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So, Metal Gear Solid 4 is Finally Here…

Why am I not excited?

After all the months of waiting, after saying repeatedly that this is the reason I bought a Playstation 3, after all the times I’ve said I’m getting it day one, here I sit in front of my computer with my copy of the collector’s edition still waiting in the back room at GameStop instead of in my PS3’s waiting disc drive. I should know, I was the one who put it back there when I walked in for work earlier today.

What’s the deal? Is there something wrong with me? What am I missing? It’s been a long time coming but the excitement…it’s just not there. I’m not even a little excited for it, not even a modicum of hype exists within me right now. As much as I hate to say this (and I know Metal Gear fans the world over will hate me for this as well), Metal Gear Solid 4 is just another game to me.

But for a second here, let me delve into my past experiences with the series. I’ve never been a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series. The only Metal Gear Solid games I’ve ever played through to the end are Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. This is strange because I own many, many games in Metal Gear Solid collection, spanning various consoles, as you can see from the pictures below.

(By the way, the Metal Gear Solid 3 you see on the lower left of the first picture is the original Snake Eater. The cover art you see is from an EGM pullout with replacement cover art. Pretty cool eh?)

Despite owning all of these games, as I stated before, I’ve only completed two of them. I’ve never been sucked into the series like its legions of fans. Sure, the storytelling is great and the cutscenes are enjoyable (albeit incredibly long in some cases) to sit through but the gameplay has never really grabbed me. I can see its appeal, but not when it relates to me.

Again, the question I must ask is…what’s wrong with this picture? Metal Gear Solid 4 is bar none, the most hyped exclusive game for the PS3. It’s the game to get for the PS3 and…I don’t own it and to be honest, I don’t know when I’m going to get it.Hell, the game is getting nines from just about every reviewing outlet worth its salt. While it’s easy to say the reviewers merely bought into the hype, I don’t think that’s the case here. I guess I can attribute my sudden frugality to the fact that I’ve been trying to budget myself, seeing as I’ve got an HDTV purchase coming up very soon (that’s also why I haven’t added Ninja Gaiden 2 to my collection yet). But there’s some games that transcend budgets. Some games are so good that, no matter what, you can afford to buy. I recognize Metal Gear Solid 4 as one of those games…or at least…I think I do.

So. I guess I can end this post here as I still haven’t convinced myself that I truly need to get this game now or in the near future. Before a bunch of Metal Gear fans (or maybe fanboys…) rip my head off, please note that I’m not trying to bash the game or diminish its importance in any way, shape or form. I’m just not excited for it at the time being. Perhaps this will change in time, perhaps not. Perhaps I need to play it before I’ll see the proverbial light and rush back to GameStop and finally pick up my copy.

Or hey, maybe I’m just crazy.

About Justin McBride

My name is Justin McBride and I’m a guy who enjoys writing, playing games and writing about playing games. Sound lame enough yet? Well, I have other interests as well such as hanging out with friends, watching TV, going to the movies from time to time, surfing the internet, listen to good music, drive at speeds I shouldn’t be driving at and so on. The problem is, that’s all stuff everyone likes to do, so why write about it? Oh wait, seems I just did. Oops.

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  • thatruth2006

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    Let me know what you think. See if this excites you.

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  • i love metal gear too…specially MGS (ps1)and MGS2 (ps2)

  • Kenton(realname)

    I am an avid MGS fan, and love all the games in the series. I know this thread is from 2008, but it still comes up top on google searches when i typed “what are all the metal gear solid games”. The photos of the 2 MGS-3’s are too small to see. Are they both Snake-Eater? I have played MGS-1 from PlayStation after playing the demo on a disc from Pizza Hut, I guessing like 1997/98. Bought “Zone of the Enders” the day PS2 came out (which was a bad ass game, but it was the only way to get the MGS-2 Demo disc, i believe you play until Olga). I know you guys remember that, that demo was unbelievable. The graphics were astonishing. I beat MGS-2 at a friends house, and had to wait until “MGS-2: Substance” came out, because I was an X-Box guy (which is the opposite now, I hate X-Box360, PS3 is just an all around better system, just doesn’t have all the faggy ex-military kids that think they are good at video games, so they buy COD to talk shit, but when they find out they aren’t real gamers, the take off their “USMC” clan tag. FAGGY NUBES. I fucking hate anyone who went into the military, especially marines, you cocky faggots, ill beat the shit out of you no matter how much training you’ve had. STOP WEARING AFFLICTION SHIRTS, AND STOP PRETENDING YOU FIGHT UFC. YOU DON’T, AND YOU LOOK LIKE A FAG IN THE ED HARDY HAT WITH YOU FLOWERY DESIGNED AFFLICTION SHIRT) ANYWAYS… I just bought the MGS-HD Collection for PS3, which has MGS-2, MGS-3, and Peace Walker. I’m currently playing MGS-2, and trying to get all the dog tags. NEver finished 3 in the past, so i will beat both that and Peace Walker after my first round of MGS-2. I once played a Metal Gear game for Nintendo? I am not sure, it was on the internet. BUT OTHER THAN
    Metal Gear Solid: Solid Snake (PS1)
    Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions (PS1)
    MGS-1: Twin Snakes (Gamecube)
    MGS-2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
    MGS-2: Substance (X-Box)
    MGS-3: Snake Eater (PS2)
    MGS-4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
    MGS: HD Collection (PS3)
    – MGS-2
    – MGS-3
    – MGS: Peace Walker
    These are the games I have played. I see you have 2 MGS-3’s. Are they both the same? There were 2 other PSP games, Portable Ops & Acid. Are those full games? And do they fit into the full story of MGS? And what are the games before MGS:Solid Snake?????? I remember playing one, your Codec was just a radio, but it still went to the same kind of screen where there were 2 faces and the code number in the middle. I NEED TO KNOW. IF THERE IS ANYWAY TO PLAY THESE GAMES ONLINE OR ANYTHING PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: