they are always in addition to, not instead of, copious amounts of highly polished gameplay.

To sum it up, I’m not a huge fan of the story or particularly excited about the stealth action genre, and there isn’t any specific feature set I’m excited about. I just want a deep, complex game that can keep me fully immersed and that consistently surprises me.

What do you guys want or expect out of this title?


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Trigga_Tybalt on May 27th, 2008 [ 26623 Points ]

    to play as snake all the way through.

    if anyone needs to brush up on their snake history these are worth watching;
    http://www.gametrailers.com/game/6748.html

  2. #2 by Kamesen on May 27th, 2008 [ 360 Points ]

    Based on previous iterations, I feel that Kojima will indeed deliver a hearty game with a well thought out plot and some “always fresh, never dull” game mechanics. This is the reason why Hideo Kojima has international repute as a game maker. This title will not fail to disappoint.

  3. #3 by Trieloth on May 27th, 2008

    Are you serious?… I WANT METAL GEAR IN MY PS3!! Kojima will go beyond my expectations. :)

  4. #4 by Jerry on May 27th, 2008

    I would like this game to have everything the first 3 had but better graphics. I want the long cuts scenes, because it makes me realize the new age of story telling. I want to long drawn out story that keeps your emotions on edge. I want bigger better montage scenes with great songs and original scores. I am going to spend $80 on this game; I don’t want it to be a waste of time like Halo 3, which was mainly just paying $60 for an online shooter. I want to play as snake the whole way and then have the option to play as other characters. I want secret suits for snake, and tons of other Easter eggs. I want it to be good enough to be made into a movie. I want this game to get a 10 just like GTA not because it’s amazing because it really is just the culmination of all three. I expect a lot and I am positive that I will get it. The last 3 installments into the MGS world have not let me down.

  5. #5 by Paranoimia on May 27th, 2008

    As odd as it may seem, seeing as they’re the inspiration for the game, I’d like a Meetal Gear game without… a Metal Gear!

    I loved MGS1 and 2, but never bothered with 3. I’m not much of a fan of Manga and giant robots, but MGS has always been a solid (no pun intended) stealth game, but I always found the battles with giant robots to be quite yawn-inducing.

    I’d like to experience all the fun and stealth aspects of MGS in a game with ‘real world’ opponents… and not a damn robot in sight. And don’t anyone mention Splinter Cell, because I had the first, and it didn’t hold a candle to MGS.

  6. #6 by Paranoimia on May 27th, 2008

    Apologies for the bad English in the last reply… I’m really, REALLY tired at the moment.

  7. #7 by Seiryuki on May 28th, 2008

    I totally agree with you Jerry, I certainly want everything like before, just longer and with better graphics……and the best thing about that is I KNOW that we’re gonna get those things and more (Hideo spoke of “sense”). Unlike Halo where people have to wonder or hope that it’ll be what they’re expecting, we know MGS4 will be wayyyy more than we’re expecting to make us keep wanting for more. (Btw, I don’t like FPS….and it’s not because I get motion sickness, it’s because the developers don’t innovate and incorporate it to excellence. But I think I may like Resistance 1&2 and we need to look out for Mirror’s Edge). And for those people who’re buying MGS4 only expecting to play the game in FPS, you’re in for a big shock. Expect to see MGS4 haters on launch simply for that reason as well as people who hate the Japanese-ness styled characters, long-long-long cutscenes, weird GA-KOs, soap-opera inbetweeners, in-your-face mushy stuff…………all of which I love.

    Enjoy MGS4. It’s only for the fans who stayed with the series, not the newcomers who make conclusions from the trailers.

    Oh, I wanna see forests….forests and deep-green-lush-wet-cold-inhabited—-forests in my MGS4.

  8. #8 by chrysostom on May 28th, 2008 [ 830 Points ]

    After 40+ hrs of game play time, I expect Kojima to tell me the meaning of life, especially the meaning of a gamer’s life. I am playing GTAIV every day and I constantly find myself taking orders from the game… there is very little control on my side. My job, as a gamer, is to carry out the order exactly as scripted. This echoes what Kojima was trying to tell us with MGS2′s Raiden.

  9. #9 by Trigga_Tybalt on May 28th, 2008 [ 26623 Points ]

    also looking forward to MGO :D everyone seems to have forgotten about this?

  10. #10 by Darrin on May 28th, 2008 [ 17143 Points ]

    I’m looking forward to MGO. The beta was pretty good. Although, there are a zillion multiplayer shooters like that.

  11. #11 by Trieloth on May 28th, 2008

    @paranomiaWTF you dont want mechs in Metal Gear? Thats like wanting a fishing game with out FISH, or a peanut butter sandwich with out the peanut butter…yea dude its STRANGE!!

  12. #12 by Darrin on May 29th, 2008 [ 17143 Points ]

    The mechs are a really small part of the MGS games. Weren’t they just in the back story and one or two boss fights?

  13. #13 by SL33PY on May 29th, 2008

    I want a good story, answers and tons of fun while playing


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