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I was a fan of the board game Risk growing up and I am a fan of Metal Gear Solid right now so when I heard about a Risk board game based on Metal Gear Solid I knew I had to blog about it. Only 2,014 Limited Edition versions will be available starting in November although you will be able to pre-order the game starting on October 3.
Game comes complete with:
- Over 290 custom game pieces:
- 5 PMC Armies
- 8 Bosses
- Outer Haven Battleship
- Drebin’s Shop Cards
- Territory Cards
- PMC Headquarters
- Custom Outer Haven Game Board
- Custom Earth Game Board
- 7 dice
More @ USAopoly.
You will soon be able to play Metal Gear Solid 4 in the palm of your hands. Konami is bringing iPod Touch and iPhone owners some tactcal espionage action to their Apple devices. The one key difference in the this version of the game besides the not as good graphics is the new touch feature. The game launches this spring. Kojima will be releasing a version of the game with twelve stages in the spring, with an update coming later that will add the remaining eight stages for free.
For more details check out the official website.
I am still in Act V but just thought I’d post this now while I have it fresh in my mind. Here are the most memorable moments in Metal Gear Solid 4.
Act II: Laughing Octopus
When Snake battled the first boss of the game, Laughing Octopus, it turned out to be an awesome boss fight. She first introduces herself by screaming Snakes name in a Linda Blair type voice which scared the hell out of me since it wasn’t expected at all. She flies in and out of the warehouse where the fight is set and hides in places you wouldn’t expect. When Snake equips solid eye night vision she is much easier to spot. She transforms herself into all types of things. For instance at one point she transforms into Naomi who is who you’re looking for in this part of the game making you not want to hurt her but it’s a trap. She then will transform into a MG MK2 robot. If you follow its path you will get hit by a bob Laughing Octopus set. When she runs out of power you will have to kill her again, this time without her suit on.
Act III: Motorcycle Chase
Act III was pretty boring until the motorcycle chase scene. You ride on a motorcycle with Big Mama and try to protect you two from the enemies. The scene feels like it lasts about 10 minutes and is extremely exciting. There are a couple times where Big Mama will go off a jump and the game turns to slow motion. However you can still shoot the enemies in slow motion.
Act IV: Metal Gear Rex Scene
After you beat Vamp you need to escape Shadow Moses using a playable Metal Gear Rex who is huge in comparison to the Gecko you will be destroying. You have you choice of three weapons but I usually just stick with the machine gun as it’s plenty powerful enough to destroy anything in your path. As you make your way out of Shadow Moses you can switch between first and third person views. When in third person view, you will see how graphically powerful that this game is.
After making your way out of the building you then fight Metal Gear Ray who comes diving out of the water in an impressive scene. Again some of the games most impressive graphics can be seen here. You fight Ray on some sort of dock platform with large pieces of equipment that will get destroyed. Rex is so large that it can’t really turn the whole body left or right but instead he sidesteps left or right while looking straight. This is where I really unloaded my arsenal on Ray. You have missiles to choose from in addition to the machine gun. After an intensive battle you will destroy Ray (if you’re good) and Act IV is over.
A post on the Playstation Blog reveals that tomorrow the PlayStation Store will be releasing the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Database. The MGS4 Database is a free, downloadable interactive application that contains the official knowledge base of everything that is Metal Gear. Reaching all the way back to the very beginning of the franchise, the database includes complete storylines, character profiles, relationship diagrams and more. I’m currently playing through MGS4 and it is the best games I’ve played in a while.
Tactical Espionage Action. I first played this game back in ‘02 and I wasn’t sure what that meant or what to expect. I was going through a stage where I was trying out the best PS2 games and judging the games by their ratings. Who knew that I would be in for such a tasty treat. A game such as this only comes around once every few years. Not to get off subject but the last time I remember being sucked into a game like this was back in ‘96 with LOZ:Oot on N64. I don’t know if it’s just me and my preferences in the gaming scene but to me this game is almost perfect. Just watch the amazing intro to the game and you’ll be instantly interested in starting a new game.
The game is split into 2 chapters. The “Tanker” chapter where you play Snake is about 25% of the total game and the “Plant” chapter where you play Raven makes up the other 75% of the game. The game is filled with cut-scenes, too many at times, (You can skip through them with the X button but may not want to your first time around). So what’s the objective of the game? The cut-scenes will tell you your objective, where to go and what to do. A mission could be taking pictures of Metal Gear, or rescuing someone from a building. To achieve your mission goal you will need to hide in lockers, under tables, in the shadows, from the surveillance cameras, it’s a living environment where everything you see can somehow play a role. How much violence you want in the game is all up to you. You can try to sneak past the guards and not hurt anybody or you can shoot everyone in sight, triggering them to radio for help.
I honestly didn’t know the PS2 was capable of handling this stuff. You can tell that Konami took thousands of man hours into this game to make it as perfect as possible. Some of the most spectacular graphics are in the Tanker mission. You start out on the outside of the ship where it’s pouring down rain. Then after shooting some baddies you make your way inside where you see where the real beauty lies. Right when you walk in you can see the puddles your feet create. You start walking and you leave wet footprints. The attention to detail is amazing. You can be anywhere in the game and hit the “R1? button and you get a first-person view with crisp detailed graphics in every direction. Since most of the game you will be hiding or avoiding enemies, the first person view is where you will do most of your shooting. If you shoot a fire extinguisher, smoke will fill the area and possibly reveal nearby laser beams. Whoops, you were trying to shoot the soldier and missed. The bullet broke one of the 100 bottles of liquor in the bar. The detail is amazing and has to be seen to be believed.
One of the best parts of the game was the sound. If a soldier sees footprints or blood left behind by Snake or Raven he will say “Hmm?” or “Who’s There”. If you knock on the wall to get a soldiers attention the soldier will ask “What was that noise just now?” The sound of a soldier walking by while you hide in the shadows is so lifelike it’s scary. I never knew sound could play such a role in a video game. The sound becomes such an essential element of the game; if you play on mute you’re only playing half the game although it does add an interesting challenge to the game. The music is beautiful in every way. If you get spotted by a soldier the music instantly goes into a thrilling musical score that makes them feel that much more intense.
Replay Value (10/10)
After going through this game once, I couldn’t stop. I’m at the point now where I know where everything is in the tanker chapter and I can practically beat it without weapons but just with snapping of necks and locker stuffing.
After a long and difficult wait, Metal Gear Solid 4 was released today. Technically it was released this morning at midnight but I’m not the type of person who is so anxious to play a game that I’d go hang out at a store when I should be sleeping. I’ve been excited to play this game ever since I finished Metal Gear Solid 3 which I liked almost as much as 2. 1 was also good. PS3′s biggest exclusive game to date was really hyped up and doesn’t have many reviews out yet so I’ll see if it was really worth the wait when I play it tonight.
Collectors get ready because the official Sony blog has released some information on the limited edition bundle. Pre-orders will begin on Monday May 19th, 2008 (That’s in three days!) but in a very limited supply. The bundle includes a ‘Gun Metal Gray’ 40GB Playstation 3 with matching Dual Shock 3 controller and limited edition MGS4 game which includes Metal Gear Online, a Blu-ray disc with over two hours of content, a behind the scenes documentary and MGS4 CD soundtrack which includes 16 tracks.
Limited edition game systems seem to be a good investment for collectors and I think Sony is aware of this by charging $600. Something tells me that the high price won’t stop these bundles from selling out in a couple of hours on Monday before they start selling for $1K+ on eBay.
Check out Konami.com for details.