Thursday, June 26, 2008

Review: Metal Gear Solid 4

Snake ... Snaaaake!

The fourth installment of my favourite video game series delivers, and delivers big. This shit is sick! How sick, you ask?

Things I loved:
- The graphics are the best I've ever seen. The cut scenes deliver the same attention to detail as a Hollywood CG flick. Facial features, hair blowing in the wind, lighting up a cigarette, all of these things look real. It almost makes me want to get a PS3 ... except I just finished the only game I ever wanted to play! Fuck you, Sony!
- The little things make this game so good. When Snake is crouching in the dirt, and quickly stands up, dust starts to kick up in the air. When you walk too close to a bird, it flies off. Cans and bottles litter the streets, and running by them too quickly creates a loud commotion that might tip off your position.
- There's a monkey, drinking pop and smoking cigarettes. What else could you ask for?

Things I really liked:
- Otacon uses Apple product! He even has a Macbook Pro, just like yours truly!
- This game's storyline ties in every other game, from the original Metal Gear on the NES, to MGS 1, 2, 3, to MGS Portable Ops.
- The hilarious back-references to MGS1 rock. This by itself was worth the price of admission. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you ever played Metal Gear Solid on the Playstation, you must play this game!
- First-person shooter gameplay that was lacking in the other games makes you want to say, "to hell with sneaking, let's just shoot all these guys!"
- M4 Custom, with a Master Key on the bottom mount, suppressor, and laser sighting? Oh, they didn't have a chance!

Things that they could have done better:
- The boss battles were blahzay.
- The cut scene / gameplay ratio is unbalanced, like MGS2. I was surely sitting and watching more than I was playing.
- Chris asked if this game was better than Metal Gear Solid 3. I had to think about it for a while, and I would say that MGS3 is still the better game. They added so many cool gameplay elements on top of MGS2 (hunting for food, healing injuries, camouflage). For MGS4, they removed a lot of those elements, and the replacements weren't revolutionary.

Things that sucked:
- The story became more and more convoluted as the game went on. What's going on now? Is that character working with us, or working against us? Ugh.
- So much melodrama! Stop crying, bitches, this is Metal Gear, not The Young and the Restless!
- A lot of the cool gameplay from the previews didn't seem to make it into the final release.

The final verdict: Play this game. It pwns.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Metal Gear Solid 4! Monday Night

I blinked a couple of times ... and then it was 5PM. This game is absolutely sick. I'm going to try and get a few more hours in, and hopefully fit it time for a shower. Yep, that's right. A shower. It could have been worse, trust me.

Metal Gear Solid 4! Monday morning

I've dropped off my wife and Joy at the Go train station. I've emptied the dishwasher. Now, it's time to put some major minutes into MGS4! The best part: It's only 7:20AM ... This game is about to get pwn3d1.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Metal Gear Solid 4! Sunday night

I watched the intro, and played for a minutes...

I hereby declare this game the greatest game ever! It's taking a lot of willpower to not play all night. But the vacation starts tomorrow, after I drop off my wife at the Go train station. So I guess I should get some sleep.

I've also scored Rock Band for the Wii. It's like Christmas up in hurr! Don't expect me to leave the house for the next few days.

Metal Gear Solid 4!

I am on vacation for the first time in a long time. What does Al do when he goes on vacation? He plays Metal Gear Solid, that's what he does! And this time around is no exception, with the recent release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The stupid kid at EB Games told me that I made a "good choice". Do you know who the fuck you're talking to? I was playing Metal Gear Solid on the original Playstation, son! You don't know MGS ... I know MGS!

Right now, I'm sitting here waiting for the game to "install". I didn't know you had to install games on the PS3. 8 Minutes I have to wait! Bah.

I have 2 1/2 days to myself before my wife has time booked off at the end of the week. That should be enough time for me to finish the game, as long as I don't shower or eat on Monday and Tuesday, and cut myself off from any social interaction.

k, it just finished downloading, gotta bounce!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

More Random Blog-age

Today, I'm at the Queensway Car Wash, and Ruby is getting a wash, wax, her tires and rims cleaned, and her interior vinyl treated. There's no wi-fi here (which is ghetto).

Firefox 3 or Safari 3? They're both smoking fast! I'm undecided still, but I'm happy that it's forcing Microsoft to make Internet Explorer more standards compliant. IE8 should be out within the next year, which hopefully means IE6 (aka the worst browser ever) will finally die the death all front-end web developers have been praying for.

I'm sad to hear that Jorge Garbajosa won't be a Raptor next season. He was sorely missed this past season, evidenced by our complete lack of commitment to defense. How many games did we lose because we allowed so many offensive rebounds? Or because of big men that bullied us around? Finding someone to replace him will be difficult, but it's a necessary piece to any team's success in the playoffs.

I had problems sleeping the night of Lakers-Celtics game 6. Why couldn't I have problems sleeping during game 4? Game 6 was absolutely horrid.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Random blogging on a Saturday morning

I'm at Mississauga Honda right now, and they have free Wi-Fi! I'm here for another hour, a good opportunity to connect with my "loyal" "readers" (The first set of quotations questions the idea that I have a loyal following ... the second set questions the intelligence of those that actually choose to read this).

What's been happening lately?

My wife and I visit our nephew Logan once or twice a week. He rocks!

I fell asleep around the third quarter during game 4 of Lakers-Celtics. I woke up in the morning to discover that I missed the greatest comeback/meltdown in finals history. Fuck!

I called EB Games to find out if they were still taking pre-orders for Wii Rock Band. Too late. My lack of advance planning really stings because I have a week's vacation when the game is released.

Waking up early on the weekend kicks butt.

I'm trying to give Usher's new album a chance. But ... There's so much filler! Thank goodness for digital music; with a bit of trimming I can get a solid 4-track album out of it.

I gave Rihanna's new album a chance. But ... It's all filler!

The 2009 models here at Honda all have GPS and bluetooth installed as a standard. That's pretty sick.

Isla Fisher is hot! On a slightly related topic, Hot Rod is quite the entertaining comedy. Good call Shaun!

I've loved playing Metroid Prime 3. But just like when I played the original Prime, the final boss for Corruption is friggin impossible! It's not even enjoyable anymore -- It's a burden and a chore. I wish I didn't have this burning desire to finish what I've started. It's tearing me apart!

That's all for now. Until next time!