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By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, June 12, 2008 14:52 EDT
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So, I’m considering purchasing Metal Gear Solid 4 today as my summer game (I generally try to buy one game every three months or so, and with law school starting, this is probably going to be my last game for a while). On the one hand, I really enjoyed MGS 1, was okay on 2 and found myself intrigued by 3 but burnt out enough by 2 not to play it.

On the other hand, the reason that I’m not as keen on the Metal Gear Solid series as I would like to be is because of the insistence of the designers to insert interminably long ruminations between gameplay sequences. As much as I wish videogames took a more literary bent and got serious about storytelling, MGS takes it to the opposite extreme, and dumps in overlong sequences that literally look like this for a good 15-20 minutes:

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Has anyone tried out MGS 4 yet? Thoughts? Considerations? Recommendations?

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
 
 
 
 
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